Jonathan Gibbs

Jonathan Gibbs' latest solo exhibition at the Open Eye Gallery in Edinburgh opens on 9th January 2016.

Life is But a Dream features a selection of work inspired by his sabbatical leave from his role as Programme Director at Edinburgh College of Art last year. Within this time Gibbs studied riverine literature, songs, and imagery as well as travelling to Italy, India, and Norfolk to further his practice. Whilst in Venice, Gibbs paid great attention to Jacopo de’ Barbari’s woodblocks, used for his infamous ‘Map of Venice’, which inspired Gibbs to start working on a larger scale.

Known for his distinctive approach to illustration through printmaking, this exhibition includes a range of woodcuts with new paintings on mahogany, canvas or oak, and additional pencil drawings. The exhibition is titled ‘Life is But a Dream’ after the largest and most ambitious work in the exhibition, consisting of a woodcut over 4 meters long; a direct response to the children’s nursery rhyme ‘Row, Row, Row Your Boat’. The original bloc used for creation will also be on display in the gallery.

The exhibition runs from 9th to 27th January 2016 at Open Eye Gallery, 34 Abercromby Place, Edinburgh EH3 6QE. Find out more

Jonathan Gibbs - The Baite II - wood engraving

Jonathan Gibbs 'The Baite II' wood engraving

Jonathan Gibbs - Night Kitchen - oil and gesso on wood

Jonathan Gibbs 'Night Kitchen II' oil and gesso on wood

Jonathan Gibbs - Kindrochet Still Life - wood engraving

Jonathan Gibbs 'Kindrochet Still Life' wood engraving

Jonathan Gibbs - The Baite IV - wood engraving

Jonathan Gibbs 'The Baite IV' wood engraving

Jonathan Gibbs - La Citié - wood engraving

Jonathan Gibbs 'La Citié' wood engraving

Jonathan Gibbs - A Store of Gifts - oil and gesso on wood

Jonathan Gibbs 'A Store of Gifts' oil and gesso on wood

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35 Years of the Open Eye Gallery

Edinburgh's Open Eye Gallery’s first exhibition of 2016 will celebrate their 35th anniversary, presenting the work of over 50 artists represented by the gallery.

The exhibition runs from 9th to 27th January 2016 at Open Eye Gallery, 34 Abercromby Place, Edinburgh EH3 6QE. Find out more

Here are a few of favourite works that feature in the exhibition...

Pole Star - Alex Malcolmson - mixed media box construction

‘Pole Star’ by Alex Malcolmson
Mixed media box construction - 59 x 45 x 6cm (open)

Goshawk (From Life) by Mick Manning - mixed media

'Goshawk (From Life)' by Mick Manning
Mixed media - 40 x 50cm

Before Winter - Tom Mabon - oil on board

'Before Winter' by Tom Mabon
Oil on board - 20 x 30cm

'Apple Crumble' by Brita Granstom - acrylic on canvas

'Apple Crumble' by Brita Granström
Acrylic on canvas - 50 x 50cm

Cluny, From Blackford Hill by Catherine Davison

'Cluny, From Blackford Hill' by Catherine Davison
Oil on board - 40 x 45cm

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Jonny Hannah’s Main Street

If you've yet to visit, we'd recommend you head up/down/across to Jonny Hannah's Main Street exhibition at Yorkshire Sculpture Park which runs until 28th February 2016.

Jonny has transformed the YSP Visitor Centre, creating three pop-up shops made entirely from his 2D and 3D artworks.

The exhibition – a tribute to high streets of the past, lined with independent retailers stocking an assortment of curiosities – features a collection of new linocuts, screenprints, and paintings. Incorporating strong colours and typography, and inspired by Hannah’s love of jazz music, the works are reminiscent of 1940s shop signs and concert posters. The exhibition also features Heavy Wool Products Come to McVouty’s – a limited edition screenprint printed at The Penfold Press in Selby, created exclusively for YSP – together with a small hand-painted and printed edition of unique wooden ukuleles. View a selection of the works exhibited

Find out more via the YSP website - you might also like to take this expert's guide to the exhibition or book a ticket for The Darktown Valentine's Cabaret.

Jonny Hannah at YSP

Jonny Hannah at YSP

Jonny Hannah at YSP

Jonny Hannah at YSP

Jonny Hannah at YSP

Jonny Hannah at YSP

Jonny Hannah at YSP

Jonny Hannah at YSP

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Concrete Antenna

Concrete Antenna, our third Random Spectacular project, is now available as a digital download and a deluxe 12” vinyl album package of new music, a set of art prints, a series of short essays and a specially created tide table created by Tommy Perman, Simon Kirby and Rob St. John inspired by their sound installation in the new landmark tower at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop,  loosely based on the urban history, architecture and ecology of Newhaven in North Edinburgh.

The sound installation is currently set to run until February 2016 (though this may be extended). Keep an eye on the Concrete Antenna website for details.

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Jonny Hannah at YSP

Here's a great little film featuring Jonny Hannah talking about his current exhibition Main Street at Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

The exhibition features three pop-up shops made entirely from the artist’s 2D and 3D artworks, all of which are available to buy. Navigate Main Street using Hannah’s traditional hand-painted signs suspended above the YSP Centre concourse; natter with the owner of the Record Store; and nip to The Hand and Heart junk shop to pick up anything your heart desires!

You'll even spy Jonny's wallpaper for St Jude's, The Darktown Billets-Doux.

The exhibition runs until the end of February 2016 at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton, Wakefield WF4 4LG. Find out more

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Mark Hearld’s Horses

Visitors to Mark Hearld's exhibition at York Art Gallery, The Lumber Room - Unimagined Treasures, will have seen the slipcast and hand-painted ceramic horses Mark has created based on a wooden 19th century toy horse the artist found in a Berlin flea market, a reaction to two Leeds Horses in the York Museums Trust's collection.

Mark will continue to make these horses over the coming months and two fine specimens have made their way into the Godfrey & Watt Christmas exhibition in Harrogate.

We'll be featuring the horses in a Random Spectacular publication dedicated to Mark's exhibition. Find out more about Random Spectacular, present and future.

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