We're looking forward to getting our hands on a copy of James Russell's latest book for Mainstone Press.
Ravilious Wood Engravings features a selection of Ravilious wood engravings over its 80 pages, including at least one that's never been published before.
From the press release...
"Although a brilliant watercolourist, inventive lithographer and talented designer, Eric Ravilious (1903-42) was above all a wood engraver. It was in this demanding medium that he first found artistic expression in the early 1920s, and over the next two decades produced some of the finest engravings of the age. And what an age it was! Starting shortly before World War One, a succession of talented artists and designers explored a medium whose most famous British proponent, Thomas Bewick, had died almost a century earlier.
In his lifetime Ravilious was acknowledged as a modern master of wood engraving, and for Ravilious: Wood Engravings we have selected illustrations that show the evolution of a remarkable talent. Ravilious thrived on the limitations imposed by the medium, squeezing entire scenes into the tiniest vignette. Some of the engravings have the mysterious quality of his watercolours, while a wry humour animates others, such as his portrait of publisher Robert Gibbings being carried off by a giant cockerel. Running through the book is a sense of the pleasure Ravilious took in his work, which he approached with great skill and a light heart. While staying with his parents in Eastbourne he would cut his blocks with their canary fluttering around his fingers, and subsequently he always whistled when he worked.
When Ravilious died on active service as a war artist in 1942, at the age of 39, he had already achieved remarkable success. His short but spectacular career is described in a full-length introduction, which also sets his achievements in the context of the interwar years. Accompanying each illustration, meanwhile, is an extended caption designed to illuminate the engraving in an informative and entertaining way. In a manner familiar to readers of Ravilious in Pictures, author James Russell sets out to discover the places that inspired Ravilious, explore the remarkable books he illustrated and meet the people he portrayed. Ravilious: Wood Engravings is both a collection of beautiful, surprising pictures and an entertaining portrait of a wonderful artist and his world."
We'd recommend you visit James Russell's excellent blog for lots of related writings.
If you'd like to see more of Ravilious' work, we'd recommend a trip to the Pallant House Gallery in Chichester where their Eric Ravilious Prints exhibition runs until 8th December 2013. More on that soon.
Currently showing at the Open Eye Gallery in Edinburgh is Shelter, an exhibition of recent lithographs and screenprints by Edinburgh based printmaker Gill Tyson depicting buildings or forms of ‘shelter’ in the remote and rural landscapes where she encountered them. A castle, a farmstead, a telephone box or tower can be glimpsed in the distance or through trees, inviting the viewer to venture in.
Gill Tyson was born in Heysham, Lancashire and studied at Edinburgh College of Art and Edinburgh University, receiving an MA (Hons) in Fine Art in 1979. She is a former Chairman of Edinburgh Printmakers and has served on the City of Edinburgh Visual Arts Awards Panel.
She recently completed printmaking residencies in Ireland and Wales and received awards from the Hope Scott Trust, The City of Edinburgh and Scottish Arts Council. She has work in many public collections including Aberdeen Art Gallery, Smithsonian Collection and the Parliamentary Art Collection-House of Lords. Tyson has exhibited in the UK, Europe, the USA and Canada and in 2012 she was one of the artists representing Britain at the 6th International Kyoto Hanga, International Printmaking Exhibition in Japan.
I realise this is akin to copying someone's homework but I'd been trying to put a few words down about Ultramarine's latest album - the first in fifteen years - when I came across this review by Kevin Pearce over at Caught By The River...
"Elements of This Time Last Year will seem familiar, but they are stripped down, taken apart, manipulated and put back together in pleasantly surprising ways. Fans of Ultramarine will welcome the presence of skittering jazzy beats, the itchy funk, the dub daze, the Brazilian traits, the fusion flourishes, burbling and percolating electronics, and so on. But what is very apparent with this record is the underlying acoustic warmth, like the gentle guitar motifs chopped up and treated and stirred back into the mix in such a seductive way. The LP as a whole is such a curiously attractive blend of the ancient and modern, in sound and technique, it is almost impossible to really pin down."
Couldn't have put it better. Read Kevin's review in full.
The album's artwork has been designed by illustration/print studio Heretic who have recently worked with the Sonic Cathedral label, Tim Burgess, Andrew Weatherall’s Asphodells project and The Quietus. We're delighted Heretic and Ultramarine will be contributing to the next issue of journal Random Spectacular - sign up to our newsletter for details.
You can also purchase a copy of Heretic's limited edition poster marking the release of the album.
We went along to the opening of Jonathan Gibbs' latest exhibition in Edinburgh earlier today.
Fish Bone features a number of new wood engravings, paintings and drawings.
Jonathan has lived and worked in Scotland for many years but acknowledges the importance of the “churches, fields, shorelines and elements of landscape from East Norfolk, where my family comes from”.
Having trained at Central School of Art and Design and the Slade School of Fine Art, in addition to the creation of new work for regular exhibitions Jonathan is a Head of Illustration at the Edinburgh College of Art.
Writing about Jonathan’s 2006 ‘Flint & Straw’ exhibition at the Open Eye Gallery, Alan Powers suggests that “at first sight, his paintings and engravings evoke a mid-twentieth-century mood, suggestive of territory between Ben Nicholson and Eric Ravilious – fastidious, linear and deeply sensitive to place”.
The exhibition runs until 25th September 2013 at Open Eye Gallery, 34 Abercromby Place, Edinburgh EH3 6QE.
We're also very pleased to feature Jonathan's limited edition wood engravings at our online gallery specialising in British printmaking.
I popped into The Scottish Gallery earlier this week to see Stephen Bird's My Dad was Born on the Moon exhibition of ceramics and paintings.
Stephen Bird was born in Stoke-on-Trent in 1964 and studied fine art at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee. He has made paintings, ceramics and sculptures since the early 1990s and his work is exhibited internationally. He is now based in Sydney, Australia and lectures at the National Art School in Sydney.
The exhibition runs until 4th September 2013 at The Scottish Gallery, 16 Dundas Street, Edinburgh EH3 6HZ. Visit The Scottish Gallery website for further details.
Spent some time today looking at, listening to and playing Sarah Kenchington's Wind Pipes for Edinburgh installation which was commissioned for the 2013 Edinburgh Art Festival.
This elaborate work is created from over 100 decommissioned organ pipes, assembled from salvage yards and eBay, powered by six large bellows.
The installation can be found in Trinity Apse, just off the High Street. This originally formed part of Trinity College Kirk which was demolished in 1848 to make room for Waverley Station. It was intended that the entire kirk would be rebuilt from carefully numbered pieces of masonry, but ultimately just one transept and the choir were rebuilt on the current site, renamed Trinity Apse.
Rebel Landscapes is a journey into Scottish folklore, tradition and landscape, explored through a programme of carefully curated, archival 16mm film and specially commissioned live soundtracks played by four artists loosely working within the folk music idiom.
The original Rebel Landscapes event premiered in Edinburgh in 2011 to a sell-out audience, and spurred on by this positive response, Screen Bandita decided to undertake the touring of the programme to the geographical areas central to these archival films. In essence taking these historical documents back to the communities and settings that originated them.
The short film selection is drawn from the Scottish Screen Archive's extensive 16mm print collection and explores themes relating specifically to folklore: local traditions and customs, dances, crafts, fishing, crofting all feature, as does the landscape.
The live musical scores have been created specifically in response to the moving image by contemporary folk musicians Wounded Knee, Hanna Tuulikki and Rob St John with Tom Western, who will be performing thoughtful and engaging pieces to films Eriskay: A Poem of Remote Lives, 1934, The Crofters of Wester Ross, 1939, and Isles of the West , 1939.
Find out more from the Screen Bandita website.
We're looking forward to visiting this installation/event at this year's Edinburgh Art Festival.
Sarah Kenchington builds her mechanical instruments from discarded materials. Bicycle spokes, typewriters, the inner tubes of tractor tyres are combined to create unique musical machines which emit a discordant array of moans, squeaks and chimes. Kenchington’s work offers a contemporary manifestation of a long history of the artist giving birth to machines (from Leonardo da Vinci, through to Heath Robinson, Tinguely and Michael Landy), yet Kenchington’s machines are anything but automata, remaining fundamentally dependent on an interaction with the human to come to life.
Wind Pipes for Edinburgh is her most ambitious construction to date, created from over 100 decommissioned organ pipes, assembled from salvage yards and eBay. Kenchington’s instruments depend for their creation and playing on significant physical labour, and Wind Pipes is no exception, requiring at least 6 willing bodies to man the bellows.
The event runs until 1st September 2013 - visit the Edinburgh Art Festival website for more details.
If you're visiting the Edinburgh Book Festival this year, illustrator and printmaker Jon McNaught will be holding a creating graphic novels workshop (on Saturday 24th August) and talking with fellow artist Glyn Dillon about the graphic novel (on Monday 26th August).
Jon McNaught's latest book, Dockwood, weaves together the everyday lives of three locals against an evocative backdrop of autumnal transitions. Bittersweet and contemplative, Dockwood is for anyone who believes the stories that take place within life’s small moments can often be the most meaningful of all.
I'll be heading over to the Kingdom of Fife soon to visit Jonny Hannah's contribution to this year's Pittenweem Arts Festival where Jonny is an invited artist.
He'll be exhibiting at Lesser Church Hall, James Street, Pittenweem from 3rd to 11th August 2013, 10am until 5pm. Find out more.
On Tuesday 6th August, at 5.30pm, Jonny will launch a new box set of prints, 'Might Just Get By', inspired by the songs of Fife's own King Creosote who will perform a few songs at 6.00pm.