More from Jonathan Gibbs

Life is But a Dream, Jonathan Gibbs' solo exhibition at the Open Eye Gallery in Edinburgh continues until 27th January 2016.

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”.

Jonathan will be taking part in our forthcoming Editions & Objects exhibition at Yorkshire Sculpture Park from 25th June until 30th October 2016. Sign up for our e-mail newsletter for details.

You might also like to see Jonathan's fabric for St Jude's, Herring Moon.

Jonathan Gibbs - The Baite VI - wood engraving

Jonathan Gibbs 'The Baite VI' wood engraving

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A wood engraving in progress in Jonathan Gibbs' studio

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Jonathan Gibbs 'Owl and Moon' wood engraving

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Jonathan Gibbs 'Vessel and Curtain' oil on canvas and board

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Previously cut wood blocks in Jonathan Gibbs' studio

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Jonathan Gibbs 'Swallow and Dyke' wood engraving

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Jonathan Gibbs' studio

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Jonathan Gibbs 'Mellis Moat Man' wood engraving

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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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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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Nature Study, Late Summer

Earlier in the year I was delighted to be asked by The Pallant House Gallery in Chichester to produce a new screen print to celebrate the opening of their latest exhibition, David Jones: Vision and Memory.

I've written about the inspiration for this new six colour print in the latest Pallant House Gallery magazine, but you can find out more online.

I was particularly influenced by David Jones' Flora in Calix-Light (1950) and Briar Cup (1932). Whilst working on the print I visited Kettle's Yard, focussing on the collections of natural objects such as pale grey-brown feathers scattered upon a shallow glass dish, a small glass jug of asters beside a twist of seaweed stem and Jim Ede's pebble spiral on a simple wooden table.

Angie Lewin - Nature Study, Late Summer - screenprint

Angie Lewin - Nature Study, Late Summer - screenprint

Angie Lewin - Nature Study, Late Summer - screenprint

Angie Lewin - Nature Study, Late Summer - screenprint

Angie Lewin - Nature Study, Late Summer - screenprint

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Stopping by Woods

I'm pleased to announce the launch of my latest small wood engraving, Stopping By Woods. Inspired by a favourite Robert Frost poem, this wintry print makes use of a rather unusually shaped end grain block that I'd been waiting to find a use for. Find out more

Angie Lewin - Stopping by Woods - wood engraving

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