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A Printmaker’s Journey February 26 2017

I'm delighted to share news of a forthcoming exhibition that I have curated for Hampshire Cultural Trust, A Printmaker's Journey, which opens in Winchester on Saturday 11th March and then tours Hampshire until early November 2017.

A Printmaker's Journey includes work selected from a wide range of disciplines and periods which will lead the visitor through the inspirations and affinities which have influenced my journey as a printmaker and designer. Paintings, textiles, prints, posters and ceramics by artists and designers including Eric Ravilious, Edward Bawden, Mark Hearld, Alan Reynolds, Emily Sutton and Paul Morrison will be displayed alongside work from various stages of my career.

I'll be at The Gallery, Winchester Discovery Centre on and off throughout the opening day, Saturday 11th March. I hope that you might be able to visit. Find out more

For those of you further afield, over the next few months I'll share details of some of the works selected and their significance to me. Keep an eye on my Instagram and Facebook pages for updates.

A Printmaker's Journey runs from 11 March – 30 April 2017 at The Gallery, Winchester Discovery Centre then tours until early November 2017. Find out more

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Angie Lewin 'Sollas Sands' linocut, 2015

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Edward Bawden 'The Road to Thaxted' linocut, 1956

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Lizzie Farey 'Almost Spring' woven willow, 2017
(photograph by Shannon Tofts)

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Eric Ravilious King Edward VIII Coronation Mug, 1937 (originally designed in 1936)

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Angie Lewin 'Festival Mug' lithograph

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Emily Sutton 'Olive Cook's Settle' watercolour, 2013

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Edward Bawden 'Church and Dove' wallpaper, 1925

Barnett Freedman January 19 2017

I'm currently curating an exhibition which will open at Winchester Discovery Centre on Saturday 11th March 2017. A Printmaker's Journey will then tour Hampshire until the end of November.

The exhibition will include work selected from a wide range of disciplines and periods which have in some way influenced my work as a printmaker and designer. Paintings, textiles, prints, posters and ceramics by artists and designers including Eric Ravilious, Edward Bawden, Alan Reynolds and Paul Morrison will be displayed alongside examples of my own work.

Full details of the exhibition will be announced soon - do subscribe to my newsletter if you'd like to find out more.

I'll be including two works by artist and illustrator Barnett Freedman, a contemporary of Bawden and Ravilious.

Over at Spitalfields Life, author David Buckman takes a look at the work of this prolific artist and illustrator...

"Barnett Freedman is among my top candidates for a blue plaque, as one of the most distinguished British artists to emerge from the East End. There was a 2006 campaign to get him one in at 25 Stanhope St, off the Euston Rd, where he lived early in his career, but English Heritage rejected him, along with four others as of “insufficient stature or historical significance” – an unjust decision exposed by the Camden New Journal. The artist and Camden resident David Gentleman was one among many who supported the plaque, writing “He was a very good and original artist whose work deserves to be remembered. He influenced me in the sense of his meticulous workmanship. He was a real master of it.” Read David Buckman's article in full

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A portrait of Barnett Freedman

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Advertisement for Shell, 1951.

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Barnett Freedman’s ‘Claudia’ typeface.

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Lithographs for ‘Oliver Twist,’ published by the Heritage Press in New York, 1939.

Barnett Freedman works courtesy Special Collections, Manchester Metropolitan University

Barnett Freedman January 19 2017

I'm currently curating an exhibition which will open at Winchester Discovery Centre on Saturday 11th March 2017. A Printmaker's Journey will then tour Hampshire until the end of November.

The exhibition will include work selected from a wide range of disciplines and periods which have in some way influenced my work as a printmaker and designer. Paintings, textiles, prints, posters and ceramics by artists and designers including Eric Ravilious, Edward Bawden, Alan Reynolds and Paul Morrison will be displayed alongside examples of my own work.

Full details of the exhibition will be announced soon - do subscribe to my newsletter if you'd like to find out more.

I'll be including two works by artist and illustrator Barnett Freedman, a contemporary of Bawden and Ravilious.

Over at Spitalfields Life, author David Buckman takes a look at the work of this prolific artist and illustrator...

"Barnett Freedman is among my top candidates for a blue plaque, as one of the most distinguished British artists to emerge from the East End. There was a 2006 campaign to get him one in at 25 Stanhope St, off the Euston Rd, where he lived early in his career, but English Heritage rejected him, along with four others as of “insufficient stature or historical significance” – an unjust decision exposed by the Camden New Journal. The artist and Camden resident David Gentleman was one among many who supported the plaque, writing “He was a very good and original artist whose work deserves to be remembered. He influenced me in the sense of his meticulous workmanship. He was a real master of it.” Read David Buckman's article in full

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A portrait of Barnett Freedman

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Advertisement for Shell, 1951.

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Barnett Freedman’s ‘Claudia’ typeface.

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Lithographs for ‘Oliver Twist,’ published by the Heritage Press in New York, 1939.

Barnett Freedman works courtesy Special Collections, Manchester Metropolitan University

Rena Gardiner at MMU October 15 2016

Manchester Metropolitan University's Special Collections are currently hosting an exhibition dedicated to the work of Rena Gardiner.

Rena Gardiner (1929-1999) spent her life entirely devoted to her art, creating books, prints and paintings. She is best known for a series of guidebooks to historic places, buildings and the countryside, each of which she wrote, printed and illustrated herself. This exhibition will include some of these guidebooks alongside paintings, pastels, linocuts and sketch-books and a display of work by some of the artists who influenced Rena including Eric Ravilious, John Piper and Edward Bawden.

The exhibition is based upon the book Rena Gardiner: Artist and Printmaker by Julian Francis and Martin Andrew, published by Little Toller Books in association with the Dovecote Press, 2015.

Rena Gardiner: Artist and Printmaker at MMU Special Collections runs until 18th November 2016. Visit their website for full details

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Rena Gardiner at MMU October 15 2016

Manchester Metropolitan University's Special Collections are currently hosting an exhibition dedicated to the work of Rena Gardiner.

Rena Gardiner (1929-1999) spent her life entirely devoted to her art, creating books, prints and paintings. She is best known for a series of guidebooks to historic places, buildings and the countryside, each of which she wrote, printed and illustrated herself. This exhibition will include some of these guidebooks alongside paintings, pastels, linocuts and sketch-books and a display of work by some of the artists who influenced Rena including Eric Ravilious, John Piper and Edward Bawden.

The exhibition is based upon the book Rena Gardiner: Artist and Printmaker by Julian Francis and Martin Andrew, published by Little Toller Books in association with the Dovecote Press, 2015.

Rena Gardiner: Artist and Printmaker at MMU Special Collections runs until 18th November 2016. Visit their website for full details

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Katy Hackney September 22 2016

We're delighted that jeweller Katy Hackney is taking part in our current Editions & Objects exhibition at Yorkshire Sculpture Park which runs until the end of October 2016.

For the exhibition Katy has created a limited edition of ten box wood pendants, each individually decorated and numbered.

Born in Dundee and now based in London, Katy Hackney received a BA at Edinburgh College of Art and a MA at the Royal College of Art, London. Continues below...

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Hackney’s practice is driven by the materials she’s excited by. Materials she uses include woods, plastics, precious and non-precious metals, found objects, paint, formica and enamel. Her current influences include vintage toys and folk art.

Her work can be seen in the permanent collections of the London Crafts Council, Montreal Museum of Decorative Arts, Royal Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, and the Ulster Museum, National Museum of Northern Ireland.

We took the opportunity to find our a little more about Katy's work and current activities...

Can you tell us how to came to designing wearable works of art?

When I left the RCA I set up in business and designed and made more commercial production silver jewellery which sold well but it was tedious work.

Then I discovered cellulose acetate which spectacle frames are made from, began to experiment with it, and my work became larger and more colourful and I became interested in finding other materials to use, such as wood, Formica, other found plastics… colour! Continues below...

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You also teach at Central St Martins; how does this impact on the type of work you create?

I don’t notice that it does, something must seeping in?

It does keep me up to date with what is going on the jewellery world as we have a great programme of lectures.

I enjoy passing on knowledge and working with students from all over the world, and working with an amazing team.

What are your major influences?

Everyday things, I often get an idea from something I see in the street on my journey to college or on holiday or trips abroad.

I use my Instagram account as my visual diary, I often go back to it and print out photos of textures, colour combinations, shapes.

Working on lots of other things also feeds in to my work.

I love old toys and objects with a 'story' showing in their wear and tear - doors, tiles, tools and peeling paint.

What is a typical day for you?

My days are fairly varied. As well as teaching I work with knitwear designer Jo Gordon as colour consultant, helping to design her collections each year.

I also work as a picture researcher for costume in film, a job I started a few years ago and love. It definitely informs my work and I am learning something new all of the time.

Most recently I was the costume researcher on Suffragette and I’m working on other projects that are in production.

What is your preferred material of use?

At the moment it's wood.

You use an incredible array of materials, how do you decide which to use in a project?

I have boxes of bits that I gather along the way from all over and I work in a 'collage' sort of way with lots of pieces on my work table. I’ll move these around and arrange, cut then rearrange until I get something I like.

It gets really messy and I have to have a big clear up then I begin all over again! Continues below...

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You work as a colour advisor to Jo Gordon Knitwear; how does this impact on your work?

It definitely does as we do research on different ways and I end up looking at textiles which I didn't really before.

The costume research really influences and helps in both jewellery and design work for Jo. I'm currently researching clothing in 1950 to 60s for a job. The colours and patterns of dresses then were amazing. This will all feed into my brain and re-emerge somehow in my jewellery!

What is your favourite colour?

Yellow

What can you see from your studio today?

Usually it my neighbour’s wall!

But today from my balcony in Barcelona I can see a narrow street filled with little balconies covered in colourful washing, a man delivering a cooker and a tiny barking dog having a pee.

What single tool would you consider essential to your work?

My jeweller’s saw and my camera (usually on my phone).

What are you working on now and what is coming up next?

The staff of St. Martins are having a show COUNTERCURRENT in Arthur Beales, Yacht Chandlers in Shaftesbury Avenue. My response to the shop was to collect, borrow and steal Nautical themed jewellery and fill a little cabinet with it, we installed in amongst the shops stock... I'm also researching for a costume project. Teaching will begin in October and so will working with Jo.

Editions & Objects at Yorkshire Sculpture Park continues until Sunday 30th October 2016. Find out more about the exhibition or take a look at all the available works online including Katy Hackney's box wood pendant.

Portrait photography by Jenny Lewis.

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Elizabeth Merriman’s paintings August 05 2016

My friend Elizabeth Merriman is currently exhibiting a series of new paintings at Salthouse Church on the North Norfolk coast in a show entitled 'The Orchard'.

Simon and I were pleased to show Elizabeth's paintings in the first solo exhibition we hosted at our former North Norfolk gallery ten years or so ago.

Elizabeth Merriman completed her BA (Hons) in Fine Art at Canterbury College of Art and followed this with a post-graduate higher diploma at the Slade School of Fine Art where her work was shortlisted for the Barclays Young Painter award. Her work has featured in several London galleries with work now in a number of private and corporate collections including Unilever’s.

Now living and working in East Anglia, Elizabeth’s work has also been shown at galleries in Norfolk, Suffolk and Yorkshire.
Elizabeth develops her ideas through a number of techniques, progressing from pencil to the creation of works in oil.

'The Orchard' is open until Sunday 7th August at Salthouse Church (from 11am until 5.30pm). If you'd like to know more about the paintings, please e-mail Simon via info@stjudes.co.uk

We're hoping to exhibit Elizabeth's paintings in an exhibition in Edinburgh in 2017 - sign up for the St Jude's newsletter to find out more.

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Elizabeth Merriman’s paintings August 05 2016

My friend Elizabeth Merriman is currently exhibiting a series of new paintings at Salthouse Church on the North Norfolk coast in a show entitled 'The Orchard'.

Simon and I were pleased to show Elizabeth's paintings in the first solo exhibition we hosted at our former North Norfolk gallery ten years or so ago.

Elizabeth Merriman completed her BA (Hons) in Fine Art at Canterbury College of Art and followed this with a post-graduate higher diploma at the Slade School of Fine Art where her work was shortlisted for the Barclays Young Painter award. Her work has featured in several London galleries with work now in a number of private and corporate collections including Unilever’s.

Now living and working in East Anglia, Elizabeth’s work has also been shown at galleries in Norfolk, Suffolk and Yorkshire.
Elizabeth develops her ideas through a number of techniques, progressing from pencil to the creation of works in oil.

'The Orchard' is open until Sunday 7th August at Salthouse Church (from 11am until 5.30pm). If you'd like to know more about the paintings, please e-mail Simon via info@stjudes.co.uk

We're hoping to exhibit Elizabeth's paintings in an exhibition in Edinburgh in 2017 - sign up for the St Jude's newsletter to find out more.

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Recent watercolours July 22 2016

I'm pleased to share details of some recent watercolours, the latest original works created in my studio.

In addition to two paintings currently being exhibited in Edinburgh as part of The Scottish Gallery's Flora Depicta exhibition, the three new watercolours shown below will feature in Off The Wall, an exhibition in London at The Bankside Gallery which opens on 29th July featuring the work of members of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers and the Royal Watercolour Society. I was delighted to be elected to the latter earlier this year. Find out more

If you'd like to find out more about these three new watercolours, please contact The Bankside Gallery on 020 7928 7521.

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Striped Cups with Spring Flowers (watercolour)

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Striped Cups with Spring Flowers (watercolour - detail)

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Tuscan and Umbrian Seedheads, La Cavière (watercolour)

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Tuscan and Umbrian Seedheads, La Cavière (watercolour - detail)

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New Town Cup with Feathers and Seedheads (watercolour)

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New Town Cup with Feathers and Seedheads (watercolour - detail)

Recent watercolours July 22 2016

I'm pleased to share details of some recent watercolours, the latest original works created in my studio.

In addition to two paintings currently being exhibited in Edinburgh as part of The Scottish Gallery's Flora Depicta exhibition, the three new watercolours shown below will feature in Off The Wall, an exhibition in London at The Bankside Gallery which opens on 29th July featuring the work of members of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers and the Royal Watercolour Society. I was delighted to be elected to the latter earlier this year. Find out more

If you'd like to find out more about these three new watercolours, please contact The Bankside Gallery on 020 7928 7521.

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Striped Cups with Spring Flowers (watercolour)

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Striped Cups with Spring Flowers (watercolour - detail)

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Tuscan and Umbrian Seedheads, La Cavière (watercolour)

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Tuscan and Umbrian Seedheads, La Cavière (watercolour - detail)

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New Town Cup with Feathers and Seedheads (watercolour)

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New Town Cup with Feathers and Seedheads (watercolour - detail)

Flora Depicta July 09 2016

I'm currently exhibiting as part of Flora Depicta, a celebration of botanical art at The Scottish Gallery in Edinburgh, which features work from twenty artists working across a variety of mediums.

And I'm honoured that a room in the gallery has been dedicated to my work, featuring a selection of botanically inspired prints plus two new watercolours, Wooden Dish with Uist Pebbles and Ramsons with Thistle Pot. These are the first paintings I've exhibited since election to the Royal Watercolour Society.

The exhibition will run from 6th July until 30th July at The Scottish Gallery, 16 Dundas Street, Edinburgh EH3 6HZ. The catalogue can be viewed online.

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'Wooden Dish with Uist Pebbles' watercolour

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'Wooden Dish with Uist Pebbles' watercolour (detail)

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'Ramsons with Thistle Pot' watercolour

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'Ramsons with Thistle Pot' watercolour (detail)

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A view of part of the room of my work at The Scottish Gallery with a sculptural work by Andrea Geile.

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'Island Summer' screen print

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'Sollas Sands' linocut

Flora Depicta July 09 2016

I'm currently exhibiting as part of Flora Depicta, a celebration of botanical art at The Scottish Gallery in Edinburgh, which features work from twenty artists working across a variety of mediums.

And I'm honoured that a room in the gallery has been dedicated to my work, featuring a selection of botanically inspired prints plus two new watercolours, Wooden Dish with Uist Pebbles and Ramsons with Thistle Pot. These are the first paintings I've exhibited since election to the Royal Watercolour Society.

The exhibition will run from 6th July until 30th July at The Scottish Gallery, 16 Dundas Street, Edinburgh EH3 6HZ. The catalogue can be viewed online.

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'Wooden Dish with Uist Pebbles' watercolour

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'Wooden Dish with Uist Pebbles' watercolour (detail)

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'Ramsons with Thistle Pot' watercolour

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'Ramsons with Thistle Pot' watercolour (detail)

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A view of part of the room of my work at The Scottish Gallery with a sculptural work by Andrea Geile.

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'Island Summer' screen print

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'Sollas Sands' linocut