Ronald Searle ‘Obsessed with drawing’

A must-see for anyone interested in illustration! The exhibition runs until 31st January 2016

Cradled in Caricature: Visual humour in satirical prints and drawings

 

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Earlier this month I visited Cradled in Caricature: Visual humour in satirical prints and drawings at The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.

The amusing exhibition features work from James Gillray, Glen Baxter and Hogarth. The show includes both humorous pictures and illustrations with a moral message.

It is hard to pick highlights from the exhibition as there are so many great pieces, but I was especially pleased to see two works by Glen Baxter after having looked at him whilst at art school.

The exhibition runs until 31st January 2016

 

Printvend at The Bookhive, Norwich

Untitled-16The other week I had a great time at The Bookhive in Norwich, where Illustrator Richard Horne (elhorno) has installed his Print Vend machine! The vending machine is full of original prints and is loads of fun to use! If you are in Norwich go and have a go! (Plus there are tonnes of brilliant books in store!)

David Kindersley – Alphabetician, The Hidden Face of Lettering

Untitled-15Another exhibition at The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge was ‘David Kindersley – Alphabetician, The Hidden Face of Lettering’. The display was to celebrate 100 years of Kindersley, a letter carver and typographer, who designed British street sign lettering, among many other things.

Although the exhibition is now over, I would recommend looking up the work of David Kindersley!

Visit The Kindersley Workshop website

MOONSTRIPS, Napoleon and Michelangelo

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A bit of catching up to do! Last month I visited the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge where I saw several exhibitions. First up was ‘MOONSTRIPS: Eduardo Paolozzi and the printed collage 1965-72′ which consisted of screenprints, collages and photolithographs by Paolozzi. Next I visited the print room where ‘Modern Heroism: Printmaking and the legacy of Napoleon Bonaparte’ was on display. This exhibition included lithographs which both celebrated and ridiculed Napoleon, as well as prints illustrating the time period.

I also saw two pieces of sculpture, the first being the Rothschild bronzes, a pair of bronzes believed to be made by Michelangelo and a maquette of Antony Gormley’s ‘Angel of The North’.

Unfortunately because of my late blog posting most of these exhibitions have now closed. However, ‘A Michelangelo Discovery’ is on display until 9th August. The ‘Angel of The North’ maquette may also still be on display.

Eric Gill at Sotheran’s of Sackville Street

Untitled-1Yesterday I visited London and came across Sotheran’s of Sackville Street, an antiquarian book and print shop, which had an exhibition of Eric Gill prints on. I was able to see a selection of Gill’s wood engravings, most of them printed on delicate Japanese paper. I was glad to find the shop as, not only did it have a great exhibition, it had some lovely books for sale too! I was able to get a copy of the Eric Gill catalogue, ‘Ravilious Wood Engravings’ and ‘An Alphabet of London’ by Christopher Brown! There are also many other prints available to purchase by a variety of artists.

If you are in or planning to visit London it is well worth a visit. The Eric Gill exhibition runs until 10th April 2015.

Click here to see the Eric Gill catalogue

Ana Maria Pacheco at The Gallery at NUA

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Last week I visited The Gallery at Norwich University of The Arts where Ana Maria Pacheco is exhibiting prints and a sculpture. She has artwork on display at several other venues around Norwich, including Norwich Cathedral, Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery and The Cathedral of St John the Baptist.

I had not come across Pacheco’s work before but really enjoyed seeing it for the first time. The prints, mainly drypoint etchings, convey emotions of the characters in them very well, with some haunting figures lurking in the background of a few of the large scale prints. It’s also great to see very large scale prints on display too!

The sculpture ‘The Banquet’, shown above, was brilliant! I loved the  scale of the piece, how you could move around it and get up close to see the eerie expressions on the faces of the men, all of which had a set of real teeth! It amazed me that it was carved out of wood, the heads looked like they were marble! It felt at times like the men were about to stand up out of their chairs, there is a realness to these menacing yet slightly humorous characters.

The exhibitions run until 25th April 2015. I am hoping to see the others before they close!

Click here for more information on these exhibitions.

A Visit To The Polar Museum

spriA couple of months ago I visited The Polar Museum in Cambridge. Admittedly, I did not think I would be that interested in a museum about polar exploration, but I was very wrong! I did the audio tour, which I think it made more enjoyable and would recommend doing it if you have the time. The museum has hundreds of artifacts from several historic polar expeditions, the main focus being on Captain Scott’s journey. Stand out pieces on display include Captain Oates’ sleeping bag and the letters the men wrote when they knew the end was near. One of my personal highlights are the items of food, including the large sledging biscuits and pemmican. Especially with the audio tour, you get a good sense of what it must have been like at the time in those conditions and the sadness towards the end of Scott’s expedition.

Another thing you get a sense of is what life is like in the Arctic, including the modern day. I was surprised and happy to find printmaking on display, along with other Inuit artworks and carvings. The above picture, ‘Boy Feeding Birds’ is one of the prints I saw. It is created using a stonecut technique. This was the first time I had really looked at Inuit art,  I found the simplicity and honesty of some of the pieces refreshing. Being a fairly small museum there is only so much art on display, but the collection is available to view online here.

The Polar Museum is definitely worth a visit, even if you think it isn’t for you, you will be surprised!

Visit The Polar Museum Website

Angie Lewin & Carry Akroyd Exhibition

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From 3rd – 26th October printmakers Angie Lewin and Carry Akroyd had an exhibition of work at Cambridge Contemporary Art. I was fortunate to catch the exhibition before it closed, it consisted of large and small scale prints by both artists, the majority of which were inspired by nature. For me there were too many pieces that I liked to be able to list any highlights! Cambridge Contemporary Art is a gallery/shop which regularly stock original prints and artworks by printmakers. If you are interested in finding out more about Angie Lewin and Carry Akroyd please visit the links below:

www.angielewin.co.uk             

www.carryakroyd.co.uk

Cambridge Original Printmakers Exhibition

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During the weekend I also visited the Cambridge Original Printmakers exhibition. The exhibition includes over 40 local printmakers, both established and up and coming. The event also hosts guest speakers and printmaking demonstrations, for example I saw a demonstration of Chinese Woodblock Printing by St. Barnabas Press.

Highlights from the exhibition include, Andy English, Geri Waddington, Louise Stebbing, Kate Heiss, Nina Sage, John Douglas Piper, Tania Scott Durrant and many more!

The exhibition runs until the 5th October 2014, it’s a great opportunity to learn more about printmaking and even buy original prints!

Click below for more information on:

Exhibition

Talks

Demonstrations