The 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!)
Yesterday 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.
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!
On Saturday I visited The Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge to see two exhibitions, the first being La Grande Guerre: French Prints of The First World War. The exhibition consisted of colour lithographs and woodcuts detailling the first seven months of World War I.