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!)

Eric Gill at Sotheran’s of Sackville Street

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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.

Pink Poodle Linocut

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The other week, whilst showing my sister how to linocut, I made a simple Valentine’s card with a pink poodle on it (not much to do with Valentine’s I know!)

I have been working on a few projects over the last couple of weeks, which I am hoping to be able show you soon, one of which was a submission to the Secret 7″ project, fingers crossed!

La Grande Guerre: French Prints of The First World War

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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.

Highlights include, Dans le Bois de Augustow…, Un soldat allemand en feu... and Notre artillerie lourde… by Eduardo Garcia Benito.

The exhibition has since closed but is available to view online here