I have been working on some new prints recently. They are part of a new collection of smaller polymer plate etchings. Each print is from a 19cm x 19cm plate.
Isn't It About Time? is a new hand-pulled polymer plate print. Limited edition of 15.
I have three paintings on display at the Cambridge Drawing Society.
Doors open at the Guildhall in the market square in Cambridge on the 5th April and runs until the 12th April 2014. Details can be found on the Cambridge Drawing Society website.
My oil paintings take months to complete. I will often have five paintings that I work on simultaneously. It is not a process that I can hurry and in the winter months the process is even slower as the dampness in the air means I have to wait even longer for paint to dry. While I wait I will work on plates for my relief print ranges.
My colours are much softer so far this year. I think this reflects my wistful mood and the soft light that we have at the moment.
There's Always Light, oil on wood panel.
Soundless, oil on wood panel.
I have a busy year ahead of me which is all very exciting. Having started the year at the BluePrint exhibition I am now hard at work back in the studio preparing for some great 2014 shows.
In April I will be taking part in a Seaside exhibition at the Haddenham Galleries and then again in a mixed summer exhibition.
In July I will be taking part in my sixth Cambridge Open Studios but this time I have been invited to exhibit at the wonderful Stapleford Granary at the ACE Foundation. I will be exhibiting a collection of prints and cards at this exhibition.
Then it all hots up again for September. I am one of the three founders of the Cambridge Original Printmakers - a new exhibiting group showcasing 40 Printmakers based within 35 miles of Cambridge City, and the three Print Houses that Cambridge is lucky enough to have on its doorstep. We have also organised talks and demonstrations during the 10 day exhibition. Follow the Cambridge Original Printmakers website for details.
For October it will be my long-awaited solo show at the Over Gallery. New large oil paintings will be revealed.
In November I will be at the number one venue to buy unique Christmas presents as voted by the Cambridge Evening News - the Cambridge Christmas show is on Monday 24 November 2014.
I also have commissions to work on in between shows this year too so I better stop now and get back to the studio....
The Walter Strachen Gallery, Bishops Stortford College is on the left as you drive into the school gates. There is parking (marked P on the map) and also a few spaces behind the gallery (marked arts facilities on the school map shown below).
You can contact me on my mobile if you have problems finding us - 07765 563908.
Here is another map highlighting the location of the school itself. The college is listed here as 'college reception'. Then follow the directions to the gallery above.
The Walter Strachen Gallery - Arts Facility - Bishops Stortford College
Country Kitchen, a gorgeous deli and gift shop in Haslingfield now stock a range of my individual cards and also my boxed sets of greeting cards that make ideal gifts.
Country Kitchen supplies a large range of country foods, using local suppliers wherever then can. The store is full of wonderful foods and joie de vivre!
Address: 21 Church Street, Haslingfield, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB23 1JE
Tel: 07954 669874
Web: www.ckhaslingfield.com Twitter: #ckhaslingfield
I had a small competition last Friday on my Jo Tunmer Ltd page and I have just used a random generator to determine the winner. The winner is...
Number 16! By my calculations number 16 is .... Simon Gee. Congratulations Simon.
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I have 20 original prints on display at the Walter Strachen Gallery Bishops Stortford College until 24 February 2014. I will be invigilating at the show on Saturday 1 February from 11 until 3 pm.
A year ago to the day I went to collect a donated print from Anthony Hopkinson for the Auction of Promises I had organised raising funds for the British Heart Foundation and the Joe Herrington Memorial Fund. It was a cold, icy day but we had a great conversation while standing on his doorstep.
Anthony has been printmaking for many years now and he knew I had recently become enthralled with the world of print after completing a year of study at the Curwen Print Study Centre. His choice remark of 'wouldn't it be great for Cambridge to have a Print Fair!' stirred my imagination enough to think that yes - Cambridge could really do with an exhibition that purely focused on hand-pulled original prints - it is often confusing what the different printmaking types are and it was one of the reasons why I chose to study and learn at the Curwen in the first place. A day later I met Susan Jones at a cafe, also picking up a donated print, and told her about this of seed of an idea that Anthony and I had had. It then became obvious that we were the perfect team to make this seed of an idea actually happen.
So that was how Cambridge Original Printmakers (COP) started. We have met, bounced ideas around and found a perfect venue - the Pitt Building, owned by Cambridge University Press in central Cambridge.
For the past few weeks we have contacted our list of Printmakers based within 30 miles of Cambridge UK and have been overwhelmed, and heartened by the response from them. We particularly wanted to create an annual event that showcases both established and new Printmakers alongside each other. Also Kip Gresham and St Barnabas Press have been enormously supportive and excited by the launch of COP.
The exhibition starts on Friday 26 September and finishes on Sunday 5 October 2014. We have plans for talks and demonstrations during the ten days of the exhibition, and I will update progress of these plans here on my website as well as the Cambridge Original Printmakers website.