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.
Looking Upwards is another new solar plate print fresh off the press. This print is dedicated to Lynne Hazelden.
At theat the Walter Strachen Gallery, Bishops Stortford College, Herts from 18th January until 24 February I will be showcasing some new larger framed prints. Here is one of the latest colourways of
We're very pleased that Cambridge Christmas founder and organiser Jo Tunmer will be selling her work at Cambridge Christmas on Monday 25th November 2013. Back in 2008 Jo organised the Cambridge Christmas show so that her designer-maker friends could exhibit and sell their work in a fun, warm and slightly off-the-wall way. Since then the Cambridge Christmas show has really grown in the last 6 years and each time become bigger and better! Because of this for the 2011 and 2012 Cambridge Christmas shows Jo concentrated on co-ordinating the show rather than having her own work on display…. but this year she'll be showing her own art work once again!
What will you be showing at Cambridge Christmas? I will be exhibiting some of my range of solar plate prints but the focus will be on four boxed sets of greeting cards that will make ideal presents. Each has a different theme and I’ve really enjoyed putting the collection together.
What drew you to the medium that you're currently working in? I'm really best known for my large oil landscape paintings but I have spent the last two years learning various printing techniques and fell in love with solar plate printing. I now work in both mediums, which is proving to be a challenge for me in the studio.
What piece are you most excited about that you’ll be showing at Cambridge Christmas? My new range of boxed cards.
Where do you create your work? I have my studio in the garden and I also have a gallery area in my house. My studio is under a large walnut tree. At a certain time of the year the squirrels have great fun eating the nuts in the trees then throwing them down onto my studio roof. I am surprised dots haven’t appeared in my work as yet!
Do you work in silence or to music or the tv? I listen to the radio. The station varies depending on my mood :-)
What drives your ideas? What I do is all about experimentation. Some ideas fly, others are relegated to the waste bin. I always think to myself though - would I put the finished piece on my wall or would I like to receive it as a gift?
Do you have a favourite material to work with? I have two that I am equally passionate about. Solar plates and oil paint, but not together. However I did say earlier all my work is about experimentation so watch this space…
If you had more time, what new craft would you like to learn? I did study upholstery at college many years ago now but I would like to revisit it and then design and build the perfect chair.
What do you think is the best Christmassy thing about Cambridge? Christmas starts early for me with all the planning for the Cambridge Christmas show but as Christmas nears I love the lights - peeking into windows to see Christmas trees all lit up.
Can you describe your work in 5 words? A journey of determined experimentation.
Cambridge Christmas is an art event that has taken place over the last 6 years with a group of contemporary arts and crafts designer-makers. It is a free event and all are welcome to come and buy handmade, unique gifts straight from the artists. More information at http://www.cambridgechristmas.co.uk/
From 18 January until 24 February 2014 I am taking part in an exhibition with the Purple Printmakers.
The BluePrint exhibition will take place at the Walter Strachen Gallery, Bishop’s Stortford College and will showcase the Printmakers preferred methods of producing original prints.
In addition to the five Purple Printmakers will be Printmaker, and lead tutor at The Curwen Print Study Centre, Susan Jones who will be exhibiting with them for the duration of the BluePrint show.
Three of my solar plate prints are exclusive to Cambridge Contemporary Art in Trinity Street, Cambridge.
On Monday 26 November at the Cambridge Christmas show I launched a new collection of boxed greeting cards.
The Cambridge Evening News ran an article today on the top ten events to shop at for Christmas presents. The Cambridge Christmas show came in at number one! The show has come a long way since the first one at my house in 2008. Some people still ask me why I still run the event each year, particularly as I decided not to exhibit for the past two years and I just managed it instead. The simple answer is that it it is a lot of fun! Yes it is crazy and hard work for a one day event but it is a great way to meet up with fellow exhibitors and chat with customers over a glass of mulled cider. And of course I get to gawp at the wonderful things that everyone has made during the past year.
This year I am debuting my series of boxed greeting cards. There are four to choose from. I will also have some framed prints and prints in my browser. Come and take a look at my new work. It is very different from my oil paintings and I would love to see what you think about it. Hope to see you there.
Cambridge Walkabout is a box set of 8 different greeting cards all wrapped up in a gorgeous reusable hard-cased box.
We currently live in the age of social media. Sending a card or letter is something many of us have lost touch in doing. I decided earlier this year to create a series of boxed sets of greeting cards under the heading of 'Make Someone's Day - send a card!
Having just returned today from a funeral of someone I knew who took his own life it has reiterated the belief that I have done the right thing in creating this series. So go on - make someone's day and buy one of my new boxed sets and send them to those you love or have just lost touch with and you want to say hello to:-)
More information of the other sets will follow.
Out Of The Picture, Resting and Patience are three prints that are exclusive to Cambridge Contemporary Art. You will find them in the browser. CCA are based in Trinity St in central Cambridge. It is a wonderful gallery so pop along and take a look.
Fleeting and Inevitability
I have been concentrating on printmaking for several months now but today I have finished two paintings that will first be shown at an exhibition at Addenbrooke's Arts on 4 December 2013. These paintings were started back in April 2013 so it is nice to finally finish them. I think that having worked with my solar plate prints for many months now, where my style is more graphic my painting technique has changed.
Fleeting, oil on canvas 100 x 100 cm
Inevitability, oil on wood panel 33.5 x 43.5 cm.
I'm thrilled to be exhibiting this year at the Cambridge Christmas show after having a show break for the past two years (you would have found me at the front door instead:-)
I will be launching a new range of 4 boxed sets of greeting cards. You can also purchase prints directly from from my browser, all wrapped up ready to open on Christmas Day!
More information and photos will follow...
These three prints are exclusive to CCA.