Okay, so yes, I have just finished the Oxford University show - (pictures will follow soon) but I had already started on my new collection a few weeks ago - Friendship Cups.
There are four prints to choose from. Here are few colourways of the first two. I would love some feedback as it really is something completely new for me.
Some of the work incorporates some of my own favourite cups. My friends will recognise them I'm sure.
Time For Tea!
First Coffee Of The Day.
On Friday 20th September at Green Templeton College, Oxford University I will be exhibiting a brand new collection of solar plate prints with my Printmaking Group - the Purple Printmakers. The collection is called A Tale Of Two Cities and based on the historic cities of Cambridge and Oxford.
It is always nerve-wracking when you launch a new collection so I am looking forward to the feedback on Friday night.
Doors open at 7 pm on the 20th and although the college will be closed to the public on Saturday 21 Sept for the alumni day we will be around on Sunday 22nd from 10 am until noon.
The Stable Gallery, Green Templeton College, 43 Woodstock Road, Summertown, Oxford, OX2 6HG.
Bridges hold a certain fascination for me. Whatever the shape, size or material used I marvel at the construction and always wonder where on earth an engineer would start in designing one of them.
While I have been at work during the last nine months building my solar plate print collection 'A Tale Of Two Cities', three bridges have held my attention. Albeit the first one mentioned here is in Venice, not in either Cambridge or Oxford where A Tale Of Two Cities is set but I couldn't resist completing a plate on the Bridge of Sighs in Venice. It was hard to ignore.
The Bridge of Sighs in Venice is an enclosed bridge passing over the Rio di Palazzo and connects the New Prison to the interrogation rooms in the Doge's Palace and was built in 1602.
The Bridge of Sighs in Cambridge is a covered bridge belonging to St John's College of Cambridge University. It was built in 1831 and crosses the River Cam between the college's Third Court and New Court.
The Bridge of Sighs in Oxford (actual name is Hertford Bridge) is referred to as the Bridge of Sighs because of its supposed similarity to the famous Bridge of Sighs in Venice. The bridge was completed in 1914.
The name - Bridge Of Sighs in Venice, was given by Lord Byron in the 19th century, and comes from the suggestion that prisoners would sigh at their final view of beautiful Venice through the window before being taken down to their cells. In reality little could be seen from the very small windows due to the stone grills covering the windows.
Printmaking Revealed Exhibition
An exhibition of fine art printmaking by the Purple Printmakers (Nina Sage, Sherry Rea, Jo Tunmer, Tania Durrant and Lesley Corbett) is coming to Oxford.
Stables Gallery, Green Templeton College, 43 Woodstock Rd, Oxford OX2 6HG.
The Launch Exhibition Events will be on Friday 20th September from 7pm - midnight and Sunday 22nd September from 10 am - noon. The artists will be on hand during these times and will be delighted to discuss their work and demonstrate techniques.
The exhibition will then continue until 22 October 2013. It will include a wide range of printmaking techniques from the traditional, such as etching, to the cutting edge, such as solar plate. Examples of linocuts, collagraphs and monoprints will be displayed, as well as some works with plates from which they came.
After the launch weekend the exhibition will be in the Stables Gallery at Green Templeton College, 43 Woodstock Road, Summertown, Oxford OX2 6HG from the 22nd Sept, 2013 during normal college hours until 22 October 2013.
I am currently working on some new solar plates for my next show with The Purple Printmakers at Green Templeton College, Oxford University.
All the Purple Printmakers will be there for the whole alumni weekend 20 - 22 September and the exhibition continues until 29 September 2013.
I have had this wood panel sitting on my easel for a few months now. I can't decide what it needs, or is it finished? Still pondering on it!
Today, Sunday 21 July is my last day of Open Studios. Pimms will be out from 4.30 pm.
The first person who arrives today and tells me they saw my blog entry about the launch of my new pack of greeting cards wins one!
Doors open today at 11 am. Closing at 6 and then open for the last day tomorrow - 11 - 6 pm. Pimms will be out nearer the end of each day.
This week has seen the launch of my new range of a boxed set of 8 greeting cards. If you like bikes, punts and Cambridge then you'll love them. They have flown out the door and you won't find them anywhere else except at my next Open Studio weekend 20/21 July. Yes, that's this weekend!
The first person who arrives at my Open Studio at 59 Highworth Avenue, Cambridge, on Saturday 20th July to say that they have seen this blog entry on my website wins a box! Doors open at 11 am.
Currently retailing at £11.00.
The show is ready and waiting. New prints, new boxed greeting cards, new oils on canvas. Come along and take a look. I am open from 11 until 6 pm on Saturdays 13/20 and Sundays 14/21 July. I am looking forward to the feedback on the new prints.
It looks like the weekend is going to be sunny too so you can enjoy a glass of elderflower juice in the garden.
The City and Beyond
One of my favourite quotes is by Andy Warhol - “Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.”
So this is what I've been doing. Since my last Cambridge Open Studios in 2011 I have been busy exhibiting my landscape oil paintings, completing a year-long certificate of Advanced Printmaking at the Curwen Print Study Centre, challenging myself physically with a trek in the Sahara, and visiting some of my favourite cities in the world for inspiration. And of course, then returning to the studio to produce the work.
Since learning how to print with polymer plates, an exciting fine art original printing technique that I have fallen in love with, my head is full of new possibilities. The start of my collection based on Cambridge City uses this technique and they will be on display at my Open Studios. I also have a body of landscape oil paintings on wood and canvas too. You will also find hand-pulled and printed greeting cards, including the launch of my new collection of boxed cards, etchings on perspex, unframed prints and a few original oils on paper in the browsers.
I will be opening my studio and gallery space at 59 Highworth Avenue, Cambridge CB4 2BQ from 11 until 6 pm on Saturdays 13/20 July and Sundays 14/21 July. Elderflower juice, coffee, teas and biscuits will be served. I will also be around during the week in between the Open Studio weekends, so if you would like to come outside of these times then email email@example.com or call or text me at 07765 563908.
I can now accept both credit and debit cards during the Open Studios exhibition.
Resting. Polymer plate print with chine collé.
I have just finished this large 100 x 100 cm canvas. It is all about current turbulent times and looking up and out to calmer waters, crossing the land to get there. It has a strong blue sky full of hope and promise.
I have been spending the week making hand-pulled cards. Here are a few samples. Soon I will be launching an on-line shop so my print range can be purchased where ever you are in the world.
Passed Cambridge Contemporary Art yesterday and there was Contemplation Bay in the window.
Contemplation Bay is an oil on canvas of 120 x 80 centimetres.
The new exhibition at Cambridge Contemporary Art starts today 1 June 2013.
I have seven new paintings available to purchase. Prices range from £350 - £1300.
Beside the Sea
01 Jun 2013 - 23 Jun 2013
As Cambridge is so far from the Coast, we've brought the Coast to you!
A few weeks ago I was approached to donate a whale for the James Whale Fund for Kidney Cancer.
The campaign is helping to support children diagnosed with kidney cancer. A number of celebrities, TV and Radio presenters, local and national artists and designers have customized the outline of a Whale, drawn and donated by the Daily Mail cartoonist Pugh. The whales will be auctioned, with the help from Jeffrey Archer at Clarendon Fine Art, Dover Street London on the 6th of June. All proceeds will help make sure that all the children have access to the best possible care and professional support.
Whales have also been donated by Sir Quentin Blake, Mel C, David Cameron, Mayor of London, James Whale, Lord Jeffrey Archer and Mark McLaughlin.
For more information go to the website.
Contemplation Bay is one of two 100 x 80 cm canvasses that will be available to purchase at Cambridge Contemporary Art from 1 June 2013.
Both the large canvasses were started at the end of 2012 and challenged me continually. Sometimes I have layered paint for an entire day only to remove it all at the end because it wasn't right. This can be very frustrating but it is all part of the process of painting. It can't be hurried.
The collection of coastal work for the exhibition is about what being by the sea means to me. It makes me feel contentment, joy and wonder.
At the end of May I will be delivering new oil paintings to Cambridge Contemporary Art for the opening of the Besides The Sea exhibition. So if you are in Cambridge from 1 until 23 June 2013 pop in and immerse yourself in my new work. The inspiration for the collection has been Northumberland, Devon and Norfolk.
I am often asked how long an oil painting takes to complete. To give you some idea the collection of nine paintings (7 wood panels and 2 large canvasses of 120 x 80 cm) were started in December 2012. Two are yet to be finished. I did take a few weeks off to complete my Sahara trek and indulge in a 4 day cheap break to Paris in April, but other than that it has been endless layering of oil paint for months. Enjoy.
A recent commission for prints based on Cambridge scenes has resulted in a new body of work entitled Cambridge Walkabout. This is still work in progress but I hope to have the new collection ready to be seen at Cambridge Open Studios in July.
The mixed media collection is a new departure for me. I would love to have feedback on the new work so please let me know what you think.
The Annual starts today at The Guildhall, Cambridge. Exhibition
I have two original hand painted solar plate prints on display. One of them, Summer Punts, is from a new body of prints, entitled 'Walks Around Cambridge' that I am currently working on.
The exhibition is open from 13 - 20 April from 10 am until 5.30 pm.