Here are a few paintings that will be first shown at Cambridge Contemporary Art in mid-October 2012. Although I have travelled through New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania this year my short breaks in Norfolk and Northumberland have provided me with the inspiration for my latest work. I will be focusing on my US trips with printmaking next.
Reflecting, oil on wood panel. Just drying so size will be confirmed once framed.
Intensity, oil on wood panel, drying - size to be confirmed once framed.
I have a very busy year ahead of me. Right now I am in the process of finishing six new paintings for Cambridge Contemporary Art. These will first be shown in October 2012.
I have also started training for my Sketch and Trek, raising funds for The British Heart Foundation. I will be taking part in a 100km trek in the Sahara Desert in March 2013 where I will be compiling a diary, sketching and completing an exhibition or the work produced later on that year. For further information please go to my fundraising website.So far I have raised just under £2,500 in five months so I am very hopeful that I will reach my personal target of £5,000.
I will also be taking part in some local exhibitions and I am also managing the Cambridge Christmas 12 show which will take place at The Unitarian Church Hall on Monday 26 November 2012. So look out for me with my walking boots on during the next few months!
My trips to Northumberland and the Norfolk coast this year has inspired my most recent work. The new oil-on-wood panels will be shown at Cambridge Contemporary Art in October 2012.
Our assessment is today and you can view the work produced during the year-long Certificate in Printmaking on Friday 22 June from 6 until 9 pm and on Saturday 23 June from 12 until 4 pm. The exhibition is in the print room at The Curwen Print Study Centre.
The Purple PrintMakers site describes how to get there,
Here are some photographs as I prepare for the show. Please come along and join me for a drink. I welcome any feedback on my first printmaking show.
The devastating fire caused by arsonists at Chilford Hall this week will not stop the Curwen Press, and The Curwen Print Study Centre from continuing with their work.
In support of The Curwen Press and The Curwen Print Study Centre the exhibition of the five Certificate in Printmaking course graduates (the Purple Printmakers) will go ahead with their exhibition on Friday 22 and Saturday 23 June 2012.
We would love to see as many people there to help support the Curwen during this rather difficult time. Personally my heart goes out to the owners of Chilford Hall who at this moment in time are busy erecting a marquee in time for a wedding due to take place this Saturday.
I have been very busy these past few months working towards the end of my Certificate in Printmaking from the Curwen Print Study Centre. It has been a very rewarding, albeit stressful year trying to study, experiment and produce work using a variety of print techniques in combination with continuing to work on new oil paintings and deal with a few difficult family issues along the way. The end of the course is near but it is also the start of an exciting new venture. The five participating artists have formed a new exhibiting group called the Purple Printmakers.
Our final year assessment is on Friday 22 June 2012. We will be showcasing our work on Saturday 23rd June from 12 until 4 pm and will be holding a Private Preview on Friday 22 June 2012 from 6 until 9 pm. For more information please go to purpleprintmakers.com
I will be printing in my studio from October 2012 and further exhibitions with the Purple Printmakers will be announced in 2013. My next exhibition showcasing six new oil paintings at Cambridge Contemporary Art will be at the end of October 2012.
Monoprint, framed in white metal.
I seem to have been focusing on etching these past few weeks. Climbing and Changing are hot-off-the-press. They will be showcased during the private preview on Friday 22 June 2012 at The Curwen Print Centre. We will also keep the show open during Saturday 23 June.
My next exhibition will be at The Curwen Print Study Centre. It will be my final assessment for my year-long Certificate in Printmaking course. It has challenged be enormously and I have thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. I just have to pass now:-) The date for the show is Saturday 23 June 2012 at the Centre, which is based at Chilford Hall in Linton.
25% of sales taken on the night at the private preview of my show with Marcus Nisbet at The Institute for Manufacturing will go to my year of fund-raising for the British Heart Foundation. This is an invitation only event. For more information please contact me on 07765 563908.
Map to the IfM (click on it to enlarge)
To achieve this I am taking part in a self-funded trek in the Sahara Desert in March 2013 where I will be sketching as I go along and producing an exhibition later that year. Also I have booked and have started collecting donations for an invitation-only Auction of Promises, various friends are also organising an American-style tennis tournament, and an orchestral day to help me reach my target.
For more information about why I have chosen this charity please visit my trek page.
So far I have raised £900 towards my target. I still have a long way to go but I am determined to achieve my goal. During my next show at The Institute for Manufacturing 25% of sales will go towards my fund raising target.
I have recently been included in a fantastic book that is being created by Howard Guest. The book will be called . It is a wonderful little book and I can't wait to see it published. - Women and their Stories
The private preview for my show with Marcus Nisbet at The Institute for Manufacturing will be on Thursday 10 May 2012. The Institute is a wonderful building opened by the Duke of Edinburgh in 2009. This is an invitation only event from 6 until 8 pm. For invitations please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
I went to see the retrospective of Robert Gillmor last week at Reading Museum. What a treat. I particularly loved all the linocut prints as I am currently trying to get to grips with the method at The Curwen Print Study Centre.
I have recently purchased his book Cutting Away which is constantly referred to while making my own lino plates.
The exhibition finishes tomorrow, 29 April 2012.
Robert Gillmor, Cutting Away published by Langford Press.
The Cambridge Drawing Society annual exhibition is on this week at The Guildhall, Cambridge. It finishes on Saturday, 21 April at 4pm.
You will find something a bit different from me this year. A monoprint and a mixed media print, completed at the Curwen Print Study Centre. I would be interested to hear your feedback as this will be my first exhibition of prints.
At The Forefront
46 x 56 cm
46 x 56 cm
I have several brand new paintings for sale at Cambridge Contemporary Art's Waterlands exhibition. 31 March until 22 April 2012.
I have achieved mixed results while trying my hand at monoprinting at I have worked on At The Forefront with mixed media but Barking is a true monoprint. I really want to experiment more with monoprinting so watch this space:-)
37 x 47 cm
In The Forefront
37 x 47 cm
I am just finishing my second term of the certificate in printmaking course at The Curwen Print Study Centre based in Linton, Cambridgeshire. I have learnt such a lot in a short space of time.
Screen printing has always filled me with dread, as it was the one thing I struggled with while studying Textile Design during the early 1980's.
Here are a couple of multimedia pieces I have been working on based on an original screen print.
Oh What A Lovely Day 1
Oh What A Lovely Day 2
For the last few months I have been working away on some new canvases ready for the Eastern Landscapes Show at Cambridge Contemporary Art in April 2012. I am hoping that some new wood panelled work will be dry in time for the show too. Here is one 100 x 100 cm painting that will be shown first at CCA.
Summer Marshes, 100 x 100 cm
Close up of Summer Marshes.
Here you can see the scratches more clearly in the canvas.
Hopefully they will all be dry before the end of March 2012 ready for the show.
Here is Feathery Dips. A new painting that will be shown at the Eastern Landscapes exhibition at Cambridge Contemporary Art in April 2012. Oil on canvas, 100 x 80 cm.
Two more 100 x 100 cm canvases will be finished in time for the show. More to follow later....
Today two year 8 students from Chesterton Community College joined me for their work shadowing day.
Anna and Millie have been preparing wood panels and have been discussing the life of being an Painter. We have talked about the different techniques I use and have also looked at different painting and printing methods.
We have just filled in their booklets and finished the day by writing this blog entry!