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Robert Gillmor retrospective

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

Robert Gillmor, Cutting Away published by Langford Press.

Cambridge Drawing Society

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

At The Forefront

46 x 56 cm



46 x 56 cm

Cambridge Contemporary Art

I have several brand new paintings for sale at Cambridge Contemporary Art's Waterlands exhibition.  31 March until 22 April 2012.

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31 March - 22 April 2012

This month's exhibition focuses on the East Anglian landscape. Gail Brodholt, Lara Cobden, Jenny Grevatte, Ross Loveday, Samuel Thomas, Jo Tunmer and Trevor Woods will all be showing new work.

Complimenting the paintings will be a selection of artists from the East Anglian Potters Group. Jane Barker, Richard Baxter, Rob Bibby, Susan Cupitt, Joyce Davison, Margaret Gardiner, Jane Hollidge, Helen Humphreys, Lorraine Izon, Victor Knibbs, Sonia Lewis, Helen Martino, Madelaine Murphy, Colin Saunders, Usch Spettigue, Katherine Winfrey and Maurice Young will all be contributing work in what promises to be a fantastic display of East Anglian art.

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I have achieved mixed results while trying my hand at monoprinting at The Curwen Print Studio. 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:-)


Barking. monoprint

37 x 47 cm

In the Forefront

In The Forefront

Mixed media

37 x 47 cm

And now for something completely different...

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

Oh What A Lovely Day 1

Oh what a lovely day 2

Oh What A Lovely Day 2

Cambridge Contemporary Art

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.

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Summer Marshes, 100 x 100 cm

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Close up of Summer Marshes.

Here you can see the scratches more clearly in the canvas.

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Canvases drying.

Hopefully they will all be dry before the end of March 2012 ready for the show.

One canvas finished for CCA 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.

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Two more 100 x 100 cm canvases will be finished in time for the show.  More to follow later....

Work Shadow Day

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!

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Work in progress for Cambridge Contemporary Art

I have been working hard already this year getting ready for an Eastern Landscapes exhibition at Cambridge Contemporary Art starting in April 2012.

Here are a few photos of three large canvases I am currently working on.  I am also hoping to finish some new wood panels but that will depend on many variables!

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work in progress

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Institute for Manufacturing

I have just hung a new exhibition with Marcus Nisbet at The Institute for Manufacturing.   The Institute is the public face of Cambridge University Department of Engineering's Manufacturing and Management Division. It was opened in 2009 and is a wonderful building on the University West site.

Eight of my paintings are for sale and the preview date is Thursday 10 May 2012 from 6 - 8 pm. However, if you would like to visit the exhibition, which is very near the reception area, please visit The Institute any work day, or during the upcoming Cambridge University Science Festival.



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