Friday, 25 November 2011

Fine Feathered Friends

I am a huge admirer of our avian friends as you will no doubt guess from my Bird Gallery, and I like to depict them as well as butterflies. I recently attended the Ghosts of Gone Birds exhibition and was alarmed to see the devastation humans still continue to wreak on these beautiful creatures. The exhibition attempted to highlight extinct species and artistic contributions were made by Sir Peter Blake and Ralph Steadman amongst others. My eye however, was caught by the wonderful retro styling of this Bishops O' o' bird by illustrator Ben Newman which I covet. It is a screen-print on wood and I particularly like the handmade qualities such as the slight mis-registration  of the image and the fact that you can still see the woodgrain showing through.

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Cambridge Christmas

I visited Cambridge last week and more specifically Cambridge Contemporary Art, to deliver some new pieces for their Christmas Show. Among them I will be showing two new pieces - "Little Red Dress", created from a new dress template, and "Coronet", created with metallic gold thread and gold leaf. The Christmas Show runs from Friday 25th November until 24th December 2011.Cambridge Contemporary Art, 6 Trinity St, Cambridge.

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

E. McKnight Kauffer: Poster King

Visited the Estorick Collection, Islington recently to see the E. McKnight Kauffer exhibition. I really love the graphic design from this period (1920s and 30s), and especially Kauffers' work which was an influence on my own commercial work as an illustrator. 

The show runs until 18th December and contains many of his iconic posters for the Herald newspaper, Shell and London Underground and other near perfect combinations of typography and image. There are also interiors, paintings and theatre designs created by Kauffer. 

Not sure if I would describe him as the "Poster King" , as I think there are other designers    (Hohlwein, Capiello, Cassandre), who are more deserving of that accolade. He was a fantastic designer nonetheless and this is a good show. Reach!

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Windsor Contemporary Art Fair

I will be exhibiting work at Windsor Contemporary Art Fair from Friday 11th November (Private View 6pm - 9pm) to Sunday 13th November. I will be exhibiting on Stand 83. Hope to see you there.