Saturday, 21 January 2012

London Art Fair

Visited the annual London Art Fair at the Business Design Centre, in Islington. Noticed this year  there seemed to be a surfeit of Bridget Riley's stripey painting and prints, as well as Keith Vaughn's figurative paintings. A couple of artworks  caught my eye, one of which being by Nancy Fouts, who like Polly Morgan, employs taxidermy as the central theme in her work. I like the imaginative use of surrealism and whimsy but feel certain pieces exploit, or are disrespectful of the animals. The piece of hers illustrated below (Butterfly Boat) however, has a magical feel and is just poetic.   

Friday, 6 January 2012

Reading Matter

 

Had been a good boy for all of 2011, (well most of it!), and was duly rewarded to find this beautifully designed and lavishly illustrated tome in my Christmas stocking. Edward Bawden's London details his associations with the capital from his early student days to his later exhibitions and teaching stints at various colleges. Some beautiful line drawings and of course lots of masterful linocut prints of landmark buildings, some now long gone. Looking forward to Easter when hopefully the Easter Bunny will bring me the reprint of High Street by Bawden's great friend Ravilious.