November 26th, 2014
I visited Rye Harbour in the Summer and stumbled upon a lovely gallery cafe called ‘ The Avocet Gallery’. I met Morgan and Peter who run the gallery and enjoyed wonderful tea and cake. They show the work of local artists and craftspeople. I will be taking part in the Christmas show exhibiting a small number of boat pastel pictures. The exhibition starts on the 29th and 30th November 10:30 – 4:30pm.
September 17th, 2014
I will be having an exhibition at the St Annes Gallery, Lewes. Starts on Saturday (Sept 20th) and runs until Sunday (28th). Jo Lamb and I will be showing drawings, prints and paintings on the theme ‘Travellers Tales’ I’ll be showing a selection of prints and drawings from my travels in Europe and Vietnam. Many of them featured on my blog. You’re very welcome to come along! More info at:
July 25th, 2014
Spent a gloriously sunny afternoon at the De la Warr Pavilion (DLWP) and nearby beach.
I really enjoyed the exhibitions at the DLWP. Firstly Ivan Chemayeff who has made a big impact on the world of advertising and design. He also happens to be the son of Serge Chermayeff, one of DLWPs architect’s. This exhibition shows some of his commercial work for companies including Mobil and his personal work including many prints and collages. They’re fun and playful incorporating letters, colourful shapes and magazine cuttings. Interesting too to see pages from his children’s books. They remind me of Paul and Anne Rands children’s books from the 50s and 60s.
The Otto Dix exhibition in contrast shows a series of etchings (Der Kreig) depicting the savages of the 1st World War. As a German soldier in the front line he experienced first hand the atrocities of war. Wonderfully drawn and using the etching process to maximum effect, he depicts many scenes from people escaping air attack to enlisting troops.
Not a day to spend too much time indoors so enjoyed a drink on the balcony and did some sketching. I moved outside afterwards and sketched the surrounding area. The DLWP is a great example of 1930’s architecture and I enjoyed drawing it. I have included a few drawings here and more will be on show at my exhibition at the St Annes Gallery in September.
June 19th, 2014
I always enjoy visiting the Towner gallery when I’m in Eastbourne. I dropped off my cards (including my new Eastbourne card). Currently there’s a great exhibition: Designing the Everyday. Wonderful examples of Eric Ravillious designs for Wedgewood, Shell Posters and more recently the work of St Judes designers.
The Eastbourne tennis championships are on at Devonshire Park (next door). I enjoyed relaxing in the sunshine and watching the tennis players. I thought it would be a challenge trying to capture their movements.
June 16th, 2014
I’ve just proofed a new linocut. I’ve referenced two drawings I made at a cafe in Hanoi. I wanted to bring together the best bits of each drawing. I really liked the patterns in the armchairs (looked quite Matissey to me) and the woman sitting by the window waiting for her friend to arrive. There was a musical theme evident with the many jazz records on the walls and an eye catching gramophone.
June 16th, 2014
New Eastbourne card has arrived! Available to buy in my online shop.