I’m taking part in the Summer Show at Rye Art Gallery. It’s on now and runs until September 1st. I did this sketch after I dropped off my prints at the gallery. Not ideal weather for sketching but fitted in a quick drawing whilst having a cup of coffee.
Afterwards I stopped off in Hastings to drop off my cards at the Jerwood Gallery and sketched on the beach.
I’ll be exhibiting three prints (including new linocut shown) at the Artist’s United show, the Foundry, North Sttreet, Lewes. Many local artists will be taking part in support of Lewes Football Club. The exhibition runs from Friday 5th until Sunday 7th July. Please come along if you can.
It’s that time of year again. The Brighton festival seems to come around so quickly! The Brighton Open Houses runs for the four weekends in May starting on Saturday (4th May). I’ll be showing a selection of prints and cards at The Gloobaah House which is part of the Dyke Road Trail. In addition to my work, there will be paintings, textiles, ceramics, photography and wire work by other local artists. Feel free to visit, browse the art and there will also be refreshments and cake to tempt you!
The Gloobaah House, 22a The Drove, Brighton, BN1 5AF.
To find out more and download a brochure (we’re on p26), please go to
I will be taking part in a group Christmas show at Pastorale Studio and Antiques, 15 Malling Street, Lewes.
The show starts on Saturday 8th December and runs for two weekends. There will be photographs and paintings on show as well as limited edition prints and cards. Not forgetting the Buttercup Cafe in the courtyard for delicious tea and cake. Hope you can make it!
During the Lewes Artwave, the St Annes gallery has an exhibition ‘From the Artist Studio’ which has a great selection of paintings, prints and drawings. Some of my screenprints and linocuts are also on display.
Please see the website for more information
The Jewish Museum is one of my favourite museums in Amsterdam. Currently there’s an Emmy Andriesse (1914-1953) exhibition. She was one of the twentieth century’s leading Dutch photographers and had great personal courage, working illegally as a photographer and evading capture during the Nazi occupation. The exhibition includes photos of street life, the Second World War and Liberation of Amsterdam. Her pictures of the Dutch Hunger Winter of 1944-45 are particularly poignant.
I wasn’t familiar with William Kentridges work until now. I was amazed at ‘Black Box/Chambre Noir’ It has to be seen to be believed! A mechanical theatre which incorporates mechanical figures performing against a projected backdrop of beautiful animated charcoal drawings and written historical documentation. The music is taken from Sarastro’s aria and ‘The Magic Flute’ and works so well with the imagery. This is Kentridges response to the the consequences of German colonialism in Africa and the genocide of people in German South West Africa between 1904 and 1907.
Whilst passing the Rembrandt museum, a poster caught my eye. I made a diversion and visited what turned out to be Wendelien Schonfeld’s work. The exhibition shows mainly her wood cuts. Amazing work! I really like how she combines traditional and contemporary elements in her work. Really vibrant and interesting to break down the different overlapping colours. My favourite pieces are the simpler pictures, particulary of buildings and swimmers on a raft. Very inspiring.
A couple of weeks ago, I headed to the coast to and the De la Warr Pavilion at Bexhill On Sea. You couldn’t miss the bus suspended from the roof of the building. It even rocked! Richard Wilsons ‘Hang on a Minute Lads, I’ve a great idea…’ is inspired by the iconic cliff top scene from The Italian Job. Fantastic! No sign of Michael Cane but there was a BBC film crew and Mark Kermode. On the ground floor there are four moving image artworks titled ‘Everything Flows’ The Art of Getting in the Zone. I really enjoyed watching the sometimes repetitive nature of sport on large screens. Strangely hypnotic. Jumping and dropping the ball in a net, practicing the run up to the pole vault and hitting the hockey ball at goal. Showing athletes working individually and as a team. We see the athletes at the big events and its easy to forget all the effort and training that goes on before. Bring on the Olympics!!
The galleries and museums in NYC were top of my ‘to do’ list. The Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) and Metropolitan Museum house a number of fantastic pieces from the 20th and 21st centuries.
I saw so much so the following are a few of my highlights. Currently at MOMA there’s an eye catching series of David Shrigley black and white wood cuts brilliantly displayed on a spotted wall.
Jasper Johns work especially his ‘Flag’ painting (1954-55) is incredibly eye catching and thought provoking. On closer inspection fragments of newspaper can be seen behind the wax coated painted stars and stripes.Whilst at RISD I was lucky to see many of his prints which are equally impressive and experimental in mark making.
The current retrospective of Cindy Shermans photos takes you through her work from the 1970’s to present day. Amazing to see so many photographs of her in her many different guises. Particularly like the ‘untitled film stills’ from the 1970s.
The Guggenheim designed by Frank Lloyd Wright is a wonderful building. Disappointingly much of it was closed off as the previous exhibit was being taken down. However there was a very moving exhibition by Francesca Woodman, a young photographer who studied at RIDI and created very haunting mostly black and white self portraits.
During my trip I was lucky to see many Alex Katz paintings and prints. The exhibition at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts is stunning. Many large scale prints using bold and simple colours. Some of his large etchings I thought were screenprints and enjoyed trying to decipher the printing process behind the image. He often incorporates glamourous portraits of family and friends and there’s a room of idyllic prints set in Maine. Fantastic use of light. I don’t like using the word ‘cool’ but they really are!
I’m a big fan of Edward Hopper’s paintings and prints so I wanted to make sure I saw as many as I could whilst in New York and New England. ‘The Lighthouse at Two Lights (1929) will now always remind me of my trip. The sky is so blue and his use of shadows reminescent of sunny days spent in Maine.
I’m taking part again this year in the Artist Open Houses in Brighton. I will be showing prints at the Gloobaah House, 22a The Drove, BN1 5AF. It’s part of the Dyke Road Trail so there are also lots of other houses nearby to visit, view art, drink tea and eat cake! The house will be open every weekend in May (5th -27th). Hope to see you there!
Also pleased to report that two of my prints are on show at the Open at the Dome exhibition which runs 5th- 29th May.