A range of my work will be on show at the Weaverbird Gallery throughout October. Covering a wide range of subjects, the exhibition also reflects prints done over the last 10 years. Get along there if you can over the next few weeks!
After a year’s pause to get its breath back the massively successful Ilkley Art Trail is making a triumphant return over the last weekend in June. Featuring an enormous range of mediums, ceramics, sculpture, jewellery, textiles,painting and printmaking, the trail reflects the depth of skill and range of over 50 artist/makers in this region.
Centred upon Ilkley’s medieval manor house, the trail uses 24 venues in and around the town, most of which are well with walking distance of each other. You will be able to see my work in the Ilkley Playhouse in Weston Road.
Look out for the catalogue of artists and map of the venues in shops, pubs etc. around the area or from any of the venues which will be clearly signposted.
All the venues are free to enter and they will be open from 11am. to 5pm. on 28th to 30th of June. We look forward to seeing you!!
Many thanks to my wife, the artist Julia Keates, for the use of one of her collages as the basisof the accompanying poster!
I’ve just completed a 10 colour/hue reduction linoprint of this character. Called a ‘Dipper’, I saw him on the R. Wharfe at the point where the beck that runs down from Hebden joins the main river - near the foot suspension bridge. I’d never seen one before and managed to capture a rather ‘fuzzy’ shot on my phone. He’s been tidied up and made a little more presentable for his debut!
Measuring 19 x 26cms, he’s been printed in Lawrence oil based relief inks in 10 reductions on Bristol Board. He can be found in the my website’s ‘Sea & River Birds’ folder.
I’ve just received my copy of ‘Wings Over Water’, the latest beautifully produced compilation of printmakers’ work by Alan Marshall. I’m honoured to have examples of my work included along with such illustrious artists as Carry Ackroyd, Hester Cox, Robert Gillmor, Nick Wonham and many more. Differing from previous compilations such as ‘The Printmaker’s Cat’ and ‘The Elegant Fowl’, ‘Wings Over Water’ is structured around over 60 specific species of birds and Printmakers’ individual responses to them.
Produced by Mascot Media (www.mascotmedia.co.uk) this compilation represents the work of some of the very best contemporary printmakers working in the UK today and would be of interest to printmakers and ‘birders’ alike!
‘NORWEGIAN COAST WITH ARCTIC TERNS’
I’ve just completed a new print based on our trip up the Norwegian coast to the Arctic Circle in February last year. Not having done this trip, or visited Norway before, we were surprised (and, at times, alarmed) by how close to the shore our 15000 ton ship would sail! Along the shoreline it would appear that any land inclined at less than 45 degrees was cultivated. The print is based on a field just north of Bergen that crossed the snow line. Previous preparatory harrowing of the land had left a regular and irregular pattern of snow and tractor marks which fascinated me. During the trip our ship was constantly escorted by Arctic Terns so I chose to include a flight of four!
Having included 13 reductions on my last print I was determined to make this simpler so kept it to just 6, although I did use 10 different colour hues! Measuring 30 x 40cms. it is printed in T.N. Lawrence oil based inks on Bristol Board in a limited edition of 10.
A new gallery is opening in Ilkley. Called ‘The Solar Gallery’ , it is based on the first floor of Ilkley Manor House. A fascinating and beautiful structure built in the 17th century on the site of a Roman fort, it’s running was taken over recently by a trust and is now rapidly becoming a focus of the lively and highly talented cultural/visual arts scene in Ilkley. As part of this development the house’s solar has been turned into a gallery space.The first exhibition , which opens on March 30th. celebrates the two and three dimensional work of thirty members of the ‘ilkley Arts’ group and includes printmaking, painting, multi media work, ceramics and jewelry.For the moment the gallery is only open at the weekends from 10.00am. to 4.00pm. but the current exhibition will run until the 23rd of June.
I’m lucky enough part of the exhibition, showing my recent 13 colour reduction print of Eider Ducks.
If you’ve not visited the Manor House in recent years, do come along. I think you will be surprised and delighted by the work the trust has already undertaken and their plans for the future for this gem of a building!
This is my good friend and ex colleague Conrad Cookson who has made a bench top easel for me. An excellent artist/photographer in his own right (check out his website www.conradcookson.com) he is also a superb craftsman. The easel will allow me to stand, or sit with a straight back, to do my work - doing it ‘all hunched up’ has become increasingly painful over recent months.
I’m going to take part in the Ilkley Arts Christmas Fair this year. ‘Ilkley Arts’ serves a region rich in highly talented professional artists and designers - and some very gifted amateurs! The range and quality of work on display and for sale will be superb and it’s taking place in Ilkley’s beautiful and historic Manor House - worth a visit in its own right! So - if you’re doing nothing next weekend come along and say hello!
In recent months I’ve had inquires regarding prints, two in particular, the editions of which have sold out. I have always had a bit of antipathy towards having Giglee prints made of my work. I get annoyed when I see such prints being passed off as ‘original’ limited edition pieces of artwork and sold at exorbitant prices to an unsuspecting public. I have also felt that there is an intrinsic quality to lino prints that cannot be truly captured by a mass printing process.
That being said, having been encouraged to explore this avenue by individuals keen to have particular images, and hearing about a printers (John Mason’s of Skipton) with the necessary expertise, I decided to give it a go. I’m really pleased with the results and have decided to put them on to the website. They will be in limited editions and will be clearly described for what they are, Giglee prints of reduction lino print originals.
The prints I’m trialing in this way are ‘Cycle Race - Leeds’ (Places - Miscellaneous) and ‘Swinsty Lodge’ (Buildings)
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My solo exhibition 'Capturing the Moment' opened with a preview on Friday evening at the Mill Bridge Gallery in Skipton. Lots of positive comments, a couple of sales and a lot of wine consumed! The exhibition runs until the 7th of July. Unfortunately, the gallery is currently only open on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Come along if you have the chance!