As part of our Editions & Objects exhibition at Yorkshire Sculpture Park (which runs until the end of October 2016) Mark Hearld has produced a small edition of ceramic pigeons especially for the event.
The pigeons have been modelled by Mark using clay and then slipcast at the Potteries in Stoke-on-Trent. Mark has then used a mixture of glazes, oxides and stains to decorate each piece, all of which take inspiration from Pablo Picasso’s pigeon paintings.
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Mark Hearld's Blue/Ochre Slipware Pigeon (view one)
Mark Hearld's Blue/Ochre Slipcast Pigeon (view two)
Mark Hearld's Black/Duck Egg Blue Slipcast Pigeon (view one)
Mark Hearld's Black/Duck Egg Blue Slipcast Pigeon (view two)
Mark Hearld's Blue/Peach Slipcast Pigeon (view one)
Mark Hearld's Blue/Peach Slipcast Pigeon (view two)
Mark Hearld's Black/White with Red Ring Slipcast Pigeon (view one)
Mark Hearld's Black/White with Red Ring Slipcast Pigeon (view two)
Mark Hearld's White/Blue Slipcast Pigeon (view one)
Mark Hearld's White/Blue Slipcast Pigeon (view two)
Many thanks to Jonty Wilde for photographing these slipcast pigeons.
Working with the theme of editions and multiples, many of the contributing artists have created new works specifically for the exhibition.
Katy has produced ten of these 'Splash' hand painted boxwood pendants for the exhibition, each individually numbered and boxed.
Born in Dundee and now based in London, Katy Hackney received a BA at Edinburgh College of Art and a MA at the Royal College of Art, London. Her work can be seen in the permanent collections of the London Crafts Council, Montreal Museum of Decorative Arts, Royal Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, and the Ulster Museum, National Museum of Northern Ireland.
Find out more about this limited edition pendant via the YSP website.
Many thanks to YSP's Marie for modelling one of Katy's pendants. All photographs copyright Jonty Wilde.
Mark Hearld has curated a new exhibition at Scarborough Art Gallery entitled 'All Creatures...' for which he has selected specimens of taxidermy from the Scarborough Collections.
Mark shared some of the details of this new exhibition with us...
"It has been a delight to take Scarborough's fantastic natural history collection out of the stores and display it afresh - a Galápagos tortoise and an egg from the extinct Great Auk are among many scientifically significant specimens. I took great pleasure in displaying a pair of mute swans and a group coughs restored and remounted for the exhibition by York taxidermist David Astley against aquamarine painted walls in the gallery. The exhibition is collage of forms in space and beauty in nature."
Mark has also created three new works of his own for the exhibition and these collages (of Grey Plovers, a Peregrine Falcon and a Herring gull) will become part of Scarborough Museum Trust's collection. and you'll have a chance to see Mark's largest linocut yet.
Mark takes inspiration from his wonder at the natural world, with animals and plants at the heart of his work. His work encompasses a range of different artistic forms including limited edition prints, unique paintings, collages, hand-painted ceramics. He also designs a range of fabrics and wallpaper for St Jude's.
Scarborough Museums Trust collections manager Jennifer Dunne explains...
"Mark’s work is known and admired around the world, so we’re delighted to have three new images of his as part of the Collections. His view on our taxidermy specimens is unique – visitors to the gallery will see them in a way they’ve never been seen before.”
The exhibition runs at Scarborough Art Gallery until 25th September 2016. Find out more from the Scarborough Museums Trust website.
Interrobang: an international showcase of letterpress print forms part of Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft's The Village of Type programme.
Selected by a panel of typographers and designers, this open submission exhibition forms part of Ditchling’s popular Artists’ Open House trail and takes place in the beautiful former studios of painter Sir Frank Brangwyn. The exhibition features the work of contemporary letterpress artists from as far afield as Australia, Brazil, Canada, Ireland, The Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, and the USA.
We're delighted to have been involved in this project and have produced a Random Spectacular journal dedicated to the event.
The diversity of the exhibition is reflected with an example of work by each of the contributing artists alongside additional articles that take a look at the idiosyncratic approach to typography of Ditchling's printing press St Dominic's. We also talk to Alan Kitching about his work and inspirations and find out more about the activities of the Occasional Print Club, whilst The Counter Press look at the role and relevance of the recent revival in letterpress and Anthony Burrill takes us on a tour of a printing works in a hidden corner of Rye. Take a look inside Interrobang.
The exhibition continues at Jointure Studios (just down the road from Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft) until 30th May 2016. Find out more.
Dynamo Works 'House'
The Print Project 'Shapednoise / Blood Music / Joanne / Boe&Lx poster for Golden Cabinet'
Dafi Kühne 'Januarloch'
Geri McCormick 'Viva'
The front cover of our Random Spectacular journal, featuring an interrobang printed by Thomas Mayo.
Our feature on the work of Alan Kitching Find out more.
Our look at the idiosyncratic approach to typography of Ditchling's printing press St Dominic's Find out more.
Over the coming months we look forward to sharing news of a series of publications, events, films and interviews which celebrate the craft of print.
We'll be looking at the work of printmakers, editioning studios and specialist printers who are all experts in their chosen field.
A few years back Cristian Barnett visited Angie Lewin's studio to photograph her at work. The resulting short film (showing the creation of Angie's 'Winter Spey' wood engraving) and photographs (of her 'Teasel' limited edition print) can be seen here.
Angie Lewin creates her 'Teasels' limited edition wood engraving
From 19th March until 23rd April 2016 our good friends at Tinsmiths in Ledbury will be presenting Spring Life, an exhibition of work by painter/printmaker Mark Hearld and ceramicist Paul Young.
You'll be able to get a sneak preview of two new designs we'll be launching soon - the fabric version of Mark's popular Squirrel and Sunflower wallpaper and a new design, Cirque D'Hiver, inspired by time spent in Paris.
Mark has also been collaborating with Ledbury based letterpress printer Martin Tilley on a series of new linocut prints, featured in the film above.
Spring Life runs from 19th March until 23rd April 2016 at Tinsmiths, Tinsmiths Alley, 8A High Street, Ledbury, Herefordshire. HR8 1DS. Visit their website for opening times.
We'll be adding details of Mark's new fabrics to our website soon, in the meantime you can view Mark's existing fabrics and wallpaper for St Jude's.
Mark Hearld's forthcoming Cirque D'Hiver fabric for St Jude's
The fabric version of Mark Hearld's Squirrel and Sunflower wallpaper for St Jude's
Life is But a Dream, Jonathan Gibbs' solo exhibition at the Open Eye Gallery in Edinburgh continues until 27th January 2016.
Jonathan has lived and worked in Scotland for many years but acknowledges the importance of the “churches, fields, shorelines and elements of landscape from East Norfolk, where my family comes from”.
Having trained at Central School of Art and Design and the Slade School of Fine Art, in addition to the creation of new work for regular exhibitions Jonathan is a Head of Illustration at the Edinburgh College of Art.
Writing about Jonathan’s 2006 ‘Flint & Straw’ exhibition at the Open Eye Gallery, Alan Powers suggests that “at first sight, his paintings and engravings evoke a mid-twentieth-century mood, suggestive of territory between Ben Nicholson and Eric Ravilious – fastidious, linear and deeply sensitive to place”.
You might also like to see Jonathan's fabric for St Jude's, Herring Moon.
Jonathan Gibbs 'The Baite VI' wood engraving
A wood engraving in progress in Jonathan Gibbs' studio
Jonathan Gibbs 'Owl and Moon' wood engraving
Jonathan Gibbs 'Vessel and Curtain' oil on canvas and board
Previously cut wood blocks in Jonathan Gibbs' studio
Jonathan Gibbs 'Swallow and Dyke' wood engraving
Jonathan Gibbs' studio
Jonathan Gibbs 'Mellis Moat Man' wood engraving