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.
I'm pleased to share details of some recent watercolours, the latest original works created in my studio.
In addition to two paintings currently being exhibited in Edinburgh as part of The Scottish Gallery's Flora Depicta exhibition, the three new watercolours shown below will feature in Off The Wall, an exhibition in London at The Bankside Gallery which opens on 29th July featuring the work of members of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers and the Royal Watercolour Society. I was delighted to be elected to the latter earlier this year. Find out more
If you'd like to find out more about these three new watercolours, please contact The Bankside Gallery on 020 7928 7521.
Striped Cups with Spring Flowers (watercolour)
Striped Cups with Spring Flowers (watercolour - detail)
Tuscan and Umbrian Seedheads, La Cavière (watercolour)
Tuscan and Umbrian Seedheads, La Cavière (watercolour - detail)
New Town Cup with Feathers and Seedheads (watercolour)
New Town Cup with Feathers and Seedheads (watercolour - detail)
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.
Edinburgh based photograph Peter Dibdin has been visiting and working in Sierra Leone since 2014, photographing a development project by Orkidstudio who were building a new school for underprivileged girls run by Swawou School Foundation.
The resulting images of the community involved in the build, from the students to the construction team, will be published in a beautiful hardback book featuring 72 photographs, interviews and essays.
Swawou School student Aminata Sheriff at home
Brick layer Lahai Samai Ngabulango on site in 2014
Teacher Dauda Kabba at the site of the new school
Labourer Moina Kallon digging a 15 ft deep cess pit
'Surface', an exhibition of new work by David Cass has just opened at Gayfield Creative in Edinburgh, with profits going towards the creation of an informative public exhibition Cass has been working on slated to take place in Florence this coming November.
Created using non-traditional methods and painted on unconventional surfaces, these repetitive, layered artworks are unified by their exclusive depiction of water.
Bodies of water that Cass has surveyed whilst travelling: the Atlantic from Cádiz, the Adriatic from Dalmatia, the Mediterranean from Liguria. Many too, are abstracted visions of the English Channel ('Mor breizh') - the strip of water the artist must cross to reach France, Belgium, Spain and Italy - where he sources the materials and supports upon which he works. From Paris’ plethora of antique shops to Brussels’ frequent flea-markets, Cass sources every-day items (wooden, metal, and paper planes) suitable to be brought back to his studio and transformed into the foundation of each artwork.
Cass gathers ordinary objects that speak of function and familiarity: tabletops, drawer bases, trunk lids, roadsigns, books & papers. Aged items and objects that describe a lifetime of use in their worn grains – a kind of repetition that is mirrored in Cass’ mark-making and obsessive documentation of a singular subject.
An exhibition celebrating the work of Richard Bawden has just opened at The Fry Gallery in Saffron Walden.
Perhaps best know for his paintings and prints, Richard is also a designer, whose work includes book illustration, posters, murals, mosaics, textiles, engraved glass, furniture and cast iron seats (for which he cut the patterns himself).
Richard's paintings are drawn from life, and as a printmaker he works predominantly in etching and lino. He studied at the Royal College of Art, has had over sixty one-man exhibitions at home and abroad, and has work in Royal, public and private collections.
Richard Bawden at 80 runs until 12th June 2016 at The Fry Art Gallery in Saffron Walden. Visit their website for details of opening times.
'Pink Eyes' etching
'Toucan in the Study' watercolour
'Winter Still Life' etching