Creek Printmakers (of which I am a member) are showing their work this coming week at the Fishslab Gallery in Whitstable. The prints on show are mostly from linocuts but there are silkscreen prints and monoprints too.
Whitstable, CT5 1DB
Wednesday 16th to Tuesday 22nd September 2015
Open 10.30am – 5.00pm.
New(ish) work by me on show includes This Way! That Way!, Headless Chicken and Da Doo Run Run.
This Way! That Way! Linocut print and watercolour.
Headless Chicken. Linocut print.
Da Doo Run Run. Linocut print.
Art in a Rainy City, 1980s: Illustration in Indian ink for an exhibition of work by illustrators based in the Manchester area. A one night stand with the art buyers and creatives of Manchester. I don’t remember getting any commissions from that evening but it was good to work with other illustrators in putting it all together.
Any other ‘oldies’ remember it?
2010 has been a year of rediscovery for me. And the greatest of these has been of Ronald Searle’s work, made possible by exhibitions in London and Hannover in honour of his 90th birthday.
The fact that I could still draw, after a decade of beating ever increasing amounts of type into smaller text boxes (sometimes laughingly described as graphic design), was also a rediscovery. The joy I felt at sketching these drawings by Searle was astonishing. I burst into tears at one point. Something had been re-established in me.
These sketchbook drawings are not intended to give a wider public much information about Searle’s work. They were really just for me. A way of connecting. Better sources for actual examples of Ronald Searle’s work are the Ronald Searle Tribute and Brian Sibley has written several pieces about him. Worth a look.
And if you can, get over to Hannover before 30 January 2011 to see the exhibition!
The right hand sketch (above) is missing about 30 arrows linking the artist’s attributes to his head, which I lazily omitted to draw.
I love the contrast between the sober normal world seen in the businessman’s clothes hanging on the pegs and the ludicrous clown in a purple striped dress.
The cartoons done for Le Monde, over the last 15 years or so, show that Searle’s powers are undiminished. These are my two favourites but there were many more in the exhibition. Top: “Au suivant!“, bottom “Foubelle“.
Originally posted on miketoons.blogspot.com – Thursday, 9 September 2010