August 8, 2016 § Leave a comment
An anthology of poems reflecting on age, by 35 of Scotland’s best-loved poets. Several of the poems refer to the sea, and sailing boats…
This is the poem from which the title was taken, and one of several which I chose as motivation for the final artwork.
Push the boat out, compañeros,
push the boat out, whatever the sea.
Who says we cannot guide ourselves
through the boiling reefs, black as they are,
the enemy of us all makes sure of it!
Mariners, keep good watch always
for that last passage of blue water
we have heard of and long to reach
(no matter if we cannot, no matter!)
in our eighty-year-old timbers
leaky and patched as they are but sweet
well seasoned with the scent of woods
long perished, serviceable still
in unarrested pungency
of salt and blistering sunlight. Out,
push it all out into the unknown!
Unknown is best, it beckons best,
like distant ships in mist, or bells
clanging ruthless from stormy buoys.
The proofs & finished work are on display at the workshop: www.lomenechgill.com
For more information about the book: www.birlinn.co.uk/Whatever-the-Sea.html
And to find more poems like this: http://www.scottishpoetrylibrary.org.uk
July 20, 2016 § Leave a comment
The exhibition focuses on illustration work from the book ‘Where My Wellies Take Me’ and for the concert and reading of ‘War Horse’, both commissioned by the author Michael Morpurgo who will be coming to do a talk at Paxton House in October.
For anyone wanting to make a day trip, Paxton House is a beautiful venue in the Scottish Borders, with a fascinating history, some great examples of the Scottish National Art Collection in the main house, and, for those who know their chairs, a particularly good collection of Chippendale and William Trotter furniture. Also there are lovely grounds to explore, with play facilities for families, and most importantly, a good tearoom!
The Exhibition Opening is on 28th July, please get in touch if you would like to receive an invitation. Friends and family welcome.
July 7, 2016 § 1 Comment
The University of Stirling has a fantastic art collection, https://www.stir.ac.uk/artcol/artist-list/ and I am delighted to have recently had a piece of work acquisitioned, one of the two existing proofs created for ‘The Bonniest Companie’, Kathleen Jamie’s recent anthology of poems, published by Picador, 2015. The proofs were created using a combination of drypoint, chine colle, pen & ink and gouache. The ‘blue’ I created by hand-colouring Japanese tissue paper in an attempt to capture the oceans of school atlases, in the days we still studied ‘geography’….
…PS. The in-flight bird featured is not a Storm Petrel or a Skewer, or whatever else someone thought it was, it is a Leach’s Petrel, a small seabird which comes to breed on offshore islands of the UK including North Rhona, a suggested map of which is layered into the above work. I was introduced to this species through Kathleen’s writing.
April 21, 2016 § Leave a comment
‘The Monstrous Child’, by Francesca Simon. I was delighted to be commissioned by Faber to create the cover artwork and inner ‘illuminations’ for the new novel by Francesca Simon. (A bit of a departure from Horrid Henry!).
Work in progress, showing etching plates depicting some of the of the seven Norse worlds, including Nilfheim, Alfheim, Muspelheim, Asgard, Jotunheim and also two of Hels’ several-legged siblings, Fenrir and Sleipnir.
Editions of these etchings, plate size approx. 4 x 3″, are available from the workshop.
April 17, 2016 § Leave a comment
April 13, 2016 § Leave a comment
‘Quiltscapes & Quiltline’, new work by textile artist Pauline Burbidge. The exhibition has been on at The Bowes Museum since October, and is now moving to open at the Ruthin Craft Centre, North Wales, 23rd April – 10th July 2016 before touring to the United States after that.
The Ruthin Craft Centre is a leading venue for the applied arts and is well worth a visit in its own right. Pauline Burbidge’s exhibition features some of the largest quilts she has produced to date, employing increasingly diverse combinations of stitching, painting and cyanotype, to truly magical effect. Alongside these there are small ‘details’, some beautifully framed by Vincent Lomenech, as well as sketchbooks and a film providing a fascinating insight into the artist’s working processes.
For more information go to www.paulinebubidge-quilts.com
We were able to visit the Ruthin Craft centre on a recent trip to Wales, and found a boat beached in the courtyard. We have all had it bad this last winter, but only in Wales did someone actually build an Ark…! (Part of an exhibition by resident artist Mai Thomas, on until 15th May 2016).