‘From Wellies to War Horse’ at Paxton House

July 20, 2016 § Leave a comment

Paxton-inviteI am delighted to announce that Paxton House are hosting an exhibition at The Hayloft Gallery, Paxton House, Berwick Upon Tweed, TD15 1SZ, from 29th July – 31st October 2016.

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!

http://paxtonhouse.co.uk/history-collections/

The Exhibition Opening is on 28th July, please get in touch if you would like to receive an invitation. Friends and family welcome.

 

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Stirling Acquisition

July 7, 2016 § 2 Comments

Bonniest-Companie-proof-No1-med 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’….

Bonniest-Companie-proof-I-300 The first proof.

Bonniest-Companie-final-artwork-flat The finished work. Private collection.

…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.

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