Friday 19 July 2024

Murayama Tomoyoshi

A late post today 'Mr. Duck and Mr. Chicken' by Murayama Tomoyoshi (1948), beautifully surreal anthromorphism.

Thursday 18 July 2024

Christoper Corr

This blog gets very information rich in August so right now I am picking art for brightness and summer joy. Today the wonderful vibrance of Christopher Corr.

Monday 15 July 2024

Maxy Machen


Maxy Machen's joyful colourful work to commence the working week. I cannot believe he has not been on the blog already!

Saturday 13 July 2024

Ivan Gantschev

Ivan Gantschev (4 January 1925 – 29 June 2014) was a Bulgarian-German illustrator, I found his illustrations of Noah's Ark by Andrew Elborn in the majestic Barter Books, they are created using fluid watercolours and salt.

Thursday 11 July 2024

Jonathan Baldock

Unfortunately I missed Jonathan Baldock's  exhibition 'Touch Wood' (above) at TheYorkshire Sculpture Park last week, so I have been trying to catch his work virtually and have found these wonderfully disturbing human plants inspired by Jonathon's mum's garden made with ceramic and textiles 

"This show takes inspiration from my mum, and her garden. When it’s drawn from somewhere so personal I think it does make you feel more exposed and more protective of it, (which I guess is natural?). I’ve absolutely loved working on this show over the last year and it’s been one of the best things to able to share this with my mum and bring her physically into the work. It’s the first time I have included casts of another body in my work… Here’s one of the works in the show with the face of my one and only mum (above)." Jonathan Baldock

Wednesday 10 July 2024

Brian Wildsmith Exhibition IV


My last few images of the phenomenal exhibition celebrating the genius of Brian Wildsmith.  Again often I have taken them to record his workings, the corrections and annotations. 
'Paws, Claws, Tales & Roars: The Art of Brian Wildsmith', is at the Cooper Gallery, Barnsley until January the 4th 2025, so please take an opportunity to visit, it is also just 30 mins from the wonderful Yorkshire Sculpture Park and is a gem of an exhibition about a marvellous artist whose work is full of exuberant joy, colour, observation and wonder.

Tuesday 9 July 2024

Brian Wildsmith Exhibition III


Here are some drawings and paintings of Castellaras, Brian Wildsmith’s village and home from 1972 to 2016  A place he fell in love with at first sight.
“I dreamt of colour,” he said, growing up in Barnsley in Yorkshire in the post war years - “Everything was grey.” 

Monday 8 July 2024

Brian Wildsmith Exhibition II


Hansel and Gretel  by Brian Wildsmith (1960). This large piece by Brian is a joy to see in real life, for it combines his bold almost pop art collage, and you can see the texture, with his exquisite linear drawings. This piece of work just draws you back again and again because it encompasses different styles in a work of impressive scale and just pure joy!

“Every artist who's ever lived wants to be appreciated. It's just part of being an artist, whether you're a singer, a musician, a painter or an illustrator. We want to be appreciated – that's why we do it. Our art is our expression, but it's really for other people.” Brian Wildsmith

Sunday 7 July 2024

Brian Wildsmith Exhibition I

At last I managed to get down to Barnsley to see the Brian Wildsmith (1930 – 2016) 'Paw's Claw's Tales and Roars The Art of Brian Wildsmith' at the beautiful Cooper Gallery and Barnsley town Hall, a pilgrimage to an artist's work I so admire. This exhibition runs until 4th January 2025 and I highly recommend a trip to visit it.

Many of Brian Wildsmith's fantastic kaleidoscopic illustrations have featured here over the years, so I have chosen initially to share his enigmatic, wonderfully observed ink drawings for my first post on this exhibition, for their wonderful fluid lines, exquisite draughtsmanship and for their delicious visible corrections.

Saturday 6 July 2024

Helen Ward


Helen Ward’s work was inspired by a very rare collection of hand-marbled papers that were beautifully designed and created in the Victorian era and acquired by Helen during her time working at a bindery. Cocooned for years, Helen caringly selects individual pieces of paper and with delicate precision cuts each piece to create the butterflies, moths, beetles and bugs that feature in her artwork.