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Exhibition: Picasso’s Prints at Compton Verney ~ December 2016

This post is very late in being written but here goes. Back in December on the last possible day to see it, we went to see an exhibition of Picasso’s Prints at Compton Verney. 

Unfortunately I wasn’t able to take any photo’s whilst in the exhibition but I did some observational drawings of prints which caught my eye as we went along. It was an interesting exhibition which had a mix of style of printmaking. There were linocut reduction prints, mono-print’s, etchings, and even finger printed images. Most interesting was how he dabbled with printing over a period of years, he didn’t really start printing in earnest until his 60’s and then continued to refine his ideas for years.

Sketches of Lithography prints by Picasso.

The drawings on the left were of lithographic prints which Picasso created for book illustrations. These were earlier in his print explorations. But they still feel like works of Picasso.




In the sketch below is a drawing of a multi-coloured linocut print on first look it appeared like a simple print. Except the longer I looked at it the more intricate the print appeared, a mix of interlocking shapes with the typical style of Picasso. It had an interesting palette of colours, brown, terracotta, cream and yellow.


Sketch of a multi-coloured linocut print.







One of my favourite prints was a delicate mono-print which was a drawing of Picasso’s wife with his son. It’s light on detail but has a real effortless feel, a tenderness to it. Maybe that’s reading too much into it but that’s what I could see.









The gallery had some carbon paper so I had a second go at sketching the drawing but I guess with a form of printing.







I did one final drawing of a really complex linocut print. I didn’t manage to finish sketching it because it was so complex, images within images it seemed! I think I must’ve stood and sketched for 40 minutes and the result it a partially complete drawing.






What was most surprising and exciting about the exhibition was seeing the breadth of creative expression Picasso found in Printmaking. He used it as a tool to express himself, an extension to his voice as an Artist. I feel that personally I haven’t really found full confidence in my own ‘voice’ as an Artist, so it’s interesting exploring printmaking at this stage. Everything is just slightly off or not how I imagined. But one thing that the exhibition taught me was that it takes a lifetime to develop a ‘voice’. Picasso spent his whole life exploring various art forms and it made his creative expression rich and full.

Foggy evening at Compton Verney.







Winter berries.


Visit to: Yorkshire Sculpture Park – KAWS

I heard about the KAWS exhibition through a short BBC News video by art critic Will Gompertz. I’ll admit now it wasn’t my main reason for going to the YSP (my main reason was to see Main Street by Jonny Hannah). But I was curious and so seeing as the KAWS exhibition was in the vicinity of the Hannah exhibition it seemed silly not to take a look for myself…

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Visit to: Yorkshire Sculpture Park ~ Jonny Hannah

I had planned to visit the Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP) to see two exhibitions; Jonny Hannah’s Main Street & KAWS first UK exhibition. I’d heard of Jonny Hannah’s work before, and was keen to see it up close, I liked the lose free feel of his illustrations. KAWS however was something new, I’d been reading recommendations about his work, and felt like seeing it for myself.

KAWS work at first looked like something of an opposite to Hannah’s, his being sculptures of cartoon like creatures and graffiti. But actually having seen both up close I think both were creating work influenced by or responding to popular culture, and consumerism, albeit from different angles.

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Planning: Art Gallery/Exhibition Visits 2016

One of the things I wanted to improve following my first assignment (and in general) was how much exposure I had to contemporary art. I visited the Ikon Gallery in Birmingham to see Fiona Banner’s Scroll down and Keep Scrolling, in November and haven’t been to any exhibition’s since.

I wanted to take a more planned approach to see if that would help me increase my visiting of places. So I’m going to make a note of exhibitions I’d like to visit and try and plan in when to do so. I will factor in things like travel, cost, my interest levels (and health) in deciding what to visit and when.

Illustrator Johnny Hannah at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park 14/11/2015-28/2/2016:

I am familiar with the work of Johnny Hannah through the collective St.Jude’s Prints. Johnny Hannah seems to be influenced by folk art in his style. I want to see his exhibition ‘Main Street’ at the Yorkshire Sculpture park, partly because I’ve never seen his work up close, outside of on a screen. I like the concept that you can take a stroll down a street with shop fronts or logo’s all designed by the one person but also unique, the website describes the exhibit as a “vintage inspired homage to the independent trader”.

Kaws at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park 6/2/2016- 12/06/2016:

I wasn’t familiar with the work of American  Artist Kaws until I saw a clip on the BBC news app talking about his exhibition at the Park. He’s created these giant cartoon figures which loom obscurely against the backdrop of the Yorkshire Countryside. Having grown up with pop culture, I think it would be really interesting to see these characters or shapes we associate with the screen as actual solid giant figures in our world.

I’m also intrigued to see how he’s moved from the medium of graffiti into a variety of mediums, such as painting, screen printing and sculpture.

Tate Britain Exhibition: Vanilla and Concrete 9/11/2015-19/06/2016:

This exhibition features a series of upcoming artists, “Marie Lund, Rallou Panagiotou and Mary Ramsden who use painting and sculpture to give new meanings to the everyday.” I’ve not seen the work of these artists before but was drawn by the concept of giving new meaning to the mundane. I’m interested to see how/if they’ve altered our perception of everyday life.

London Print Studio: Enchanted Page Friends 28/01/2016 – 2/04/2016:

I’m not sure if I will manage to see this exhibition but it seems fun. It’s focuses on well known children’s book illustrations and tries to bring them to life in an interactive way. Although aimed a children it also suggests it should appeal to those interested in illustration, which is where I come in!

Herbert Art Gallery & Museum: Grayson Perry The Vanity of Small Differences – 22/04/2016-3/07/2016

The Herbert is my local gallery, based in Coventry. It’s exciting to see that they will be displaying this series of modern day tapestry’s by Grayson Perry. I’m not entirely sure I like Perry’s work, but I want to take the opportunity to see it up close and personal before I make any decision on whether I enjoy it or not.  I think it’s also going to be good to see how he’s used a medium which is so often associated with the past or stately homes etc.

So I’ve looked at my calendar and put in a few different ideas for dates to visit some of the exhibitions:

Visit Yorkshire Sculpture Park: 19th February

Visit Tate Britain& London Print Studio: 18th March

Visit Herbert: 27th April