I recommend taking a look at the work of Shaun Tan, Sybil Andrews and Richard Bawden, very different styles but fantastic stuff.
I have fallen in love with the work of Frans Masereel since being given a copy of his book The Sun, The Idea and Story Without Words.
Etchings are also appealing (only partly so that I can invite people to ‘come up and see my etchings’) and plan to try it despite friends and colleagues expressing concerns about my having access to an acid bath.
My print “Thug Life” has been selected for the Royal Academy of Art Summer Exhibition. I just knew having Grayson Perry in charge would work out well for me!
The Summer Exhibition opened on Tuesday and is full of great artworks from a wide variety of British and international artists and is really worth a visit. Most especially the Sackler Wing upstairs which boasts Grayson Perry, Tracey Emin and … an original Billie Josef.
These starlings are flying off the wall (So sorry, couldn’t help myself…) so if you want one for your home make like Jessica Ennis and sprint to the Royal Academy buyers page. It shows up under ‘What’s Popular’ too, naturally.
The sky was not just a clear blue but with no variation like a blue blind pulled down as a backdrop. In the UK even what I’d describe as a clear blue sky has such variation even if it’s only slight streaks of deeper or lighter colour rather than clouds.
The print is based on a photo from the Gals get Middle-aged in Morocco Tour, 2016.
I recommend ‘Learning Linocut – A Comprehensive Guide to the Art of Relief Printing though Linocut’
Although I had been printing for a year or two before seeing this book I still found it immensely useful. As a self-taught artist I learn the practical matters through trial, and often expensive, error and there are some really useful practical tips such as putting slips of paper between the print and the pegs when hanging them to dry to prevent indentation. Little details that make a big difference.
There are photos accompanying descriptions of technique which I appreciate.
Quite apart from these very practical matters Susan Yeates also talks about Inspiration, Ideas and Imagination and some of the example prints are wonderful.
Have a go, create your masterpiece, then never speak of how easy it is. Or I shall have to kill you.
Pack of 10 is £14 but if you sign up you can get them for £11.20 and FREE postage.
The 20% discount for everything on the site expires on the 1st January 2018
Go to the shop and get the Christmas Cards here!
IN the Brook Gallery, in the fabulously named Devon village of Budleigh Salterton, I came across some great prints by North London artist Lisa Takahashi. I wanted these cyclists on my wall to look at every day. Lucky I didn’t buy it as their wasn’t room for so much as an anorexic mouse on the crammed train back to Paddington, it was standing, and shallow breathing, room only. Thinking of the riders sweeping down the hill, gripping the road on the curve, in the green of the countryside helped!
Pictures like this were what made me want to try lino-printing myself. Now I want to venture into bigger prints and (gasp) maybe even colour.
Breeze by Lisa Takahashi
The 2017 Exhibition at the Tavistock Centre finished on 10th of May. But, don’t be aghast! You can still purchase most of the prints.
Thank you to everyone who came and viewed and joined us for a glass of wine.
Billie’s linocut prints are original, signed, numbered and in limited editions of 25, after which the linocut is destroyed.
They are printed on high-quality acid-free art paper using archival inks which give long lasting images that won’t fade or deteriorate over time.