Times are busy and for the next few months I have lots of exciting things happening, not least two photography exhibitions that are on for you to see right now.
My photographic documentary and portrait of Andy, ‘The Farrier’ has now been successfully installed in the West Window Wall at the fantastic Cornerstone arts centre in Didcot, South Oxfordshire. It’s part of the yearly Art Weeks arts festival that takes across the county and there are some great artists who have opened the doors to their studios. If you love art, then please take the time to support this great event – it’s incredible just how many artists across a huge range if media, there are. It really does show how strong the art community is in Oxfordshire and it’s great to be a part of it all.
My own show about The Farrier runs until 7th June so if your able to get to see it, you’ve plenty of time to do so. For those of you who saw it at the Vale & Downland Museum in Wantage, there is the chance to see new work from the project.
I’ve also just come from a great day at the Anise gallery in Shad Thames, for the annual Society of Architectural Illustration AGM, ‘soft’ members book launch and the opening of our ‘Drawing on Architecture’ exhibition, which accompanies the book. It is on from the 4th – 25th May 2014. More details can be found here. The book launches on the 13th May to the press and for anyone looking for a great reference book on architectural illustrators in the UK, look no further.
As always, it’s a wonderful day – being amongst such incredible illustrators and artists makes me feel privileged and humbled to be a member of such an illustrious and prestigious society.
For anyone interested in architecture or urban scenes, I would highly recommend a trip to London to catch the exhibition. You can even take a print from the show away with you for a staggeringly reasonable £45 – It’s a real steal.
Up next is the Wallingford Car Rally, which should prove a lot of fun then it’s the London Festival of Architecture in June – lots to do, work to create, deadlines to meet! More on that to follow.
Behind the Piazza delle Erbe sits the beautiful and significantly quieter Piazza dei Signori with its imposing statue of Dante and this stunning colonnade of romanesque arches, supporting the baroque architecture of the Loggia del Consiglio.
I’ve just returned from spending a thoroughly interesting and inspiring day at the Society of Architectural Illustrators AGM, held at the Anise Gallery in Thames Shad, London as the guest of the architect, David Birkitt.
Not only was it a great chance to understand what the society is about, its purpose and aims, it was a great chance to get to know like minded artists working across many different media. It was great to also hear Ian Stuart Thomas’ view of Architectural Illustration and its role in creating a successful bid for a building. It got me thinking about where architectural photography fits within this process? Where it does have a clear role to play is in the construction and end product phases but what is less clear is how photography can help illustrate the case for buildings whilst they are still on the drawing board. Unfortunately I had to leave before the group debates got going and so didn’t get the opportunity to put the question to the forum. One for another day perhaps?
It was also great to see Karen Neale’s stunning illustrations from her travels, hear her talk about the process she uses and see how the passion for her work just oozes out of her. Whilst these are pen and watercolour drawings and Karen never picks up the camera to take reference images, there is something in the way in she constructs them, the format used and the way in which Karen’s focal distances shift from illustration to illustration. It seems that photography, or the way in which the camera works and renders perspective has informed her style.