As I sit here writing this, my printer is sat behind me working overtime to get the final 3 prints completed in time for hanging my latest exhibition and third, of a very busy 2014.
I say, ‘working overtime’ as if my printer has got a mind of its own and needs the extra cash or is simply dedicated and passionate about its job – the truth is, it’s an inanimate object with no true feelings or capacity to think and therefore it’s really all zeros and ones being forced down the line in the form of commands. When thought of like that, today’s digital darkroom is no where near as romantic as the days of wet processing prints. The days when waiting 16 minutes for a test strip to pop out – enough time for a smoke and a few more pages of a good (hopefully) book! In the days I was printing using enlargers, blacked out rooms and feeding paper blind into the rollers of a colour processor I smoked and read… a lot. I may hope to achieve a handful of satisfactory prints in a full day – if I was lucky.
The exhibition opens on Monday 11th August 2014 and runs until the 23rd August 2014 at the Vale & Downland Museum, Wantage. It’s a wonderful and intimate space with a great cafe for a welcome bite or drink. Set in Wantage town centre, it’s the perfect venue to show my latest collection of landscape photography, all of which are taken in and around the North Wessex Downs, in which Wantage nestles. The work itself took 3 years to pull together with the latest photographs from as recent as the end of July this year, and was driven by a desire to create a series of photographs that focus on this stunning, precious and mesmerising part of Britain that I feel very fortunate to live and work in.
Please do take the time to drop in and have a look at my latest exhibition – I hope you enjoy it as much as I have enjoyed and got pleasure and inspiration from creating the individual pieces.
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.
Over the last week, I’ve been working with the Dolphin Art Gallery in Wantage to showcase a small selection of my limited edition photographs. Having spent a lovely sunny bank holiday Monday down in Sandbanks with a couple of good friends, Claire and I decided to take a walk before sunset to make the most of the extra day off. I couldn’t help but steer our route by way of the Market Place in Wantage, to go past the gallery.
It was great to see some of my photographs taking centre stage in the window – they look fantastic with their double thickness mounts and I’m now excitedly awaiting feedback as customers start to make comment on my work. I decided to show a selection of images from both the local area and abroad. There is also a new photograph which hasn’t before been displayed anywhere – Red Arrows over Uffington – which I am sure will bring back a lot of great memories of last years Uffington Country Fair to many people, as well as anyone who has seen the Red Arrows in action.
All of the photographs are heavyweight fibre based giclée prints, signed, numbered and provided in a double thickness mount with the Certificate of Authenticity on the reverse. If you’d like to know more details please either contact me or pop into the gallery, where we would be happy to answer any questions you may have.