Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Turn The Page. . . in Norwich

A new departure for Mette Ambeck and I: selected to exhibit at this weekend's event in this interesting and underestimated city, with which we are both familiar through teaching at the Art School lo these many years past.

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An added spring in my step came with the news that I had been selected for the shortlist of eight to be in the running to win their new Turn The Page Book Prize (votes from interested visitors to decide - to be announced on the second day at 5pm) made possible by Arts Council England funding.

Wish me luck!

Into the black and white bleeds colour: Image 2

A second sample here, from my current new edition, 'A 3rd Month of Sundays' - 'bio auto graphic' number 26.

Into the black and white bleeds colour: Image 1

Ensixteen Editions, long the province of the ascetic black line on white, is now the subject of experiments in colour, as Spring has sprung. An interesting development that may point to new directions.
Where once I worked with Caran D'Ache pencil now I toy with the pixel.
This sample is from 'bio auto graphic' edition 18 - 'In The Air'.
Click on the image for enlargement.


In another world when I was young and he was younger, my invaluable tutor and passing guru was the gentle, wise and twinkling Fritz Wegner.

Saint Martins School of Art, early 1980s. We were privy to riches such as this.

Ever the gentleman, ever the gentle man. What an honour to have spent time with – and gained insights into my future trade from – him.

One cherished memory: post-college and he picked me up in a suitably quirky car from my glum flat in Finsbury Park and took me to the Chelsea Arts Club for a drink. One of many typical kindnesses.
We observed as the author Laurie Lee clung onto the bar like we were on a storm-tossed sea.

Thank you, Fritz.