Wednesday, 31 March 2010

Website Updates

There have been a number of recent updates to the main Bewick Society Website.
The front page news story has changed.
The Library Checklist has been revised.
The Diary is now up to date.
Our Newsletter can be downloaded as a PDF.
Recent copies of the Cherryburn Times are now available online. The digital archive of the Cherryburn Times now covers 1999 - present.
Click here to visit the site.

Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Exhibition in Newcastle

Image: Evan Rees, wood engraved bookplate by Andy English.

Twentieth century prints and contemporary wood engraving are on show currently at Northern Print.
See their website for details.

"With Pleasure presents works from two private collections including original prints by many of the greatest printmaking names of the last century including: Eric Ravilious, Eric Gill, David Jones, Lynton Lamb, Graham Sutherland, Eileen Agar, John Nash, Elizabeth Frink, Valerie Thornton, Anthony Gross, John Piper, David Hockney, Terry Frost as well as a newly published work by Joe Tilson."
Accompanying the show is a selection of recent bookplates by members of the Society of Wood Engravers.

...Chris Daunt has brought together a collection of contemporary bookplates by seven members of the Society of Wood Engravers; Simon Brett, Chris Daunt, Andy English, John Lawrence, Hilary Paynter and Richard Shirley Smith. The bookplates were made to commission for private individuals as a way of marking the books in their collections and are part of a long tradition where the plates would often bear the words, ‘Ex Libris’."

These exhibitions will be on show until 17 April.
Northern Print’s gallery is open Wednesday to Saturday from 12 to 4.
Northern Print, Stepney Bank, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 2NP. Free entry

Saturday, 27 March 2010

From the Newsletter

Members of the society will soon recieve a paper copy of the Spring Newsletter. Among the articles is this report on the recent conference Illustrating Fables – Bewick and Beyond
Friday 26 February 2010 – A Review by Peter Osborne

"This was an enjoyable day with a good attendance, well provided with tea, coffee and sandwiches as well as no less than six talks and a panel discussion. It was jointly chaired by David Gardner-Medwin for the Society and Matthew Grenby for the University. Brian Alderson’s broad introduction was followed by Peter Quinn’s entertaining and informative talk on Bewick’s early fables work. Graham Williams and Peter Osborne spoke about his Aesop, Professor Andrea Immel extolled the liveliness of fable texts and John Lord gave an interesting talk about his own fable illustrations.
The day significantly raised the profile of Bewick’s Fables, showing, for his admirers, his continued development as an expressive artist, and, for others, something of his thought and intensity as an artist. He emerged as a watershed in fables illustration, looking back in his use of several old motifs, but looking forward in his early realism, the entanglement of himself in his work, his sharp juxtaposition of fables with socio-political concerns, and his shift towards expressive style. His strong editorial control of Aesop was clearly shown.

After this event Bewick’s reputation stands higher, and especially his work on fables."

Forthcoming Bewick Society events include a lecture, an enthusiasms afternoon, a walk and birthday celebrations. All details are online here.

Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Bewick in Tennessee

Wood engravings by Thomas Bewick have been on show at the Todd Art Gallery of the Middle Tennessee State University.

You can read an interview with the curator Christie Nuell here.
The article "
Not just for the faint of ‘art’ Warhol and others leave impression in Todd Art Gallery" by Quinton Parker highlights Bewick's work.

"The only collector Nuell contacted outside of the Middle Tennessee region was Bill Hesterberg, who lives in Chicago. Hesterberg provided several original wood engravings by famed wood engraver and ornithologist Thomas Bewick.
“Bill owns a small press in his basement,” Nuell says. “He’s an avid Thomas Bewick collector, and it was incredibly gracious of him to send us these engravings.”
In addition to the Bewick engravings and the Rembrandt and Warhol prints, gallery-goers can also view remarkable works by famed artists such as Manet and Renoir. "
The exhibition ended March 4th.
Opening times and directions to the gallery in Murfreesboro, Tennessee can be found on its website, click here.