Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Lasting Impressions



Lasting Impressions by Colin See-Paynton, Shandy Hall Gallery, Coxwold, until August 21

From "The Press":

"Lasting Impressions, a selection of wood engravings by Colin See-Paynton, will be on show at Shandy Hall Gallery, Coxwold, until August 21. The exhibition ties in with the publication of his latest book, Of A Feather, in a limited edition of only 750, with copies signed by the artist for sale at £195 at the gallery. Widely regarded as the leading exponent of wood engraving in Britain, See-Paynton is a Fellow of the Royal Cambrian Academy, Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers and a member of the Society of Wood Engravers." Article by Charles Hutchinson, found here.

"David Alston, arts director of Arts Council Wales, is equally fulsome in his praise. “An Admiration… that should be the collective noun for gallery visitors to the Of A Feather exhibition, for this has been an extraordinary enterprise,” he says.
“The work has drawn on many years of patient and exultant observation, the accumulation of knowledge that allows the imagination to be accurate in the mind’s eye. “Not since Thomas Bewick (1753-1828) have both literary and pictorial aspects been found conjoined in the one talent as in this project, where Colin See-Paynton has both written about and made the plates for an illustrated lexicon of the collective nouns for birds.”"

You can read more about the gallery, the exhibition and Shandy Hall here.

Coxwold is 4 miles off the A19 between York & Thirsk. Near to Kilburn, the White Horse, and 8 miles from Helmsley.

Thursday, 15 July 2010

The Bindman Talks 2010 at Dove Cottage

At the Wordsworth Trust, Dove Cottage: the Bindman Talks 2010

Professor Ian Rogerson, "Thomas Bewick and his influence on visual communication."Saturday 7 August, 4.30pm

"Professor Ian Rogerson is former Librarian of Manchester Metropolitan University, and is currently Research Fellow at the John Rylands Institute. He has written extensively on wood engraving. He will look at how Thomas Bewick and his pupils influenced nineteenth-century illustration, and how Bewick's 'white-line' largely inspired the twentieth-century wood engraving revival."

The Bindman Talks provide a general introduction to some of the authors and works in the Wordsworth Trust's collection. Other talks in the series are listed here.

"The sixth Bindman series of talks has a special focus on the Lake District as seen through the eyes of its early visitors and artists, and the impact that man had on the area in the nineteenth century. There will also be informal introductory sessions for those new to Romanticism, and a special evening event in Dove Cottage for families."

The Bindman Talks are free but do require booking as places are limited. Click here for details on the Dove Cottage website.
To reserve a place, please complete the Dove Cottage Contact Form indicating which talk you wish to attend, or telephone: 015394 35544.

Dove Cottage, the Wordsworth Museum and Art Gallery is located on the A591, the main Kendal - Keswick road through the central Lake District.

Wednesday, 14 July 2010


An interesting study has been published online in the journal "Perception."
Entitled "Does left – right orientation matter in the perceived expressiveness of pictures? A study of Bewick’s animals (1753 – 1828)" researchers used images from Bewick's Quadrupeds to test the assertion, shared by Bewick himself, that the orientation of an image makes a difference to the way in which it is perceived.

You can find the Abstract and links to the full text by clicking here.
To read the full text you need a subscription, as detailed here.

The researchers: Kate M Bennett, Richard Latto, Marco Bertamini, Ivana Bianchi, Sarah Minshull.

The paper was received 27 November 2009, in revised form 25 April 2010; published online 28 June 2010

Abstract. Strong claims have been made about the importance of orientation in visual art. Although there have been a few studies whether left or right oriented pictures are more aesthetically pleasing, there have been no empirical studies whether the meaning and expressiveness of pictures depend on orientation. Thomas Bewick (1753 – 1828) made explicit decisions about whether the main protagonist in his pictures should face left or right and did so to express particular meaning. In three experiments we examined whether orientation changes the expressiveness of an image. In experiment 1 participants viewed eight of Bewick’s animal wood engravings facing either in their original orientation or reversed, in a between-subjects design. They rated each print on ten characteristics, for example: docile – wild, clumsy – agile, and weak – strong. The original received more extreme ratings, across characteristics, than the reversal. Experiment 2 confirmed this result with participants from Italy. In experiment 3, using a within-subjects design, participants viewed ten wood engravings of dogs and rated them on characteristics specifically identified by Bewick. Again, the ratings of the original orientation were more extreme. Thus, in agreement with Bewick, we conclude that orientation affects expressiveness.

Monday, 12 July 2010

Bewick in Preston.

Last year's popular exhibition Thomas Bewick: Tale-pieces organised by the Ikon Gallery is on tour.
You can see it at the Harris Museum & Art Gallery from 10 July – 16 October 2010.
More details available on their website.

Saturday, 10 July 2010

"Dare to be free"

You can read an account of the recent unveiling of the Thomas Spence plaque on the blog "Listen Up North".

"A man who was prepared to go to prison for his principles of grass roots freedom, community and democracy for the human rights of men and women all over the world.  It was Spence who coined the phrase ‘The Rights of Man’ and chalked it on a cave wall at Marsden Grotto. Thank goodness for another free spirit, poet Keith Armstrong, and his friends who formed the Thomas Spence Trust and campaigned for Spence’s recognition thereby ensuring that this man’s great endeavours were not forgotten."

The blog, written by Northumberland-based writer Rachel Cochrane,  can be found by clicking here.