Friday, 30 April 2010

Bewick's Mambo in Kansas

Another prize for Bewick's Mambo (see below).

Bewicks Mambo [extract] from no on Vimeo.

The short film by Peter Snowdon has one the CinemaJAZZ award for best short film with a jazz connection at the Kansas City Film Festival.
Details here.

Thursday, 29 April 2010

Culture Shock

Joan Lambert has recorded a video for the Culture Shock website in which she relates her enthusiasm for the work of Thomas Bewick.

"Discovering Bewick.
Video Duration: 3:43 minutes


Joan's life long love of books leads her to a close up encounter with the woodcuts of Thomas Bewick. By Joan Lambert
This story was inspired by the Thomas Bewick collections at the Laing Art Gallery."

Click here to go to the Culture Shock site.

Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Bewick's Mambo

Bewick's Mambo is the title of a short film by Peter Snowdon of Gourna Films. Made over four nights in 2008, the action is set in the Lit and Phil library with Bewick's bust and his engravings playing a central role.

The film won a prize last year as "Best short fiction on an ecological theme, Malescorto International Short Film Festival, Italy, 2009."

You can read an account by the filmmaker on their website by clicking here.
You can watch the opening of the film here.
There is also a
behind-the-scenes photo gallery.
Bewick's Mambo, 2008, 9 minutes, Super 16/Digibeta, 1:185, Dolby SR.
A Gourna Films production in association with the Literary and Philosophical Society of Newcastle Upon Tyne. Written, produced and directed by Peter Snowdon.
Late one night, Adam and Eve are alone in the library, when suddenly, the plants and animals pictured in the books around them start to come alive…Starring Scali Delpeyrat, Lou Wenzel and James Harris.

Wednesday, 21 April 2010

David Gentleman

The artist David Gentleman has an exhibtion currently in London. He featured in a Guardian profile published on Saturday 17th April.

Gentleman was influenced by the art of Thomas Bewick in the early part of his career.

"Gentleman's father, a Scotsman, had started out as a painter before heading to Hertford in 1930, the year of David's birth, to work on publicity for corporate clients such as Shell. As a result, international modernism – clean planes, collage and the like – was in the family's visual vocabulary; but so was the singularly insular modernism of Edward Bawden and his circle, splicing those post-Cubist spaces with evocations of quirky, folksy Englishness.
At the outset of his career, Gentleman leaned the latter way, towards nostalgia. The imperishable rural vignettes of Thomas Bewick prompted a highly personal love affair with wood engraving which was nurtured by John Nash when he entered the Royal College of Art in 1950; but, Gentleman recalls, "nobody else was doing it. My fellow students all thought of it as a hangover from the 30s" – the heyday, that is, of another of his artistic heroes, Eric Ravilious."

You can read the full text of the article here.
David Gentleman's paintings are on show at Fine Arts Society, London, until 24 April 2010.
There is also a new edition of George Ewart Evans's Ask the Fellows Who Cut the Hay, which was originally published in 1956 (272pp, Full Circle Editions). For more information click here.