Monday, 15 May 2017

Morris Dancers print

It was my intention to wake up at 4 am on May Day and go climb the hill at Cerne Abbas to see the Wessex Morris Dancers dancing at sunrise. But I had terrible insomnia the night before and couldn't manage.  I was going to! honest.

There is always next year, but I really wanted to make a print about the dancers and most especially in the company of the Ooser, a Dorset giant whose work in the past was to humiliate villagers who have been naughty. So, to my annoyance I had to resource to the help of images in the internet.

The Ooser.

The Wessex Morris Dancers

Carving the dancers block, a beautiful Lemonwood block.

Choosing colours and composition

Choosing the type, Times, 14pts in this case.

And proofing it.

Saturday, 22 April 2017


My kiln is been the busiest machine in the house, more than the dishwasher or the washing machine.

 I have just finished a bunch of porcelain figurines for the forthcoming exhibition in Godalming, at Lingwood Samuel Art. Don't miss it if you live in Surrey!

Here is Admiral Lord Nelson, in all his golden glory, ready to travel to Godalming.

There are two new additions to the collection: Robert Burns and Bonnie Lassie; and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

And by the way, The Moore's exhibition is ongoing at the very beautiful Tincleton gallery. Prints and figurines. 

The Old School House is a great place to go for a musical evening too.

Monday, 10 April 2017

What have I been doing? II

I had the honour to be invited along with a bunch of other wood engravers to the Prints and Drawings Study Room at the British Museum and have a look and talk about the Dalziel Archive, a collection of thousands of Victorian wood engravings.

It was fascinating to see this prints in the flesh and hear what my colleagues and the curator had to observe and tell about the work we had in front of us, to compare it with our contemporary practice and to hear what the lady who is in charge of the project had to tell us of her discoveries and knowledge of the collection.

To be in that very special room where thousands and thousands of historic prints are drawing are kept was fascinating enough and the general merriment made the day go very quick.

You can see the collection online. It's been scanned and catalogued and can be seen HERE.

Or if you have an Alice in Wonderland copy with the victorian illustrations you will see in a corner of the image the Dalziel name along with Tenniel's.

What have I been doing?

The garden has called for my entire attention and energy for weeks and weeks. But still I've managed to keep printing and making my ceramic figurines and generally keeping the galleries well stocked.

I've also turned my attention to more 3D mediums. I got this crave to learn stone masonry, having the Purbeck quarries so close and several places where to learn, but for some reason I signed up to wood carving first. I guess I thought it was a gentler way to get into sculpture.

Thus I've been looking and been inspired by loads of artists. I didn't know for example that Alexander Calder had done wood sculpture:

And I discovered the work of Baselitz:

The amazing work of Feliciano Mejia:

And of course any African wood sculpture is a masterpiece.

And so I've sacrificed my meditation summer house into a new studio, my mini summer-wood- sculpture-studio. 

Any of this activities anyway (ceramic, wood sculpting...) are a kind of meditation and I always work in silence, no radio, no music, just the birds and my thoughts. 

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

SWE 79

If you find yourself around Sussex in April you can't miss the Annual Exhibition of the Society of Wood Engravers at Kevis House Gallery. My print The Poultry Keeper included.

Monday, 14 November 2016

Autumn work

These are some of the new prints I showed at the Affordable Art Fair last month.
I am working now on a very nice Japanese paper, I am printing by hand so some are little engraving blocks and others are wood cuts. I'm loving this way of working.

Monday, 31 October 2016


A collection of nice things I saw in London last week:

Two ancient terracota figurines at the British Museum.

An ancient terracota figurine at the V&A.

 A Picasso at the V&A.

 The Death of Munrow. Probably my favourite figurine at the V&A.

Two pugilists at the V&A.

The Beatles at the V&A.

 A very nice Mary Newcomb on display at the Crane Kalman gallery (terrible picture, I know).

Tiles of a pub in Kensington.

Window at the YMCA.

An enormous bookshop in the West End.

A John Maltby at the AAF.

Friday, 28 October 2016

Mexican Illustration

Are you around Mexico city these days? There is a great exhibition about to open as part of the Children's Book Fair. And I am among the exhibitors!  Entry is free, 11th November 12hrs at the Parque Bicentenario.

Two of my pieces will be on display in good company, just take a look at the list of names of my friends and colleagues: