Early 20th century pot / vessel made in Sudan, Africa
Join us on the weekend of 10 & 11 June 2017 for the ISBN Arts Festival (ISBN very cleverly stands for ‘In Stoke By Nayland’ where the festival will be held. That’s in Suffolk.) Here is the website which tells you all about it: www.isbnartsfestival.com There will be some superb writers there including Deborah Moggach and Richard Mabey. There will be talks and walks celebrating Constable and Gainsborough. And I will be exhibiting some of my arts.
In regard to the drawing above, according to the curator’s note in the British Museum ‘It is often the case in Africa that only males, or post-menopausal females are allowed to make artistic representations of the human form, on pain of loss of natural fertility.’ The physical state of the potter is very important, pregnant women in particular should not make pots! Women whose fertility cannot be compromised by making images are freed from such restrictions. Very fascinating and very strange. Often the way at the BM.
‘In the Studio with Litho Press and Life Drawings’ Inks on paper, 165 x 205mm
‘Man in Red’. I made this drawing with coloured pencil on paper, it is quite small at 300mm x 210mm.
Three exhibitions to see before 2017:
- The Drawing Year End of Year Exhibition at The Royal Drawing School
- Catherine Goodman’s The Last House in the World at the Marlborough
- Rose Wylie’s Horse, Bird, Cat at David Zwirner
Thank you to everyone who joined me for our Open Studios afternoon, it was bloody lovely, and to Olivia Browne for organising the Postkarte exhibition, which is up until the 17th.
Above is a drawing, Woman & Man, it is on show at the Postkarte exhibition, 3-17 December, it is made with coloured pencils on board.
I am drawing my hands off at the moment but have made time to salute the Super Moon with these Moon Women collage cards. They have nice titles like ‘Woman in a Dress as Tall as the Moon’. Available in all good bookshops! (Or, in fact, just one: The Open Road Bookshop).
Join us for some art and a disgustingly early mince pie this Sunday 20 November, 1-6pm at Bow Arts, 183 Bow Road, E3 2SJ. (Buzzer no.7)
I also have two artworks in the Postkarte exhibition at the Wivenhoe Bookshop, 3-17 December.
And one more thing, for us Londoners, a couple of my drawings will be on show at Various Guises EP launch next Thursday 24 November: https://www.facebook.com/events/169472236813387/
Thank you for reading.