7 February - 7 March 2015
An exhibition devoted to works of art on paper through watercolour, drawing, etching and wood-cut prints. The show features watercolours of interiors by Hugh Buchanan; original drawings by Dame Elisabeth Frink RA as well as lithographs from her Odysseys series; etchings and wood-cut prints by Howard Jeffs RE and Anita Klein RE; drawings and etchings of nature-inspired forms by Peter Randall-Page and wood-cut prints by Geri Waddington. Also included in this show is a signed screen-print by Craigie Aitchison CBE RA (1912-2009) and a pen and wash by Keith Vaughan CBE (1912-1977).
Coinciding with this exhibition the gallery will also be showing the geometric white porcelain ceramics by Keith Varney. To view the ceramics, please click here.
Candy Dead, 2002
screenprint with hand-colouring, edition 41 of 75
25.5 x 30.5cm
Born in Edinburgh in 1926, Craigie Aitchison attended the Slade School of Fine Art in London (1952–4). In 1955 Aitchison was awarded the British Council Italian Government Scholarship for painting
and travelled to Italy. In 1978 Aitchison was elected an Associate Member and in 1988 a Member of the Royal Academy of Arts, London. Aitchison’s work can be found in the collections of
Tate Gallery, Arts Council, British Council, Royal Academy of Arts, Glasgow Museums and Art Gallery, Jerwood Foundation, Scottish Arts Council, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, among many other important national collections in the UK and abroad.
Hugh Buchanan studied at Edinburgh College of Art and has been commissioned to paint interiors by the Prince of Wales at Balmoral and Highgrove; The House of Commons and the National Trust. His paintings are also in the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum, Edinburgh City Art Centre, the University of Edinburgh, the University of Aberdeen, the Bank of Scotland, Flemings Bank, Deutsche Bank, the National Trust for Scotland and the English National Trust. In 2002 he was commissioned by the House of Lords to paint the lying in state of the Queen Mother at the Palace of Westminster. In 2005 his paintings featured in Watercolours and Drawings from the Collection of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh and Queen's Gallery, London.
Dame Elisabeth Frink RA (1930 – 1990) is internationally recognised as one of the most important British sculptors of the 20th Century. She studied at the Guildford School of Art (1946–9) and with Bernard Meadows at the Chelsea School of Art (1949–53). Frink's range of subjects included men, birds, dogs, horses and religious motifs. From the 1970s she focused on the male nude, barrel-chested, with mask-like features, attenuated limbs and a pitted surface, for example Striding Man. Frink's sculpture, and her lithographs and etchings created as book illustrations, drew on archetypes expressing masculine strength, struggle and aggression.
Howard Jeffs RE trained as a painter at Chelsea School of Art in the 1960s. He then became involved in photography, exhibiting at The Serpentine Gallery and the Photographers Gallery in the 1970s. He taught photography and printmaking at Goldsmiths College from 1972 – 2003. Howard Jeffs has become a well regarded printmaker, completing his MA in Printmaking at Camberwell College of Arts in the 1990s and becoming an elected member of the Royal Society of Painter Etchers. He exhibits regularly at the Bankside Gallery, London.
Anita Klein RE studied at Chelsea and the Slade schools of art. She is a fellow and past president of the Royal Society of Painter Printmakers (RE) and her work is in many private and public collections in Europe, the USA and Australia, including Arts Council England and the British Museum. She divides her time between studios in London and Italy.
Peter Randall-Page studied sculpture at Bath Academy of Art from 1973-1977 and has gained an international reputation through his sculpture, drawings and prints. He has undertaken numerous large-scale commissions and exhibited widely. His work is held in public and private collections throughout the world including Japan, South Korea, Australia, USA, Turkey, Eire, Germany and the Netherlands. His public sculptures can be found in many locations throughout the UK and his work is in the permanent collections of the Tate Gallery, the British Museum and Dulwich Picture Gallery amongst others. His practice has always been informed and inspired by the study natural phenomena and its subjective impact on our emotions.
Keith Vaughan CBE (1912 - 1977)
Drawing to Music
ink and wash on paper
7 x 11cm
English painter and writer. From 1941 to 1944 he served in the Pioneer Corps. His drawings of army life attracted attention and he entered the circle of Peter Watson in London. From 1946 to 1952 he shared a studio with John Minton and was a leading exponent of Neo-Romantcism. After 1945 Vaughan travelled in the Mediterranean, North Africa, Mexico and the USA, where he was resident artist at Iowa State University in 1959. He taught in London at Camberwell School of Art (1946–8) and the Central School of Arts and Crafts (1948–57) and was a visiting teacher at the Slade School of Fine Art (1959–77). His remarkable journal (1939–77), inspired by André Gide, reveals the tension in his life and work between intellectual puritanism and unrepressed sensuality. His work can be regarded as an expression of his feelings about the male body. He was awarded a CBE in 1965.
Geri Waddington trained in painting at the Slade School of Fine Art and was elected a member of the Society of Wood Engravers in 2001. She has exhibited regularly with the Society of Wood Engravers, the National Print Exhibition, The International Miniature Print Exhibition, and with numerous independent galleries. She makes and sells independent prints and also illustrates hand-made private press books, where her engravings are printed directly from the wood, and has work in collections in the UK and abroad.
Keith Varney studied ceramics at Bath School of Art and Design, following his career as a furniture designer. He went on to teach at City of Bath College and has recently been selected by the Crafts Council for their ‘Hothouse’ programme. He exhibits regularly in London and was recently awarded the ‘Best Ceramics’ prize at the Contemporary Craft Festival. Working in bone china and porcelain, the geometric and faceted forms are left unglazed, emphasising the translucent white surfaces that are animated by light and shade, creating a sense of movement.