Peter Blake at the De La Warr Pavilion.
Blake has personally curated Alphabets, Letters and Numbers to showcase three series of editions: Alphabet (1991) a 26 piece series of silk screen prints with a print for each letter of the alphabet - I is for Idols ("a collage of screen legends, artists and musicians"), An Alphabet (2007) a series of found ephemera, illustration and handwritting collages - one for each letter of the alphabet. , and Appropriated Alphabets (2013) a series consisting of 12 individually collated alphabets.
"Throughout his long and prestigious career Blake has created several series of works based around the alphabet related to his enduring interest in childhood innocence and nostalgia, and Victorian and Edwardian graphic illustration. Using vintage cards, magazines, books and other found ephemera, he assembles collages that are at once whimsical, humorous and fascinating. He began using found letters and commercial lettering in the 1950s and, as a young artist, allied himself with decorators, sign painters and commercial artists."
The exhibition is free and runs until Sunday 27 November 2016. You know it's also the rule when you visit the De La Warr that you have to have a cream tea sat out on the terrace!
Mon 10 Oct 2016
1. Bridget Riley - The Curve Paintings 1961 - 2014
Not long left now to see this wonderful exhibition of paintings and studies spanning Bridget Riley’s 50 year career all, “illustrating the artist’s close dedication to the interaction of form and colour by looking at a single motif” - the curve.
The exhibition coincides with the start of celebrations marking 80 years of the Pavillion becoming the first public modernist building in the UK and has been curated to “directly connect with the building’s elegant architecture, opening out the interior space towards the sea”.
The exhibition runs until 6 September 2015 (free entry).
2. Towards an alternative history of graphic design: Schmuck, POP, bRian, Assembling
A slice of graphic design history from the late 60s to the mid 70s, shown through the development of four innovative publications; Schmuck, POP, bRian and Assembling - all created by artists with no design or typographic training, who embraced technological developments and exploited them to publish their own content.
“Artists were now in control of content and the form of a publication could be explored, creating a new energy and enthusiasm for print.”
The exhibition runs until the 4 October 2015 (free entry).
3. The Cream Teas
As gallery cafes go, this one is pretty special. There’s nothing better than one of their homemade scones, a bit of clotted cream, a dollop of jam and a lovely pot of tea sat out on their first floor terrace overlooking the sea.
This years show consists of fifteen film-themed screen prints by selected Print Club artists, including two of our personal favourites Cassandra Yap and Steve Wilson. Each print is an edition of 200, signed and numbered by the artist and available exclusively through Print Club London.
The show runs until 23 August in the West Wing Galleries, so there's plenty of time to pop in and see it.
Signed, limited edition Quentin Blake prints and sold-out rareties at Castor + Pollux, Brighton.
Our favourite seafront gallery is showing a wonderful selection of Quentin Blake limited edtion and previously sold-out rarely available prints all signed by the man himself. Recognised and loved by all ages from the pages of Roald Dahl' s equally wonderful books, these illustrations bring back happy childhood memories and I can't wait to see them.
The exhibiton runs until 4 January 2015 at Castor + Pollux, seafront gallery and bookstore, 165 King's Road Arches, Lower Promenade, Brighton BN1 1NB
Fri 21 Nov 2014
Fun Instagram images for a Friday afternoon.
These little minimalist collages using everyday objects are photographed and posted regularly to instagram by illustrator Javier Parez.
Swann Galleries, New York are holding a 'Rare & Important Travel Poster' auction on October 18th. They always have an impressive selection of posters in their auctions and this one is no exception.
"From the deserts of the Mideast to the alpine resorts of Europe, this auction offers images of diverse geographical locations, in addition to bold depictions of trains, ocean liners and airplanes."
For me it doesn't matter about rarety, importance or designer. It's the bold, bright, graphic ones I like, however I will need significantly deeper pockets to be bidding on any of these.
See the full catalogue here.
I do like a map and these abstract city maps by Jazzberry Blue are no exception with their blocks of colour and graphic shapes they're definitely ticking all the right boxes.
It's really interesting to see the street plans in such a simple form. I love how crazy and random the London streets are compared to the others and the New York one is grid heaven.
Jazzberry Blue have a great body of illustration work, including more maps for New Delhi, LA and Jerusalem all available as Giclee art prints here.
Colourful illustrations, charming but lo-fi print and wonderful lettering all come together on these Sicilian fruit wrappers to turn an unremarkable, everday item into something beautiful.
I'm always amazed at the level of detail on packaging like this, that for the most part goes totally unnoticed.
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