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A strip I did a few weeks ago, inspired by a sketchbook  drawing about the modern gallery experience.

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My recent illustration work for Porthmeor studios introduced me to the work of Edinburgh born St Ives painter Wilhelmina Barns-Graham (1912-2004). I really enjoyed looking at her paintings through my research, in particular considering the use of colour and composition. I found lots of really lovely examples in the book  ‘Wilhelmina Barns-Graham: A Studio Life’   which I couldn’t locate online, but here are two brilliant images which I did find:

According to the Tate website, ‘Glacier Crystal, Grindelwald’ (below), was an attempt to show the galicer in Switzerland from multiple viewpoints, ‘from above, through and all round, as a bird flies, a total experience’

Glacier Crystal, Grindelwald 1950 by Wilhelmina Barns-Graham 1912-2004
(http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/barns-graham-glacier-crystal-grindelwald-t00708)

Island Sheds, St Ives No. 1 1940 by Wilhelmina Barns-Graham 1912-2004 (Island Sheds, St Ives No. 1 1940 by Wilhelmina Barns-Graham 1912-2004)

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As I mentioned in the last post, I have been lucky enough to be involved in illustrating a publication about Porthmeor Studios, St Ives. University of Exter graduates, Emma Easy and Paul Tucker have created  ‘Permanence’. The booklet celebrates the history and heritage of the studios and their link between the fishing and art industry in St Ives through a combination of interviews, articles and poetry. It also explores the nature of the rennovation that has taken place to sustain the building over the last few years.

Working with Emma, Paul and graphic designer Dan Bloomfield has been a great way of discovering more about St Ives and Porthmeor and their rich artistic heritage.

(See image below for newly printed publications)

For more information on the rennovation of Porthmeor studios visit:

http://www.porthmeorstudios.com/  

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Image: Emma Easy

Here are some of the illustrations I contributed for the publication:

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fishing material vingette

 

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Finally, a couple of pictures from my trip to St Ives back in November. Hope you like them

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