David Measures: Painter, Artist-Naturalist

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DAVID MEASURES

Admission FREE
Saturday 13 July - Monday 26 August Open daily
Djanogly Art Gallery

Djanogly Gallery Opening Hours
11am - 5pm (Monday - Saturday)
12noon - 4pm (Sunday)

This exhibition is in the Angear Visitor Centre, Located in the Djanogly Art Gallery.

This exhibition presents a selection of the spontaneous watercolour studies of butterflies in flight from the studio of this well-known Southwell naturalist and artist who died in 2011.

Art for the Love of Sark: Jersey Art Centre

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The Artists for Nature Foundation (ANF) is a unique non-profit organisation that aims to combine art, nature conservation and education through the work of some of the world's finest contemporary wildlife and landscape artists.

In 2009, wildlife artist and Sarkee Rosanne Guille approached Ysbrand Brouwers the founder and director of ANF with concerns for the future sustainability of the wildlife and way of life of Sark.

In May 2011, the wonderfully unspoilt, car-free Channel Island of Sark became the focus of the ANF's 15th project. A total of twenty of the world's leading artists came together on the island to raise awareness of its abundant wildlife and unique way of life, and the urgent need to protect them.

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The resulting paintings, drawings and sculptures were exhibited in Sark, Holland and Guernsey and published in a beautiful project book to highlight Sark’s diverse and thriving natural history while also giving a message of caution of its fragility and need for future protection. Wildlife protection laws for Sark are currently being worked on by its Government and there is a feeling on Sark that the project has brought to people’s attention the importance of their natural resources.

Between 27th August and 14th September this year, the Jersey Arts Centre will hold an exhibition of work from the ‘Art for the Love of Sark’ project and proceeds from sales will go back into the Sark community for environmental work.

The ANF project in Sark has presented a very powerful case for the preservation of their traditional, sustainable way of life which is still under threat.



Bruce Pearson: Troubled Waters, Trailing the Albatross

Bruce Pearson tells us about his forthcoming exhibition and book:

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November 26th - December 1st 2012
Artspace Galleries, Maddox St, London W1
Troubled Waters
Trailing the albatross, an artist’s journey

Langford Press; publication October 2012; pages 196; Size: 310 x 280mm; hardback; price: tbc

Chapter Headings (draft)

1. The Launch of an Idea
2. First encounters
3. Heading South
4. Bird Island Summers
5. Mingled Destinies
6. Hooked
7. Witnessing the Collision
8. Return South



With their vast extent, changing moods of calm and storm; sheer beauty and otherworldly sense of place, the world’s great oceans are largely beyond most people’s experience and imagination. Home to a small number of hardy professional mariners, merchant seamen, fishermen, and a few pelagic explorers, only a privileged few experience the deep ocean at first hand.  Most of us remain insulated from its true nature unless storms blow onshore and chaotic seas strand hapless seabirds onto our beaches, or far inland. For much of the year, however, seabirds stay far from land and out of sight way beyond the horizon of Coleridge’s ‘painted ocean’. Out there they wander huge distances in a constant search for food, effortlessly riding the winds and waves, and ranging far from their cliff and island nesting sites, sometimes for months on end.  
Bringing these birds into people’s reach is at the heart of the Troubled Waters project, generating a powerful visual appreciation and understanding of seabirds’ pelagic existence that is rooted in the artist’s life-long fascination for the sea and seabirds.  Having journeyed a number of times across the Southern Oceans, the aim is to paint a portrait that brings the open sea vividly to life in the mind’s eye and imagination.
 
Seabirds, notably albatrosses have become increasingly threatened over the past 20 years, and at a faster rate globally than any other species of birds.  The threats are many and varied, but the most critical problem is the hundreds of thousands of birds snared accidentally as bycatch on long-line fishing vessels.  The seabird losses first noted over 20 years ago have catalysed urgent international efforts to reverse the declines, most notably through the formation of BirdLife International’s Save the Albatross campaign and an Albatross Task Force. The result has been a substantial reduction in seabird mortality - to almost negligible levels in some well-policed fisheries. However, with unregulated fishing interests still operating beyond the reach of international treaties and boundaries there is still much to do, and it is urgent work if some critically endangered albatrosses are to avoid extinction.  A core strand within Troubled Waters, therefore, is to get aboard long line and trawl vessels, working alongside fishermen, and task force observers, to witness the collision of birds and fishing interests at sea and at first hand.  
The project is also a personal creative response because over 35 years ago I got to know albatrosses well as a field assistant on a seabird research programme on Bird Island, South Georgia.  Every day we lived our lives tuned to the biological rhythms of the birds, and when I wasn’t working, I spent every spare moment sketching these wonderful birds.  

On board the fishing vessels, it was agonising to realise that some of the albatrosses dying on longlines were ‘my’ birds! – I had got to know them individually as a young artist-scientist in the late-1970s.  Acutely aware that albatrosses have life-spans similar to our own, it was humbling to sit by nests intimately studying the structure of bills and the details of plumage, noting the colours and patterns of moulting feathers and, on one particularly cold afternoon, I warmed my freezing hands under the belly feathers of an incubating wanderer!  

Along with studies of the birds, I made drawings about their lives at sea as we crossed the Southern Ocean each season between the Falkland Islands and South Georgia.  There were opportunities to gather notes and sketches about the colours and shapes of icebergs, the moods of the sea, and about many of the other enigmatic species of those cold latitudes.  My numerous folders of field paintings, sketches and drawings are a unique archive that has lain quietly dormant in my studio drawers. Along with new material, those early drawings are contributing to an exhibition in support of the Save the Albatross Campaign.  

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Approaching South Georgia.
Watercolour / mixed media, 74cm  x 122cm
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Black-browed albatross at sea.
Watercolour / mixed media, 29cm  x 47cm
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The Southern Ocean, approaching South Georgia
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Grey-headed albatrosses in the colony, Bird Island 1977
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Black-browed albatross chick, Bird Island 1977
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Barau’s petrel, Indian Ocean, October 2011
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It was a recent opportunity to return to South Georgia that actually provoked the idea for Troubled Waters.  Setting out in 2009, and seeing everything again, but in a new light, and working with a set of personal tools sharpened by 35 years as a professional artist – as well as new tools, skills, and perspectives.  That visit generated a wealth of material and ideas too.  Realising the intensely personal archive could be combined with contemporary artistic insights and inspiration; I worked with BirdLife to ensure I could also spend time embedded at the cutting edge of the conflict between seabird and fisheries.  With both the archival and new Antarctic material to back up this unique exposure, I began to believe the strands could be woven together to engage viewers and readers in an experience both visceral and compelling; one that offers insights into our understanding of the oceans, and which inspires new engagement and identification with an extraordinarily urgent conservation crisis.  The Troubled Waters book and exhibition is the result of this long journey.

Reveal Big Skies: Anna Kirk Smith Open Studio

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Port du Moulin Arch by Anna Kirk-Smith

Anna Kirk-Smith will be opening up her house in Bridlington and showing new work during Reveal 2011 Open Studios.
She is open over the weekends of 1st/2nd & 8th/9th October, from 10am - 5pm each of those days, and all are welcome.

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Estuarine Forms by Anna Kirk-Smith

She says:
"It has been diverse and exciting times for me, so you will get to see works from my Artists for Nature trip to Sark, artworks drawn underwater from a collaboration with Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, the showcase of a piece in progress for Ghosts of Gone Birds London exhibition, and other pieces conceived outside from often blustery and wet excursions around the coast of Britain."

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Geological Medley - Dixcart Bay by Anna Kirk-Smith

For more information about the event you should visit www.reveal-art.org 
Anna's address to visit is:
6 Mayfield Road, Bridlington, East Riding of Yorkshire, YO15 3LE
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WWT Slimbridge: Peter Scott: Bewick's Swans by Dafila Scott

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Bewick's Swans at Dusk by Dafila Scott

Peter Scott’s daughter Dafila Scott is exhibiting Bewick's Swans at Dusk at WWT Slimbridge. The exhibition runs from the 7th of August to the 9th of September, and features work by the Scott family. Including Peter Scott, Nicola Scott and Dafila Scott.

After training as a zoologist, Dafila turned to drawing and painting. Most of her work is inspired by landscape that features animals or places with which she has become familiar. As a member of the Society of Wildlife Artists, she has exhibited regularly at their annual exhibition at the Mall Galleries as well as at regional shows. She has also illustrated books and articles.

Working mostly in oils, sometimes water colours and more recently pastels, she paints either from life or from a combination of field sketches and memory. She has taken courses with painters and art teachers and is especially grateful for the inspirational teaching of Robin Child.

Recent work includes both figurative wildlife paintings and abstract landscapes inspired by visits to Kibale Forest in western Uganda and to the South Amin Kalahari. However, she is equally happy to gain inspiration at home in the garden or on the surrounding fen land.

Alexis Rago @ Opem: Lincoln The Collection

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‘I Tremble at the Sound of Your Footsteps’ by Alexis Rago on view at Opem: Lincoln The Collection 05 Feb 2011 to 03 May 2011

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Spectacled Cormorant News from Anna Kirk Smith

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I am currently working on an installation piece for a forthcoming muti-media exhibition entitled the 'Ghosts of Gone Birds', the brainchild of filmamker Ceri Levy that has gained the backing of Birdlife International and the RSPB. 100 species extinct in the last 400 years, 100 artists exploring their legacies and portents for the future - not only for the current bird population but for humans themselves.

I have the absolute pleasure to be working with the (ex) Spectacled Cormorant (pictured above) and am visiting the Tring branch of the Natural History Museum shortly to see 2 of the only 6 specimens worldwide. I'll let you know more about the piece and the exhibition details as it progresses. I'm really going to enjoy the physical challenge of this one.

I know it's a bit early - but have a great Christmas and New Year anyway.

Anna Kirk-Smith December 2010

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Andrew Tyzack @ RCA Secret 2009

Andrew Tyzack has donated three original artworks to RCA Secret 2009. The Royal College of Art hosts RCA Secret annually to raise money to assist young artists studying at the RCA. The name of the artist who created each postcard is kept secret. Last year 2700 postcards went on show, and were sold in aid of the RCA’s Fine Art Student Award Fund. Last year many well known artists were exhibited, including: Grayson Perry, Anish Kapoor, Quentin Blake, Manolo Blahnik, Tracey Emin, Paula Rego, Mimmo Paladino, Yoko Ono and Olafur Eliasson.

Open at Royal College of Art, Kensington Gore, London SW7 2EU from Friday 13 November until Friday 20 November 11-6pm, 11-8pm on Thursday 19 November. Free admission.

The cards will be sold to the public in a huge one-day sale, with each postcard costing just £40, regardless of whether it has been made by a famous name or a current art student. The Sale will be open on Saturday 21 November, 8am-6pm.

Andrew Tyzack's signed works at RCA Secret 2009

RCA Secret postcard by Andrew Tyzack

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Drawing course, Bass Rock, and the British Birdwatching Fair

Anna Kirk-Smith has just returned from lecturing at John Busby's drawing course held on Bass Rock, Scotland. Here, alongside John Busby and David Measures, Anna taught the drawing of birds from life among the thousands of Bass Rock gannets. Some examples of her work, generated at St. Abb’s on the same trip, are below. If you would like to see these pieces and others in the flesh, they are due to be exhibited at the British Birdwatching Fair in Rutland, from the 21st to 23rd August 2009.

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Debbie Grice at the Northern Print Biennale

Debbie Grice was selected from among several hundred artists to exhibit at the Northern Print Biennale, a major international event. Debbie's mezzotint engravings are being displayed in Newcastle's Laing Art Gallery alongside prints by artists such as Jim Dine, Michael Craig-Martin, Louise Bourgeois and Richard Hamilton.

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The limited edition mezzotints are now available to purchase from Debbie’s collection at the Land Gallery.

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Hemlata Pradhan's work on display at the British Museum

A reminder that you can still go and see Hemlata’s work at the British Museum as part of its India-themed exhibitions this summer. Her work is on display beneath the central atrium of the museum, in the foyer of the Clore Education Centre. Also, note that Hemlata is due to give a workshop on Indian Botanical painting this Thursday, 18th June (from 14.00 to 17.30) so you might have the opportunity to meet her if you go along.

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Hemlata Pradhan exhibitions in Katmandhu and London.

We’re pleased to announce that Hemlata Pradhan recently presented her first exhibition in Kathmandu, Nepal where she exhibited some new work. If you would like to see these pieces in person, she will be presenting them as part of another exhibition in May and June of this year, this time at the British Museum in London, UK. The exhibition starts on Friday, 1st May 2009 and ends on Sunday, 28th June 2009.

As a complement to the exhibition, Hemlata also informs us that she will be holding workshops in botanical illustration for adults on Friday, 12th June and again on Thursday, 18th June. If you wish to participate, the workshops will be afternoon sessions. We hope to provide you with more information about the exhibition and workshops closer to the time.

Note, the new work is not yet for sale but example pieces are shown below. However, you can view Hemlata’s currently available work in her collection.

Upcoming new work from Hemlata Pradhan - Diplomeris hirsuta

Upcoming new work from Hemlata Pradhan - Paphiopedilum hirsutissimum

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