Lest We Forget
John Bloor, Cathy Brett, Jackie Kirk, Dorothy Stapleton & Shirley Ann Stephens
Riverside Café Gallery, Farnham Maltings
02 November – 30 November 2018
The Riverside Café Gallery is delighted to present Lest We Forget: an exhibition curated to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War. Bringing together five printmaking artists from Surrey and Hampshire, this collection of work explores the theme of Remembrance through different interpretations using linocut as a common medium through the pieces.
John Bloor is a print designer who lives and works in Hampshire. He enjoys experimenting with mark making with lino prints and with overprinting in screen prints. For the exhibition John wanted to design a print which conveyed meaning without using Remembrance imagery of poppies, crosses and wreaths.
Cathy Brett is an award-winning children’s book illustrator, graphic novelist and image-creator. She has written and illustrated five teen novels, illustrated about 40 books by other authors, and is the co-creator of the Electrigirl series. Her latest graphic work was shortlisted for both the Laydeez Do Comics Prize and the Myriad Editions First Graphic Novel Award. She is currently Artist in Residence for Rye Meadows Wetland Trust. Cathy’s exhibition pieces endeavour to explore the quiet, private, personal experience of her own family, before, during and after the War.
Jackie Kirk rediscovered printmaking whilst completing a Masters in Illustration at the University of Creative Arts, Farnham. She now works in linocut to create bright, bold and fun images with a strong illustrative feel and recently built in a new studio space at her home in Surrey. For the exhibition Jackie has created a series of images that capture the acts most associated with Remembrance.
Dorothy Stapleton spent 20 years teaching and lecturing on quilting, nationally and internationally. She finds collage and print suits her quirky style of work and loves using bright colours. Dorothy has been experimenting with paper cuts and 3D lino cuts and has recently done paper marbling landscapes. Dorothy’s exhibition piece captures the poppies that were displayed at the Tower of London.
Shirley Ann Stephens is a Hampshire-based printmaker working in lino printing with oil-based inks, producing quirky bold images. Always happy cutting and printing a new block and seeing where this leads, her inspiration is often found in ancient and medieval art forms. Shirley has participated in the Surrey Artists Open Studio events for over 10 years now and enjoys demonstrating and running workshops. For her exhibition piece Shirley depicts Gabriel blowing his horn and declaring to the world that World War One has ended.
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