Etching selected for prestigious book

I'm delighted that my etching 'Cuckold's Row' has been selected out of all the very many images held globally by the Bridgeman Art Library for the cover of this significant book: 'Waiting for the Last Bus' by Richard Holloway, published last week by Canongate.

February etchings ...

Two new etchings made at the Curwen Print Study Centre on Saturday, now drying in my studio. 

2018 - new paintings

oil paint (and gold leaf) on acrylic and gesso on canvas. 50 x 50 / 40 x 40 cm.

New Year News

I've just sent out my new year newsletter. You can read it here: 

http://mailchi.mp/1d69c1fd4e87/studionews-autumn17-1481585

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New Year, new etchings ...

Wishing everybody a Happy New Year with a calm footing, inspiration and good health.

After a couple of early January days at the Curwen print studio, here are my first new etchings of 2018, made using Hawthorn inks in lapis blue, sage green and claret. Enjoy / click to enlarge.

Festive Events

The festive season of fairs and shows started wonderfully last week at the Ely Cathedral Christmas Fair. Thanks to everybody who visited my stand in the Lady Chapel. It was great to see familiar faces from my open studio, as well as meet so many interesting new people. My next local event is my Christmas Open Studio on 2nd and 3rd December, 11am-6pm, CB7 4AA. 

As group exhibitions at Cornwall Contemporary and Josie Eastwood come to a close this weekend (25/11), the Winter Exhibition at The Stratford Gallery opens, including several large paintings from my studio. 

In addition, 15 - 16 December twist art are taking a selection of etchings to the Christmas Market at Soho Farmhouse Members Club in the Cotswolds.

If you are unable to make these events, don't forget that work and products made using the designs can be bought and posted from my studio. Or, if you're local, you can buy from the National Trust shops at Anglesey Abbey and Wicken Fen, and from the 'Eel Catcher's Daughter' on Ely High Street. 

 Ely Cathedral Christmas Fair 2017

Ely Cathedral Christmas Fair 2017

New series 'Around the cathedral'

The series is about the hidden ancient gardens around the cathedral near where we live now. So from left to right are 'Around the Cathedral I, Samovar'; 'Around the Cathedral II, Bishop's House'; 'Around the Cathedral III, Almonry'; 'Around the Cathedral IV, Bishop's Wall'. They are oil, acrylic and gesso on canvas and each framed is 44 x 44 cm. 'Around the Cathedral I - III' will be shown in the Autumn Show at Cornwall Contemporary, Penzance, 25 October - 25 November, and 'Around the Cathedral IV' in Josie Eastwood's Autumn Collection, Winchester, 11 - 19 November.

Summer Collection at Cornwall Contemporary

A joyful and beautiful new collection opened today at Cornwall Contemporary ... Can you spot my painting 'Summertime' in this picture?!
Artists include Ele Pack, Neil Pinkett, Jessica Cooper, Emma Jeffryes, Melissa Kiernan, Antonio Lopez Reche, Melanie Goemans, Janet Lynch, Maggie Matthews, Kristin Vestgard, Alasdair Lindsay, David Mankin, Ken Spooner, Philip Lyons, Daphne McClure, Claire Loder, Emma McClure, Caroline Pedler, Emma Dunbar, Sarah Dunstan, Philip Lyons and others.
It can be viewed in the gallery from now until 28th August and online here

Open Studio - last chance to visit!

This weekend on Fore Hill, Ely - Cambridge Open Studio number 204 - Saturday and Sunday 11am 'til 6pm - 20% off usual retail prices for open studio only - come and have a browse. This is the last weekend my studio will be open but other studios may be open through July - please check the Cambridge Open Studio guide.

 Cambridge Open Studio 2017

Cambridge Open Studio 2017

Open Studio this weekend

Cambridge Open Studios begins this weekend. My new address means I'm lucky enough to have a shop front this year and I've much enjoyed playing shops, setting up a display of my products in the window, and framed work in the old shop behind. I am studio number 204 in the Cambridge Open Studio guide and will be open only this weekend and the next. I hope to see many of you here! Pixie, our Bagpuss-in-residence, seems to think she's an exhibit.

This week ...

'Melanie Goemans, already a well-established artist whose ethereal botanical canvases caught my eye with their calmness, originality and beautiful execution' ~ thank you Josie Eastwood Fine Art. The Spring Show will be open until 14 May 11am - 5pm weekends, and 10am - 5pm during weekdays.

Spring News & Events

I have just sent out my newsletter. If you would like to subscribe, please send me a message. Meanwhile, all news and events are below (click to enlarge):

ARTROOMS 2017

Next week Wayside IV (Churchyard Wall) will join around 30 pieces, by selected NOA 2016 artists, for ARTROOMS, London’s biggest free independent arts fair. For the third year running, ARTROOMS will be taking over 80 bedrooms at 4-star deluxe hotel the Meliá White House during London Arts Fair. ARTROOMS has fast established itself as a place for buyers to scout art news and trends, making it the perfect place to showcase artists from the 2016 NOA competition. For further info click HERE

WHERE: The Meliá White House Hotel, Albany Street, Regent’s Park, NW1 3UP
WHEN: Saturday 21st January • 12pm – 7pm; Sunday 22nd January • 12pm – 7pm; Monday 23rd January • 10am – 1:30pm

  Wayside IV (Churchyard Wall)  2016, acrylic on canvas, 33 x 33 cm (framed) £575

Wayside IV (Churchyard Wall) 2016, acrylic on canvas, 33 x 33 cm (framed) £575

Wandlebury Diptych

These panels were commissioned for a private collection in the USA, painted in oil, gold leaf and gesso on canvas (183 x 122 cm) using 'rose madder genuine', a colour that I hadn't worked with before. They are now complete and waiting to be framed and crated for shipping.

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to you all! Here's a gallery of this year's work. Looking forward to sharing more paintings and etchings in 2017.

Winter events

Ely Cathedral; the beautiful old rectory at Swaffham Bulbeck, Cambridgeshire; Shipyard Studios at Wivenhoe; Cornwall Contemporary, Penzance: these are some of the places my work has travelled over the past few weeks, taking part in seasonal events across the country. The art fairs are done but the Winter Collection at Cornwall Contemporary runs into the new year, and the Christmas exhibition at Shipyard Studios runs for another week. The National Trust continues to stock products made from my designs, and these as well as works on paper can also be bought directly from my studio and shipped. Please email for further info. 

Imago Mundi - Luciano Benetton Collection

Have you heard of the Benetton Imago Mundi project? Over 7000 artists from over 40 countries have been invited to work on a small 12 x 10 cm canvas to create a cross-cultural mosaic of artists from around the world. Here is my piece. It will soon travel to London to be included in the UK catalogue and join all the others in the project being shown in museums and spaces internationally. 

NOA - Artists' Reception

It was a great afternoon at the Artists' Reception for NOA, the National Open Art Exhibition, at the Mercers' Hall, City of London, and an honour to have my painting selected to hang in such good company. Huge thanks to the organisers, sponsors and judges. Here are some snaps of 'Wayside I (Queen Anne's Lace)' and of me, alongside fellow exhibiting artists Rod McIntosh, Benjamin Parker. Special thanks to Amanda Kings, NOA Exhibition and Competition Director, for choosing my painting for her ID badge.