Sunday
Nov192017

Charles Rennie Mackintosh & The Glasgow Style

In 2018 Glasgow will be celebrating the 150th anniversary of the birth of talented Glasgow-born architect, designer and artist Charles Rennie Mackintosh. There will be an extensive programme of talks, tours and events thought the year, the highlight of which will be a major exhibition at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. (30th March - 14th August).  The exhibition will showcase objects relating to Mackintosh and the Glasgow style. Many of these objects will be on display for the first time in a generation and others making their first appearance. It will be an exhibition not to be missed. 


 

Glasgow Style is a very distinctive set of decorative art and design works made in Glasgow between 1890 and 1920 and centred around The Glasgow School of Art and Mackintosh. It is considered to be Great Britain’s contribution to Art Nouveau and Scotland’s most significant contribution to the Arts and Crafts movement. 

 

The applied art that will be on display couldn’t be more current. The tactile, graphic, and very British designs reflect many of the influences that are popular today. The Celtic and Japanese references are seen in many contemporary styles of the moment. Today’s interest in embroidery and other crafts can be seen in the Glasgow Style objects. 

 

The designs are available for license and would be suitable for all sorts of merchandise - ceramics, textiles, stationery. With the Glasgow Museums provenance this would be a quality, evergreen license that would only grow sales, with the added benefit of the support of the retail arm of the Museums.

 


 

Tuesday
Sep122017

Greece - Jane Askey

Artist Jane Askey loves drawing on location and her sketchbooks are a wonderful source of reference. We asked her to tell us a little more about her experiences...

  "For the last twenty years or so I have visited a different Greek island each year and every island is so different but at heart very distinctly Greek. I love drawing on location and a holiday in Greece is the perfect place to work in a sketchbook and work through different ideas about manipulating drawing and painting media and questioning the many different ways one can respond  to a place.

 

I like to take two small hard backed books filled with lots of pages nothing too fancy just good quality cartridge paper.

Two books are ideal because whilst one page is drying another sketch can be done in the other book. I find clothes pegs are esssential to keep the sketchbook open if the hot Meltemi winds are blowing which in the summer in the Cyclades is all the time. In addition I take a smallish selection of coloured pencils, graphite pencils, watercolours and some key colours in gouache. A good range of brushes and a small palette all stuffed into a rucsac and I’m ready to go.

 

 

This summer I returned to the island of Skopleos staying 300 feet above sea level in a remote villa above Glossa with spectacular views out across the Aegean looking out to layers of islands and every night a spectacular sunset. The nearby dusty lanes were lined with wildflowers, olive trees and so many beautiful butterflies.

 

 

 

Working in a sketchbook rather than the studio often throws up unexpected results. Working more quickly, not being comfortable or simply only having a few minutes means the drawings have an energy and a scruffiness I really like it’s not the time to be overly precious or prissy. I try and work out what I like about the view or the object in front of me and attempt to capture that in one or series of observational studies.

 

 

 

My sketchbooks are full of lots of different types of drawing and painting experimenting with a range of approaches and mixes of media.  Whether a two minute pencil line drawing or a full coloured detailed observation using mixed media I really enjoy experimenting gathering information that may or may not inform a more resolved piece back in the studio.

 

 

 

More often than not I don’t develop my drawings into bigger paintings I simply enjoy drawing on location for the sake of drawing, it’s all about practicing, asking questions and searching for variety of answers".

 

 

 Enjoy more of Jane's paintings here