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The London Original Print Fair: Pt. 2

"... The doors cannot really open and close to disclose and shut down delightful scenes; the rooms and galleries and corridors do not turn around and follow us round the room; there are no Brillo boxes or impossible objects or doll's houses - only empty spaces. Without exaggerating, I must say that Patrick's exaggerations are only matched by the exaggerations of his public, who tell me unbelivable things that are true."

/Murray McDonald/


/Patrick Hughes:  Multiples - Picassos/


The work of Patrick Hughes is unlike anything I have ever seen. In Picassos, the walls of folded paper seemed to move and change perspective dramatically with the merest tilts of my head. The more I looked, the more there was to see. The more I tried to capture what my eyes could see with my camera, the more it eluded me. I was excited and frustrated in equal measure.


/Patrick Hughes: Multiples - Rolleiflex/

The Rolleiflex above is actually painted into a corner but rather than recede from view - as you would expect - it jumps right out at you. I am absolutely certain that if I were lucky enough to own any of Hughes' masterpieces, I would never tire of looking at it.

You can read a rather fascinating interview with Hughes here.

Katherine Morling's monocrome "sketches" had such an incredible lightness of touch about them.


/Katharine Morling/

They are crafted in porcelain and not fabric, paper or card, as I had initially thought.

I love these wood block prints of pieces of wood - on wood - by the very aptly named Richard Woods.


/Richard Woods/

The vibrant pieces below are by Albert Irvin a prolific 90-year-old painter and screenprinter.


/Albert Irvin/

A little postcard version of the painting directly above now has pride of place on the inspiration wall in my studio. Who knows what it will become?


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Reader Comments (9)

What a cool round-up, Chi! I am a sucker for nice and creative prints and this exhibt looks just great. Guess it was a cool place to get inspired!

April 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterIgor

I totally get what you mean about sensory overload. I have to say, I like the last few pieces more than the first. And I totally would have grabbed a postcard of that last one too! I'm so glad you did part two...I've been waiting for it!

April 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

I agree with Igor, what a brilliant round-up! I am amazed by Katharine Morling's "sketches" and the fact that they are crafted in porcelain is a surprise What a treat!

April 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterToni

Those Katherine Morling pieces have a distinct Quentin Blake-esque feel to them. Just lovely! You've given us a really nice selection here. That Rolleiflex is incredible. My brother still shoots with his, isn't that sweet? It looks like you had a lovely time with no shortage of inspiring prints to soak up!

April 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterErin

What great choices.

Irving is a favourite and I've seen many of his pieces. His eye for colour is incredible and that at his age!!
Have a look a Gillian Ayres work, I think you might enjoy it....

April 30, 2012 | Unregistered Commentertina

Chi, I bet you were in art heaven at this museum. I can only imagine how much there was to look at and take in. I really love Katharine Morling's work. At first glance, I did think it was paper. When you mentioned that her pieces are created with porcelain, the artwork took on a whole new layer for me.
The other artists you selected are fascinating, as well. I love the optical illusions of Patrick Hughes' work and the beautiful, vibrant colors of Richard Woods' and Albert Irvin's work. What a wonderful roundup.

April 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTheresa

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