A short post showing the link between two Edward Bawden works. One is the illustration for the cover of The Twentieth Century, April 1956 and the other, a linocut print ‘Ives Farm’ that Bawden also produced in the same year. It isn’t a long post but little by little these observations all shall build up.
I had posted both works before but I just hadn’t noticed the cottage hiding in the corner.
Edward Bawden – Illustration for the cover of The Twentieth Century, April 1956
Edward Bawden – Ives Farm, 1956
Edward Bawden – Cover of The Twentieth Century, April 1956
I never really cared for the over complicated etchings of Graham Clarke but I discovered his linocuts on a Shell Poster and was amazed. They are full of the countryside and vivid colours, a wonderful construction and to me, totally pleasing.
Graham Clarke – Harvest Moon
Born in 1941, Clarke’s upbringing in the austerity of war-time and post-war Britain, made him reliant on his own imaginative resources.
He was educated at Beckenham Art School, where he fell under the spell of Samuel Palmer’s romantic and visionary view of the Shoreham countryside. At the Royal College of Art he specialised in illustration and printmaking, and pursued his interest in calligraphy. With encouragement from Edward Bawden, Clarke began refining an individual aesthetic, printing traditional landscapes marked by a sense of locality and genre. Graduating in 1964, most of these prints are from the 60s.
Graham Clarke – Llanthony Priory, Autumn (Commissioned by Shell)
This post is not really connected in the typical way my articles are, but just points to a curious link between the Bardfield Artists being on Brighton Pier. I have also included a photograph by Edwin Smith – All of these artists are represented by the Fry Gallery in Saffron Walden.