My print "Love in an Age of Pestilence: Minuet" has been selected for the Rugby Open 2020 exhibition. Unfortunately the exhibition fell foul of the second and third lockdowns. (sigh). But it does have a wee online presence (http://www.rugby.gov.uk/ragm/homepage/169/rugby_open_2020). You can also read all about it on my blog: https://stevedavies1st.blogspot.com/2020/11/accepted-for-rugby-open-2020.html
My challenge for #artweeksfromhome 2020. 13 postcards for 13 songs. Over the Art Weeks period (20 June to 5 July), I produced 13 postcard-sized linocuts depicting a “Dance of Death” inspired by the 13 songs on Feline and Strange's album “trigger warning.” You can read the blow-by-blow account on my blog https://stevedavies1st.blogspot.com/ or see them all collected together in a video at https://youtu.be/7UAzNkgIbOw
You can get a reproduction of my print “Kunst fordert Opfer” (Art demands sacrifice – see “The Art Escapes” in my videos above) on a T-shirt, hoodie, bag or mug at Feline and Strange's shirtee shop https://www.shirtee.com/en/kunstopfer/
Delighted that my print "Purgatory" was chosen to be included in the 2020 Coventry Open exhibition. 29 February 2020 - 19 April 2020. https://g.co/arts/8HMkCgaxJz6GU2uT9
On a clear day I can see back as far as my great grandfather. A seafarer, a ship's carpenter turned furniture maker, remembered by the artefacts he made and left behind. He was Swedish, so my childish mind imagined him a Viking, burning and pillaging coastal towns.
His son, my grandfather, embezzled the war effort and spent the rest of his working life in the nationalised steel industry, clocking his workmates in, to be clocked out by them in turn. I remember him as a barely functioning alcoholic.
My other grandfather died young and was hardly ever spoken of again.
Histories like these made me who I am. Inform the stories I tell. The pictures in my head.
Taking my cue from generations back, I make things, I mend things, I re-use things. I built my printing press using materials I had to hand.
Using sharp tools to cut into lino or wood is a visceral experience, a mediaeval craft. Then there's the change of medium. The excitement of revealing the inverted image as it transfers from carved block to flat paper.
Encouraged by my family and friends, I am putting my head above the parapet and saying, “Here I am.” Come and see me.
You can check out what I'm doing and read about the inspiration or background to my prints here:
Over the 2020 Art Weeks period I produced a series of postcard-sized prints (see "News" above), and kept the blog updated as I went along.
You can find contact details there, too.