A new year and I hope to visit more exhibitions and do more work than I could last year!
I was able to visit this show of beautiful examples of Japanese woodcuts . So many examples of exquisite drawing and craftmanship in translating this to the coloured prints.
I wanted to see the exhibition entitled Inspired by the East at the British Museum but was disappointed by the very low light levels and the labelling. Some beautiful ceramics. So I proceeded to the National Portrait Gallery to catch the Pre-Raphaelite Sisters and was very happy I had as there were so many beautiful portraits in pencil, chalk, watercolour and oils. The many characters who married within the group or changed partners all got a bit confused in my mind but I came away with a feeling that it was really well presented and pleasing.
To Hastings Contemporary for the new hang throughout the gallery. Now the exhibits from the Jerwood collection are not featured, there are new displays everywhere. As usual the new pictures by Quentin Blake stole the show for me. Airborne is delicious – just so much imagination and fun. Also fun were the card sculptures Earthly Delites by Anne Ryan. I saw some well-known pictures from Pallant House in a group of pictures shown under the title of The Age of Turmoil which were interesting examples of work by Edward Burra, Stanley Spencer and Graham Sutherland. I liked Welsh Landscape with Yellow Lane by the last particularly. Hung with lots of space, all their strong paintings had room to glow.