This exhibition showcases the work of Welsh photographer Angus McBean (1904-1990) in advertising, his commissioned portraits, and his annual Christmas cards. It offers glimpses of McBean’s private life, holidaying on the continent and portraits of McBean at home, in later life, by the contemporary photographer Robert Greetham. Most of the work on display was purchased for the School of Art collection with the aid of grants from the Art Fund and V&A Purchase Grant schemes. It has been curated by students on the undergraduate module ‘Curating an Exhibition’.
The exhibition is on from the 16th May to the 30th September 2022, Monday – Friday, 10am – 5pm.
The undergraduate exhibition represents the high point of our students’ achievements over three years of study. Our postgraduate students are participating in the first of two exhibitions on their Masters’ program. On display is a mixture of disciplines such as photography, illustration, painting, printmaking and multimedia installation.
The exhibition is open Monday – Friday, 10am – 5pm, from the 16th May to the 26th May 2022.
John Leech was born 29th August 1817. His father had moved from Ireland to London in about 1813 to work for his uncle, the proprietor of the London Coffee House in Ludgate Hill. By 1823, Leech senior owned the business. It was a well-respected and popular place, which must have been a very stimulating environment for a little boy to grow up in. Leech junior enjoyed drawing from an early age. Wood engraver and illustrator Frederick George Kitton (1856-1904) claims in his biography of the illustrator (1883) that the artist John Flaxman (1755-1826) first noticed the boy’s skills when he was only three years old and advised the parents: “Do not let him be cramped with lessons in drawing; let his genius follow its own bent; he will astonish the world.” When Leech was seven, he started attending Charterhouse School, first as a day boy and then as a boarder. Here he first met novelist William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863), who would become a lifelong friend when they met again at Punch in 1843. Continue reading →
“When an artist uses a conceptual form of art, it means that all of the planning and decisions are made beforehand and the execution is a perfunctory affair… It is usually free from the dependence on the skill of the artist as a craftsman.”
Sol LeWitt, ‘Paragraphs on Conceptual Art’, Artforum Vol.5, no. 10, Summer 1967, pp. 79-83Continue reading →
This exhibition is my response to visiting Bardsey Island (Ynys Enlli) and spending time on the site of the 6th century monastery built by Celtic Christian monks. Using archaeology as a metaphor for my fine art practice, I aim to make artworks that enable viewers to consider their own personal ‘spiritual archaeology’. I use the simplest and most universal of marks – the vertical line and the circle – seeking to give visual form to the invisible. The viewer is then invited to ‘excavate’ these artworks, and find through them an evocation of the passage of time which, while hinting at prehistory, nevertheless speaks to their contemporary world.