Apologies for the poor reproduction if this rather fine brochure, but it's the best I could do with my limited technical know-how. If you want a proper one, please contact the Fry...
Monday, 25 April 2016
Tuesday, 19 April 2016
|Look at them paws! View courtesy Capability Brown|
The first house on the site was built in the 15th century by Richard Verney, a knight. Various extensions and alterations followed, culminating in a major redesign in the modish Classical style, circa 1715, making the present house a contemporary of Blenheim Palace down the road - but much easier to take in if your home is a terraced house in Bristol! Stunning it may be, but it's the kind of place you can imagine being inhabited by actual people rather than giants.
|Lucus Cranach the Elder, Venus and Cupid, c1525 (photo copyright Compton Verney)|
|Pierre-Jacques Volaire, Vesuvius Erupting at Night, C18 (photo copyright Compton Verney)|
|Queen Elizabeth I, British School, c1590 (photo copyright Compton Verney)|
|Village Fete, British School, c1790 (photo copyright Compton Verney)|
|Girl with Cherries, British School, c1820 (photo Compton Verney)|
|Alarming carved wooden pig's head|
You could argue, I suppose, that folk art itself was a phenomenon that evolved out of the tastes and collecting habits of 20th century artists and designers. Like Picasso or Klee, or any number of European artists, they were looking outside the mainstream for inspiration, delighting in strange objects and naive paintings as things of originality in an increasingly uniform world. This is certainly the case with Ravilious in his book 'High Street', which is a compendium of oddities, and it's interesting then to look at the visual echoes of folk art that you see in pop art. I can imagine that Joe Tilson, for one, would have enjoyed carving some of those lovely old shop symbols...
Find out more about Compton Verney here.
Thursday, 7 April 2016
|Christmas at Camelot, screenprint by Clive Hicks-Jenkins, Penfold Press 2015|
The story has inspired numerous illustrators over the centuries, from the anonymous artist whose work adorns the original manuscript to Diana Sudyka, whose illustrations accompany Simon Armitage's translation of the text in a 2008 Folio Society edition.
|Illustration of Green Knight's arrival by Anning Bell, 1913|
|Green Knight's arrival, by Juan Wijngaard, 1981|
|Green Knight continues speaking, despite losing head, Illustration from original manuscript, C14|
|The same scene illustrated by Diana Sudyka for the Folio Society, 2008|
|Gawain approaches Sir Bertilak's castle, Cyril Satorsky, Ltd Editions Club, 1971|
|Watch out Gawain! Sir Bertilak's wife, by Diana Sudyka|
|Gawain at the Green Chapel, Lego-style, by Josh Wedin 2007|
|Yikes! The Green Knight by Des Hanley, 2000s|
|The moment of truth for Gawain, Dorothea Braby, Golden Cockerel Press 1952|
There's a whole world of other Gawain-related imagery out there - if anyone wants to share any please comment below. I'll post an image of Clive's new piece as soon as it's published. Meanwhile, for an interesting take on Gawain style, check this out.