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Artists & Illustrators April 2018

Artists & Illustrators is the UK’s best-selling magazine for artists and art lovers, providing advice and inspiration every month. Published for almost 25 years, each issue of Artists & Illustrators contains a colourful palette of profiles and features, together with valuable practical ideas, expert technical advice and useful product tests. Whether you favour oils or watercolours, portraits or landscapes, abstract art or botanical illustration, Artists & Illustrators brings a refreshing blend of creativity and advice every four weeks throughout the year.

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I was squinting at a melon when I first heard about painter Euan Uglow’s extraordinary painting practices. He would mark his models with chalk, hang plumb lines around them and keep them in awkward poses for hours at a time, all in search of the perfect composition. As a mere two hours of looking, concentrating and drawing while trying to crack the thorny business of sight-sizing left me exhausted, life models are surely safe from such suffering at my hands. The painter’s exacting process came up again recently during a fascinating chat I had with Tate curator Elena Crippa about the forthcoming show All Too Human: Bacon, Freud and a Century of Painting Life (page 18). That Uglow’s studio scenarios still warrant awed anecdotes from curators and drawing tutors alike only…

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LETTER OF THE MONTH WINTER WONDERLAND I live in the Cotswolds, a very pretty part of England, although from time to time we experience harsh weather with poor daylight, which can make painting difficult. Recently we have seen pretty sights as the snow fell, and I have taken advantage by producing a few winter scenes. I am told they make the viewer feel the cold coming out of the painting. A neighbour of mine is very good about taking another neighbour’s dog for its early morning walk regardless of the weather. I took time with this painting because snowflakes take a lot of time to paint if the scene is to look realistic. The original painting now hangs proudly on the wall in the lady in question’s living room. It is a…

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9 artistic things to do in april

1 YORK OPEN STUDIOS Take an inspirational trip to this community art event celebrating the best artists and makers living in or near the city. They will open their studio doors to visitors on the weekends of 14 and 15 April and 21 and 22 April. www.yorkopenstudios.co.uk 2 COMPETE Derwent Art Prize Pencil artists still have time to enter this international competition. As well as a bumper prize pot of £12,500, selected works will go on display at Mall Galleries in London from 18 to 23 September, before touring to a number of UK venues. You have until 8 May to enter your work. www.derwent-artprize.com 3 PRINT Monotype Masterclass Spend a day at Edinburgh Printmakers learning monotype with Kittie Jones. On 8 April, she will introduce her unique approach to one-off prints created by rolling or painting…

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LONDON Antoine Caron: Drawing for Catherine de’ Medici Until 15 April Invaluable insight into fashion and behaviour of the time. The Courtauld Gallery.www.courtauld.ac.uk Cedric Morris: Beyond the Garden Wall and Artist Plantsman 18 April to 22 July Two London exhibitions run side-by-side to celebrate this crucial artistic figure. The Garden Museum, London and Philip Mould & Company. www.gardenmuseum.org.uk;www.philipmould.com Charles I: King and Collector Until 15 April Reuniting masterpieces from a magnificent collection. Royal Academy of Arts.www.royalacademy.org.uk LAST CHANCE Modigliani Until 2 April Nudes and portraits from a controversial artist. Tate Modern. www.tate.org.uk Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours 206th Exhibition 6 April to 21 April Showcasing diverse techniques in water-soluble media. Mall Galleries.www.mallgalleries.org.uk New Work, New Year: RWS Spring Exhibition 23 March to 21 April Water-based works in traditional and contemporary styles. Bankside Gallery. www.banksidegallery.com DON’T MISS Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic Until 8 April See…

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fresh paint

Mo Lancaster The printmaker has worked in her field since the 1960s, when she studied at Somerset College of Art in Taunton. “I was the youngest student they’d ever taken. I was 15,” says Mo. But her passion for the subject stretches back even further – she decided to go to art college when she was just eight years old. For the last few years, she’s specialised in reduction linocut, which produces small, hand-printed limited editions. It’s a method invented by Pablo Picasso, Mo explains: “He decided it was stupid to have a block per colour. It is a lot of work and a lot of waste of materials, so he takes a block on its own, cuts into it and prints. It is a method a lot of people use…

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the school of life

“NOBODY HAS EVER LOOKED AT YOU AS INTENSIVELY AS I HAVE,” painter Euan Uglow – an artist renowned for the mathematical rigour of his practice – is reported to have told one of his sitters. And, yet, while he worked obsessively from life, he also painstakingly composed each scene to create interesting compositions. The results of this process can be seen in the Tate Britain’s exhibition, All Too Human: Bacon, Freud and a Century of Painting Life, which explores the many fascinating ways British artists have represented human figures, their relationships and surroundings over the last century. At its heart are the two titans of 20th-century painting, Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon, but the show also weaves a thread through the century taking to in their influences – including Walter…