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Artists & Illustrators March 2017

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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2 min.
meet the artists on the rise

When applied to artists, the word ‘emerging’ can be a loaded one. At what point does someone qualify as an ‘emerging artist’? There is no easy answer. It is a title that’s mostly reserved for the young, which is a shame, as an artist can ‘emerge’ at any age. In this issue, we’ve put together a list of painters to watch in 2017 of varying backgrounds, ages and styles. One story that moved me was that of the artist Sue Dunkley, whose work is on our cover. Sue was a rising star in the world of pop art in the 1960s, her paintings were collected by celebrities, but she never reached the level of fame enjoyed by many artists in same circle. Last year, after Sue’s health went into decline due…

2 min.
your letters

MARK IT UP I have lived in hope that you would at last start to give pastel painting a place in your magazine. Your January issue has a short article on Margaret Glass, but this is one of the rare occasions when you give place to pastel painting. One gets the impression that pastels are not considered a serious medium. Why can’t you give equal space to pastels as you give to watercolours, acrylic and oils? I look forward to some more articles on pastels. Clarissa Jane, via email Point taken Clarissa! We love pastels at Artists & Illustrators, so expect more demos on this tricky but rewarding medium in the near future. THE CHALLENGE CONTINUES Re: 30 Autumn Painting Projects, Issue 370 Here’s a photo of my attempt at painting a portrait with a black background,…

1 min.
letter of the month

Good day to you, the producers of my favourite magazine. How I look forward to downloading Artists & Illustrators each month! I am part of the new itinerant generation who rely on our increasingly digital world to keep in touch wherever we are. Never mind that I won’t get to the art exhibitions you list, or be able to take up some of the offers and competitions, the rest of the magazine is of inestimable inspiration to an aspiring artist. But, my (marginal) disappointment lies in the amount of space you dedicate to my new passion: coloured pencil. This medium has gained popularity in the US and is widely known in the UK. Not much space is devoted in your pages to this economic, highly portable and mess-free medium. The…

3 min.
9 artistic things to do in march

1 ORIGINAL PRINTS AND WORKS ON PAPER New Cheltenham arts venue The Chapel opens with its first show in March, and it’s quite a line up: an exhibition of work by 12 contemporary Royal Academicians including the formidable Michael Craig-Martin, master London lithographer Chris Orr [left] and award-winning painter/ printmaker Eileen Cooper. Located on the site of a former Baptist chapel, it’s a fittingly grand setting to pay tribute to the art of printmaking. The event will take place from 17 February to 18 March. www.thechapelarts.com 2 PAINT Work in Pastel and Paint Inspired by Joan Eardley Create art in the haunting and experimental style of the late Scottish artist in this workshop led by figure painter Damian Callan at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery (28 February to 28 March). This will coincide with the…

5 min.

LONDON America After the Fall: Painting in the 1930s 25 February to 4 June 2017 Featuring 45 iconic works from the likes of Edward Hopper, Grant Wood and Georgia O’Keeffe. Royal Academy of Arts.www.royalacademy.org.uk Howard Hodgkin: Absent Friends 23 March to 18 June 2017 The first exhibition of portraits by the British artist, this show challenges traditional forms of representation. National Portrait Gallery.www.npg.org.uk The American Dream: pop to the present 9 March to 18 June 2017 Modern and contemporary prints spanning the past six decades. The British Museum.www.britishmuseum.org Flaming June: The Making of an Icon Until 2 April 2017 Explore the extraordinary story behind the masterpiece, as Flaming June is reunited with the artist’s Royal Academy Summer Exhibition works. Leighton House Museum, London.www.rbkc.gov.uk Robert Rauschenberg Until 2 April 2017 The first full-scale retrospective since the artist’s death in 2008, including major international loans. Tate Modern.www.tate.org.uk Vanessa…

6 min.
fresh paint

SIMAFRA It takes a certain tenacity for an individual to be known only by a single name (think Madonna, Cher, Banksy) but if actress Cameron Diaz had your paintings in her private collection, you might just develop the confidence required. Such is the case for Italian painter Riccardo Prosperi, also known as ‘Simafra’, the 31 year old whose paintings are in demand from celebrities, top restaurant chains and luxury hotels. The Florentine artist first began painting in the early 2000s, during his training in classical art restoration, earning skills that still inform his practice today. “Working in the field of restoration has allowed me not only to know nearly any type of paint, enamel, shellac, bitumen and many other different materials, but it has also taught me how to use them properly,”…