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Artists & Illustrators

Artists & Illustrators September 2016

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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13 Issues


1 min.
seeing things from a different angle

Nothing makes a painter’s eyes roll quite like the platitude, ‘I don’t like art, but I know what I like.’ But the truth is, art lovers can be stubborn creatures of habit too. When looking up the latest exhibitions, we scan for the names we recognise; and those of us who cover our walls with paintings and prints (guilty) tend to have at least two works by the same artist. But what are we missing outside the cosy nest of the comfort zone? To find out, we asked UK artist Joe Dowden to open our eyes, and introduce us to some of the most talented watercolourists around the world. On page 33, he takes us on a whistle-stop tour of painters from Ghana to Belarus. While some artistic language is universal,…

2 min.
your letters

OUT WITH THE OLD RE: Your Letters, Issue 368 I read Rachel Hartland’s letter of the month in your August issue with interest. I too have a storage issue with an accumulation of framed and unframed paintings I have produced and exhibited in the last five years since becoming a full-time artist. I am currently undertaking a ruthless sift of the older work which I plan to destroy, which is not satisfactory but I need the space if I am to continue producing new work. I would be very interested to know any helpful answers about selling paintings at discount rates that you receive on Rachel’s behalf. Annette Dall’Oglio, via email Thank you Annette. Be sure to keep an eye out for upcoming issues of Artists & Illustrators, we’ll soon be running an article on…

1 min.
lightning round

We have just returned from our family holiday to Northern Spain where I enjoyed sketching the landscapes and towns for future paintings. When I was packing to go, I threw in your artist’s sketch pad from last year and we had great fun taking it in turns to sketch each other or our fellow ferry passengers on the long trip home. We were lucky enough to go to the fabulous (and free!) museum in Pontevedra which had a vast exhibition of Alfonso R. Castelao, a Galician artist I had not come across, who specialised in pen and ink drawings of people in the run up to the Spanish Civil War. We tried to channel his spirit of lightning-quick sketches and capture the essence of our subjects although, obviously, not as good…

2 min.
9 artistic things to do in september

1 SOMERSET OPEN STUDIOS See Somerset artists in their natural habitat at the annual open studios event (17 September to 2 October). Watch as work is made before your eyes, and meet local printmakers, painters and sculptors in person. If you’re not familiar with the the area, you’ll be able to find an interactive map of participating artists on the Somerset Open Studios website. Look out for the lively contemporary still lifes of Marissa Weatherhead, see Jane Brossard’s abstract landscapes in her Taunton studio, and make time for Jill Preston’s vivid mixed media paintings in Yeovil. www.somersetartworks.org.uk 2 READ After Caravaggio Caravaggio’s legacy is undeniable, and endures not only as a result of his own paintings, but from the art of those who imitated his style in the 20 years after his death. In…

5 min.

ENGLAND – LONDON The Ey Exhibition: Wifredo Lam 14 September to 8 January 2017 A retrospective of the Cuban painter and heavyweight in modernist art. Tate Modern. www.tate.org.uk David Hockney RA Until 2 October 82 Portraits and one still life by the British painter. Royal Academy of Arts.www.royalacademy.org.uk Flora Japonica at Kew Gardens 17 September to 5 March 2017 Paintings of native flora from eminent Japanese botanical artists. The Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art www.kew.org Regarding Trees Until 25 September 2016 16th to 19th century drawings exploring the tree as an artistic trope. The Courtauld Gallery. www.courtauld.ac.uk Visions of War Above and Below Until 25 September A look at the creativity inspired by conflict. Imperial War Museum.www.iwm.org.uk Scottish Artists 1750-1900 Until 9 October Paintings, drawings and miniatures collected by monarchs from George III to Queen Victoria. The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace.www.royalcollection.org.uk ENGLAND…

6 min.
fresh paint

IRYNA YERMOLOVA Ukrainian artist Iryna Yermolova could never be accused of ‘painting by numbers’, but there was a time in the artist’s life when rigid planning and spreadsheets were commonplace. At just 20 years of age, Iryna achieved an impossible feat for a new art college graduate, and started her own advertising firm, offering graphic design services to big-name companies. She even studied Brand Management at the University of Economics and Management in Kharkov, Ukraine to try and keep up with the demands of her expanding business. In 2005, she moved to England for a fresh start, and found herself in front of the canvas once again. Still, her days in graphic design stay with her. “I always make pen or pencil sketches for my future paintings… I used to do…