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Artists & Illustrators May 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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Artists are brilliant at supporting each other. While this isn’t a revelation to me, it was a delight to witness the fact first hand at the Artists of the Year 2018 private view and winners’ announcement. On the night there was plenty of well-deserved praise for our four winners – who you will meet on page 28 – but also bags of admiration and encouragement for all. Milling around the show clutching glasses of wine and wearing beaming smiles, it was clear the shortlisted artists were taking as much pleasure in other people’s achievements as their own. After all, your work hanging alongside a painting you think is great is the ultimate validation. They chatted, mingled, enjoyed and told each other so – even exchanging contact details to meet up. It’s…

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LETTER OF THE MONTH THE ART OF TIME I took GCSE art at school and always wanted to further my knowledge and passion for drawing, but I decided to go to agriculture college and became a veterinary nurse. After giving up my career to have a family and become my husband’s business partner, I realised something was missing in my life. I decided to buy some paper and pencils, and began drawing again after 20 years. On and off for the last three years I have been drawing pet portraits and wildlife for my friends and family. Last Christmas my husband bought me some Faber-Castell Polychromos coloured pencils. Here is my first attempt with my new pencils. Ellie Ashley, Lincolnshire, via email A PASSION FOR PASTELS I can’t thank you enough for featuring pastel artist…

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9 artistic things to do in may

1 SOCIETY OF WILDLIFE ARTISTS OPEN EXHIBITION If you love to paint and draw wildlife or create artwork that evokes the spirit of the natural world, you should submit it now for this wonderful exhibition to be held at Mall Galleries, London, from Thursday 25 October to Sunday 4 November. You have from Monday 30 April until Friday 27 July to enter. 2 VISIT Brighton and Hove Artist Open Houses Bringing arts and crafts to the widest possible audience, artists and makers around Brighton and Hove are set to open their houses and studios on weekends from Saturday 5 to Sunday 27 May to give art lovers the chance to browse and buy direct. 3 LEARN Gardens in Pastel and Watercolour Workshop Be inspired by the beautiful grounds of Bathwick Hill House in…

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LONDON All Too Human: Bacon, Freud and a Century of Painting Life Until 27 August Capturing the intense experience of life in paint. Tate Britain. FIND OUT MORE ON PAGE 18 Cedric Morris: Beyond the Garden Wall and Artist Plantsman 18 April to 22 July These two London exhibitions run side-by-side. The Garden Museum and Philip Mould &; Murillo: The Self Portraits Until 21 May Works by the Spanish master. National Print Rebels 25 April to 13 May Prints by Francis Seymour Haden to celebrate the 200th anniversary of his birth. The Royal Society of The EY Exhibition: Picasso 1932 – Love, Fame, Tragedy Until 9 September Explore more than 100 paintings, drawings and sculptures. Tate Modern. Wildlife Artist of the Year 2 to 6 May Shortlisted artists of the prestigious art competition. Mall ENGLAND – THE NORTH 70…

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fresh paint

Christine McArthur The towering pile of fruit in this energetic still life is born of the artist’s delight in painting the minutiae of her life. “It’s the only thing I really know about and the small, everyday things fascinate me most,” says Christine, who studied at Glasgow School of Art but has been experimenting with media effects since she school. El Magnifico, which uses paper painted with acrylic and features in her new show Kitchen Stories & Garden Notes, was inspired by the ambitious ways she piles up fruit at home. “It always collapses and I laugh at myself,” she says. “But when I paint them, they stay put no matter how I pile them. It’s like saying to the fruit, ‘Try to get out of this!’” Despite it being a happy…

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the artist plantsman

Cedric Morris (1889-1982) is as equally celebrated as a painter of flowers, people and landscapes as he is a plantsman and gardener. He travelled widely abroad, discovering rare plants and bringing back seeds, roots and other specimens, and created in Suffolk a remarkable garden, which was known for its idiosyncratic mix of wild flowers, asphodels, irises and roses. Cedric was a pioneer of hand-pollination, breeding tall bearded irises in particular and, at the height of his gardening career (1942-52), he was growing a thousand irises a year. He was internationally known as a breeder, but this fame came after he had established himself as a painter. He first began exhibiting his robustly realist canvases in the 1920s, showing in America and Europe as well as London, and three times at the…