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Artists & Illustrators June 2019

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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our issue is packed with award-winning art

What makes an artwork “successful”? It’s a question we’ve been considering this month at A&I Towers as our cover feature looks at 10 award-winning pictures and reveals the stories and techniques behind their creation. There are five winners from our recent Artists of the Year 2019 exhibition and five more winners from leading national art competitions, all interviewed exclusively for this feature. So what links their works together? Demonstrating a good standard of technique is a must, although as Norfolk Painting School’s Martin Kinnear notes sagely in his new Essential Studio Craft article on page 56, craft alone is not enough. Originality is preferable, as is a strong purpose or concept. Carrying that initial idea through to the conclusion is important too. Colour, tone, form, design and the handling of the…

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SIMPLE TWIST OF FATE I am delighted to have won the West Dean College competition. The timing could not have been more fortuitous, coming as it did on the day I ‘retired’ from work to concentrate on my art! I have chosen the Expressive Watercolours course and, as my leaving present was a set of professional watercolours, I'm sure fate has played a part. Jill Dixon, via email DON’T LOSE ART I have been enjoying your magazine since my mum bought me a birthday subscription when I was studying an illustration degree in 2000. I particularly look forward to reading interviews with illustrators, and Issue 402’s article with Sarah Papworth was no exception. I am fascinated by how people became interested in illustration and how they begin a new piece of artwork, and I…

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the perfect reason

In the March issue you asked why do we do it to ourselves – why paint? I was 25 when I picked up a paint brush for the first time since school. Diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumour in 2007 and undergoing radiotherapy, I found that the tactile nature of paint or pencil on paper and the concentration required distracted me from the hormonal chronic anxiety, helped me cope with subsequent PTSD, and got me used to my new double vision and blind patches. My first canvas painted during treatment was this ultra-calm lake. I still turn to my acrylics, pencils and pens to provide me with respite, calming my mind and body, taking me away from the lasting effects into the worlds of my art. Sometimes the things my body…

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9 artistic things to do in june

1 VAN GOGH & JAPAN While the artist never visited the country in his lifetime, the influence of Japanese culture on Van Gogh can be seen in many of his artworks. A forthcoming exhibition at Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum will explore these links further, but if you can’t make the trip to Holland, look out for this 85-minute film at selected cinemas around the UK from 4 June. As part of Exhibition on Screen series, it offers an exclusive preview of the show alongside footage from a Tokyo print studio, Osaka’s Keitakuen Gardens, and the famous Yellow House in Arles. 2 CREATE Picture the Heath 2019 Hampstead School of Art’s plein air painting and drawing event returns. Sign up at Kenwood House on 16 June and spend the day creating your artwork anywhere in…

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ivon hitchens: space through colour

29 June to 13 October After his London home was bombed in 1940, Ivon Hitchens moved into a caravan in Petworth, West Sussex. The surrounding woodland landscape came to be a great source of inspiration for the painter, whose signature landscapes using block colour are admired internationally. However, less well-known is the artist’s career before the Second World War. As a progressive artist in the 1920s and ‘30s, Hitchens was a member of the Seven and Five Society alongside Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore. Through 70 works, this exhibition explores Hitchens’ career in its entirety, and how his subject matter and expression were influenced and impacted by the political climate at the time. Pallant House Gallery, Chichester.…

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LONDON Edvard Munch: Love and Angst Until 21 July The Norwegian artist’s most famous prints – guaranteed to be a Scream. British Museum. Cutting Edge: Modernist British Printmaking 19 June to 8 September Tube journeys and leisure pursuits get the sharp, 1930s linocut treatment. Dulwich Picture Gallery. George Rowlett: Paintings of Sarah Price’s Garden 11 June to 4 August A vibrant series of plein air oil paintings. Garden Museum. Posy Simmonds: A Retrospective Until 15 September Overdue overview of the Tamara Drewe illustrator’s career. House of Illustration. The Art of Persuasion: Wartime Posters by Abram Games Until 24 November Major retrospective of the iconic graphic artist. National Army Museum. Joaquin Sorolla: Spanish Master of Light Until 7 July Last chance to see the Valencian's sumptuous art. National Gallery. Anish Kapoor Until 18 August Sir John Soane’s refurbished Ealing…