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Artists & Illustrators April 2020

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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1 min.
a month of podcasts, art fairs and monet

It's been a particularly busy and creative month for me here at Artists & Illustrators towers. It began with trips to Frankfurt's art materials expo Paperworld and the London Art Fair, stocking up on ideas for forthcoming issues. Next, I visited Underway Studio, a young London print collective, to chat about their rather unique four-way approach, returning that weekend to take a screenprinting course with them too (I was pretty pleased with my first attempt – visit our Instagram account, @AandImagazine, to take a look). After another lovely studio visit with Gill Rocca, the interviewing tables were turned on me as I was invited to be interviewed for a forthcoming episode of Ask An Artist. Our columnist Laura Boswell has launched this incredibly useful and entertaining podcast with another Artists &…

2 min.

PLACE YOUR BETSY As a self-taught artist I have always enjoyed experimenting – it is my way of learning. For a while I lived in Cornwall and was lucky enough to exhibit successfully in several galleries. A move to Devon and a change of circumstances meant I was unable to paint for a few years, so I took up photography. I joined a club and entered competitions. Then that inner voice that whispers “what if?” began niggling away again. I took some scans of my artwork and monoprints and began layering them with photos and played around for hours and hours. The whole process was addictive. I have enclosed an image based on Wheal Betsy, a derelict engine house on north Dartmoor. This I had printed on aluminium and it was accepted and sold…

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artistic recovery

I only subscribed to your magazine a couple of days ago and I’ve since been asking myself why I hadn’t done this sooner. I was a serving police officer until a couple of weeks ago. But after a very interesting 18 years of service, at the ripe old age of 40, the decision was made to medically retire me. Sadly, due to injuries I received in the execution of my duty, I have been left with permanent physical and mental health disabilities. I lost the majority of use in both of my hands and I suffer with complex post-traumatic stress disorder (CPTSD). Prior to joining the police service, I was a keen artist, turning my hands to most things I tried. My career consumed my everyday life and my arty side…

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1 ABEL RODRIGUEZ 14 March to 28 June As deforestation continues to rob the Amazon rainforest of its wealth of natural resources, knowledge of the region’s complex flora and fauna is now more precious than ever. As an elder from the Nonuya ethnic group, native to the Cahuinarí River in southern Columbia, Abel Rodriguez uses his charismatic, rather detailed paintings and drawings to communicate his ancestral knowledge of the region’s indigenous plants. Large in scale and scope, this promises to be an immersive, thought-provoking exhibition. BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead. 2 A COMPLETE PORTRAIT OF ARTHUR JEFFRESS 3 April to 5 September As a member of the so-called Bright Young Things of 1920s Britain, Arthur Jeffress mixed with great artists and writers. He soon made a name for himself as an art collector and…

4 min.
modern figures

1 HE’S A MODERN-DAY WILLIAM MORRIS Kehinde Wiley made history in 2018 when he became the first African American artist to paint an official portrait of a US President. He placed Barack Obama against a decorative backdrop of leaves and flowers. Other works have included patterns literally copied from William Morris, but now he draws upon what he calls the British textile designer’s “ornate sensibility”. Appropriately enough, Kehinde’s first UK show will be at the William Morris Gallery. 2 HE IS CLASSICALLY INSPIRED Los Angeles-born Kehinde has been inspired by Classical European paintings of royalty and aristocrats, often asking models that he meets on the street to adopt the poses of Georgian society portraits. “I take the figure out of its original environment and place it in something completely made up,” he says.…

6 min.
fresh paint

Michael J Austin The new Equus series by Michael J Austin is a masterclass in creating a small, tightly focused set of paintings. These five equestrian portraits have immense variety of character, yet they are tied together by their subject matter, as well as the use of plain one- or two-colour backdrops and the unusual portrait-format composition. “The mainly profiled aspect, nose down, I find perhaps the most serene and dignified equine portrait view,” says the Devon artist. “The sharp and solid nose bone provides a hard, sculptural edge to contrast with the soft yet taught muscles and tendons visible on the rest of the head.” Michael’s aim with the collection was to focus upon “all that is best about the horse as a sentient being and not just something to ride on”.…