If you've picked up our What's On leaflet in Bedford over the past few days, you may have been taken by the striking design on the cover.....
To celebrate the forthcoming R100 & R101: Airships at Cardington exhibition the Cecil Higgins Art Gallery & Bedford Museum have commissioned an exclusive artwork from renowned linocut printmaker and illustrator, Paul Catherall.
Paul Catherall has previously been commissioned by such high-profile names as Transport for London, British Airways and the Southbank Centre.
His strong, clear lines and bold colours have depicted such iconic buildings as the Eiffel Tower, St. Paul’s Cathedral, 30 St. Mary’s Axe (otherwise known as the ‘Gherkin’) by Foster + Partners, and Battersea Power Station. Now the sheds at Cardington join that illustrious list.
The work is entirely hand made throughout the drawing, carving, and editioning stages and the final design is printed with highest quality oil based inks on acid-free paper. The dimensions of the works are 76.4 x 56.4cm
The Art Gallery and Museum originally only asked for one design, but inspired by the iconic forms of the airships and the sheds the artist decided to increase the work he produced to three striking variations at no extra cost. The primary image that will feature on the poster for the exhibition depicts the sheds, R100, and R101 in shades of blue. The other two are in stark black and white with different numbers of airships on each, that evoke the paintings of dazzle ships by Edward Wadsworth, one of Catherall’s favourite artists. We love them all, and are thrilled with the outcome. The exhibition is in the process of being put together as we speak and we hope this is going to be a really popular exhibition.
A very limited run of the prints will be available to buy at £375 each, and the exhibition poster will also be available to buy. We are currently in the process of putting together a range of merchandise with the commissioned artwork.
All images copyright of the artist and Cecil Higgins Art Gallery & Bedford Museum, 2010.