As Sunday showed, the Secret Postcard Sale is a chance for everyone to get involved and support Age UK Barnet, by making postcards or by buying them. Both are equally valuable. Alongside the kind amateurs, there will be a wide variety of work on sale, by some amazingly generous and accomplished artists. Here is an introduction to both the range of artists and depth of their knowledge and achievement.
Let’s start with John Dilnot, an artist who specialises in artist’s books and screen prints, although he also makes boxes and one off pieces. His work explores the urban perspective of the rural idyll. Examples of his work are held in private and public collections, including the V & A, Tate Library, British Library, Museum of Modern Art in New York, Yale Center for British Art, and the Royal College of Art Library. He has exhibited at the V&A, Tate Gallery, RA Summer Exhibition, Cornerhouse Manchester and Bluecoat Liverpool. He has had a number of solo shows, including at the Rebecca Hossack Gallery. His website is here
Matthew Cort has an MA in Fine Art as well as diplomas in philosophy and history of art and architecture. He has exhibited in a long list of group shows, including the RCA’s Secret Postcard exhibition. He works in a variety of media, and describes his work as appropriating artefacts and re-presenting them in a significantly altered way, so that there original function is lost or decontextualized. His work, which I think you have to see to understand what this means, can be seen here:
Vivian Manthel-French is a watercolourist who divides her time between London and New Zealand, where she was born. She is a former President of Water Colour New Zealand and a member of the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts. She has had numerous solo exhibitions including at the Commonweallth Institute, London and the National Portrait Gallery of New Zealand. You can see examples of her work here:
For something completely different, take a look the work of street artist Bambookidd
Equally colourful, but rather more glamorous, are the abstract canvases of Jan Donnelly
Rachael Weitzman is an artist who works mainly in acrylics. Her lively paintings are little narratives, telling stories you will recognise. She has a an MA from Chelsea College of Art and Design and is represented by Gallery 286 in London. You can find her work here.
Today, in the midst of the storm, Age UK is launching its Spread the Warmth campaign, focussing this year on keeping older people warm in their homes. Did you know that in 2008/9 the ONS estimated that there were 190 avoidable deaths in the London Borough of Barnet in the Winter? Our Handyperson scheme helps by fitting draught excluders and cylinder jackets in homes each year. But spreading the warmth is about more than just temperature. It is also about the emotional warmth, caring for our community. And for that I would like to thank all the artists and contributors.