Jonny Hannah’s Main Street

I first stumbled on Jonny’s work in a book called New Vintage Type when I was studying for my ALevel Graphic Design BTEC in 2009, and I bought the book purely for those two little pictures. I went to his solo exhibition, A Bed Of Sea & Dead Men’s Suits at St Jude’s Gallery in Itteringham in 2010, where I bought the Art Angels greetings card of I Have No One To Love Me But The Sailor on the Deep Blue Sea and picked up every free postcard and tattoo going. His work was my initial inspiration when I was studying to combine working by hand and digitally, and played a massive part in my interest in lettering and typography.

Main Street, inspired by independent retailers and high streets of the past, was opened on Friday by printmaker Charles Shearer, who wonderfully summed up a part of what makes Jonny’s work so brilliant, listing a few of his inspirations including Jacques Brel, Ivor Cutler, Moby Dick, and Walt Whitman. One of the reasons I find Jonny’s work so engaging, beyond the beautifully bright typography and stunning colours is the stories which inspired, and are often part of the artwork.

The space at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park is perfect for this show. There’s amazing painted signs, tin toys, spades, coffee machines, record sleeves, wooden cut outs as well as screen prints and linocuts hidden in every alcove (and the cafe…).

For a fan of Jonny’s work like myself, this exhibition is heaven.

He even designed the beer bottle.


Shop signs of Main Street




You are now entering Darktown – with wallpaper from St Jude’s



Shop Window 



Brel’s Record Bar



TattooParlour McVouty's UpperSpace TinToys TinCar


The Mermaid Cafe


Ossett Brewery Yorkshire Blonde


When Laura met Jonny!

The Masters – Relief Prints

A new series of print exhibitions has opened at the Bankside Gallery. This first collection, selected by Angie Lewin, is dedicated to all forms of relief printmaking – woodcut, metalcut, linocut, relief etching, block press and even two potato prints!

The exhibition opened with a tour of the show with Angie where she explained the different print techniques and how she made her selection from over 1100 entries. The busy private view was a who’s who of contemporary printmaking; it was good to catch up with so many of artists including Paul Catherall, Peter Green, Gail Brodholt, John Duffin, Mychael Barratt, Neil Bousfield, Anne Desmett, Steve Edwards and Melvyn Evans and see many others we didn’t have a chance to chat with during the event.

For fans of printmaking this is a wonderful collection of the different forms of relief printmaking and all at affordable prices.

We were pleased to be amongst the prize givers and awarded the Art Angels Publishing Prize to Melvyn Evans for ‘Tugboats on the Thames’, which will also be released as a card in January 2016.

The exhibition includes work by new young printmakers like Hannah Forward whose print ‘Marathon’ is one of the highlights.

masters poster

Angie Talk Angie Speech


Tugboats on the Thames by Melvyn Evans

Hannah Forward, Marathon linocut

Marathon by Hannah Forward

The Lumber Room at York Gallery

Over the past 2 years Mark Hearld has been given access to the stores of the York Museum and the York Art Gallery. His task was to collect objects and artefacts to exhibit alongside his paintings, collages and ceramics in the newly rebuilt Upper North Gallery.

The result is The Lumber Room: Unimagined Treasures. For fans of Mark’s work this really is an unmissable treat, a wonderful collection of objects and paintings which given an extraordinary insight into this exciting artist’s inspiration.

We are thrilled to be so well represented in the gallery shop alongside the exhibition which features a display of both Mark Hearld and Emily Sutton’s various paper products we have produced in collaboration with the artists.




RA Summer Exhibition

The Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy is always worth a visit and this year’s show, curated by Michael Craig-Martin is considered to be the best for many years. The dramatic choice of wall colours adds to the atmosphere of each room.  I love the democratic nature of the selection – pictures are chosen on merit rather than artist’s reputation; pictures by enthusiastic amateurs are displayed alongside works by distinguished Academicians.
It a great place to discover new artists as well as find new work by artists we work with. We discovered new prints by Andrew Pavitt and Lisa Takahashi; the red dots are a clear indication of how popular they are!

The dramatic staircase decoration, ‘Zobop’ by Jim Lambie was an indication that it was going to be an exceptional year.


Finding familiar pictures


‘Julie and Rob’ by Grayson Perry



We’ve decided it’s about time we joined the blogging world and will be sharing any moments of inspiration or excitement that we hope will be of interest.

Our friends Simon and Angie Lewin called in to the office today, a chance to catch up with their busy lives. Angie’s recent exhibition of watercolours at the Scottish Gallery was a great success; we will be releasing a selection of the paintings as cards in the next few weeks.

Simon & Angie