Autumn Table – Emily Sutton
It’s impossible to be disappointed by a trip to the jewel that is the Yorkshire Sculpture Park in West Bretton, Wakefield. There’s always something to enjoy and inspire whether it be in one of the many indoor galleries or in the 500 acre outdoor sculpture exhibition. In addition to the many sculptors that YSP has exhibited over the years the park continues to celebrate contemporary artists producing work in a variety of mediums; from painting and illustration to film and instillation art.
September Dresser – Emily Sutton
On my last visit to the park I was delighted to discover that YSP had partnered with St Jude’s to present a charming exhibition showing some of the best contemporary art and design in the UK. Editions and Objects has flourished from the existing relationship between YSP and St Jude’s, two unique organisations committed to showcasing inspirational contemporary works. Founded in 2005, St Jude’s collaborates with an eclectic range of artists and designers to create and print incredible fabrics, furnishings and wallpapers.
Scarcroft Allotments – Emily Sutt0n
Located in the main visitor centre at YSP Editions and Objects features the work of 13 artists and designers including Jonathan Ashworth, Christopher Brown, Chloë Cheese, Melvyn Evans, Jonathan Gibbs, Peter Green OBE, Katy Hackney, Mark Hearld, Karen Mabon, Charles Shearer and Terry Shone. It exhibits a selection of limited edition prints and objects including lithographs and screen prints, ceramics and woodcuts, as well as jewellery, scarves and even some new works created especially for the exhibition. My personal favourites were the enchanting watercolours and screen prints created by Emily Sutton and Angie Lewin who co-founded St Jude’s along with her husband Simon Lewin.
Blue Shed – Emily Sutton
Emily Sutton’s work is heavily influenced by illustrators such as Edward Bawden and Eric Ravilious, as well as folk art and 20th century American children’s books. She is inspired by the vistas and creatures of the English countryside as well as intriguing objects she finds in museums and antique shops. Many of the items that she re-homes at her house on a hill in Yorkshire are then depicted within the intricate details of her vibrant illustrations. Being a child of the Yorkshire countryside myself and the proud guardian of my own little greenhouse and vegetable plot I was naturally drawn to her watercolours of the Scarcroft allotments. In particular I loved the lush detail in Emily’s watercolour Blue Shed. From the tangled brambles in the foreground to the historic Victorian building of Scarcroft Primary School winking between the tree branches, I feel as though the piece is positively spilling over with life.
Island Summer – Angie Lewin
After working in London as an illustrator Angie Lewin went on to study horticulture in Norfolk which prompted her return to printmaking. Her work is inspired by the cliff tops and salt marshes of the North Norfolk coast as well as the Scottish Highlands where she now lives and works for much of the year. These contrasting landscapes are represented in Angie’s prints often glimpsed through delicately detailed flowers and plants native to the area.
Nature Study – Angie Lewin
Angie’s still life screen prints incorporate a veritable bounty of seedpods, flints, shells and dried seaweed which she collects whilst on walking and sketching trips. Other still lives illustrate Wedgwood cups and tall glass vases containing feathers, grasses, dried seed-heads and flowers in a sumptuous array of pastel shades. My absolute favourite in this collection has to be Honesty Blue which depicts a rather droopy arrangement of purple Scotch thistles, translucent honesty flower seed pods and pieces of broken Wedgewood pottery. I even love the detail of what looks to me like radiator indents softly emerging from the background.
Syke Sun – Angie Lewin
Editions and Objects will be showing until 30 October and all the works in the exhibition including many originals are available to buy from the YSP shop as well as a range of prints and exclusive merchandise designed by the Editions and Objects artists. For more information please follow the links below.
Honesty Blue – Angie Lewin