Tag Archives: Exeter

Marek Laczynski – #printmaking hero

I was taught the correct way to do etching by a remarkable chap at Exeter College of Art and by a strange random web excursion I found a reference to him:

MAREK LACZYNSKI (Polish / 1925-)

Marek Laczynski was born in Warsaw. He was a partisan in WWII, while still in his teens. He left Poland after the Warsaw uprising in 1944, arriving in England with the Polish forces in 1946. He studied art at Borough Polytechnic and the Central School of Arts and Crafts. Marek Laczynski exhibited at the Grabowski Gallery, London, in 1960 and 1964. From 1964-1985 Marek Laczynski was Lecturer in Experimental Printmaking at Exeter College of Art and Design. Besides teaching at the college, Laczynski also published two books with the School of Printing’s private press imprint Bartholomew Books, The Wizard with his Pupil (1972), illustrated with original etchings, and Faces of Fear (1974), his own poems with reproduced etchings reminiscent of Fautrier’s Ôtages. Laczynski exhibited at Market Print Gallery, Exeter, in 1978. In 1981 he was one of ten artists who contributed prints to the Printmakers Council Portfolio, alongside Anthony Gross, Gertrude Hermes, John Piper and Julian Trevelyan. The British Museum has 9 woodcuts by Marek Laczynski in its permanent collection. Since 1985 Marek Laczynski has lived in Vienna.

Original source here

Photo gallery – Peter Bright

Exeter Graveyard-3 (1977)
Exeter Graveyard-3 (1977) (Photo credit: This Window)

Interior of Orient Express – image gallery

station_victoriaThis gallery contains 12 photos.

The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express is a private luxury train service that travels from London to Venice. Traveling on the Orient Express across Europe is a romantic, nostalgic and luxurious experience. The craftsmanship that went into creating the original carriages would be … Continue reading →

My old lecture theatre and painting studio – Exeter Art College

lecture_theatre_exeter_college_of_art_march2012This gallery contains 3 photos.

The derelict painting studios in Exeter College of Art looked smaller than I remember – these were the spaces where I learnt my painting skills and the place where I was told to forget my painting skills. Those were the … Continue reading →

Institutional Traits (Series 1)

Institutional Traits 2012This gallery contains 2 photos.

Sarah Bennett installation at Exeter Collage of Art and Design, March/April 2012 Click on images for my thoughts and reactions to this exhibition. Low quality images from employee photo identity cards have been scanned at a high resolution, enlarged and … Continue reading →

Images of Exeter College of Art – March 31st 2012

3D studioThis gallery contains 15 photos.

These are photos of the deserted building in Earl Richards Road North in Exeter the site of the former Exeter College of Art and Design. The building belongs to The University of Plymouth (which was originally a Polytechnic) with its … Continue reading →

Exeter Graveyard-1 (1977)
Exeter Graveyard-1 (1977) (Photo credit: This Window)
Exeter Graveyard-2 (1977)
Exeter Graveyard-2 (1977) (Photo credit: This Window)

#Printmaking the Exeter connection.

Everything I paint or print has its origins in my time spent at Exeter College of Art and Design. This establishment has sadly been closed for several years now and looks like the physical building itself will soon disappear.

Whatever Happened to the Space Age

£403.56

Original painting by Peter Bright.

Media: Painting and Screen Print on canvas, signed and dated 2011.

Size: 500mm x 400mm

ARTIST + S T A T E M E N T …

As an 11 year old I watched the first moon landing in 1969. I was mad about everything to do with space travel, I would read anything that was about rockets, cosmonauts and astronauts. Later in my life I shook the hand of a man who shook the hand of my all time hero Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin, that was for me like touching history, if only secondhand (excuse the pun).

I was rummaging through old boxes of stuff and found the newspaper cutting of an astronaut on the moon – yellowed and faded – it still makes my heart flutter. I wish I’d been to the moon.

The photos below are of the deserted building in Earl Richards Road North in Exeter the site of the former Exeter College of Art and Design. The building belongs to The University of PlymouthContinue reading →

3D studio Former woodwork studio Figure on front of building Front entrance to building Corridor in building Workshop Looking into 3D studio from driveway Woodwork studio/workshop 3D studio Metal workshop Entrance hall of building Corridor Front of Exeter College of Art and Design

29 years ago today

Twenty Nine years ago I played live at Exeter College of Art and Design – The only reason I remember this is because it also happened to be my birthday.

The video (give it 30 seconds to get rid of the images) was shot on a VHS machine.

Details from Wikipedia below:

Finish The Story were formed in Evesham (UK) in 1981. The original members were Nicola Mumford, Garry Smout and Peter Bright (aka This Window).

Formed as a cathartic reaction to the death of Nicola’s boyfriend and with only a handful of songs, a home-made video and under rehearsed, Finish The Story appeared for a one-off gig at The Phoenix Club, in Great Malvern (UK) as the support act for The Dancing Did

A review of the gig appeared in ZigZag (magazine) written by Sara Jones who said,

“Finish The Story’s debut gig was better than the second coming of Jesus Christ.”

With only a few gigs to their credit they supported The Cure at Hammersmith Odeon. Their first release was on Gunfire and Pianos (SITU 17) released by ZigZag/Situation Two

Veronica Henry, Judi Spiers, Delilah

Go” is the debut single recorded by British Singer Delilah.

Today I’m off to Exeter to talk to the lovely Judi Spiers at Radio Devon about my new book, Marriage and Other Games, which comes out on 21 October.  I bumped into her at Appledore Festival on Saturday, where we were both appering.  No doubt we will touch on the subject of chick lit while we are there, and whether it is dead.  Absolutely not!  There are still legions of people out there buying uplifting, heartwarming, life-affirming fiction, which provides a much deserved escape during these tough times.  And books still provide remarkably good value for money.  So go on – stick one in your trolley!

While I’m there I get to choose a piece of music.  I’m totally in love with this song at the moment, Go by Delilah.  It is inspired by one of my old favourites, Ain’t Nobody by Chaka Khan, which takes me right back to the eighties.  But the spare way it’s produced, and her stunning voice, send shivers down my spine.  Gorgeous.

The song was released as a single on 6 September 2011 as a digital download in the United Kingdom from her upcoming debut album. Delilah featured on Chase & Status‘s hit “Time” earlier this year, which reached number 21 on the UK Singles Chart. Like ‘Time’, ‘Go’ utilizes some light drum and bass, though only towards the end of the track.

The song features lyrics and melodies from the 1983 Chaka Khan hit, “Ain’t Nobody“(“The next thing I felt was you / Holding me close / What am I gonna do? / I let myself go”). In an interview with Pyromag in September 2011, Delilah mentioned that Chaka Khan has heard the track and thought it was “genius”