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Visiting Joe Bach

19 Jun

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We have a friend visiting so we were out and about most of the day, taking in some galleries and museums. I think the best was the show of Josef Herman drawings and paintings at Swansea Museum. He was known affectionately as Joe Bach during his years in Wales and he spent much of his art career recording the ordinary people around him and I guess that’s what I do with my sketchbooks most of the time. We went to a local curry house later where I quickly scribbled these two sketches.


I’m currently working on a series of expressive drawings of ancestral sites and if you want to see some of my other artworks, please click here.


A Dandy, An Exile And Cult Pens

25 Jul

Went to the little village of Ystradgynlais this evening to see some new lithographs. They’re created by a very talented young Welsh artist, John Abell, who won a bursary from the Josef Herman Foundation to spend a week at the world-famous Curwen Press to develop a new body of prints. Josef Herman was a refugee artist fleeing the Nazis before the second World War and he settled for a long time in this part of Wales. John is the first winner of this bursary and it’s very exciting to see an artist developing at the start of their career and it’s also great to see work of such passion.

Of course, I took my sketchbook with me, the little A6 recycled paper one in a leather cover and my Pilot V5 pen. It’ll run out soon – I’ll have to get onto Cult Pens and get some more. I drew the artist (a self-confessed Dandy) and then another artist. The drawings are a little bit wonky because I forgot my specs :(.


Cult pens. Honestly. I’m SUCH a geek!

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