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Affordable Art Fair, Stockholm. October 2017.

I’ve spend a lot of time this year photographing another dozen varieties of tulips. Many of these are on show now for the first time at The Affordable Art Fair in Stockholm, Sweden, 12-15 October.

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Dorset. August 2017.

Windblown chicory, Chicoreum intybus, near the Dorset coast.

Cornwall. April 2017.

Cornwall. April 2017.

Having been down to Cornwall on so many occasions in the summer months, it was a real pleasure to enjoy a few fine days at Easter photographing the coastal plants around the Land’s End and Lizard areas. I’ve put an album of images on my Facebook page kevinduttonphotography. Amongst so many others, I saw spring squills, green-winged orchids, thrift, various sedums, rare western gorse, numerous mosses and lichens, seas of hawthorn blossom and three-cornered leeks which seemed to be everywhere.

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Tillmans/Radical Eye. March 2017.

Wolfgang Tillmans and The Radical Eye at Tate Modern. March 2017.

The Radical Eye, Elton John’s collection of twentieth century modernist photography is impressive. Great works by Paul Outerbridge, Imogen Cunningham and Laszlo Moholy-Nagy were all on display, beautifully printed (albeit in rather dandy frames!), many of which inspired me to take up photography. Following this I went to the other side of the Tate Modern to the Wolfgang Tillmans show where, to my great surprise, the images I had just seen suddenly seemed not just small (few were larger than 10″ x 8″ prints) but also felt far more culturally distant. Tillmans, working in full colour and sometimes on a huge scale, cheerfully takes on the task of producing all forms of photographic imagery. No genre restrictions for him (The Radical Eye conservatively had themes of portraits, objects, bodies etc.), he gives us everything and more. There are bits of photographic sculpture, political displays and even a room with no pictures at all: just a room with music. It’s not that the The Radical Eye is a bad show. There are numerous undisputed masterpieces there.  it’s just they now felt like old masters. Tillmans’ work and especially his ability to use colour – on any scale – felt visceral and immediate. Amusingly, we were welcomed by being told you are allowed to take photos at the show, so here is my shot, looking up at one of Tillmans’ huge unframed hanging giclee prints.

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RHS Botanical Art Show. February 2017.

RHS Botanical Art Show. February 2017.

On Saturday 25th February I went to the RHS Botanical Art Show at Lindley Hall, Vincent Square, London. There were numerous outstanding entries to the competition but I particularly enjoyed the work of four artists. Sarah Jane Humphrey’s lavender studies were exquisitely detailed and I was fascinated by the labyrinthine roots of  Hideko Kamoshita’s illustrations of Cirsium plants. The image here shows the unconventional compositional style of Bridget Gillespie’s studies of root vegetables, one of which received the best botanical painting award. The best botanical art exhibit award was given to Mariko Ikeda for her set of outstanding watercolour on vellum images of Pandanus (screw pine).

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Spring shows. February 2017.

Spring shows. February 2017.

I’m looking forward to adding another new tulip study to the collection at two forthcoming shows this spring. The Affordable Art Fair is at Battersea, London (9-12 March) and Midcentury Modern will be in Dulwich, London (19 March). The composition here, Mixed Tulips 2, was photographed last spring, and the current batches of tulips and other bulbs are just beginning to show signs of life for this year’s work.

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New Prints. December 2016.

This autumn some new prints have been on show in Stockholm and London. Here, Mixed Tulips 4, a composition of the tulips I grew in spring of this year includes Antraciet (magenta/crimson), Dolls’ Minuet (magenta, red flush), Orange Princess, Victoria’s Secret (purple parrot) and Blumex (orange parrot).

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Maria Merian’s Butterflies. September 2016.

Maria Merian’s Butterflies. September 2016.

Paintings by Maria Sibylla Merian (1647-1717) at the Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace. Here’s an image of a grape vine with gaudy sphinx moth. Watercolour on vellum. 1702-3.

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Exhibitions. May 2016.

Exhibitions May 2016.

I’ll have work on show at three exhibitions starting this week. Firstly, my plant studies will appear for the first time at an art fair in South Korea. Gallery Lee & Bae will be displaying my work at Art Gyeongju 2016, 4-8 May. I’ll also have framed and unframed prints exhibited again at this year’s Dulwich Festival Artists’ Open House in London. On the weekend of 7/8 May (11.00-18.00) I’ll be at 102 Overhill Road, London SE22 OPS and some of my images will also be included at a Gas Gallery group show on 7/8 May at Lowie, 115 Dulwich Road, London, SE24 8QR. Here is one of my new prints: Mixed Plants 6.

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Tulips. April 2016.

Here are some of the ten dozen bulbs which I’ve been growing for my spring tulip project. From left, El Nino, Flaming Spring Green, Antraciet, Orange Princess. The studio is now (rather chaotically) packed with the flowers being used for my mixed plant compositions.

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Hamamelis at RHS Harlow Carr. April 2016.

On a wet and windy early spring day at the RHS’s garden at Harlow Carr, Harrogate, Yorkshire, my eye was caught by the delicate flowers of this hamamelis (witch hazel).

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Affordable Art Fair. March 2016.

Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, London. March 2016.

The Affordable Art Fair starts this week in Battersea, London SW11 9NJ and runs from 10th – 13th March. My work will be shown by Gas Gallery at stand C1 and will feature some of my new allotment plants images. While all this goes on, I will getting my hands dirty sowing hundreds of seeds in the potting shed and preparing to start shooting the tulips which are coming on at an alarming rate.

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February 2016

New Prints and Spring Shows. February 2016.

Following a busy January with the exhibition at the Gallery Lee & Bae in Busan, South Korea, I’m now preparing for two spring shows in London. Here’s a new image, Mixed Plants 7 which will be on show for the first time at Midcentury Modern, Dulwich on Sunday 28th February. On 10-13 March, new work will also be on view at the Gas Gallery stand at The Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, London.

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Gallery Lee & Bae, Busan, South Korea. January 2016.

Today is the start of an exhibition called Feast of Edition at the Gallery Lee & Bae in Busan, Korea. Nine of my Chromogenic prints and five Giclee prints will be on show from 19th January until 20th February 2016 alongside lithographic prints by Korean artist Kim Chong Hak. The intention of the show is to celebrate edition printing and each year the gallery choose a Korean artist and a western artist. Last year at this time, the gallery showed works by Chun Kyung-Ja and Andy Warhol.

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Planting Bulbs. December 2015.

Out in the garden I’ve been braving some ghastly weather in order to plant 120 tulip bulbs to photograph next spring.  The bulbs in the image below are Antraciet and El Nino, but others will include varieties such as Blumex, Rai, Flaming Spring Green and Orange Princess. Inspired by Hortus Botanicus in Amsterdam and the stunning specimens of the Dutch Tulip Mania in the 1600s described in paintings and illustrations of the time, I’ll be working on individual and group plant studies from early April.

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Midcentury Modern. 22nd November 2015.

Once again, it’s time for Midcentury Modern, which is on this Sunday from 10am – 4pm at Dulwich College, London, SE21 7LD. As well as the usual range of plant studies, framed or unframed in various sizes, there will be a chance to see some of the new mixed plant studies. This one is Allotment Plants 1.

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Design Junction, London. September 2015.

Since springtime I’ve been working on more mixed plants studies, so I’m pleased that the first group of this work will be on view at the Design Junction show at Gas Gallery’s stand, 23rd-27th September in central London. Here is one of the series using plants from the allotment.

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Pullens Yards Open Studios. 12-14th June 2015.

Gas Gallery will be showing my work this weekend as part of  the Pullens Yards Open Studios in London. It’s at Unit 21, Iliffe Yard, London SE17 3QA and the opening times are Friday 12th June 6.30.9.30pm, Saturday 13th June 11am-6pm, Sunday 14th June 11am-6pm. More details on the Open Studios here.

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Sunday Times Style 5.15

Floral photography for the Sunday Times Style Magazine/Chelsea Flower Show 2015

Following a couple of great weekends selling pictures and talking plants, flowers and photography at the Dulwich Festival Artists’ Open House, it’s now time for the 2015 RHS Chelsea Flower Show. In this Sunday’s Sunday Times Style Magazine there’s a double page spread which I shot in collaboration with Flora Starkey, a floral designer who is currently working with garden designer Jo Thompson on the M&G garden retreat show garden at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show.

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Dulwich Festival 5.15

Dulwich Festival Artists’ Open House 9/10 & 16/17 May 2105

With the the Artists’ Open House now on as part of the Dulwich Festival,  Gas Gallery will be showing my work on both weekends of the Open House at  The Stables, 41 College Rd, London, SE21 (11am-6pm on 9/10 May and 16/17 May), where you’ll see a range of framed and unframed work. I’m also attending a group show at 158 Overhill Road, East Dulwich SE22 OPS this weekend (11am-6pm on 9/10 May) where there will also be a garden café on site. One of my new images on show will be Anemone 1.

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Affordable Art Fair and Midcentury Modern.

It’s been another busy weekend with two fairs at the same time (!) – The Affordable Art Fair in Battersea and Midcentury Modern in Dulwich. It’s always a great opportunity to meet the public to get feedback on the new work. There’s been a great response to my new plants studies, especially the mixed plant still life images. I now have to sort out the printing and framing orders, including some large framed orders of the image below, Mixed Plants 1, one of my studio compositions of various plants and flowers (including Philadelphus, Parthenocissus henryana, Humulus lupulus ‘Aureus’, and common blackberry flowers) which I grow in my garden or up at the allotment at Knight’s Hill.

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Framed prints. December 2014.

Some of my Christmas orders all framed and ready for delivery.

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Pullens Yards Winter Open Studios.

This weekend, 5-7 December, Pullens Yards have their winter open studios and Christmas sale. Gas Gallery (13a Iliffe Yard) will have lots of my new prints on sale and you’ll find them above the Electric Elephant cafe.

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Midcentury Modern at Dulwich College, London.

Apart from never getting round to eating my lunch, yesterday was a fantastic day at the Midcentury Modern show at Dulwich, London. It was great to meet new buyers and catch up with returning customers whose taste for furniture and interiors certainly matches their interest in art and design. Getting everything over to the show (which, it must be said is very close to my house) wasn’t exactly easy in the pouring rain, but I was amazed to see the crowds of people who braved the weather. Modernshows, who organise the fair, have now included me in the Modern Marketplace page on their website. It’s a good place to find vintage and modern makers and suppliers of furniture, design, artwork, ceramics etc.

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New prints on show at Midcentury Modern and Gas Gallery’s showroom.

The other-worldly charms of Smyrnium Perfoliatum –  one of the last A3+ prints which I’ve been mounting in beautiful, 3mm thick museum board window mounts for the shows this week.  I’ll have a stand again at the Midcentury Modern show at Dulwich College, London, SE21 7LD on Sunday 23rd November and the evening opening of Gas Gallery’s showroom, 13 Iliffe Yard, London, SE17 3QA  is on Thursday 27th November from 6.30-9pm. Please join us to see the new work and enjoy a glass of wine.

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Gas Gallery evening viewing on 20th November 2014.

Gas Gallery will be exhibiting my work at their showroom at Iliffe Yard, London, SE17 3QA throughout November and will be having a special viewing featuring my work on Thursday 20th November from 6.30pm. I’ll be there all evening so please drop in to join us for wine and to see some of my new prints. The entrance is via The Electric Elephant Cafe (186a Crampton Street) which will also be serving food that evening.

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Midcentury Modern at Dulwich College, London. Sunday November 23rd 10am-4pm.

At the end of November, I’ll have a stand again at the Midcentury Modern show at Dulwich College, London, SE21 7LD. It’s a great opportunity not just to find excellent examples of vintage furniture but upstairs there will be, along with my work, a fine selection of contemporary furniture makers, ceramicists, upholsterers, designer-makers and artists. The food and coffee are also excellent!

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Apple iPhone Wallpaper. October 2014.

One of my images is now available as one of the new wallpapers for iPhone users who have IOS 7 or 8. It’s been chosen by Apple as one of their new range of minimal plant pictures. iPhone users can find it by going to Settings>Wallpaper>Choose a new Wallpaper>Stills and you’ll see it, fourth row down.  Alternatively there’s a link http://freeios8.com/ac97-wallpaper-ios8-apple-iphone6-plus-flower-minimal/ It was taken from a shoot I did of an Allium Hunton.

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Autumn Leaves, September 2014.

Here’s one of my new autumn leaves series, shot outdoors using natural light.  The leaves include  Liquidambar, Vitis, Acer, Prunus, Betula, Platanus and Cyanococcus.

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British Gardens in Time: Great Dixter on BBC4.

Programme on the House and Gardens at Great Dixter and the work of the late, great Christopher Lloyd.

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Buy Art Fair, Manchester.

Next week Gas Art will have my work up as part of its display at the Buy Art Fair in Manchester. The dates are 26-28th September.

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Lorenzo Vitturi at The Photographers’ Gallery, London.

I went to Photographers’Gallery yesterday and loved this exhibition of half sculpture half photography by Loenzo Vitturi. Full details of the show here.

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France 8.14

Unexpected Lathyrus odoratus. Vineyards in Burgundy, France.

Here’s one of a number of pictures taken during a recent visit to Burgundy. It’s part of a blog-style album on my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/kevinduttonphotography

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Langdale, Lake District.

Striking colours of lichen seen whilst walking in Langdale, Lake District. This is from a series of pictures I’ve put on my Facebook page : https://www.facebook.com/kevinduttonphotography

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Pullens Yards Open Studios. 13th-15th June 2014.

My work will be included in this forthcoming open studios in Illiffe Yard, Kennington, London where Gas Gallery will be showing artwork from all their artists in their new showroom space.

 

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Clerkenwell Design Week 2014

Clerkenwell Design Week, May 2014.

As part of this year’s Clerkenwell Design Week, some of my pictures will be  as part of an exhibition at the Dreamspace Gallery, 3 Dufferin Street, London EC1Y 8NA. There will be an evening opening with drinks and music on Wednesday 21st May. The festival is on from 20-22th May.

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Artists’ Open House, Dulwich Festival.

This weekend I’ll have a new 60″ x 45″ print on show of North Downs 1 at Gas Gallery’s exhibition at The Stables, 41 College Road, SE21 7BA, near Dulwich Park. The show will be from 11am-6pm on 17/18 May. For more information on hundreds of other open houses and exhibition spaces: http://www.dulwichfestival.co.uk and http://www.dulwichfestival.co.uk/openhouse 

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Dulwich Festival. Artists’ Open House May 2014.

This year I’ll have some new work on show at Gas Gallery’s show at The Stables, 41 College Road, SE21 7BA, near Dulwich Park. The show will be on both weekends – 10/11 and 17/18 May. For more information on the festival: http://www.dulwichfestival.co.uk

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Interview with German TV Arts program Euromaxx.

Here’s a feature including a clip from me doing an interview with the German TV arts program Euromaxx, discussing The Affordable Art Fair and online gallery Riseart. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=As9S8Y38k6Y

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New Prints at the Affordable Art Fair and Midcentury Modern shows.

There are new prints on show this weekend including this print, Cirsium 2.