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Hampton Court 07.19

Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival. July 2019.

I currently have a stand at the Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival where, on Stand 945 in the Country Living Pavilion, I’ll have lots of framed, mounted and unframed prints on display in all sizes from A4 up to 30″x40″. There will be, for the first time, three unglazed tray framed prints including a new print, Mixed Hellebores 1. The show is on from 1-7 July. Details here.

New images 12.18

New images and last orders for Christmas. December 2018.

Here is one of the new images which has been on view in the last few weeks at various shows and exhibitions. It is part of a series of dahlia studies using eight different varieties of dahlias grown in the garden. This one is called Dahlias 3, but there will be more coming soon including landscape versions. It’s almost time for last orders for Christmas. I don’t think framed images are now possible but print only orders before 10th December can still be delivered in time for Christmas. 

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Exhibiton at AB Design and Interiors. September 2018.

My first show of the autumn will be in London on 28th and 29th September where, in a beautiful house in Dulwich Village, a number of my framed pictures will be on show as part of a group show. AB Design and Interiors will be hosting at 93 Woodwarde Road, SE22 8UL. Full details on their site by clicking the link. There will be more information on forthcoming winter shows soon.

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Artists’ Open House and V&A Botanical Photography Course. May 2018.

I’ll be busy for the next couple of weekends. The Dulwich Festival Artists’ Open House begins this weekend where I will be showing lots of newly framed images in sizes A4 up to 30″x 40″. There will also be a selection of mounted and unframed work on sale. The address is 158 Overhill Road, London, SE22 0PS. 11am-6pm, 12 & 13 and 19 & 20 May. Prices from £70-£700. I’ll also be leading a two day botanical photography workshop at the Victoria & Albert Museum on 18th and 19th May. Sadly the course is now full but I’m looking forward to meeting the students and showing them some inspirational artwork in the V&A’s prints and drawings study room where they’ll be able to see botanical illustration, paintings and photographic prints before starting their own projects. (For this reason I won’t be there in person at the Open House on Sat 19th May).

Midcentury Modern 11.17

Midcentury Modern Show. November 2017.

On Sunday 19th November I’ll be showing, alongside other work, lots of my new tulip images taken earlier in the year. The show is at Dulwich College, London, SE21 7LD. 10am-4pm. I’ll have numerous framed, mounted and unframed prints for sale with prices ranging from £70-£700.

Dorset 08.17

Dorset. August 2017.

Windblown chicory, Chicoreum intybus, near the Dorset coast.

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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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 4.16

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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Design Junction 9.15

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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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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Frames 12.14

Framed prints. December 2014.

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

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Midcentury Modern

Midcentury Modern, March 16th 2014.

I’ll be showing my prints again at the excellent Midcentury Modern show on Sunday at Dulwich College, London SE21 7LD.

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Narcissi, March 2014.

With only a week to go before the Affordable Art Fair at Battersea, here’s one of the my new images which will be on sale at Gas Gallery’s stand.

Pullens Yard, 12.13.

Pullens Yards Open Studios. 6-8 December.

For anyone who missed last Sunday’s show at Midcentury Modern, here’s another opportunity to see some of my prints this weekend. My work will be at the Gas Gallery showroom but there’s lots of other stuff to see and do.

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Rise Art Interview. November 2013.

Here’s part of an interview which I’ve recently done with Rise Art which they’ve just put up on the website. The link for the full interview is http://www.riseart.com/article/2013-11-25-spotlight-on-our-artist-kevin-dutton

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Midcentury Modern.

Here’s a show I’ll be doing soon on Sunday 1st December. There will be lots of new framed and unframed prints. More details at http://modernshows.com/the-shows/dulwich-december-2013/

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Sweet Gum leaf. Autumn.

There are so many autumn leaves to shoot at the moment, but this striking Sweet Gum leaf (Liquidamber Styraciflua) is among the brightest, in contrast to Euphorbia foliage and a Silver Birch leaf.

PD AAF 10.13

Affordable Art Fair. Battersea, London.

Photo Democracy, who sell my work in London, W1, have a stand at The Affordable Art Fair this week, 24-27th October in London’s Battersea Park. They’re offering free tickets to registered Photo Democracy members. Click here for details.

Grand Designs 10.13

Grand Designs. Channel 4 Television.

Here’s one of my framed images – Aster 1, size 30″ x 30″ – which was shown on last night’s broadcast of Grand Designs on Channel 4. The images on the program itself show an incredible transformation from the site which I saw when I went to deliver the work. It looked like a V2 rocket had hit it! I think the owners, despite the excitement of the project, are now mightily relieved that all the work is complete and that they can finally get a decent night’s sleep. I much enjoyed the hilarious footage of them planted the sedum/succulents/wild flowers on the roof.

Dock, 10.13

Dock seed heads, London.

Walking along Cornish sections of the South West Coast Path in late summer, the deep rusty colours of Dock seed heads were a constant source of temptation for blog photography (see previous entry). Funnily enough though, here in London, riding along a green path which takes the route of the old Peckham branch of the Grand Surrey Canal, these large specimens of Rumex crispus  (Curled Dock, Curly Dock, Yellow Dock, Sour Dock, Narrow Dock, Garden Patience Narrow-leaved Dock) have looked stunning these last few weeks, standing out from a meadow of handsome weeds as I turn right off the path on to Glengall Road. I’ve just done a bit of research on the path ( Surrey Canal Path) and the stretch I ride along has been amusingly re-branded The Surrey Linear Canal Park. It’s a rather tidy walkway but my eye is always drawn by those unkempt, neglected areas where weeds can spread out and really show what they can do.

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Cornwall, August 2013.

The striking colours here of Rumex Obtusifolius (Dock). This is one of a series of photographs taken on and around the Cornish Coastal Path in late summer. The full set of images is on my Facebook page facebook.com/kevinduttonphotography.

Fleurs du Roi. 8.13

Fleurs du Roi, Versailles.

For anyone in the Versailles area, this exhibition of botanical art is worth a visit. The show includes watercolours on vellum, paintings and also features a newly replanted scented garden. It’s on until the end of September and is in the Grand Trianon, right next to Marie Antoinette’s famous estate. http://en.chateauversailles.fr/news-/events/expositions/fleurs-du-roi-en

 

Photo Democracy exhibition 8.13.

Photo Democracy Exhibition, Piccadilly, London.

Here’s one of my new images which will be on show from Monday at the summer show at Chris Beetles Fine Photographs, London, W1 , 12-17 August, featuring the winners of the Photo Democracy Award for Fine Art Photography 2013. A selection of my work is also now on sale at the Photo Democracy online gallery.

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Photo Democracy Award for Fine Art Photography 2013.

I’ve just had some good news – I’m one of the winners of the Photo Democracy Award for Fine Art Photography 2013. My images will be on show at the summer show at Chris Beetles Fine Photographs, London, W1 , 12-17 August. A selection of my work will also be sold through Photo Democracy from the autumn. My study of Fritillaria Meleagris has been chosen for the poster and publicity.

New prints. 8.7.13.

New prints for sale.

I’ve just added 15 new images to the collection of prints for sale online at www.kevindutton.net . They include this springtime study of Covollaria (Lily of the Valley).

Borage. 5.7.13.

Borage at the allotment.

I’ve been harvesting Borage (Borago officinalis) today, otherwise known as starflower. I’ll be shooting them in the (dark!) studio but hopefully there will be some left over later to add to a glass of Pimms in the sunshine.

Valerian. 6.13.

Valerian, Kent.

Walking along the coastline in Kent, near Broadstairs, you can look up to see numerous plants growing tenaciously in the chalks cliffs, especially  this red Valerian centranthus ruber.

AAF 6.13

Affordable Art Fair. Hampstead, London.

It’s the Affordable Art Fair again this week where my work is being shown at the Gas Gallery Stand, J4 from 13-16th June. For more details: http://affordableartfair.com/hampstead/

 

Pullens Open Studios

Pullens Open Studios. 7-9th June 2013.

Now that the Dulwich Artists’ Open House is over, the next place to see my photographs will be the Pullens Yard Open Studios where Gas Art will be showing my  work, framed and unframed, prices £75-£575. The address is 20a Iliffe Yard, London, SE17 3QA.

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Dulwich Festival Artists’ Open House.

Thanks to everyone who came to the first weekend of our show at the Artists’ Open House. It made for an extremely busy but enjoyable couple of days. We’ll be showing work again next weekend too, Saturday and Sunday 18th & 19th May, 11-6 for anyone who’d like to join us. As well as my photographs there will also be stunning lampshades from Isabel Stanley and beautiful knitted cushion & toys from Sally Nencini. Some of my work will also be showing at the Gas Gallery show (same dates and times) at 41 College Road, London, SE21 7BA.

Scarlet Elf Cup 4.13

Scarlet Elf Cup. Kent Woodland.

Bumping into a fungus expert in the Kent woodlands, I was shown beautiful specimens of the scarlet elf cup (or scarlet elf cap or scarlet cup), Sarcoscypha coccinea covering areas of the forest floor.

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Affordable Art Fair, Battersea Park, London. 7-10 March 2013.

There are new images on show at AAF this week. Look out for Gas Gallery, stand F2 where there will be work, framed and unframed in all sizes.

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Frost, Knight’s Hill.

I’ve managed to get up to the allotments early on a few occasions this month to document some uncharacteristically severe frosts. Here the frost has built up on (someone else’s) chard.

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Snowfall, London.

Lots of snowfall here last night. And with so little wind, the settled snow makes for some intriguing shapes looking up at this vine at midnight.

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Artfinder Online Gallery.

A selection of my work will now be on sale through the online gallery artfinder.com

 

Cley, 11.12

Blakeney Point, near Cley next the Sea, Norfolk.

The Norfolk coastline is, even in November, so rich in life and colour. Just looking down at my feet, there’s Lichen, Sea-Blite, and Sea-Lavender.

You also get a lot of sky for your money in Norfolk. Looking up, here are a large quantity of, I think, Dark-bellied Brent Geese.