Dulwich Festival Artists’ Open House. May 2022.
Looking forward to showing my work again this year at the Open House in Dulwich. 93 Woodwarde Road, Dulwich SE22 8UL.
Looking forward to showing my work again this year at the Open House in Dulwich. 93 Woodwarde Road, Dulwich SE22 8UL.
Here is one of four new autumn studies now available at www.kevindutton.net . These images were created this time last year using plants, leaves, fungi and berries either grown or found at the allotment.
RHS Botanical Art and Photography Show. September-October 2021.
The RHS Botanical Art and Photography Show will take place at the Saatchi Gallery in London this year from 18th September until 3rd October. Over 200 artists and photographers will display their work. I will have a series of six images of tulips, competing in the portfolio section. More details and ticket information here.
Affordable Art Fair. 8-11 July.
Some of my framed and mounted artworks will be on show this week at the Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, London, 8-11 July. You’ll find my pictures at Stand F2 where The Art Buyer gallery will be exhibiting my images alongside lots of other beautiful paintings, prints and ceramics. I’m also looking forward to teaching another Botanical Photography Workshop at West Dean College, Sussex on 23-25 July.
Spring Shows. May 2021.
There are two more spring shows this May where my work will be on display. The Dulwich Festival Artists’ Open House, May 7-16, will mainly be a virtual festival, but artists are able to arrange private, socially-distanced viewings, which is what I will be doing. If you’d like to visit me at my home studio in East Dulwich in the afternoon on either weekend, please contact me to arrange a time. I’ll have framed artwork in all sizes, mounted prints and boxes of new work to see. I’ll also be exhibiting my work, and be there in person, at the Super Nature Art Fair at the Garden Museum, May 21-23. There’s more information about this event at The Garden Museum’s website.
I will be leading another botanical photography course at the Victoria and Albert Museum on 1st & 2nd March. After that, my work will be on show at The Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, London 0n 7-10 March. I’ll also be at Midcentury Modern in Dulwich, London on 10th March and on 11/12 and 18/19 May, my images will be part of a group show at the Dulwich Festival Artists’ Open House. There will be plenty of new pictures on show which I have been retouching during the autumn and winter months including this one, Mixed Summer Plants 2, 2018.
Here’s the image which I donated to the Secret Charter fundraising event recently to help fund the art department at The Charter School in Dulwich. Hundreds of artists gave pieces of work including Gary Hume, Tracy Emin and Anthony Gormley. Tickets were bought for £40 and the artworks were randomly allocated. Everything sold out in 25 minutes! The work was on show at the Dulwich Picture Gallery and the event raised over £50,000. Looking ahead, I will have new work on show on my stand at Midcentury Modern, Dulwich, London, SE21 7LD on Sunday 18th November, 10am-4pm. Feel free to contact me for free tickets via my contact page – I often have a few spare pairs.
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.
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).
In May, I will be leading a two day botanical photography workshop. It’s a two day practical workshop on 18-19 May in the Victoria and Albert Museum in Kensington, London. I had the pleasure earlier in the year of going to the V&A’s prints and drawings room to do some research on how plants have been represented in photography, illustration and painting over the years. I was able to see, firsthand, the work of so many sources of inspiration and it will be great to see the students’ reaction to some of the folios of work which I’ll be selecting. If you’re interested in attending the course please email me with any questions or here are the details on the V&A’s website: https://www.vam.ac.uk/event/6VZkBdQ8/botanical-photography-may-2018
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.
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.
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).
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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
I’ll be showing my prints again at the excellent Midcentury Modern show on Sunday at Dulwich College, London SE21 7LD.
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/
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.
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.
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.
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.
All Photographs ©Kevin Dutton 2021