Exhibition at Aberystwyth University School of Art

MONDAY 30TH NOVEMBER 2015 TO FRIDAY 15TH JANUARY 2016

Private View Friday 27th November 2015
The work of F C Dixon and his colleagues, at the Royal College of Art in the 1920s, will be exhibited at The School of Art, Gallery & Museum, Aberystwyth University over the forthcoming Christmas and New Year period.
Aberystwyth University holds the national archive for prints and the F C Dixon estate has donated 6 original F C Dixon works to this archive: Regent Street, Putney Hill, A London Street, British Museum Portico, Demolition Exhibition Road and Northern Town.
As well as the showing 20 of Dixon's works, the exhibition offers the opportunity to see early work by artists who later became well-known, such as Grace Golden (work for the "Swift" comic, Enid Blyton and drawings for the development of the Globe Theatre in London); Edgar Ainsworth who went on to design posters for Shell, as well as becoming editor for The Picture Post; and Evelyn Gibbs who was the first woman to win the Prix de Rome and whose work is held by the Tate Gallery, the Arts Council and the Ashmolean Museum.
Limited edition prints will be available for purchase at the exhibition. They were produced in 2012/13 by Martin Ridgwell, Master Printer and Fellow of the Royal Society of Printmakers and Watercolourists.

The address of the exhibition is:
Aberystwyth University school of Art, Gallery & Museum
Buarth Mawr, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion SY23 1NG
More details can be found on their website:
www.aber.ac.uk/en/art/gallery-...

Making a stand at the Bath and West Show 2014

This year FC Dixon Etchings had a stand at the Bath and West Show, designed to help get the artist's work to a wider public. We were gratified by the level of interest shown and the obvious pleasure taken by many people in looking at the art work and the fun and enjoyment to be had in observing the detail and humour in many of the etchings.
In addition, we had some wonderful conversations with some very knowledgeable people, including one gentleman who told us about how old maps were made using etching plates , with all the detail and wording done in reverse - a task that is quite mind-boggling!
Those people who bought etchings were very happy to help promote the work of FC Dixon and we made some contacts that will hopefully allow us to continue to do this. Our thanks to you all.
And thank you to everyone who took the time to stop and look and talk, it was great to meet you all.

Easter exhibition in Bath 2013

NEWLY DISCOVERED ARTWORKS BOLSTER CURRENT PRINTMAKING REVIVAL

Exhibition: New Art Show of 1920s Printmakers
Venue: Bath Artists' Studios, The Old Malthouse, Comfortable Place, Upper Bristol Road,
Bath BA1 3AJ
Date: Thursday 28th March - Monday 1st April 2013

Artwork by FC Dixon (1902 -1992) and his RCA contemporaries 

Staged by Sally Taylor and Suzy Williams, great nieces of FC Dixon An exciting new exhibition of 1920s printmakers is showing in Bath this Easter. 

Two sisters based in Bath have recently uncovered a collection of 40-50 etchings by a group of artists who were students together at The Royal College of Art in the 1920s.
In clearing a house recently on the death of a family member, Suzy Williams and Sally Taylor were astonished to find not only some fine prints by their Great Uncle, F C Dixon but also the etching plates and diaries from his time at the RCA.

The diaries provide a wonderful insight to what student life was like studying alongside his contemporaries such as Edward Bawden, Eric Revillious, Charles Tunnicliffe and Grace Golden; so they were delighted to find, in addition to Dixon's own work, 20-30 etchings by his colleagues including Grace Golden, Kenneth Holmes, Marion Adnams and Geoffrey Wedgewood.

In total about 25-30 of Dixon's works will be on show (including some of his oils, water colours and drawings) as well as the etchings by his colleagues.
The sisters have also managed to find Master Printer Martin Ridgwell RE.Martin has done wonders in breathing new life into the old etching plates, enabling Dixon's prints to be on sale as well as exhibited. These works certainly bolster the growing interest in 20th & 21st century printmaking, evidenced by a growing number of fine artists using
printmaking media/skills and more printmaking exhibitions coming to the fore. In addition there are an increasing range of items retailing by  printmakers past and present such as Edward Bawden and Angie Lewin.

Bath Artist Studio exhibition review

The exhibition of work by FC Dixon and Colleagues at the Bath Artists' Studios over Easter attracted much interest and some excellent feedback:

"What a superb find ? a real treasure-trove of art"
"An exquisite exhibition. Thank you for providing the opportunity to see such wonderful work"
A very inspiring introduction to the world of etching and its' ability to capture such detail"
"A great artistic legacy of a talented man"
"Such a wonderful and varied collection ? so pleased to see it."
"Very interesting and wonderful to learn about the history of the prints and his life history"

Around 50 people attended the private view on the Thursday evening and a further 60 or so visitors came to the exhibition over the Easter weekend (record breaking numbers for the gallery we gather). We really appreciate the encouragement and support of everyone who came, thank you.

We participated in some lively discussions about "which is your favourite etching and why?" The choices were very different which pleased us as it's led us to believe the exhibition held wide appeal for a good range of different people. The most common reason for delight was the level and attention to detail, each etching potentially providing hours of exploration and pleasure.

There were some enlightened guesses as to which specific town "A Northern Town" was ? Ashton-under-Lyne being a hot favourite (3 visitors all thought/hoped it was). There was also some heated debate about the missing step of how Dixon translated the pencil sketches of Regent Street and Putney Hill to become the image on the etching plate.

One visitor said she would have liked to walk away with his "After Nash" oil painting (since discovered to be have been done in the 1930s and based on Water-cum-Jolly in the Peak District) and others were amazed that the oil painting of his Mum's char lady had been accomplished when he was just 21 years old. Many visitors were equally charmed by the small selection of Dixon's water colours and the skill of execution shown.

All the information about the colleagues had been pulled together from some of FC Dixon's notes and diary entries, along with information that we had managed to find via the internet and so it was with great interest that we began to learn more about these artists from some of our visitors; For example:
• We had hypothesised that the print by Arthur Dalby (?) entitled Blast was possibly a cover illustration for a magazine of that name produced by the group of Artists known as the Vorticists (www.vorticists.co.uk) who were formed just before the First World War. We have since got in touch with them and discovered only 2 magazines were produced and this was not the cover for either. We can only guess it was maybe a practice piece inspired by the Vorticists (and possibly Edvard Munch?)
• Kenneth Holmes' prints of the Industrial Scene (cement works) and Ship in Harbour were thought to be in the USA, given the detail in the prints themselves and that it his work is known in the USA where he spent time after the war, and that some of his work is held by the Smithsonian Museum.

We met a fantastic eclectic range of visitors and have 3-4 new contacts who have offered their support in trying to take the exhibition to new locations and to test the wood engraving block of the Non-Conformist Chapel for us, so many thanks to all of them.