October ... a month for making prints

Eric Gaskell - The Hunt (£190)

 Its well into October now but just to update you on the things that are happening over here at the Alex.

The thing that will immediately catch your attention in the Cafe-Gallery is the display of 19 colourful works by Rugby-based Eric Gaskell. These are all lino cuts (do not adjust your set!). Eric's approach is meticulous, playful and  sometimes frankly baffling. How can these works _all_ be lino cut printing? They look like they incude collage, etching, torn paper, gouche ...

On 15th October (one day only) from 11-2 you will find Eric at the Alex alongside his work, ready to answer questions and explain his prints. Come and find out more, perhaps take home an Eric original or a copy of his book of Canal linocuts. 

Pictured at the Private View
Elsewhere, and whenever we are open, our resident printer (and Alex co-owner) Steve Davies will be working in his studio. Perhaps with Hannah Kempe keeping him company.  Steve's work, whether working in lino cut or wood cut printmaking, is very diverse. He offers scenes from everyday life, local history topics, nudes, dance of death, still life and whimsical flowers. Two of the latter are now amongst exhibits as part of the Leamington Open at the Royal Pump Rooms until 8 Jan https://leamingtonopen2022.artopps.co.uk/   

The flower prints are based on drawings that Steve did whilst in Eric's Art: History and Practice class at Percival Guildhouse last year. Sadly Eric is now retired from teaching those classes, but his students learned a lot.

Steve can be seen in action at the Alex whenever we are open. See what Steve is working on during the Alex Arts Weekends (1-2 and 15-16 Oct, 12-13 and 26-27 Nov - 11-5). During October you will also see some of Steve's collection of HAP Geishaber's woodcuts on the bar walls. Another artist who has inspired Steve's work.

During the arts weekends there will be many other talented local artists showing and selling work here. The work on show and in progress is always changing so visit often to catch it all. 

In November there will be another local artist on show in the gallery and so different work to see in the cafe and bar areas so come visit in Octber if you want to catch the printers.