Paul Bloomer Exhibition Opens at Bonhoga this Friday
12 November 2013
This Friday, 15 November, Paul Bloomer's
exhibition 'How Then Shall We Now Live?' opens at Bonhoga Gallery.
Complementing the work now on display in the upstairs Café Bar in
Mareel, the exhibition is a window on our world, questioning our
social fabric, warts and all, through the eyes of one of the most
prolific artists in Shetland today.
Showcasing huge, previously unexhibited
prints, and the woodcut blocks from which the prints are made, this
is a graphic and very dramatic show; full of expression, pathos,
humour and social comment. Is this the world we choose for
ourselves? How did it come to this? Do we realise what we are
doing? And where do we go from here?
Paul is well known for his prolific output
and mastery of many media, but it is arguably his woodcuts which
are the most powerful, expressive, bold and unflinching. This
exhibition aims to represent the process of Paul's methods, and the
strong illustrative quality of his work. Jane Matthews, of Shetland
Arts, explains: "Choosing from Paul's incredible stock of work from
over 20 years has been a privilege. We were keen to look at his
work from a different angle and focus particularly on the processes
involved in making his work. So, for example, we have his original
hand-cut wooden blocks that add to the power of the final
Downstairs in the lower gallery are
exhibited iPad prints, Paul's most recent passion. Working on
either an iPad or IPhone, it is a transportable medium far removed
from the slow and labour intense woodcut, that lends itself to a
quick, colourful and fluid results. The compilation of animations
projected in the stairwell demonstrates Paul's technique and the
process of drawing, over-drawing and reworking until the point of
Regulars to Bonhoga will notice that this
exhibition is in contrast to the usual seasonal exhibition of art
and craft from across the UK for Christmas. Angela Smith of
Shetland Arts said: "We decided on a complete change of tack for
this year, with the opportunity to show Paul's fantastic large
scale work. But we haven't abandoned Christmas by any means! The
Lower Gallery Craft Cabinet and shop are stocked up with a
beautiful selection of jewellery, textiles, ceramics and prints for
Everyone is welcome to come along to the opening of Paul's
show from 6-8pm on Friday. Likewise, everyone is welcome to a free,
informal talk by Paul about his work and career on Saturday morning
(16 Nov) at 11am.
Scotland’s Islands - the events, exhibitions and activities happening all year round.
We list every event we hear of, large and small, taking place on
the islands of Scotland or taking place elsewhere and relating to
Scotland's Islands. They provide a unique opportunity to savour the
diversity and excitement of island life. Check our our facebook
page for general updates too - http://www.facebook.com/ScotlandsIslands.
There has never been a better time for you to visit Scotland's
Islands, to enjoy the breathtaking scenery and unspoilt beaches, to
get close to dramatic wild-life, learn about our heritage,
participate in a great range of activities, and enjoy our music,
food and drink.
All this on some of our 99 inhabited islands large and small (and
many more uninhabited) accessible by sea and air in six regions:
Argyll & Bute, Highland, North Ayrshire, Orkney, Outer Hebrides
Sign up for our newsletter