A new exhibition of recent works by St. Jude’s artists Alex Malcolmson and Angie Lewin has opened today at No.5 Fournier Street in Spitalfields, a wonderful building which dates from 1720 where silk weavers originally worked and plied their trade.
As part of St. Jude’s In The City, Alex will present a series of new box constructions, mixed media collages and three dimensional works and Angie will be showing a range of her limited edition prints, including linocuts and wood engravings.
As a boy, Alex Malcolmson listened to his grandfathers’ stories as the North Sea rolled in and out of the voes and sounds close to where he was raised in Lerwick. Like many Shetland men, his forebears had employed their deft maritime skills in the merchant navy. He heard of distant places – Hong Kong, Cape Town – and was taken on visits to the homes of friends and neighbours who had also made their living on the waves.
“In some of the houses there were pierhead paintings and hand-tinted photos of the vessels the men had sailed on, with beautiful turquoise sea tipped with white horses, and the ships standing proud and resplendent against a lowering sky. My grand uncle and my grandfather went to sea at different times, the former sailing out of New York. They hadn’t seen each other for many years but then met unexpectedly on the quay at Buenos Aires – the first and last time they ever saw each other since….”
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