Collection: Angie Lewin: Patterns of Nature

24 March – 16 June 2024

Watts Contemporary Gallery is excited to present a solo exhibition by one of Britain’s best-loved artists. See a large selection of watercolours and prints, inspired by Angie's strong connection to the natural world. As well as linocuts, wood engravings and screenprints, the exhibition  features textiles and wallpapers using her designs, conjuring up her distinctive views of seashore, garden and hedgerow. Not to be missed!

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'I studied BA(Hons) Fine Art Printmaking at Central St. Martins College of Art and Design between 1983 and 1986, followed by a year’s part-time postgraduate printmaking at Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts.

After working in London as an illustrator I studied horticulture and a move to Norfolk prompted a return to printmaking.

Inspired by both the clifftops and saltmarshes of the North Norfolk coast and the Scottish Highlands, I depict these contrasting environments and their native flora in wood engraving, linocut, silkscreen, lithograph, watercolour and collage. These landscapes are often glimpsed through intricately detailed plant forms.

I am attracted to the relationships between plant communities on an intimate level, even the fine lines of insect eggs on a flower bud are observed in my work. Still lives often incorporate seedpods, grasses, flints and dried seaweed collected on walking and sketching trips.

As well as designing fabrics and stationery for St Jude’s, which I run with my husband Simon, I have completed commissions for Penguin, Faber, Conran Octopus, Merrell and Picador. I have also designed fabrics for Liberty.

In 2006 I was elected to The Royal Society of Painter Printmakers and in 2008 to The Society of Wood Engravers. In 2010 I was elected to The Art Workers Guild. In 2016 I was elected to The Royal Watercolour Society.

I now live and work in Scotland. In 2010 Merrell published a monograph on my work, Angie Lewin - Plants and Places and, with Christopher Stocks, I have two books published by Thames & Hudson – The Book of Pebbles (2019) and The Book of Wild Flowers (2024).'

                                                                                                      Angie Lewin

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