Christmas seems to arrive earlier every year..yes- I know it doesn’t really but it certainly feels like that to me. No matter how hard I try Christmas shopping seems to get pushed back to near enough the deadline date, which is of course Christmas Eve. This year was no exception, managed to do my food shop weekend before Xmas and my present shopping the day before Christmas Eve. However… I did manage to get one special Christmas treat, with about 2 weeks to spare, this treat was in fact for me and delights me daily!
I was invited by a close friend to an art show called ‘Whatever next’ which was held at Mile End art pavilion, if you’ve not visited this venue as yet, it’s certainly worth a visit, London at it’s best, an ultra modern space in the heart of London’s East End. After some festive chit chat I managed to do the rounds and check out the various artists whose work was on display. To my delight, one partition before the end ( it is a large space) I came across a wall of artwork by up and coming illustrator/ print artist Hannah Forward. Her images of people , walking, talking, sitting, waiting and embracing are all drawn from life. There’s an effortless accuracy and a touch of humor in her work as she observes and documents the crowds to present what is instantly recognizable as a catalogue of life in Britain. It was hard to choose one print , I wanted several! Finally,I purchased what I thought was the best of the lot ( of course), Hannah’s woodcut ‘Bus ride to Whitehawk’ (Whitehawk being a suburb in the East of Brighton) Now, installed in my living room wall I’m now thinking which one of her prints to buy next???
‘Bus ride to Whitehawk’ by Hannah Forward