Exhibition: Age of Enlightenment: Wood engravings of Hilary Paynter: Riverside Gallery, Devon Guild of Craftsmen. 19th June 2016 


This exhibition explores the theme age and ageing. Notes attached.

Although the artist’s work is largely illustrative it was useful to look at her wood engravings and also how she has approached the subject. Some prints I found particularly moving like “Old School Reunion” which showed images of classmates drawn from photos with crosses over the ones who have since passed away.

Also in the print: “A piece is missing” which detailed an image of a woman with a jigsaw piece removed where the brain is located -referencing the effects of dementia/ Alzymers.

She also focussed on the brighter side of ageing in her biker and “Glad to Be Grey” series which were much more light-hearted and showed the artist’s sense of humour.

I did come away thinking I would like to try the technique but after investigating the cost of the fine tools and boxwood needed I thought against it. 


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