These stunning reproduction prints are now available in the Design Store. Come in and see the new exhibition, Eileen Mayo: Nature, Art and Poetry, at @chchartgallery, and choose your favourite work to take home. #prints #art #eileenmayo #exhibition #screenprint #etching #botanics #greenhouse #cats ______ Also available in white frame and matted unframed.
Eileen Mayo: Art, Nature and Poetry
Peter Vangioni with Jillian Cassidy
Hardcover with cloth quarter-binding
Calling on the natural world around her for inspiration, Eileen Mayo’s extraordinary skill with line, colour and composition made her one of Britain’s foremost print artists in 1930s London, where she exhibited alongside the likes of Claude Flight, Sybil Andrews and Cyril Power.
Mayo left it all behind when, in 1953, she abandoned London for Sydney then Christchurch, each move generating a new body of work.
This is the first substantial publication on Mayo, publishing for the first time many of her exquisite neo-romantic wood engravings, prints, designs and book illustrations that continue to enthral and delight audiences.
Author: Peter Vangioni with Jillian Cassidy
Dimensions: 242 x 205mm
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We're excited to have 10 copies of the brand new record One Hand Loose from Delaney Davidson & Bruce Russell. There's only 200 of these in existence so get your hands on one! Side B features a special live recording of The Last Ride at the Christchurch Art Gallery. @delaney_davidson #brucerussell #ilampressrecords #vinyl #record #recording #music #live #specialedition
'Inspired by nature, Trovelore's line of brooches are exquisitely hand embroidered using artisanal skills and illustrative vintage appeal. The choice of materials and colours is mindfully selected creating organic textures that reveal a life like precious quality.' _____ You'll find these beautiful brooches on our new Eileen Mayo table. #brooches #embroideryart #organic #botanic #nature #accessories
Tonight at 6pm, come along and listen to curator Peter Vangioni present an illustrated lecture on artist and printmaker Eileen Mayo’s life and work. FREE - Philip Carter Family Auditorium. Then come and get your copy of Eileen Mayo: Nature, Art and Poetry in the Design Store. ______ #latenight #theartgallery #publictalk #eileenmayo #art #exhibition #book #bookstagram
Only one day left to get a special something for Valentine's Day. May we suggest a delicious bottle of Rosé! This is more than just a bottle of wine – it’s one of four limited edition Art Wines, made with love from @Greystonewines and labelled by New Zealand artist, Judy Miller’s, work. All profits go towards the @chchartgallery Foundation to help keep Ōtautahi, Christchurch booming with creativity. So shower you...
Give your Valentine a laugh this week with one of these humerous cards, or treat them to a reproduction print of Wayne Youle's 'Lovers.' _____ #showthelove #valentinesday #sayitwithart #wayneyoule #print #lovers
For all the writers, Pop Art lovers and unicorn fans, have we got the earrings for you! These great designs come as three different sets and are 22 karat gold gilt. ____ #jewellery #earrings #collect #mixandmatch #writing #notepad #popart #warhol #unicorn #rainbow
Eileen Mayo: Nature, Art and Poetry is now open! Come and see the new exhibition and buy the beautiful publication in store. ____ #eileenmayo #art #artist #exhibition #artgallery #new #book #artbook #publication
This is a must have book for followers of Simon Denny's work. 'The Artists Who Will Change the World is a new global map of art that points to the future. Unlike a traditional atlas, its cartography illustrates a world of international artists who may not yet be household names, but who will undoubtedly shape the art of tomorrow..' - Thames & Hudson ______ #art #book #artbook #bookstagram #exhibition #simondenny...
Friends of the Christchurch Art Gallery are invited to celebrate the exhibition opening and book launch for 'Hidden Light: Early Canterbury and West Coat Photography' and 'Eileen Mayo: Nature, Art and Poetry' coming up on Friday 1st February. Just another great reason to be our Friend! Just a friendly reminder that RSVP is due this Friday - email@example.com _____ #nightatthegallery #new #exhibitions #booklaunch #books
Today is the last day to see Luigi Rossini: Le Antichità Romane. A selection of the beautiful etchings are still available as reproduction digital prints for $40, postcards for $2.50 or $25 for a 10 pack online. ______ #rome #italy #antiquity #etching #architecture #luigirossini #exhibition #art #gallery
For the month of January Friends of the Christchurch Art Gallery received 20% off reproduction stills of Steve Carr's work 'Chasing the Light'. Bring in your friend's membership card to receive this special offer. _____ #fireworks #stevecarr #filmstill #photography #instore #specialdeal #art #gallery #exhibition
Make this year extra special with an art calendar! What could be better than having a different painting on your wall very month, and of course, all your important dates in one place. ______ #art #calendar #2019 #sortyourlife
Last minute Christmas shopping? We’re open till 5pm tonight. Who wants to go to the mall when you can shop Gallery-style? We're stocked up with fabulous gifts just in time for Christmas. Pop in, grab a coffee, enjoy an exhibition or two and get your Christmas shopping sorted all in one spot. _____ #designstore #seasonsgreetings
Our jewellery cabinet is full to the brim with inspiring pieces from New Zealand and international designers. Treat your loved one to something different this Christmas. ____ #jewellery #earrings #necklace #pendant #ring #brooch #pin #pounamu #greenstone #gold #silver #bronze
Looking for the perfect present that is a bit different? Come in store and we can help. We would love to be your personal shopper. This Wednesday is our last late night of the year. Both the Gallery and Design Store are open till 9pm. _____ #latenight #shopping #artgallery #christmas #gifts #presents
The perfect art activity book for young people this Christmas! Bold, bright and a little bit bananas, ART-TASTIC gets into the nitty gritty of how to look at, connect with and make art. Aimed at 8–12 year olds with BIG imaginations. Buy in store or online for $29.99. _______ #art #books #childrensbooks #activitiesforkids #education #drawing #puzzles #games
B.194 is the Gallery's award winning magazine. Available in the Design Store for only $10. This issue features cover artwork by artist Jess Johnson and Simon Ward. _______ #art #gallery #magazine #articles #exhibitions #chchartgallery #summerart
Silk scarves makes the perfect summer accessory, especially this beautiful black and white design inspired by Gordon Walter's paintings. ____ #gordonwalters #exhibiton #scarf #silk #fashion #accesories #handmade #blackandwhite
What could be better than art books for Christmas? Check out our range of New Zealand and international publications. They'll look great on the coffee table. ____ #art #books #bookshelf #bookstagram #gift #presents
Stuck with what to get the kids for Christmas? Every child should have a copy of 'Oh Boy' by Stuart Lipshaw and 'Go Girl' by Barbara Else on their bookcase. What could be better than learning about amazing New Zealanders? Featured background is new wrapping paper. _____ #books #childrensbooks #bookish #puffinbooks #ohboy #gogirl #famouswomen #famousmen #christmas #presents
We now have five colours of branded Gallery tote bags, and we’re giving away one with each purchase over $100. Fill them with as much as you can! Otherwise available to purchase for $10. _____ #totebag #shoppingbag #giveaway #bright #accessory #designstore
Throwback to the other week when Jess Johnston paid us a visit. Have you got your hands on the new stickers yet? _____ #jessjohnson #stickers #art #artist #artworks #chchartgallery
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Jess Johnston sticker are brand new to the Design Store! Mix and match to create your own artwork, decorate your phone, diary, or scooter. They are perfect for indoor and outdoor use. Head over to @chchartgallery to see 'Genetekker Archaic', her new work with Simon Ward on the gallery's bunker and foyer screens. _____ #jessjohnson #simonward #art #nzart #chchartgallery #exhibition #stickers #figures #symbols
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All welcome to the launch of Colours of a Life: The life and times of Douglas MacDiarmid by Anna Cahill, a richly edited biography of one of New Zealand's most accomplished expatriate painters. Signed editions also available! ____ Come along tonight 7.30pm Meet under the stairs Free #douglasmacdiarmid #books #booklaunch #art #painting
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English-born Eileen Mayo excelled across a remarkable range of media, including drawing, linocuts, wood engraving, lithography, tapestry and silk screening. She also became a sought-after commercial designer, known for exquisitely detailed and balanced images that appeared on stamps and coins in Australia and New Zealand. Mayo had lived in New Zealand for twenty years when she made this screenprint of young fern fronds in the lush native bush. One of her last prints, it combines an enduring appreciation of the natural world with extraordinary technical ability, conveying not only the beauty of the plants she depicts, but a sense of their place within a complex and interconnected ecosystem.
(Unseen: The Changing Collection, 18 December 2015 – 19 June 2016)
In the exhibition White on White (23 November 2008 - 26 October 2009), this work appeared with the following label:
The kotuku lives in other parts of the world (like Asia and the Pacific), but is very rare in New Zealand, with just one permanent population of 100 to 120 birds found near Okarito in South Westland.
In the past, their beautiful long feathers were worn as head-ornaments by important Maori leaders. Sometimes they would keep a bird in a special cage, so that when a new feather grew, someone was waiting and ready to pull it out!
This painting was one of Eileen Mayo’s original designs for a set of cards (Rare and Endangered Birds of New Zealand) collected from packets of Gregg’s jelly.
Cats were a particularly favourite subject of Eileen Mayo but all animal and botanical subjects were a constant source of inspiration for her. She illustrated several books on nature subjects, including the monumental The Story of Living Things and Their Evolution (1948). A major influence on Mayo was Claude Flight, under whom she studied the linocut technique at the Grosvenor School of Modern Art in 1928. She exhibited regularly with the British Linocut exhibitions held in London between 1929 and 1937. Mayo emigrated to Sydney in 1953 and settled in New Zealand in 1962. She taught at the University of Canterbury School of Fine Art from 1967 to 1972.
There is an information sheet available about this work.
Eileen Mayo was invited to exhibit in the Second Exhibition of British Lino-Cuts at the Redfern Gallery in London in 1930 without having yet learned the technique. A talented young designer, illustrator and printmaker who had studied at the Slade School of Fine Art and the Central School of Arts and Crafts, she received the invitation from Claude Flight, the linocut’s principal champion. Mayo met Flight, who taught in London at the Grosvenor School of Art, while working there in 1929 as a life-class model; she was reportedly instructed by him on linocut technique over the telephone.
Shown in the 1930 exhibition, Turkish Bath in its flattened space and use of decorative pattern displays the influence of the emerging art deco style, as promoted by Flight alongside futurism and cubism. Mayo moved to Australia in 1952 and ten years later to New Zealand, where she established a reputation as a significant printmaker and teacher. (In Modern Times, 18 December 2015 – 11 September 2016)
Nature was the predominant theme in Eileen Mayo’s work throughout her distinguished career as a printmaker, painter and designer. She wrote and illustrated numerous books on subjects as varied as seashells, birdsand cats, including her monumental book The Story of Living Things and Their Evolution (1948). She was fascinated with the variety of forms and shapes of plants, and her subject in this work reflects the year of the seasons, as opposed to the calendar year, that begins with the emergence of spring flowers such as these crocuses.
Eileen Mayo has a special place in Christchurch’s art history, not only because of her extraordinary prints and illustrious career but also her tangible connections with this city. Mayo settled here in Christchurch in 1967, having established a career as a printmaker and designer in Britain and Australia. Her British contemporaries included Mabel Annesley and Clare Leighton, both of whom are included in this exhibition, and several works by these artists came into the Gallery's collection as part of a gift of British modernist prints by Redfern Gallery director Rex Nan Kivell.
Mayo adored cats. They were a constant source of companionship throughout her life and were regularly used as subjects in her art.
Eileen Mayo: Nature, Art and Poetry
An artist’s intense love of nature echoes throughout her work.
The book as alternative economy and alternative space
In Printed Matter's 1981 mail-order catalogue, artist Edit deAk enthusiastically described the 'many hands at work in the process of making and marketing the book'. Turning the spotlight on individuals and groups involved in the production, distribution and sale of books by artists, deAk likened independent art publishing to activities 'like filmmaking or rock 'n' roll music.' While such comparisons with filmmaking have been relatively scarce over the past few decades, artists, publishers, designers and critics have continued to draw parallels between art publishing and independent music.
An invitation to participate
You might be well aware of fanzines as a form of analogue self-publishing in and around your own arts community. Or they might be somewhat peripheral to the particularity of your engagement with the arts.
For the uninitiated, the word fanzine is often shortened to zine, and is pronounced 'zeen', as in 'magazine'. This abbreviation doesn't merely signal a growing ubiquity, or an economy of syllables for those (like myself) who say or write the word a lot, it also speaks to the shift away from fandom to a growing eclecticism – bringing the lie to anyone attempting to describe zines as a genre.
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In the decades before and after the Second World War, Christchurch experienced a remarkable artistic efflorescence that encompassed the visual arts, literature, music, theatre and the publishing of books and journals. And the phenomenon was noticed beyond these islands. For instance, in his 1955 autobiography, English publisher and editor of Penguin New Writing and London Magazine, John Lehmann, wrote (with a measure of exaggeration, perhaps) that of all the world’s cities only Christchurch at that time acted ‘as a focus of creative literature of more than local significance’.
I’ve never actually seen the Mona Lisa, and it’s a fair bet that most people reading this article haven’t either. Yet, according to Wikipedia, the painting is ‘the best known, the most visited, the most written about, the most sung about, the most parodied work of art in the world’. So how to account for the fame of an artwork we haven’t seen? And what have reproductions of Da Vinci’s sixteenth-century portrait got to teach us about time-based art and the online environment in 2015?