★★★★ 'An ideal summer exhibition' - The Telegraph
★★★★ - Evening Standard
★★★★ - The Times
'You don't want to miss an inch of this marvellous, mischievous exhibition' - The Sunday Times
Edward Bawden (1903-89) was a master printmaker, illustrator, watercolourist and designer and is today recognised as one of the most influential artists of his generation. Whilst he is perhaps best-known for his commercial work for companies such as Twinings and Fortnum & Mason, and his linocuts depicting everyday England, a significant body of work remains relatively unknown.
This exhibition will bring together 160 works to re-introduce Bawden as a hugely versatile artist, who effortlessly pushed the boundaries between fine and commercial art. It will be the first to show the full breadth of Bawden’s artistic output, covering each of the many disciplines he mastered over his 60-year career, as well as exploring his lesser-known achievements as a fine artist.
Arranged thematically it will explore the evolution in his style across recurring motifs such as leisure, nature and architecture. Highlights will include a series of Bawden’s moving war portraits, as well as a substantial amount of prints and watercolours loaned from private collections - many which have never been exhibited publicly before.
ORLANDO WEEKS x DULWICH PICTURE GALLERY - NEW COLLABORATION.
Watch our new video below, as we collaborate with former Maccabees frontman Orlando Weeks & printmaker Alex Booker on a limited edition linocut print inspired by Edward Bawden. Head over to the blog to learn more.
SHOP THE BAWDEN RANGE
Gallery Late: By the Seaside - Friday 13 July, 6-10pm
£5 / £10 /£12 - includes entry to Bawden during the evening.
Grab your bucket and spade for the alternative British summertime experience! Inspired by our Edward Bawden exhibition, we’re taking you on a trip to the seaside. From nostalgic tradition to tongue-in-cheek kitsch, we’ll be celebrating the world off duty through workshops, experiences and performances.
World Off-Duty: Lecture Series - 24 May - 5 July
We're taking inspiration from Edward Bawden's fascination with the "world off duty" to bring you a lecture series exploring themes ranging from taste to debauchery, with guest speakers including Stephen Bayley, the founding director of the Design Museum, and Peter Avery, studio assistant to Bawden.
Edward Bawden: Early Introductions - 29 June
Gain exclusive access to Edward Bawden with your little ones. Buggies, roaming toddlers and excited squeals are encouraged. There will also be an art-making activity to enjoy in these family-friendly viewings.
Generously supported by Dave and Reba Williams
With thanks to
Official Paint Partner
Image credits: Edward Bawden, [Aesop’s Fables] Gnat and Lion, 1970, (detail) Colour linocut on paper, Trustees of the Cecil Higgins Art Gallery (The Higgins Bedford), © Estate of Edward Bawden; Edward Bawden, Brighton Pier, 1958, (detail) Linocut on paper, Trustees of the Cecil Higgins Art Gallery (The Higgins Bedford), © Estate of Edward Bawden; Edward Bawden, Untitled watercolour (‘Landscape with Sunset’), 1927, (detail) Watercolour, Private Collection, © Estate of Edward Bawden