Discover my personal journey through British Art and how it has influenced my work
In this article titled Art Prints UK I present in no particular order some of my prints along with other well-known works of art: paintings, prints, poems and music that British artists have created.
This exercise illustrates the references, influences, echoes that are present in my art that I have absorbed to create my own UK culture.
As it happens, I have gathered my own personal UK culture not just through museums’ shows and art books but also in more intimate ways – for example through trips to famous places that have been painted by other artists such as: The coast and clouds of Brighton painted by Constable or Samuel Palmer, the Sussex countryside portrayed as exquisite Japanese style woodcuts by Eric Slater or the banks of the Meon River in Hampshire painted abstractly by Ivon Hitchens.
I also enjoy art as it has been historically hung in country houses like Petworth or Chatsworth. Art surrounds us everywhere and with the mindset of an artist, when I am in front of a work of art, my judgement is not just in the appreciation of the style, technique and form but also with an inquisitive mind I question the artists’ circumstances. By answering these questions, I create a map of ideas that somehow intentionally or unintentionally influence my work as these experiences intrinsically become part of who I am.
Setting the UK art boundaries
The definition of Art of the United Kingdom refers to all forms of visual art in or associated with the United Kingdom since the formation of the Kingdom of Great Britain in 1707 and encompasses English, Scottish, Welsh and Irish art, and forms part of Western art history.
In 2020 I obtained British citizenship. The process included passing an English language test and the Life in the UK test which provides you with an insight into many aspects of the UK such as law, history, art, and geography etc but what I find more important is that this knowledge lays out the values of Western culture. The discussion to follow this paragraph questions the definition of an UK artist and the relevance and importance of this fact. These questions might answer themselves after the presentation that follows of UK art and my own work.
UK art by alej ez
Modern British Art
18th and 19th Century art
Botanical Books, Sussex Landscapes and poetry
Sussex by the sea – A poem by Rudyard Kipling
So to the land our hearts we give Till the sure magic strike, And Memory, Use, and Love make live Us and our fields alike— That deeper than our speech and thought, Beyond our reason’s sway, Clay of the pit whence we were wrought Yearns to its fellow-clay. God gives all men all earth to love, But since man’s heart is small, Ordains for each one spot shall prove Beloved over all. Each to his choice, and I rejoice The lot has fallen to me In a fair ground—in a fair ground— Yea, Sussex by the sea!
Pages from my sketchbooks with my illustrations of poems by Walter de la Mare
Abstract UK art
Painters and illustrators of the West Pier in Brighton. Stella Langdale. Vanessa Bell. Spencer Gore.
‘The Sun Rising’. A poem by John Donne. Prospect Cottage. Dungeness.
Busy old fool, unruly Sun, Why dost thou thus, Through windows, and through curtains, call on us ? Must to thy motions lovers’ seasons run ? Saucy pedantic wretch, go chide Late school-boys and sour prentices, Go tell court-huntsmen that the king will ride, Call country ants to harvest offices ; Love, all alike, no season knows nor clime, Nor hours, days, months, which are the rags of time. In that the world’s contracted thus ; Thine age asks ease, and since thy duties be To warm the world, that’s done in warming us. Shine here to us, and thou art everywhere ; This bed thy center is, these walls thy sphere