A new exhibition showcasing Edward Bawden’s passion for architecture opens at The Higgins Bedford this Saturday (8 February).
A reoccurring subject throughout his life, architecture features prominently in the extensive body of work of influential British artist and designer, Edward Bawden (1903-1989).
The Higgins Bedford is displaying a number of these works in the new exhibition ‘Edward Bawden: Architectural Elements’.
It features prints, advertising campaigns, private commissions, personal Christmas cards and wallpaper designs, some of which have never been on display at The Higgins Bedford before and explores Bawden’s interest in architecture through a variety of mediums, displaying his originality, wit and skill in giving character to the buildings featured in his work.
It was often said of Bawden that he had a ‘unique way of seeing the world’. This is seen in the unconventional architectural prints and illustrations he created. He cropped buildings to reveal hidden details and changed the perspective to show the beauty of the buildings from all aspects.
Douglas Percy Bliss, a friend and biographer of Bawden, said that his art ‘includes all aspects of Design, Architecture and Gardening’.
Bawden spent most of his working life in London and much of his work portrays the city’s buildings. Some of his most recognisable works are featured in the Nine London Monuments series. These atmospheric, detailed prints have been described as ‘among the finest things he has ever done.’
Bawden’s work not only details London’s historic monuments but reflects the changing face of the city, from the uninterrupted skyline during his time as a student in the 1920s, to the aftermath of the Second World War, to the uncertain fate of the buildings facing demolition in the 1960s.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a series of gallery tours later in the year, offering more insight into the works on display. Visit The Higgins Bedford website for more details
Edward Bawden: Architectural Elements
Edward Bawden Gallery, Higgins Bedford (free entry)
8 February 2020 – 24 January 2021