Eric Ravilious Prints
'One of the most prolific artists of the mid-twentieth century, Eric Ravilious (1903-42) was a commercial designer, watercolourist, book illustrator, wood engraver, lithographer, muralist, designer of ceramics, furniture, textiles, wallpapers and glassware, an an official war artist of the Second World War'. (Hodge, 2015)*
Much of his work, especially his watercolours, evoke idyllic associatons with Englishness and the countryside from a time only a few of us now remember. As a war artist, although beautifully executed with subjects that on the whole focussed on the people and machines of war in landscape as opposed to the tragic consequences of war, this body of work reminds us of the stark contrast from earlier 1930s depictions of peaceful times in the contryside.
'While he is often acknowledged as an outstanding wood engraver and designer, Ravilious considered painting to be his true vocation and experiments with a range of painting, drawing and printmaking techniques, amlgamting unconventional methods in many different disciplines, which resulted in a unique style' (Hodge, 2015)
Ravilious attended the Royal College of Art where he was taught by Paul Nash. He was good friends with several arists, many associated with the 'Great Bardfield' artists, notably Edward Bawden. Ravilious tragically lost his life in 1942 whilst serving within the Royal Air Force as War Artist on a rescue mission off the coast of Iceland.
* from 'Eric Ravilious: Masterpieces of Art' by Susie Hodge - available to purchase from Gallery on The Usk and The Blank Card Company, £12.99
About Eric Ravilious Prints
Limited edition highest quality Giclée Prints, hand-numbered and hand-embossed. These are modern Giclée reproduction editions of an original print. Images protected by Bookroom Art Press.
Publisher - Bookroom Art Press. Recognized as one of the finest print publishers in the UK. Winner of Digital Printer of the Year 2014. Process: Giclée process to create limited edition prints - high resolution, high-fidelity process considerably surpassing in the quality of photo-lithographically produced images. Poduced to the highest of Fine Art Trade Guild Standards using 310gsm thick acid free rag, 100% cotton. The pigments are archival eight-colour Ultra-Chrome.
Framed and/or Mounted option - Mounted using plain white ph neutral conservation board. We frame specifically for your needs. Our standard and preferred frame is a plain oak with a square profile. Please enquire if you would like further details.