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JOHN PEDDER – BIG IMPRESSIONS of SMALL MERCIES – An Exhibition of contemporary woodcut prints.
Friday, June 4, 2021 @ 7:00 pm – Sunday, June 20, 2021 @ 6:00 pm
Please allow us to proudly introduce to you the very brilliant John Pedder with this his 1st London Solo Show.
BIG IMPRESSIONS of SMALL MERCIES
Lets all get together and give him a BIG B.O.G welcome on June 4th from 7pm
Exhibition runs until 20th June 2021.
On offer will be a crisp new selection of larger than seen before Wood block Prints along with some classic old favourites. John will be in attendance on the night and ready with pen in hand to sign his wonderful book ‘Small Mercies’.
“Why printmaking I hear you cry. Well, it’s woodcut printmaking to be specific. I’ve been a bit stupid about this for decades; my lifelong commitment to a primitive mark was going OK but I needed something else. I’ve been a builder and maker all my life with a love of woodworking, so looking back at putting my drawing and carpentry together just seems ridiculous to have missed it for so long. But what’s done is done and the main thing is that the epiphany occurred about five years ago. I like to think that it was a bit like Rothko thinking ‘you know what, I’m just going to do massive ethereal swathes of iridescent colour from now on, see how that pans out’. Or Pollock making a promise with himself to only drip paint for the rest of the day just to see where brushless painting would take him.
Woodcut printmaking slows me down and allows me to put great industry into the simplest mark. It also offers the magic of happenstance and unpredictability which allows no end of inspiration and frustration, but mainly inspiration.
I’ve never told anybody this before but I made a decision to fully embrace two dimensions so my work is right on the surface of the paper with no suggestion of the existence of depth. I make no apologies for being the polar opposite of the ‘Star Wars’ special effects team but I don’t believe that my design ability is any less sophisticated; I create restriction to search for creativity, you should try it, restriction is actually very liberating.
My name is John Pedder and I think of bullshit like this literally all the time!”
Hope to see you all soon
Thanks for your continued support