"Nantwich Buildings", an exhibition by local artist Simon Bowler looking at the buildings and architecture of some Nantwich streets as well as other nearby locations familiar as places of work and leisure, has opened in the Your Space Gallery at Nantwich Museum and runs until Saturday 21 July.
Simon works in the medium of technical pen and pencil. Artwork using only technical pen is drawn directly onto art board in a tightly controlled style, the colour drawings have a looser line. Some views show a wide angle segment of a street, others a composite of buildings that share a locality or theme. Observed in the work are differing rooflines, architectural styles and eras, the symmetrical with the asymmetrical, the bond of bricks and in some cases the changing business frontages and signage, which also help to record social change. Simon comments "having trained as a graphic designer I have a particular interest in the latter, capturing logo’s and typography displayed on some of the buildings".
He continues "to assist in the detail I often first photograph the buildings. This resource then helps in assembling the illustration, which can take some time. Generally the drawings accurately depict what I’ve viewed. If it was bin day at the time then it’s likely the bins may appear in the drawing too."
Although now working as a civil servant, Simon studied graphic design at the Hartford Design Studio campus of Cheshire School of Art.
Entry to the museum and exhibition is free. Most of the work exhibited will be available for sale whilst a limited number of signed mounted prints of the Nantwich illustrations will also be available.
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