Ruthin Craft Centre
The Centre for the Applied Arts


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Lettering : Art & Illusion

19 October 2019 – 12 January 2020

Lettering : Art & Illusion depicts lettering that is created by hand through calligraphy, letter cutting, painting and engraving. Writing is a most ancient art form and for millennia the art of the scribe was held in great esteem. The professional scribe in Arabic, Japanese, Tibetan and Egyptian scripts, as well as what we would now consider a western hand, proffered the foundations of formal languages as we know them today; from pictograms and hieroglyphics to italic and copperplate scripts, realised in stone, glass and metal and on parchment, vellum and paper. Through the work of the selected artists and makers, we can study the techniques, ancient in their origins, yet timelessly original in their expression, created with contemporary style and sensitivity.

Participating artists: Tanja Bolenz, Gary Breeze, Gareth Colgan, Patrick Davison, Peter Furlonger, Gaynor Goffe, Charles Gurrey, Susan Hufton, Ron King, Susie Leiper, Tashi Mannox, John Neilson, Timothy Noad, Mary Noble, Tom Perkins, Ieuan Rees, Thomas Sargeant, Louise Sorrell, Cathy Stables, Graham Stewart, Philip Surey, Louise Tiplady, Edward Wates, Caroline Webb, Martin Wenham, Eleanor Winters, Rosalind Wyatt.

Curated by Gregory Parsons