Exhibition: Edward Bawden and his Studio
Location: The Higgins, Bedford
Date: 11th February 2017 – 28th January 2018
Details: Between 1981 and 1989 Edward Bawden donated the contents of his studio to The Higgins Bedford (then the Cecil Higgins Art Gallery). The works included items from the walls of his house, the insides of cupboards, plan chests and portfolios. They cover the full span of his career and the many disciplines and mediums that he mastered. Through letters, photographs and most importantly his work, this exhibition offers unique insight into Bawden’s studio practice.
Bawden often took inspiration from his surroundings and the views from his studio frequently feature in his work. He was also meticulously tidy, and the order and discipline he applied to his designs was equally in evidence in his workroom, with its polished mahogany desk, neatly laid out materials, cherished library of reference books and collection of Victorian artefacts. Walls were decorated and hung with Bawden’s own wallpaper designs, lino blocks and prints.
The exhibition charts the development of Bawdens career chronologically, looking closely at his inspirations, obsessions and recurring themes. These include cats, creatures, and Kew Gardens