Edward Bawden

Edward Bawden studied at the Cambridge School of Art and at the Royal College of Art. He belonged to that circle of friends which included Eric Ravilious, Douglas Bliss and Enid Marx - a group tutored by Paul Nash and famously described by him as representing 'an outbreak of talent'.

Bawden taught at Goldsmith's College and the Royal College of Art; at the same time he worked as a graphic designer and illustrator providing posters for London Transport, designs for the Poole Potteries and Curwen Press, and book illustrations for Faber and Faber. During the Second World War Bawden was nominated Official War Artist; he produced mostly watercolors, at this point, and worked both in France and the Middle East.

During the late 1950's and the 1960's Bawden produced the linocut and lithographs for which he is perhaps best known. He produced large prints on Kew Gardens and Brighton; on Liverpool Street Station and a series on the London Markets. Clear and bold and often graphic in design - reflective no doubt of his training in the Design School of the Royal College - they are representative of lino-cutting at its best. They also push the creative possibilities of the medium as in, for instance, the angular cuts in Snowstorm at Brighton which make abstract the portrayal of a storm whilst at the same time graphically capturing its impact.

Source: The Bookroom Art Press: http://www.bookroomartpress.co.uk/biographies/edward-bawden-15.html.


Refugees at Udine, 1945

Refugees, former "slave laborers", gather uneasily in the compound, some around a Catholic priest, who is giving out instructions. The Polish prisoners of war are still dressed in their striped clothing. The refugees were part of a particularly complex situation: thousands were on the move, trying to keep ahead of Tito and Stalin's forces; the Allies advancing into north-east Italy were facing their first stand-offs of the Cold War; and the presence in Udine of armed irregular Serb soldiers only added to the tension. It is not clear whether the refugees are behind wire fences and under armed guard to prevent them escaping, or for their own protection.



Gallabat, Guns Firing on Metemma


The Battle of Qadisya