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Paul Kidby: Discworld® and Beyond

Saturday 15 December – Saturday 9 February 2019
Self-taught artist Paul Kidby was born in West London in 1964. He left school at 17 and worked as a commercial artist before becoming a freelance illustrator in 1986. He is best known for being the ‘artist of choice’ for award-winning writer Sir Terry Pratchett, and has designed the Discworld® book jackets since 2002. He has also illustrated many Discworld® publications, including The Art of Discworld® and The Last Hero.

The opportunity to illustrate Discworld® has brought Paul’s work to a global audience. The success of the partnership between writer and artist seems to be based on an unspoken understanding. Paul says: ‘When I began illustrating the novels I felt the characters were so well realised that drawing them was merely translating word to line’, while for his part Sir Terry said: ‘Paul sees things my way about 75% of the time, which suggests either mind reading is happening or that my vision of my characters is really rather vague until I see his drawings’.

Paul is also kept busy working on his own projects. For these he draws inspiration from the English landscape and its associated folklore, and since he moved to the New Forest with his wife Vanessa, its wild beauty and the diversity of its flora and fauna has become a particular source of wonder and stimulation.

Paul’s first foray into sculpture was the creation of portrait busts of Discworld® characters as three-dimensional aids for drawing. Discovering that he enjoyed the sculpting process as much as painting and drawing, he began to create bronzes of mythical beasts and inspirational creatures.
His limited edition bronzes are collected worldwide. This exhibition introduces fans to this lesser known aspect of his work.

Opens Saturday 15 December
Open from Tuesday to Saturday, 10.30am – 4.30pm

Upcoming exhibitions

John W Mills, Sculptor to the Nation

23 February – 27 April 2019
A retrospective of work by John W Mills, internationally acclaimed sculptor, who has lived in Hinxworth for more than 50 years. Also renowned as teacher, John studied at Hammersmith School of Art 1947–54 and at the Royal College of Art 1956–60. He was a resident at the Digswell Arts Trust 1962–66. He was made Fellow of the Royal British Society of Sculptors 1982 and was awarded their Otto Beit medal in 1983 for the sculpture ‘Curved Neck Grace’. Later he was elected president of the Society in 1986 and again in 1997. In 1993 he was made Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Art Treasures at North Herts Museum

11 May – 22 June 2019
The Museum Service has an extensive collection of artworks, collected by the former Letchworth and Hitchin Museums. This is a rare opportunity to see works that are rarely exhibited, alongside some old favourites.

Blood and Bone: interactive installation

6 July – 21 September 2019
A sensory exhibition specifically for family audiences, from Spacecadets Air Design. Spacecadets have taken inspiration from human biology and the artworks are inspired by cells and organisms inside our bodies. You are invited to explore, listen to and touch a series of giant breathing tunnels and caves suggestive of body organs, blood cells and bone.

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