Featured Artist, Sarah Du Feu

At the Old School Muker we have lots of “wow” moments as we open up boxes and unwrap pictures, but when Yorkshire based artist Sarah Du Feu delivered her screen prints it was a double WOW! Stunningly conceived and executed, and set in beautifully made bespoke solid-oak frames, these prints are true centrepieces to any home or office space. I couldn’t resist photographing them before they were hung on the wall!

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The Beamish Reliability Trial 2019

Every year the Beamish Reliability winds its way through Muker, before the test of Buttertubs, then make a return to the village a few hours later via Oxnop. This year I waited in the drizzle and was rewarded by the sight and sound of some wonderful classic cars and motorcycles, with the dramatic backdrop of Upper Swaledale. As ever I had the camera and so some photos follow. Click through the galleries for bigger pictures.

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Laura Boswell, Master Print Maker

Our feature wall for May is full of the serene, Japanese influenced wood cuts and lino cuts of Laura Boswell.

Laura Boswell | The Old School Muker

I started out with a plan to hang a minimalist set, but couldn’t resist the temptation to hang them all … Some close up’s follow …

Laura Boswell | The Old School Muker
Laura Boswell | The Old School Muker
Laura Boswell | The Old School Muker
Laura Boswell | The Old School Muker

Laura’s work will be available throughout May, and if you love print making it’s definitely worth the journey to see them. If you’d like to know more please contact us at ask@theoldschoolmuker.co.uk.

New Visitors, introduced by Alistair Brookes

We have 4 new visitors to The Old School, a Shepherd, a miner and two guys on a settle watching the match, with a well deserved pint, after the day’s work is done, all imbued with that care and life that only Alistair can.

We don’t put all the work we have on our website, so if you’re interested in Alistair’s work why not pay a visit to the gallery in stunning Upper Swaledale, or don’t hesitate to contact us at ask@theoldschoolmuker.co.uk or 01748 886155.

Featured Artist, Laura Boswell

From Monday 6th May The Old School Muker is proud to be showcasing the work of master print maker Laura Boswell.

Laura’s work, with its Japanese aesthetic, will be in the gallery during May, and is not to be missed.

Laura works exclusively in linocut and authentic Japanese water-based woodblock. She was elected to the Royal Society of Painter Printmakers in 2018. Laura has a joint degree in art history and visual art and trained in Japan with traditional carving and print artisans. Her prints can be found in collections in the UK and Japan, including the House of Lords, The Library of Wales, the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford and the Bucks County Museum. Laura’s book, Making Japanese Woodblock Prints, will be published in 2019.

Artist Statement 

My work focuses on landscape in the UK and in Japan where I studied traditional Japanese watercolour woodblock printing. My interest lies in pattern and form within landscape and its light, weather and seasonality. I hope to leave the viewer with a feeling of the familiar or remembered rather than a specific geography. My approach is to begin with observational drawings and then adapt their various elements to fit my own construct. My current work exploits meticulous cutting of the block to create a feel of fluid and spontaneous line, white space and a painterly approach to inking the block. This often results in editions where cut marks are identical, yet every print is subtly unique.

We don’t show all the work we have on our website, so if you’re interested in Laura’s work why not visit the gallery during May. If you can’t find an excuse to come (if one is needed), but want to know more, don’t hesitate to contact us at ask@theoldschoolmuker.co.uk or on 01748 886155.

The Old School Welcomes, the hand painted vases of Lisa Katzenstein

The Old School Muker welcomes the work of Lisa Katzenstein to the gallery. Lisa’s wonderful, hand-painted vases add a splash of colour, just in time for Spring.

Lisa Katzenstein | The Old School Muker
Lisa Katzenstein | The Old School Muker

We don’t show all the work we have in the gallery on the website, so why not find an excuse to make a trip to Muker to see it first hand, surrounded by the stunning landscape of Upper Swaledale. If you can’t find an excuse, but would like to find out more about Lisa’s work, please contact us at ask@theoldschoolmuker.co.uk.

New Arrivals, Stef Ottevenger

We’ve just had a new delivery of work by talented sculptor and painter Stef Ottevenger, including two wonderful, original, ceramic hares, and a big old cold cast bronze shire horse.

Sitting Hare | Stef Ottevenger
Crouching Hare | Stef Ottevenger
Shire Horse | Stef Ottevenger

The new pieces add to and complement the ceramics, bronzes and watercolours of Stef’s, that we currently have in the gallery. If you’d like to know more about Stef’s work please don’t hesitate to contact us at ask@theoldschoolmuker.co.uk.