The English vernacular

If the royal wedding has whet your appetite for all things English, then illustrator and print maker Chris Brown’s latest exhibition will keep your flag-waving, street partying spirit alive for a little bit longer.

The exhibition, called English Vernacular, will be held at the St Jude’s Gallery in Itteringham in Norfolk from 7 May.

Pretender by Chris Brown
Pretender by Chris Brown

It includes a collection of works inspired by England, featuring traditional ceramics – with girls sitting on staffy dogs, naval heroes and green fingered gardeners, all rendered with a distinct sense of comedy.

Gothic Home by by Chris Brown
Gothic Home by by Chris Brown

Brown says, ‘[The exhibition] represents my continuing interest in this country’s architecture, places, objects, people and animals. The intent is serious but often I can’t resist introducing an element of humour.’

He adds, ‘There’s a vision of England that a lot of illustrators see and I’m glad to fit within that.’

Green fingers by Chris Brown
Green fingers by Chris Brown

About half of the works are new, but Englishness has been a theme that has interested Brown for some time. He says of early print Green Fingers, ‘It was something I’d wanted to do for myself, combining imagery with Victorian, twig-like letterforms.’

Staffordshire Dog by Chris Brown
Staffordshire Dog by Chris Brown

Many of the prints capture aspects of English culture that are being lost, such as music hall figures George Robey and Florrie Ford.

Brown says, ‘ The show is about memories, both mine, those of my family and memories of place.’

Mr Bawdens House by Chris Brown
Mr Bawdens House by Chris Brown

English Vernacular runs from 7-28 May at St Jude’s Gallery, Wolterton Road, Itteringham, Norfolk NR11 7AF.

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  • DIANA November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    How Wonderful!
    Just beautiful Prints.

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