‘Nantwich Buildings’ exhibition opens at Nantwich Museum


‘Nantwich Buildings’, an exhibition by local artist Simon Bowler, has opened in the Your Space Gallery at Nantwich Museum and runs until Saturday 21st July.

The exhibition looks at the buildings and architecture of some Nantwich streets as well as other nearby locations familiar as places of work and leisure.

Artist Simon works in the medium of technical pen and pencil – drawn directly onto art board in a tightly controlled style, the colour drawings have a looser line.

Simon commented: “Having trained as a graphic designer I have a particular interest in the latter, capturing logo’s and typography displayed on some of the buildings.

He continued: “To assist in the detail, I often first photograph the buildings. This resource then helps in assembling the illustration, which can take some time.

“Generally the drawings accurately depict what I’ve viewed. If it was bin day at the time then it’s likely the bins may appear in the drawing too!”

Some views show a wide angle segment of a street, others portray a composite of buildings that share a locality or theme.

Visitors to the exhibition will notice differing rooflines, architectural styles and eras – the symmetrical with the asymmetrical, the bond of bricks and in some cases the changing business frontages and signage, which also help to record social change.

Although now working as a civil servant, Simon studied graphic design at the Hartford design studio campus of Cheshire School of Art.

Most of the work exhibited will be available for sale whilst a limited number of signed mounted prints of the Nantwich illustrations will also be available.

Entry to the museum and exhibition is free of charge.

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