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Glasgow Boys and Girls- The Japanese Influence

September 28, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

This workshop is based on the Geisha paintings of EA Hornel and G Henry, inspired by an 1993 trip to Japan and the advent of photography.

Image Credit: Edward Hornel: ‘Geisha Girls’, courtesy of the Fleming Collection.

In the late 19th century there was a mania for all things oriental throughout Europe and it is manifest in the work of the Glasgow Boys and Girls and their use of flattened surfaces and patterned decoration within paintings.

During the workshop, Gill Walton will guide you through producing a portrait of a model in a kimono, and we will look at the techniques used by Hornel and Henry in the context of what was happening in Europe and Japan at the time. We will look at how the introduction of photography changed their working practices.

With your booking confirmation, you will receive:

  • a link to a virtual tour of the Glasgow Boys and Girls Exhibition at the Granary Gallery in Berwick by Prof Maria Chester to view before you begin the workshop (30 mins).You will also be able to visit the exhibition in person from September 5th!
  • links to a series of four youtube recordings in which Gill will lead you through the process of recreating the look and style of these Geisha paintings (53 mins) . You will be provided with a choice of traditional Shashin, a postcard produced in Japan at this time, to use as your source material.
  • an invitation to a live Zoom session with Gill and Maria where you can share your work and ask questions, to be held on 28th September from 4 -5pm (60 mins).

We also recommend you study some relevant images of Hornel’s work by typing in ‘geisha’ to www.artuk.org

You may also like to sign up to Prof Maria Chester’s September 1st lecture on ‘Japonisme’ which has been specially commissioned to support this workshop.

Recommended materials are oil or acrylic paints. An appropriate support (board/ canvas) treated with a chalky white primer, brushes, palette etc.

Gill used a limited palette of oil paints on a primed board.The colours used were

  • Cobalt or ultramarine Blue
  • Indigo
  • Cadmium or vermillion Red
  • Rose Madder
  • Indian Yellow
  • Warm white

No linseed oil but a solvent was used to clean the brushes between colours.

By coincidence, The City Art Centre in Edinburgh is planning an exhibition ‘E.A. Hornel: From Camera to Canvas’ from 7th Nov 2020 to 14th March 2021. There will be a free zoom lecture by Ben Reiss on Thursday 27th August to accompany the exhibition which will demonstrate how photography underpins most of Hornel’s work. If you are interested in the BEA workshop we recommended you sign up for this lecture via the City Art Centre’s website.

Lectures will be delivered via Zoom. If you haven’t used Zoom before, please go to www.zoom.us and look at the tutorials. Once you have booked, you will receive a confirmatory email from Eventbrite, including a link to the Zoom invitation, as well as the other material specified above.. If you can’t find the invitation, please email berwickea@gmail.com.

If you book this course online, we will hold your personal data in accordance with our privacy policy. If you do not wish us to hold your personal data, please book by post (see www.berwickea.co.uk) and do not supply an email address.

Gill would really like to thank Ben Reiss, the curator of the Morton Photography project who helped with some of the research.