Lasting Impressions

Exhibitions and events

Lasting Impressions

2010 - 21st August 10
Shandy Hall Gallery
Speakers: Colin See-Paynton


A selection of wood engravings by the artist Colin See-Paynton.

The new edition of the book ‘Of a Feather’ is limited to just 750 copies and copies signed by Colin See-Paynton will be available for sale at Shandy Hall, Coxwold priced at £195.


COLIN SEE-PAYNTON RCA RE SWEColin See-Paynton is a Fellow of the Royal Cambrian Academy, Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers and a member of the Society of Wood Engravers.  He is widely regarded as the leading exponent of wood engraving in the United Kingdom and his work is represented in many private and public collections around the world including the V & A, Ashmolean Museum, Berlin Graphothek, Fremantle Museum & Art Gallery, Australia, Gaudi Salon, Barcelona, National Library of Wales, National Museum of Wales and the Yosemite Wildlife Museum, California. He has travelled with the Artists for Nature Foundation to the Pyrenees and to Alaska to record and highlight through his art the threat to wildlife caused by man’s exploitation of the natural resources of these areas.  Colin See-Paynton exhibits widely and his publications include ‘Incisive Eye’ a catalogue raisonne of his work 1980-1996 published by Scolar press, ‘Air and Water’ being his complete collection of fish and fowl engravings 1984-2004, and his new limted edition book ‘Of a Feather’ an alphabet of avian collective nouns written, researched and illustrated with over 60 wood engravings by Colin See-Paynton and with a foreword by Sir David Attenborough. 


‘Colin See-Paynton has introduced yet another vision to the rich tradition of wood engraving. His delight in the lines of a bird so elegantly inscribed by the cut of his graver, his skill in varying texture even though he only has black and white with which to do so, his palpable pleasure in composing his subjects into joyous designs have brought something new to the portrayal of birds.’

Sir David Attenborough

‘An Admiration…that should be the collective noun for gallery visitors to Colin See-Paynton’s Of a Feather exhibition, for this has been an extraordinary enterprise. The work has drawn on many years of patient and exultant observation, the accumulation of knowledge that allows the imagination to be accurate in the mind’s eye.  Not since Thomas Bewick (1753-1828) have both literary and pictorial aspects been found conjoined in the one talent as in this project, where Colin See-Paynton has both written about and made the plates for an illustrated lexicon of the collective nouns for birds.’

David Alston, Arts Director, Arts Council Wales

‘Colin See-Paynton not only inherits the skills and vision of earlier artists’, (Thomas Bewick, Charles Tunnicliffe, Gertrude Hermes), but adds the brilliance of his design and his mastery of the movement of birds, animals and fish.  It may be that it is difficult for a wood engraver, because of the discipline of his art, to achieve an element of the aesthetic, but when he does so, he produces an object of rare beauty, and many engravings by Colin See-Paynton are very beautiful indeed.’ 

Sir Kyffin Williams

Press for Lasting Impressions

Yorkshire Post 15th July 2010.

Information about Colin See-Paynton and his new book.Information about Colin See-Paynton and his new book. (< 1 MB)


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