BLACKBURN – Last 5 Days!


There are only 5 more days to see John Blackburn’s And God Cryed. Studio 3 Gallery will remain open until 7pm from Monday 10 – Thursday 13 December during this last week.

There will also be a round-table discussion about the exhibition on Tuesday 11 December at 5pm led by Frances Guerin (Head of Film at Kent) and Professor Martin Hammer (History & Philosophy of Art at Kent). John Blackburn will be present.

Comments left in the Visitor Book for this exhibition include:


Utterly astonishing, overwhelming, almost unbearably moving, how can one man have produced so much work of such power and quality in such a short time? Being reminded so forcefully of all man’s inhumanities is deeply uncomfortable, but also so very necessary. Thank you so much, John.


Astonishing. Thank you so very much.


Incredibly powerful images – very thought provoking.


A wonderfully distracting and inspiring lunch time treat. Incredibly thought provoking.


Otherworldly, haunting – clear ambition and diversity.


The best abstract expressionist I have come across – inspirational.


Impressive. Thought provoking.


What a man. What a painter. From strength to strength…


The art is dark and evokes a strange feeling.


Most moving exhibition. Mind provoking, haunting. Food for thought.




Simply stunningly spiritual.


Completely in awe…



Paul Coldwell


A Layered Practice – Graphic Works 1993-2012


14 January – 5 April 2013


Studio 3 Gallery is delighted to present as our new exhibition in 2013 the first major retrospective of the artist Paul Coldwell.


For Coldwell, who is Professor at Chelsea College of Art & Design (UAL), this exhibition represents a return to Canterbury where he first trained as an artist. He is best known as a pioneer of digital printmaking, establishing an international reputation that has seen him frequently represent the UK at major print events such as the Ljubljana Print Biennial, the International Print Triennial at Cracow, and the Northern Print Biennial.


Coldwell uses the computer to weave together layered images that poignantly address themes of memory and identity, exile and loss. The exhibition will provide an opportunity to follow Coldwell’s development as a printmaker from conventional etchings to recent digitally designed work resulting in inkjet prints, by displaying representative series of prints from the 1990s to the present day. There is also a three-dimensional side to Coldwell’s practice, and a number of his sculptural works in bronze will be displayed along with the prints.


Paul Coldwell also has an international reputation as a print scholar and curator. He is the author of the acclaimed book Printmaking: a contemporary perspective (2010) and is a regular contributor to the journals Print Quarterly and Art in Print. A long-term collaborator of Paula Rego’s, Coldwell has also written knowledgeably about her printmaking practice. He was the curator of the major exhibition Morandi’s Legacy: Influences on British Art at the Estorick Collection, which traced connections between the art of Giorgio Morandi and British artists like Michael Craig-Martin, Patrick Caulfield and Tony Cragg.


Studio 3 curator, Ben Thomas said: ‘the print is now treated more seriously as an artistic medium by both artists and critics. Because of its hybrid and versatile nature – its quickness to adapt to technological change – the print can even claim to be defining the domain of contemporary art practice. Paul Coldwell has been consistently at the forefront of this shift in attitudes towards the contemporary print, whether as an artist or as a print scholar and curator’.


The exhibition will move on to the Stephen Lawrence Gallery at the University of Greenwich – with whom Studio 3 Gallery are delighted to be working in partnership for the first time – where it will run from 14 June – 11 July 2013.


A fully illustrated catalogue of the exhibition is available, with essays by Ben Thomas and Christian Rümelin (Keeper of Prints and Drawings of the Cabinet d’arts graphiques in Geneva), and a commentary on his work by the artist.


For further information about the artist see:

For the Stephen Lawrence Gallery see:



John Blackburn, ‘And God Cryed’, 2011/12, mixed media on board.
John Blackburn, ‘Nine Little Balls’, 2012, mixed media on canvas laid on board.


PLEASE NOTE THAT THE GALLERY WILL CLOSE ON WEDNESDAY 5 DECEMBER BETWEEN 3pm AND 5PM. This is because it will be in use for a UCAS visit day. There may be some disruption in the gallery before and after these times. Visitors are welcome to view the paintings around the Jarman Building during this time.


One of the most ‘vital and exhilarating’ English painters of modern times, John Blackburn, has a new exhibition opening at the University of Kent on 24 September 2012.

Entitled And God Cryed, the exhibition will run at the University’s Studio 3 Gallery until 14 December 2012. Admission is free and it’s open Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm.

Studio 3 gallery curator Ben Thomas said: ‘The title of the Studio 3 exhibition And God Cryed refers to the Holocaust, and is also one of a series of very personal texts deployed in a group of ‘black’ paintings executed in a variety of materials including pitch (and exhibited here for the first time).

‘In a way these works see Blackburn returning to the concerns of his earliest authentic artistic statements, the Encaustic Paintings made in New Zealand in the late 1950s.

‘Around this group of new pieces, and spilling out of the gallery and throughout the Jarman Building, a wide range of recent paintings are displayed, proving that at 80 Blackburn remains one of the most vital and exhilarating painters working today.’

According to Blackburn his abstract paintings have their roots in the human condition: ‘I suppose, that’s what my painting’s about’, he says, ‘life itself is terribly dangerous, terribly cruel, terribly rewarding. All these things at once. This multi-faceted, wonderful jewel – which we all live with and die with – is there. We’re saddled with it, like it or not.’

Martin Hopkinson writes in the catalogue essay of Blackburn’s recent paintings: ‘The blackness, the words of the inscriptions, and their partial obliteration all express Blackburn’s deep concerns with the human condition and human behavior, but they should not be read as indicating a bleak outlook on life, as anybody meeting and conversing with this ebullient man, still burning with energy, soon realizes. He has engaged in a lifelong struggle in ‘a dangerous place’, facing significant decisions for his art every few minutes, as he strives to stay on the right side of the very fine line between success and failure’.

The exhibition is organized in association with Osborne Samuel:

See also:

Diana Crampton’s article in Kent Life:

Olivia Martin’s film:



John Blackburn, ‘No No’, 2012, mixed media on board.
John Blackburn, ‘Black Shoe Triptych’, 2011/12, mixed media on board.

Digital Sculpture by Sumita Chauhan

An exhibition of Digital Sculpture, ‘Materiality and Beyond’, is presented by Sumita Chauhan in Studio3 Gallery, School of Arts, Jarman Building, University of Kent from 28th to 31st August. This exhibition is based on her research reviewing the basic elements of Digital Sculpture ascertaining what is seen and how it is seen and exposing the shifting patterns of visual understanding in digital technology. This will facilitate finding out whether the embodied and perceptual experience in relation to a Digital Sculpture and the surrounding space becomes fundamental to understanding the quality of sculpture rather than emphasizing the materiality of an artwork and its tactile engagement.



We are currently working on the catalogue for John Blackburn’s ‘And God Cryed’ which will open on Monday 24th September 2012. These beautiful photographs of John’s latest works from the black series, which will be at the heart of the exhibition, give a taster of what promises to be a wonderful exhibition. Thank you to John Slater for permission to use his photographs.





Underground maps unravelled



Underground maps – real and imaginary – will be the focus of a new exhibition opening at the University of Kent on Tuesday 3 July.


The exhibition, titled ‘Underground Maps Unravelled: Explorations in Information Design’ takes place in the Studio 3 Gallery on the University’s Canterbury campus.


The exhibition uses the iconic London Underground map, designed by Henry Beck in 1933, to explore how map design could be improved. It features experimental and rule-breaking map illustrations by Dr Maxwell Roberts, a researcher at the University of Essex.


The exhibition is sponsored by the Diagrams 2012 Conference, an international forum for the study of diagrams, running at the University of Kent from 2-6 July.


Conference organiser, Dr Peter Rodgers, Senior Lecturer in the University’s School of Computing, commented: ‘Maps in all their different guises fascinate people all over the world. This exhibition is a unique opportunity to see the results of Maxwell Roberts’ extensive research on fresh approaches to map design.’


The exhibition runs from 3 – 27 July and will be open Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm. Admission is free. To find out more about Max Roberts’ work, see


Forthcoming Exhibitions at Studio 3 Gallery

John Blackburn, And God Cryed, 2012
  • John Blackburn, ‘And God Cryed’, 24 September – 14 December 2012
  • Paul Coldwell, Prints and Sculpture, 14 January – 5 April 2013
  • Resilience and Light: Contemporary Palestinian Art, 11 April – 18 May 2013
  • Alfred Drury and the New Sculpture, 30 September – 20 December 2013

For further information about these exhibitions please consult the Studio 3 category on the Words for Pictures blog:

DOUBLE TAKE – The Art of Printmaking

Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm
16 January – 14 May 2012


Private View: Monday 23rd January 2012, 6 – 8pm. ALL WELCOME

The art of printmaking is being celebrated in a new exhibition opening next week at the University of Kent’s Studio 3 Gallery.

The University is collaborating with the Royal College of Art (RCA) to host Double Take – The Art of Printmaking, which will feature artists such as Tim Mara, Paula Rego, Chris Orr, Elisabeth Frink and Ana Maria Pacheco.

Running from 16 January to 14 May, the exhibition will also showcase the work of recent graduates of the RCA’s MA in Printmaking and feature a ‘vibrant and eclectic mix of styles and techniques’, according to Studio 3 Gallery curator Ben Thomas.

‘Some works on display will challenge assumptions about prints through their scale, use of materials or through technique. The subordinate status of the print to other art forms is contested, bringing printmaking into play with painting, photography and digital design and animation,’ he said.

‘Other works re-examine established techniques like etching, linocut and screen printing to explore their potential for future innovation.’

One of the artists exhibiting, Professor Jo Stockham, Head of Printmaking at the RCA, said: ‘This has been a fantastic opportunity to share our extensive archive of work produced in the department with informed and enthusiastic researchers and a new audience.

‘The range of work chosen demonstrates the way print circulates and creates dialogues through time which transcend specific mediums and attest to its continual reinvention and hybridity.’

Key works from the RCA’s printmaking archive have been selected for the exhibition by recent graduates as influences on their work. The majority of works exhibited will be from the last five years, but the earliest print dates back to the 1930s.

Artists exhibited are: Frances Bennett, David Borrington, Jessie Brennan, Tereza Buskova, Cordelia Cembrowicz, An Ghee Chan, Laura Clarke, Andrew Curtis, Elisabeth Frink, Joy Gerrard, Ioanna Gouma, Claas Gutsche, Oona Grimes, Beatrice Haines, Mark Hayward, Allen Jones, Serena Korda, Youn Jeong Lee, Claire Maunsell, Tim Mara, Sonsoles Marquez, Frederick Morris, , Fay Nicolson, David Orme, Chris Orr, Ana Maria Pacheco, Andrew Parker, Simon Patterson, Paula Rego, Giulia Resteghini, Dolores de Sade, Aithan Shapira, William Scott, Sarah Simmonds, Jo Stockham