HUGH DUNFORD WOOD
About Hugh Dunford Wood
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"My work is solidly based on observing the natural world combined with a practical sense of design. This brings an integrity to all I make.
There is often a playful quality that is rooted through working with my hands, and more recently lino-printing with my feet. "
I have worked as an artist designer since my student days in the 1970s at the Ruskin School of Art in Oxford. It was as though my military father had planted an onion and up came a daffodil.
I paint landscapes and portraits; and also design textiles, crockery, jewellery and wallpapers. I have worked with The National Trust, Paul Smith & Yoshi Yamamoto, and many other national & international designers.
Portraits of film makers and poets, families and death masks, landscapes and engravings have been the staple of my art, with which I have worked as Artist-in-Residence with the Royal Shakespeare Company, with the Globe Theatre in London when it first opened and at the Museum of Bermuda Art in 2009 for the 400th anniversary of their first settlement. I was also Artist in Residence with the Church of England in Fulham.
I enjoy engaging with professionals in other disciplines and cultures. Inspired by my mentor Peggy Angus, I love to exchange skills and experience, and encourage others to find their own creativity.
My work is solidly based on observing the natural world combined with a practical sense of design. This brings an integrity to all I make. There is often a playful quality that is rooted through working with my hands, and more recently lino-printing with my feet.
I have always been keen to demystify and disseminate the role of the arts, co-founding the first Open Studio Weeks in Britain in 1983, in Oxfordshire, and the Lyme Regis ArtsFest in 2003. I also curated the pop-up National Gallery of Lyme Regis for Dorset Art Weeks.
My occasional Wallpaper Design Weekend Workshops are unique, attracting students from all over Europe & the Far East to Dorset where they are held two or three times a year; and now for the first time this fall I will run a workshop in the USA.
I am a member of The Devon Guild of Craftsmen, the Chelsea Arts Club, Artist Member of the Royal Western Academy, and Visiting Tutor at West Dean College. My work is in the collections of The V&A, the British Council, The Bodleian Library and various Oxford Colleges. I have exhibited both in the UK and abroad.