Specialising in wood engraving, a technique pioneered in the late 18th century by Thomas Bewick and revived in the 20th, he has recently been elected a member of the Society of Wood Engravers. www.woodengravers.co.uk
Bob also produces his own hand- made books and portfolios of prints, and is a member of the online collective www.artistsbooksonlilne.com. He has also curated two exhibitions of artist’s books.
While showing nationally and internationally, Bob Guy is keen to maintain a strong connection with Wales and exhibits regularly at the National Eisteddfod with Y Lle Print Gwreiddiol/The Original Print Place, a group of printmakers associated with the Regional Print Centres - www.theoriginalprintplace.co.uk
Bob has undertaken a number of commissions for illustrations (see below), but is currently working on two large collaborative projects: “Siwrnai Bob/ Bob’s Journey”, a series of wood engravings with hand-cut text- a poem written by the celebrated “bard” (and neighbour) Robin Hughes. These prints will ultimately be bound, and with the English text type-set, by George Miller of Oswestry.
The other project is a collaborative exhibition at MOMA Wales in Septenber 2014, curated by Kim Dewsbury, around the subject of Arenig Fawr, a mountain of some grandeur, near Bala. Painted obsessively by Augustus John, Derwent Innes and J.D.Innes in 1909, Bob will be exploring the landscape through the medium of wood cut-using the technique of water-based printing on sized Japanese paper.
Collaborations have become increasingly important over the past decade: Childe Roland, a Canadian sound poet living in Llangollen contributed a poem for “Sweeny Agonistes”, and Bob has made a number of graphic interpretations of the poet’s work, experimenting with embossed text.
2003: 11 wood engravings commissioned by George Miller for “Message in a Space Bottle” a
small book of poetry in an edition of 45. Individual prints and bound sets
available from this website.
2006-2012: 10 wood engravings, approx. 20 Chinese ink
drawings commissioned by Shropshire Wildlife Trust. Individual prints and bound
sets of prints available from this website.
2008: Seasonal (continuous) exhibition at Y Capel, Llangollen
2009: Exhibition “First Edition” curated by Bob Guy
at Oriel y Dolydd: 12 members of Artists’ Books Online from UK, US, Canada,
Austarlia and the Netherlands
2009: Exhibition “Sweeny Agonistes” at Rhyl Arts Centre
to launch the digitally printed book of Chinese ink drawings “Sweeny Agonistes”
and the screen-printed book “Let’s get Lost”
2011-2014: Society of Wood Engravers touring exhibition
2011: Exhibition “ Ex Libris” curated by Bob Guy at Denbigh Library and Arts Centre: Hand made books
by four artists
2011-2013: Y Lle Print Gwreiddiol/ with The Original Print Place at the National Eisteddfod
2012-2013: BABE (Bristol Artist Book Event) at Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol: with Artists’ Books Online
2013-2014: Davidson Galleries Seattle, Washington: USA International exhibition of wood engravings
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