MERLYN CHESTERMAN, RE

I am a woodblock printmaker based in Hartland, North Devon. I trained in Fine Art at Bath Academy of Art, Corsham, and subsequently lived and worked in Asia for many years. I recently completed a residency at Guanlan Print Base, China. My work is made as an emotional response to my environment, and I am interested in achieving a semi-abstract dynamism. I have exhibited at the Royal Academy, at the Bankside Gallery and the Mall Galleries, London, and in Shanghai and the US. I have been a demonstrator in printmaking at Art in Action.

I have recently been elected a Fellow and Council member of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers and is the key member of Pine Feroda.

Pine Feroda comprises five individual printmakers (Merlyn Chesterman, Julia Manning, Rod Nelson, Ian Phillips and Judith Westcott) who make prints as a group. Collectively they create their distinctive prints, inspired by the extraordinary coastline of Great Britain. Craggy rock formations, tumultuous seas and the play of light upon water are all explored through their unique collaborative working practice.

Despite having collaborated for less than three years, they show their work widely, exhibiting at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in 2015. Solo exhibitions of the group’s work have been presented by Rebecca Hossack, London, and the Devon Guild of Craftsmen. In 2014 and 2015, Pine Feroda woodcuts won printmaking prizes at the Royal West of England Academy’s Open Exhibition. Eton College holds a print by the group in its collection.

Merlyn was born in England, and grew up in Hong Kong, returning to England to study Fine Art at Bath Academy of Art, Corsham, where she obtained a B.A., and from Bath University a Dip. Ed. She is a woodblock printmaker and key member of Pine Feroda.

2015 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London
2014 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London
2013 Royal Academy Summer Show, London
Demonstrator, Art in Action, Oxfordshire
2012 Shanghai International Printmaking Exhibition, China
2011 Demonstrator, Art in Action, Oxfordshire “Spirit of the Tiger”
a series of large woodcuts embodying the Asian tiger
2010 Exhibitor in 9th Lessedra World Art Print Annual, Bulgaria
Exhibitor in Miniprint Finland, Lahti Art Museum
One person show at Taller Galeria Fort, Cadaques, Spain
Teacher and exhibitor at Art in Action, Waterperry, Oxfordshire
Exhibitor, ‘Make’, at the Devon Guild of Craftsmen
Exhibitor in the Society of Wood Engravers 73rd Annual Exhibition, Bankside, London
Joint show with Philip and Frannie Leach at the Corinium Museum
2009 Demonstrator and exhibitor, Art in Action, Oxfordshire
Demonstrator and exhibitor, Cressing Temple
2008 The Burton Art Gallery, Bideford, May’ 08, 2 person show
Ruskin Mill, Gloucestershire, September’08, 2 person show
‘ Made To Think’. Short course tutor’s Summer Show at The Sussex Barn, West Dean College, Chichester
Exhibitor in ‘Footprint’ 1st Biennial International Print Competition, Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Norwalk, U.S.
Exhibitor in the Society of Wood Engravers 71st Annual Exhibition, Bankside, London
2001-2007 Royal West of England Academy, Open Print, Bristol
‘Here and There’ one person show in Marine on St Croix, Minnesota for the Science Museum of Minnesota.
North Devon Festival, two-person printmaking show at Appledore Craft Company.
Society OF Wood Engravers 69th Annual Exhibition group touring show. Illustration in Monoprinting, pub. A&C Black
Red Forge Collective Exhibition Corsham, Wilts
Group Show, Stillwater Public Library, Science Museum of Minnesota
1985-2000 Artwork for Wildlife Fund Thailand
Illustration for Sawasdee, Thai Airways Inflight magazine
Invitation by Royal Government of Bhutan to travel through Bhutan to promote the country through painting.
One-person show at the National Liberal Club, Whitehall, London
Manhattan Graphics, NY, group show
The Walk, London, SE1, summer group show
1977-1985 Contemporary Hong Kong Biennial Exhibition, City Hall
Save the Children Fund Exhibition, The Mandarin, Hong Kong.
Contemporary Hong Kong Biennial Exhibition, City Hall
China Coast Community Exhibition, The Mandarin, Hong Kong
One-person show at IDL, Lane Crawford’s: ‘Paintings and Illustrations of China and Bhutan’
Contemporary Hong Kong Biennial Exhibition, City Hall
Cover for Asia Week: The Dalai Lama
Group show ‘Western Eyes Look at the Orient’, Hong Kong
Contemporary Hong Kong Biennial Exhibition, City Hall
Winner of Urban Council Fine Arts Drawing Award
Urban Council of Fine Arts Award Winners Exhibition, Hong Kong
Plant illustrations for ‘Twelve Hong Kong Walks’, published by OUP

City Hall Museum of Art, Permanent Collection, Hong Kong Princess Ashi Tashi Dorji of Bhutan
Lord & Lady Wilson of Tillyorn. Simon & Caroline Bowes Lyon, Lord Lieutenant of Herefordshire
The Edward James Foundation, West Dean College, Chichester