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Merlyn Chesterman RE

About

Born in England but brought up in Hong Kong Merlyn Chesterman is a painter & printmaker specialising particularly in woodcuts.

Influenced by years spent travelling in China, Kashmir, Bhutan, Thailand & the United States her work can be found in the Hong Kong Museum of Art & galleries in London & the South West of England.

She first became excited by wood cuts in China on the Mongolian border, where they were used in place of glass in the windows and replaced each year. For her work she uses mainly lime, with its superb cutting quality, and elm and plywood, choosing boards for their particular grain. She prints the large prints on Okawara, a Japanese paper, using oil-based or water-washable ink. And often grading colour on the roller and adding extender to dilute the pigment. She usually uses several blocks, one printed over the other.

Merlyn Chesteman lives and works in North Devon, she is a member of the print collective Pine Feroda and a Senior Fellow of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers.

EXHIBITION HIGHLIGHTS

2020

London Original Print Fair at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, with Brook Gallery

Group Exhibition – CIRCLE Contemporary Cornwall UK

Chapel Arts Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

Arundel Studio Gallery, West Sussex.

Green Hill Arts, Devon. 9th July-5th September. Pine Feroda and its individual members.

Imagine Gallery, Long Melford, Suffolk. Group Spring Exhibition.

Society of Wood Engravers 82nd Annual Exhibition


2019

Group Exhibition – CIRCLE Contemporary Cornwall UK

Lanacre Barn Gallery, Exmoor

Selected for The MASTERS – Bankside Gallery, London

Eton Drawing Schools, Eton College, Pine Feroda and individual work

Society of Wood Engravers Annual Exhibition 2019

Royal Society of Marine Artists Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries

Galeri Astley, GG Print Studio, Uttersberg, Sweden. Group exhibition

Gallery Nine, Margaret’s Buildings, Bath

2018

Group Exhibition – CIRCLE Contemporary Cornwall UK

Pine Feroda at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

Selected works and Pine Feroda at Circle Contemporary, Cornwall

Exhibitor, Bankside Gallery

Exhibitor in The Society of Wood Engravers 81st Exhibition

2017

The Plough, Torrington

Group Exhibition – CIRCLE Contemporary Cornwall UK

Pine Feroda at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

Pine Feroda at Surface Cutting at the Royal Academy, London, curated by Eileen Cooper RA

Pine Feroda at The Drawing Schools, Eton College, Windsor

2016 

Group Exhibition – CIRCLE Contemporary Cornwall UK

Rebecca Hossack, 2a Conway Street, Fitzroy Square, London

Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Bovey Tracey, Devon

RE Original Prints, Bankside Gallery, 48 Hopton Street, London

2015

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London – Atlantic Roller

​Zillah Bell Gallery, Thirsk. Group show curated by Norman Ackroyd

2014

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London – a prevailing wind

2013

Royal Academy Summer Show, London – Bent tree

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, Sofia, 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, Cirencester

2009

Demonstrator and exhibitor, Art in Action, Waterperry, 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

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.

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’, Landmark, 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, City Hall, Hong Kong

Plant illustrations for ‘Twelve Hong Kong Walks’, published by OUP

AWARDS, GRANTS, RESIDENCIES & MEMBERSHIP

2018 

Artist-in-Residence at Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden, Hong Kong

Residency at Graphic Workshop Godsmagasinet, Uttersberg, Sweden

​2017  ​Arts Council Award to study at the Purple Bamboo Studio, Hangzhou, China,  with Pine Feroda

​2014  ​Fellow of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers

2012

Residency, Guanlan Print Base, Guangdong, China

Steward, Artists General Benevolent Fund (AGBI)

Representative in Printmaking on the Selection-Election Committee of the Devon Guild of Craftsmen

2011

Made an Associate of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers, Bankside Gallery

2010

Winner, ADOGI 29th Mini Print International of Cadaques, Spain

2008

Designs selected by the Mayor of Tirana, Albania, to decorate two Communist era buildings in the capital. Joint project with Rod Nelson

Member of the Devon Guild of Craftsmen

2007

Winner of competition to design St. George’s field wall mural, Bideford. Co-designed with Rod Nelson

Commissioned to design and execute six acoustic panels, with Rod Nelson, for Pound Arts Centre, Corsham, Wiltshire

2002

Tarka Country Millenium Award to set up printmaking workshops in Hartland, Devon

Arts Council England Award to develop a series of large-scale woodcuts

Artist in Residence, St. Croix Watershed Research Station, Science Museum of Minnesota. ‘Enhancing environmental awareness and scientific understanding through the aesthetics of art’

Awards for All grant to run printmaking workshops, Devon

Local Network Fund to continue printmaking workshops

UnLtd. Millenium Award

Limited edition woodcut for Chichester Writing Festival

COLLECTIONS

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

​The Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

EXHIBITION HIGHLIGHTS

2020

London Original Print Fair at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, with Brook Gallery

Group Exhibition – CIRCLE Contemporary Cornwall UK

Chapel Arts Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

Arundel Studio Gallery, West Sussex.

Green Hill Arts, Devon. 9th July-5th September. Pine Feroda and its individual members.

Imagine Gallery, Long Melford, Suffolk. Group Spring Exhibition.

Society of Wood Engravers 82nd Annual Exhibition


2019

Group Exhibition – CIRCLE Contemporary Cornwall UK

Lanacre Barn Gallery, Exmoor

Selected for The MASTERS – Bankside Gallery, London

Eton Drawing Schools, Eton College, Pine Feroda and individual work

Society of Wood Engravers Annual Exhibition 2019

Royal Society of Marine Artists Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries

Galeri Astley, GG Print Studio, Uttersberg, Sweden. Group exhibition

Gallery Nine, Margaret’s Buildings, Bath

2018

Group Exhibition – CIRCLE Contemporary Cornwall UK

Pine Feroda at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

Selected works and Pine Feroda at Circle Contemporary, Cornwall

Exhibitor, Bankside Gallery

Exhibitor in The Society of Wood Engravers 81st Exhibition

2017

The Plough, Torrington

Group Exhibition – CIRCLE Contemporary Cornwall UK

Pine Feroda at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

Pine Feroda at Surface Cutting at the Royal Academy, London, curated by Eileen Cooper RA

Pine Feroda at The Drawing Schools, Eton College, Windsor

2016 

Group Exhibition – CIRCLE Contemporary Cornwall UK

Rebecca Hossack, 2a Conway Street, Fitzroy Square, London

Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Bovey Tracey, Devon

RE Original Prints, Bankside Gallery, 48 Hopton Street, London

2015

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London – Atlantic Roller

​Zillah Bell Gallery, Thirsk. Group show curated by Norman Ackroyd

2014

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London – a prevailing wind

2013

Royal Academy Summer Show, London – Bent tree

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, Sofia, 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, Cirencester

2009

Demonstrator and exhibitor, Art in Action, Waterperry, 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

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.

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’, Landmark, 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, City Hall, Hong Kong

Plant illustrations for ‘Twelve Hong Kong Walks’, published by OUP

AWARDS, GRANTS, RESIDENCIES & MEMBERSHIP

2018 

Artist-in-Residence at Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden, Hong Kong

Residency at Graphic Workshop Godsmagasinet, Uttersberg, Sweden

​2017  ​Arts Council Award to study at the Purple Bamboo Studio, Hangzhou, China,  with Pine Feroda

​2014  ​Fellow of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers

2012

Residency, Guanlan Print Base, Guangdong, China

Steward, Artists General Benevolent Fund (AGBI)

Representative in Printmaking on the Selection-Election Committee of the Devon Guild of Craftsmen

2011

Made an Associate of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers, Bankside Gallery

2010

Winner, ADOGI 29th Mini Print International of Cadaques, Spain

2008

Designs selected by the Mayor of Tirana, Albania, to decorate two Communist era buildings in the capital. Joint project with Rod Nelson

Member of the Devon Guild of Craftsmen

2007

Winner of competition to design St. George’s field wall mural, Bideford. Co-designed with Rod Nelson

Commissioned to design and execute six acoustic panels, with Rod Nelson, for Pound Arts Centre, Corsham, Wiltshire

2002

Tarka Country Millenium Award to set up printmaking workshops in Hartland, Devon

Arts Council England Award to develop a series of large-scale woodcuts

Artist in Residence, St. Croix Watershed Research Station, Science Museum of Minnesota. ‘Enhancing environmental awareness and scientific understanding through the aesthetics of art’

Awards for All grant to run printmaking workshops, Devon

Local Network Fund to continue printmaking workshops

UnLtd. Millenium Award

Limited edition woodcut for Chichester Writing Festival

COLLECTIONS

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

​The Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

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Original Woodcut Prints

CIRCLE have a selection of original woodcut prints by available by Merlyn Chesterman.

Please contact us for framing, delivery or sale enquiries.

Exhibitions & Events

CIRCLE Spring Mixed

CIRCLE Spring Mixed is featuring a variety of latest works by our core group and guest artists showing across two floors, focusing on painting, textile, sculpture and limited edition prints. CIRCLE has an eclectic approach to sourcing and presenting artists from the UK, Europe and further afield. Strong personal style and excellent craftsmanship are prerequisite as well as showing artists whose work stems directly from the living landscape.

CIRCLE Winter Mixed

CIRCLE Winter Mixed is featuring a variety of latest works by our core group and guest artists showing across two floors, focusing on painting, textile, sculpture and limited edition prints. CIRCLE has an eclectic approach to sourcing and presenting artists from the UK, Europe and further afield. Strong personal style and excellent craftsmanship are prerequisite as well as showing artists whose work stems directly from the living landscape.

Pine Feroda

PINE FERODA is the collective name used by three British artists (Merlyn Chesterman, Ian Phillips and Judith Westcot), who together create large-scale, dramatic woodcut prints inspired by the extraordinary coastline of North Devon and Cornwall. Craggy rock formations, tumultuous seas and the play of light upon water are all explored through their unique working practice.</p> <p>The group can often be seen on their local beaches and headlands, collectively drawing on a cliff or in the ocean itself, capturing the light and movement of the swell.

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