The Joy of Discovery

ImageIt is always satisfying to discover new artists that inspire you. I came across this painting by little known Dutch painter Jan Mankes (1889 – 1920) on a postcard, I loved it for its fantastic sense of design and subtle use of colour and mark. I’ve since spent some time browsing the official Jan Mankes website which has a great online catalogue of his work. I was delighted to discover that Mankes was also a printmaker – have a look at this brilliant Guinea Fowl wood engraving: 



Mankes was also a fantastic draughtsman:


Alongside his intriguing depictions of birds, Mankes also made paintings of people and landscapes – I really love this painting titled Flowering Landscape which I will leave you with for now: 




About flyingcreature

I'm a Cumbrian born painter and printmaker based in Scotland. My work is inspired by British nature. I studied on the Foundation Course at Leith School of Art in 2003 before going on to take the MA Fine Art degree at Edinburgh College of Art and Edinburgh University graduating in 2008. I now make my work from my studio in Coburg House and teach drawing, painting and printmaking at Leith School of Art and around Scotland.
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