Image 1 - Edward Bawden, Nine London Monuments - The Palace of Westminster, 1966 Image: ©The Edward Bawden Estate. Courtesy of the Trustees of the Cecil Higgins Art Gallery (The Higgins Bedford).

Edward Bawden Gallery, Free Entry 8th February 2020 – 24th January 2021

Edward Bawden: Architectural Elements, a new exhibition showcasing the artist’s passion for architecture opens at The Higgins Bedford on Saturday 8th February 2020.

Architecture is a reoccurring subject throughout the extensive body of work of influential British artist and designer.

The Higgins Bedford is displaying some of these works, featuring prints, advertising campaigns, private commissions, personal Christmas cards and wallpaper designs. Some of them have never been on display at The Higgins Bedford.

Douglas Percy Bliss, a friend and biographer of Bawden, said that his art ‘includes all aspects of Design, Architecture and Gardening’.

Bawden spent most of his working life in London and much of his work portrays the city’s buildings. Some of his most recognisable works are featured in the Nine London Monuments series. These detailed prints have been described as ‘among the finest things he has ever done.’

His work not only details London’s historic monuments but reflects the changing face of the city. From the uninterrupted skyline during his time as a student in the 1920s, to the aftermath of the Second World War, to the uncertain fate of the buildings facing demolition in the 1960s.

The exhibition explores Bawden’s interest in architecture through a variety of mediums, displaying his originality, wit and skill in giving character to the buildings featured in his work.

Cllr Doug McMurdo, Bedford Borough Council portfolio holder for Leisure and Culture, said:

“In the 1980s, Edward Bawden donated the contents of his studio to the Cecil Higgins Art Gallery, now known as The Higgins Bedford. This fascinating exhibition brings some pieces never before displayed to the public eye, and is completely free to visit.”

The exhibition will be accompanied by a series of gallery tours later in the year, offering more insight into the works on display. Visit The Higgins Bedford website for more details.

Image 2 - Edward Bawden, The Coal Exchange, 1963 Image: ©The Edward Bawden Estate. Courtesy of the Trustees of the Cecil Higgins Art Gallery (The Higgins Bedford).