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Red Herrings Swim In The Wood by Nick Wonham


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Red Herrings Swim In The Wood by Nick Wonham [2013]


Linocut print

Edition number 5/14

Image size: H:28 cm x W:20 cm

Complete Size of Unframed Work: H:38 cm x W:28 cm x D:0.1cm

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Red Herrings Swim In The Wood is an illustration to a relatively obscure nursery rhyme which goes like this: The man in the wilderness asked me, How many strawberries grow in the sea? I answered him as I thought good, As many as red herrings swim in the wood. Once I had the idea of red herrings swimming through a wood in my head, I couldn't resist turning it into a print which fully exploits the complimentary colours of green and red to really make the fish 'pop' out from the background. The result is probably my most surreal image.

Nick Wonham, artist, has beautiful original paintings and limited edition prints available for sale online with Wychwood Art and in our Oxfordshire art gallery. I graduated from Camberwell College of Art with a BA hons degree in illustration in 1991. I then completed a PGCE in secondary art teaching at Goldsmiths College. The subject matter of my art often derives from my love of nature, but I am also inspired by fairy tales, nursery rhymes, and poetry. I like incorporating bold compositions with an abstract quality and often use complimentary colours. Influences are many and varied, but amongst printmakers I admire Rigby Graham and Edward Bawden. I have had three books, illustrated with linocuts, published by Incline Press, and my work has appeared in a further five books published by Mascot Media. I have also had five educational software titles published by Inclusive Technology, the first of which was shortlisted for a BETT award in 2005. When not working hard at my art, I work as a teacher of students with severe learning difficulties in North London.To discuss ayt limited edition prints by Nick Wonham please contact, or call 07799 535765 / 01869 338155.

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