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Of Me a Grain

Item Code: MW-85197-sv
Medium
Letter carving
Date of Work
2018
Signed
Signed verso
Height (cm)
56
Width (cm)
26
Base price $2,002
Signed verso acrylic on carved birch wood.

This piece uses words from the Elizabethan part-song Fine Knacks for Ladies. The wood was from th scrap-pile of the friendly Somerset Bodgers who work at Tyntesfield near Bristol.

The letter design is a stage in developing formal italic alphabets for carving, this time with as much of a flowing and cursive character as possible.
Martin Wenham PortraitBorn in 1941, Wenham’s interest in lettering was stimulated at an early age. At university Wenham read botany and forestry, his artistic propensity aiding with precise observational drawing. Throughout this time an interest in pen-lettering persisted and after a research colleague requested a carved house-name in wood Wenham approached the professional carver Harry Spring, who showed him the basic technique of letter-cutting.

After a year Wenham left research and for the next 23 years taught in secondary, primary and special schools, with 9 years’ lecturing at the University of Leicester. He first exhibited his letter-cutting work in 1982; since 1984 it has been shown in the major British exhibitions of lettering arts. Wenham’s work is held in the Crafts Council’s Permanent Collection and in private collections in Britain, the USA, Germany, Japan and Puerto Rico.
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