As a compliment to Michael Blaker’s talk on his life in art on Saturday evening (22 July), this exhibition will continue in the Wellington Room of The Falstaff Hotel from Sunday July 23rd until the Festival ends on the evening of Sunday July 30th. Visitors are welcome to come, browse and buy (if you wish!) at any time when the Hotel is open and there is no other Festival event taking place.
Ramsgate resident, Michael Blaker, was born 1928, and is a writer and artist specialising in etching. He was for ten years editor/designer of the Printmakers Journal, the annual magazine of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers, of which he is a Hon. Retired Senior Fellow (RE). He has contributed many articles to Printmaking Today, of which he is an Editorial Consultant. He has also written extensively for the Artist Magazine, Leisure Painter and Pictures and Prints.
He has published under his own imprint of Beresford House The Autobiography of a Painter-Etcher, 1986, booklets on his own etchings, 1985 and 2013, and a selection of short novels in hundred-copy limited editions, 1999-2014. He is the author of A Beginner’s Guide to Oil Painting, Bison Press, 1994, which reproduces many of his paintings. He has exhibited etchings and paintings in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibitions and one-man shows of paintings and etchings include The Nevill Gallery, Canterbury; John Davies, Stow-on-the-Wold; Foyles, London; Medici, London and Margate Gallery. Ran own gallery in youth in Avery Row, New Bond Street from 1951-3,
Away from the visual arts he played rhythm-section piano and slide whistle in Jazz and Spasm bands, Brighton: The Eminent Victorians, The Portobello Jazzmen, The Spasmodic Six, The Union Place Revivalists.
Past Academician of the Royal West of England Academy, Bristol.
Part of the Ramsgate Reflections series of heritage talks