Art calendars for 2018
Friday, 25 August 2017 | Admin
You might think August is a little early to be thinking about buying your wall calendar for next year but, as soon as we started displaying our calendars a couple of weeks ago, savvy customers were snapping them up, knowing that the early shopper gets the best choice. Here are our predictions for the most popular art calendars this autumn.
Eric Ravilious & Co: The Pattern of Friendship at the Towner Art Gallery in Eastbourne, running till 17 September, has been hugely popular. We've seen sales of our Ravilious greeting cards increase and many of our customers have said how much they enjoyed the exhibition. We stocked three different Ravilious calendars last year. As well as the V&A calendar pictured, which features black and white woodcuts for bookplates, advertisements, journals and an edition of Gilbert White's The Natural History of Selborne, we hope to source an Eric Ravilious colour calendar as well.
Angie Lewin, the immensely talented designer and printmaker, produced a calendar for the first time last year. We couldn't order enough to keep up with demand. She's produced another 12 glorious images that draw inspiration from her beloved north Norfolk coast and the Scottish Highlands. I particularly love the swirling blue agapanthus design on the front cover. Her designs convey the beauty of leaf, flower and seed-heads in landscapes or still life arrangements, sometimes with feathers, shells and seaweed.
Showing a similar love of the British countryside is Angela Harding, who is bringing out a calendar for the first time this year. But here we have wildlife - birds, hares, seals, foxes, cats and dogs in atmospheric locations. Our customers loved her Advent calendar last year so we were delighted when she produced this calendar. We'll be getting a new Advent calendar from her nearer to November.
In a different vein, but showing the same close observation of the natural world as the other artists, is the American, Charley Harper. He called his geometric shapes, patterns and vivid colours 'minimal realism'. He's a long-time favourite artist at Pen to Paper. We have a desk diary by him, rolls of wrapping paper and several jigsaws. This calendar features some of his designs for American national parks and lots of birds such as cardinals and red-eyed vireos. The bright colours and lively designs are guaranteed to raise a smile.