Hugh Dunford Wood lives in a yellow Georgian villa with blue windows in the middle of Lyme Regis overlooking the sea. He has worked as an artist designer since his student days in the 1970s at the Ruskin School of Art in Oxford. He paints landscapes and portraits; he designs textiles, crockery, jewelery and wallpapers.
And he has developed the unique Collino series of collaged lino cuts that have recently been exhibited at The Chelsea Arts Club. They are a combination of observation, memory and imagination and have caught the eye of Sir Paul Smith who plans to show them in his galleries. Hugh is a member of The Devon Guild of Craftsmen and The Chelsea Arts Club, and is a Senior Tutor at West Dean College.
Artist in Residence variously at The Royal Shakespeare Company, and also at the Globe Theatre in London when it first opened, and at The Museum of Bermuda Art to mark of the 400th anniversary of settlement. He enjoys working with professionals in other disciplines and cultures.
Hugh is also keen to demystify the arts, co-founding the first Open Studio Weeks in Britain in 1984, in Oxfordshire, and the Lyme Regis ArtsFest in 2003. He curates the pop-up National Gallery of Lyme Regis for Dorset Arts Weeks. Inspired by his mentor Peggy Angus, Hugh loves to engage others and exchange skills & experience.
The pastoral creatures of the English countryside inspire the Peaceable Kingdom Cushions. They are named after the celebrated work of the American folk painter Edward Hicks in which he brought all creatures, wild or tame, shy or brazen, predators and prey alike, to live together in harmony.
These lively luxuries are printed by hand on organic Scottish linen from original lino blocks cut by artist Hugh Dunford Wood in his Dorset studio. The animals and birds depicted are constantly growing in number as the artist spies another subject on his walks along the Undercliffe, or beside the River Ax. Some are only dreamt of, or imagined, but most are drawn from life.
So far the menagerie comprises of a Badger, a Squirrel, a Swan, an Owl with its twenty four suppers – also a Cat, a Squirrel, a Hedgehog, (to be sat on with care), and a family of Hares. Slowly hatching are a Pair of Magpies for luck, an Otter, a Fox and a Frog – or is it really a prince? All available in all colours to match the linen furnishing fabrics and wallpapers both hand blocked here in the same studio.