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Sent from Coventry

8 June – 7 July 2024 10:00am to 4:00pm
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An exhibition of linocuts from Coventry-born artist Paul Catherall, depicting the iconic architecture of our city.

‘Sent from Coventry’ is Catherall’s ode to his childhood home. It’s a celebration of the pace-setting post-war architecture that made Coventry a city of the future. From the striking Central Baths and understated, graceful station to the idiosyncratic Elephant the iconic landmarks have embedded themselves into Catherall’s memories and are loaded with nostalgia, both personal and for a time when a sense of optimism and hope pervaded.

The exhibition showcases a collection of linocut prints that highlight and record these groundbreaking buildings - many of which are sadly either under threat, closed, redeveloped or demolished.

Originally shown at Eames Fine Art in London in spring 2021 to coincide with Coventry’s year of culture, aside from a one-day talk and pop-up at the LTB Showrooms last autumn this is the first time they have been exhibited in Coventry.

It seems fitting that an ode to overlooked modernist masterpieces is being displayed in the most iconic and celebrated of them all - Coventry Cathedral.

Catherall is a London-based printmaker and illustrator who is renowned for his architectural linocuts. He has exhibited widely and has prints in numerous museum collections including the V&A. He is one of the most prolific Transport for London poster artists of recent times, having been commissioned to produce 23 instantly recognisable designs over the past 20 years.

Other commissions have included Penguin Books, British Airways, the Royal Shakespeare Company and English Heritage.

He was elected a member of the prestigious Royal Society of Painter Printmakers in 2012 and often exhibits at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.

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