Hopi Art of Living 1 by GAYNOR GOFFE

Hopi Art of Living 1 by GAYNOR GOFFE


HP paper, gouache, pastel, pencil, acrylic

Artist statement

Gaynor Goffe has been a calligrapher for 45 years, training at Reigate School of Art & Design (RSAD) in the 1970's, followed by 3 years as assistant to well-known calligrapher Donald Jackson. She taught on the Roehampton Institute major calligraphy courses throughout the 80's and 90's followed by 3 years teaching at RSAD. She is a longstanding fellow of CLAS, who gave her a Life Achievement Award in 2000, and is a fellow of the Society of Scribes & Illuminators. She works for exhibition and commissions and has taught widely throughout Europe and in the U.S and Japan. She has written 2 calligraphy books and her typeface 'Hamada' was produced by Linotype in 2007.

Kathleen Raine, the poet, was a major proponent of the' perennial philosophy' for decades, setting up Temenos Academy with others, for the promotion of these values. The words I have used for my calligraphic works for this exhibition are from an article in Resurgence magazine, about her reflections written many years after a visit to a traditional Hopi Indian village. I find her words about nature and traditional values very moving. Use of text by permission of Brian Keeble.

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