D by Tom Perkins

D by Tom Perkins


Medium: 'V' incised and painted Welsh slate

Size: 15 x 15cm

‘D’ was created as part of the Lettering Arts Trust exhibition ‘Living Letters.’

‘The 26 letters of the alphabet are the building blocks of our writing system. Somehow they convey the written word and the sounds of a spoken language. This random handful of lines and shapes opens up a universe of thought and shared ideas.

The marks we recognise today have been 5000 years in the making. Throughout history their visible expression has been shaped by the technologies available, by fashion and imagination. They’ve been scratched penned, brushed, printed, drawn, carved, cast and etched. As well as being functional, letters hold great graphic possibility.

The individual approach of each artist, using a variety of techniques and media, helps us look again at the 26 letters that describe our world.’ Giles Macdonald, curator.

About the artist

Tom Perkins has been a professional lettering artist since 1978, and his book 'The Art of Letter Carving in Stone ' was published by The Crowood Press in 2007, and a monograph about his work was published by the Edward Johnston Foundation in 1998. He has conducted many workshops in lettering and letter carving widely in Britain , including for Memorials by Artists and West Dean College, and also in the U.S.A., Japan and Finland, and a number of assistants have been introduced into letter carving in stone in his Cambridgeshire workshop. He also taught lettering in the 80's and 90's on the calligraphy course at the former Roehampton Institute. He works largely to commission  throughout the UK, and also for exhibition, and worked with some of the leading lettering craftsmen of the day in the 1970's and 80's. His work ranges over a wide spectrum including public art, architectural signage, memorials, plaques and work for garden and landscape and graphics work including book jacket and logo design. Commissions include a plaque and main building titling for the Queen's Gallery at Buckingham Palace, architectural lettering for the recently refurbished St Martin-in-the-Fields Trafalgar Square, main dedication plaque for the Sheffield Peace Gardens, main titling carved on the building for the Alexander Gibson Opera School at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama ,Glasgow, and five standing stones along the Peddars Way in Norfolk.

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