CONTEMPORARY BRITISH ARTISTS
Details are given below of some designers and engravers who are willing to accept commissions for bookplates and book labels. The character of their finished work will depend greatly on the technique used, principally etching of copper, engraving on copper and wood or other materials, line drawing, and typographic. The images here are not in high resolution, and for each artist we show only a few, just to give some flavour of each artist's style. We have not attempted to list here the great number of European and other ex-libris artists and designers, amongst whom are many skilled exponents of a range of other interesting techniques, including printing in multiple colours and computer-aided design.

The Society frequently receives requests for details of artists willing to design bookplates, and we are in great need of additions to this listing, which is confined to bookplate designers living in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland. If you are a designer who wishes to be included, please complete and send in this page Details of Artist with a couple of current examples of your bookplate work. We would also like to hear from anyone who knows of currently active bookplate designers not yet listed here.

See our Resources page if, rather than a unique bookplate design, you are seeking details of suppliers who offer a choice of pre-printed designs which can be personalised with your name.

ROSALIND BLISS
Obtained her Diploma of Art at Edinburgh College of Art in mural painting, but she now specialises in wood-engraving and will undertake anything that is interesting and tasteful, including heraldic bookplates.
Address:  Hillside Cottage, Windley, near Belper, Derbyshire DE56 2LP
Telephone:  01773 550278    


by Rosalind Bliss

by Simon Brett

by Sebastian Carter

SIMON BRETT (b.1943)
Learned wood-engraving from Clifford Webb at Saint Martin's School of Art, London, 1960-64. Illustrator of many books for Folio Society, private presses etc. Former Chairman of The Society of Wood Engravers. Writer and compiler of books and articles on wood-engraving. Exhibits regularly with that Society. His last solo exhibition was at Peter's Barn Gallery, Sussex, in 2000. Simon Brett has made over 100 bookplates, mostly as personalised commissions. Brian North Lee's monograph on them was published in 1989 by the Fleece Press. He tells us that "any and all commissions will be considered. I enjoy the collaboration with sympathetic clients."
Address:  12 Blowhorn Street, Marlborough, Wilts. SN8 1BT
Telephone:  01672 512905    


SEBASTIAN CARTER (b.1941)
proprietor of The Rampant Lions Press (founded by his father, Will Carter) has now retired from printing and from making book labels.


Cooper bookplate by Clarke

EILEEN M CLARKE (b.1941)
Trained at the School of Art and School of Printing, Colchester, she works in linocut and will undertake all styles of bookplate. Examples of her work appears in the 1999 volume of the Bio-Bibliographical Encyclopaedia of the Art of the Contemporary Ex-Libris.
Address:  33 Cardigan Street, Ipswich IP1 3PF
Telephone:  01473 259543    




GORDON COLLETT (b.1965)
An established artist specialising in trompe l’œil murals, a painter of portraits and an illustrator. The latter vocation has included much pen and ink work, such as his line-drawn bookplates. For his CV click here
Address:  7 Victoria Road, Eton Wick, Berkshire SL4 6LY
Mobile:  07977 409834    
Email:  gacATmuralartist.co.uk but replace AT by the @ symbol
Website:  See his Homepage.


by Gordon Collett

ROY COONEY (b.1935)
As a copperplate engraver and printmaker he qualified under apprenticeship and studied painting and drawing at the Somerset College of Arts. He currently produces limited editions of pictorial copperplate engravings and accepts commissions for heraldic and pictorial ex-libris. Our photo makes him appear rather serious, but in reality he's an engaging collaborator who takes great care in reflecting an owner's interests in each new bookplate.
Address:  1 The Drive, Batts Park, Taunton TA1 4RE
Telephone/Fax:  01823 331889     Email:  roycooney@aol.com
Also look at:  See Full Set of Images and Checklist  and Article on Roy Cooney


by Roy Cooney

by Roy Cooney

DANIEL DENNISON (b.1980)
A young wood-engraver who recently completed a graduate course in fine art and history. He has exhibited at his degree show and at Market House Galleries, Marazion, Cornwall. The illustration entitled Men-an-Tol, Series 3 (not a bookplate) indicates a leaning towards landscape subjects, but any will be considered.
Address:  8 Millpond Avenue, Hayle, Cornwall TR27 4HX
Telephone/Fax:  01736 752873     Email:  ddd9ATaber.ac.uk but replace AT by the symbol    Image coming shortly


ANDY ENGLISH (b.1956)
Andy English was born in Norfolk and still lives in the Fens, though he has moved over the border to Cambridgeshire, where he teaches. Although mainly self taught as an engraver, Andy has studied with Sarah Van Niekirk. Printmaking now dominates his artistic output. He is a member of the Society of Wood Engravers, the Cambridge Drawing Society and the North American Wood Engravers Network. He has exhibited extensively in the UK and also in the USA. Apart from independent prints, Andy's output includes bookplates and illustrations. Engravings in books have been published in: "Here We Are", " Global Engravers ", "Modern British Bookplates", and the new edition of "Engraved Gardens". Email:  andyenglishATbtinternet.com but replace AT by the symbol
Website:  See Andy English, bookplate designer
Bookplate image coming shortly


PETER FORD RE RWA (b.1937)
Senior Fellow of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers and Academician of the Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, he has held many exhibitions in the UK and internationally. Prizes and commendations for bookplate designs from Metz, France, Belgrade, World of Exlibris (1995). His bookplates are occasional works in response to commissions or to interesting exhibition opportunities, but his main activities are as a gallery director and printmaker (etchings and woodcuts) and papermaking. His etchings and aquatints are on steel, copper and zinc; other relief print processes use wood, lino and pencil erasers.
More details here   and at website below.

Address:  Off-Centre Gallery, 13 Cotswold Road, Windmill Hill, Bristol BS3 4NX
Telephone:  0117 987 2647    
Email:  infoATpeterford.co.uk but for AT put @
New website:  www.peterford.org.uk




RIES HOEK
Living and working (as a graphic designer with RTÉ) in Ireland since 1958, Ries Hoek has had exhibitions in Holland and Ireland..
Address:  173 Meadow Grove, Dundrum, Dublin 16, Ireland
Telephone:  + 353 1 2982536    
Email:  rieshoekATeircom.net but replace AT by the symbol





ANNE JOPE
Now a freelance illustrator, she likes to undertake such bookplate work (wood-engravings, linocuts and woodcuts) as she considers "interesting or a bit unusual, but definitely not heraldry". At the Central School of Art her BA(Hons) in painting was followed by special advanced studies in printmaking. Fellow of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers (RE), Member of the Society of Wood Engravers (SWE), and Member of the Association of Illustrators (AOI). Has exhibited widely in UK and abroad in one-man and group exhibitions, including the Royal Academy, New Ashgate Gallery, Art-in-Action, and St. David's Hall Cardiff.
Address:  14 Millwood End, Long Hanborough, Witney, Oxon OX29 8BX
Telephone:  01993 883865    


  JOHN KAY
  Chiefly a painter in watercolour, he is open to undertaking bookplates   that are wood-engraved, line drawn or computer-generated. His web-   site displays his paintings and a number of exlibris created digitally.
  Address:  22 Hall Road, Fordham, Colchester CO6 3NQ
  Telephone:  01206 240929     Fax:  0870 164 0649    
  Email:  webmasterATbookplate.demon.co.uk but replace AT by @
  Blog:  http://jayarkay.blogspot.com
  Website:  www.bookplate.demon.co.uk





LIDA CARDOZO KINDERSLEY (b.1954)
Having first studied at the Royal Academy 1972-76, Lida Cardozo thereafter trained in the workshop, and now carries on the work, of her late husband, David Kindersley (1915-1995; he trained under Gilbert Ledward RA, was then apprenticed to Eric Gill and is well known for his letter-cutting and design) . She also undertakes lettered and heraldic bookplates, which are line drawings, reproduced photographically. For more information see her website.
Address:  152 Victoria Road, Cambridge CB4 3D2
Telephone:  01223 362170    
Website:  See Cardozo Kindersley Workshop



Both by Lida Cardozo Kindersley

ANGELA LEMAIRE (b.1944)
Educated at Chelsea and Camberwell Art Schools, self-taught as a wood engraver, and now living and working in the Scottish Borders, she is an illustrator, printmaker, painter and writer who has exhibited widely. Her graphic work, prints, drawings, and books can be found in both private and public collections in the UK and abroad, notably at the National Library of Scotland. She has given many illustrated talks on her work. Her bookplates are covered in a six-page article and checklist by the late Brian North Lee in Contemporary International Ex-Libris Artists, Portugal, 2005.
Address:  The Studio, Friarsgate, Jedburgh, Roxburghshire TD8 6BN, Scotland
Telephone:  01835 863142    


MICHAEL MITCHELL
Designs typographic bookplates, and prints wood-engravings, line drawings and typographic plates.
Address:  Rose Tree House, Silverless Street, Marlborough, Wilts. SN8 1TQ
Telephone:  01672 515378     Email:  michaelATlitanuspress.co.uk but replace AT by @


GRAHAM RUST (b.1942)
Mural painter and water-colourist. He has held 28 one-man exhibitions. His illustrations for children's and pattern books may be found on the Amazon website. His bookplates are line drawings in ink and wash.
Address:  The Old Rectory, Somerton, Suffolk IP29 4ND

  



CLARE STREET
Studied at Sir John Cass School of Art under Freddie Fryer, to become a designer, jeweller and engraver on both copper and steel, specialising in seals and dies of all kinds. Her bookplates are, as yet, few in number, and have been either engraved or line drawn. She recommends engraving on steel where either a finer style is required, or more than 1,000 prints needed. Clare Street is a member of the Society of Designer Craftsmen and of the Society of Heraldic Arts, as well as being a Freeman of the Goldsmiths' Company. She has exhibited widely (from the Design Centre, London 1971 to Minneapolis, USA 1978; for 18 years from 1983 at the Goldsmiths Fair, also The Goldsmiths' Company exhibition in celebration of the Queen's Jubilee, 2002).
Address:  c/o The Bookplate Society, 32 Belitha Villas, London N1 1PD
Email:  clare-street@southserv.com      Websites:  www.whoswhoingoldandsilver.com ; www.craftEart.com ; www.societyofdesignercraftsmen.org.uk ;


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