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.
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.
Hillside Cottage, Windley, near Belper, Derbyshire DE56 2LP
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."
12 Blowhorn Street, Marlborough, Wilts. SN8 1BT
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.
33 Cardigan Street, Ipswich IP1 3PF
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
7 Victoria Road, Eton Wick, Berkshire SL4 6LY
gacATmuralartist.co.uk but replace AT by the @ symbol
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.
1 The Drive, Batts Park, Taunton TA1 4RE
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.
8 Millpond Avenue, Hayle, Cornwall TR27 4HX
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".
andyenglishATbtinternet.com but replace AT by the symbol
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, printmaker and papermaker. He writes: "My usual technique is etching and aquatint though I have used relief print processes such as linocut and rubber stamp printing. As mentioned in articles by me and about me
as a bookplate designer I have been active as a participant in exhibitions and events outside the UK. I attended the FISAE congresses in Beijing and Istanbul and also the International Small Prints and Ex Libris Biennale
in Guangzhou in 2010, 2012 and 2014. Last year I had a solo exhibition in Dongguan Art Museum (near Guangzhou) and this included 22 of my bookplates which were subsequently purchased by the museum. In late May 2016 I
shall be attending the opening of an exhibition of my works on paper including bookplates in Dalian, north east China."
More details here and at website below.
Off-Centre Gallery, 13 Cotswold Road, Windmill Hill, Bristol BS3 4NX
0117 239 6784
peterafordATtiscali.co.uk but for AT put @
Living and working (as a graphic designer with RTÉ) in Ireland since 1958, Ries Hoek has had exhibitions in Holland and Ireland..
173 Meadow Grove, Dundrum, Dublin 16, Ireland
+ 353 1 2982536
rieshoekATeircom.net but replace AT by the symbol
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.
14 Millwood End, Long Hanborough, Witney, Oxon OX29 8BX
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.
22 Hall Road, Fordham, Colchester CO6 3NQ
0870 164 0649
webmasterATbookplate.demon.co.uk but replace AT by @
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.
152 Victoria Road, Cambridge CB4 3D2
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.
The Studio, Friarsgate, Jedburgh, Roxburghshire TD8 6BN, Scotland
Designs typographic bookplates,
and prints wood-engravings, line drawings and typographic plates.
Rose Tree House, Silverless Street, Marlborough, Wilts. SN8 1TQ
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
His bookplates are line drawings in ink and wash.
The Old Rectory, Somerton, Suffolk IP29 4ND
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).
c/o The Bookplate Society, 32 Belitha Villas, London N1 1PD