Book Art

Guy Begbie

Guy Begbie

An established book artist, printmaker and traditionally trained bookbinder. He is the Book Arts Coordinator and lecturer at Hereford College of Arts and has been teaching in UK Universities and his own freelance workshops since 1995.
As a multi-disciplinary artist he makes book art works exploring distillations of architecture and place. He extends parameters regarding concept and production approaches to the book form. His current book arts practice concerns paper engineering, and the transition from the two to a sculptural three dimensional as a means of interpretation of non-linear & sequential narrative.
During 2010 & 2011 he has been collaborating with poet, graphic and sound artist Lawrence Upton in the production of book art works and related artifacts.

Solo exhibitions 2011
“Back Room Sounding”, Middlesex University, 15th April - 27th May 2011
“Back Room Sounding”  consists of twelve books which open out to create structural, almost architectural forms - corners, grills, roofs and partitions. The printed book pages - or walls when opened-out - deliver snatches of interior spaces, hand rails and brackets, but also snippets of warped and hallucinatory texts, including Bachelard’s  Poetics of Space and of Reverie. The book works were accompanied by a counterpart 20 minute film.

Collaborative exhibitions 2011
During 2011 in collaboration Guy Begbie and Lawrence Upton have exhibited their book art works and related artifacts at:
Visual Research Centre, Dundee Contemporary Arts, UK
SUNY, Buffalo, New York, USA
Scottish Poetry Library, Edinburgh, UK
Moray Art Centre, UK
University of the West of England, The School of Creative Arts, Bristol