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Chicago Art Institute Exhibition

Everyone’s Art Gallery:  Posters of the London Underground 25th May – 5th September 2019 In 1919, 39 posters came to the Art Institute of Chicago, courtesy of the Underground Electric Railways London.   The posters, full of brilliant colors and innovative … Continue reading

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The Craft of Stained Glass

Paine wrote this article but I do not know where or when it was published. The Craft of Stained Glass by Charles Paine             Stained glass is more usually associated with ecclesiastical architecture than with domestic architecture.             The field … Continue reading

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‘Penguins Calling’

London Zoo features on more Underground posters than any other subject and Paine’s Zoo poster (1921) is one of the most popular. In 2013 the penguins poster inspired the making of an animation film Penguins Calling directed by Anastasia Psaltou … Continue reading

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LETTERS Douglas Strachan

Paine probably made the acquaintance of Dr. Douglas Strachan (1875-1950) at Edinburgh College of Art where he  was appointed Director of Design in 1908.    Strachan  is  widely considered  to  have  been   ‘the most significant and prolific stained glass artist’ (Gazetteer … Continue reading

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LETTERS Teuila

Following his return to England from California in 1930 Paine corresponded with Teuila.   17 of her letters, written between November 1936 and October 1948, are held by the National Library of Scotland.    Some letters are undated as to the … Continue reading

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Paine’s Pets

Whenever circumstances permitted Paine kept a dog. Paine with Jenny at 43 Longcroft Lane, Welwyn. ‘This is Jenny my true friend.   Sometimes we sits and thinks.   Sometimes we just sits.’ Jenny’s studio portrait. Paine with Lisa at La Guerdainerie Cottage, … Continue reading

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Demo shapes

Paine painted these shapes for use as teaching aids.

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