previous exhibitions at 'The Alex'

Jim Pepper: 'Romanesque Cravings in Colour'

Throughout Britain and northern Europe there are numerous splendid Romanesque sculptures, mostly from the twelfth century – although some are older. Although now bare stone they would have originally been brightly, even garishly, painted.

Since the mid-1990s Jim Pepper has been imaging how some of these carvings might have originally appeared, using a variety of media and techniques. They were exhibited at The Alex for the first time in 2019.

Romanesque font, Thorpe Arnold, Leicestershire

Romanesque font, Luppitt, Devon

Romanesque font, Luppitt, Devon

Romanesque font, Belton, Lincolnshire

Romanesque font, Burnham Deepdale, Norfolk

Romanesque font, Shernborne, Norfolk

Romanesque tympanum, Stoney Stanton, Leicestershire

Romanesque tympanum, Stoney Stanton, Leicestershire

Romanesque tympanum, Hognaston, Derbyshire

Romanesque tympanum, Parwich, Derbyshire

Romanesque tympanum, Little Casterton, Rutland

Romanesque capital, Morcott, Rutland

In collaboration with Heart of Albion a 'tie-in' PDF was published as a free-to-download PDF: Medieval Cravings in Colour

See also Lionel Wall's Norman fonts


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