1963 - ?

Les Bicknell

Leslie Tony Bicknell was born at Coventry, Warwickshire on 4 March 1963, son of Tony Bicknell (born 1934) and his wife Pauline née Burton (born 1936), who married at St Mary Magdalene Church, Wyken, Coventry on 18 March 1961. Les was educated at Binley Park Comprehensive and at Lanchester Polytechnic, Coventry followed by an honour's degree in graphic design at the London College of Printing 1982-1985. Les was a part-time teacher at Lincolnshire College of Art and Humberside Art College but is best known as one of the country's leading book artists and the related activities of papermaking, printing, typography, folding, binding, and rubberstamping and for creating 'The Queen’s Suffolk Book', a one-off bookwork and web site for Suffolk County Council in celebration of the Queen’s jubilee visit to Suffolk. Bicknell had solo shows at London College of Printing; at the National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh; Focal Point Gallery, Southend; Scunthorpe Museum & Art Gallery; MP Gallery, Colchester; The Cut Halesworth and Ipswich Town Hall Gallery. He exhibited at the Royal Academy also showing at the Bodleian Library, the Barbican, Arnolfini Gallery, V & A, the Tate Gallery, the London Institute, Crafts Council and National Touring Exhibitions, and abroad in Germany, Holland, and New York and elsewhere. In 2000 Bicknell, in collaboration with sculptor Laurence Thomas Edwards and with residents, was commissioned to make work for the Louth Art Trail to celebrate the fact that the Lincolnshire town finds itself positioned on the Meridian Line. He was also lead artist on the Marriott's Way section of the National Cycle Network in Norfolk, for part of which he designed a large footbridge in Norwich. He married in the Waveney district of Suffolk in 1993, Jayne K. Knight and they had two sons and they lived at Eva's Place, Sibton Green, Saxmundham, Suffolk.

Royal Academy Exhibits
from Eva's Place, Sibton Green, Saxmundham, Suffolk
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