The Park’s visitor centre and Upper Space gallery are decorated with Hearld’s hand-painted wooden animals; three-dimensional, hand-decorated ceramic hares; collages in hand-painted frames, lino-cuts, and limited edition litho prints. A flock of hand-decorated wooden pigeons hang in the concourse and found objects chosen by the artist feature in a characteristically eccentric window display.
Hearld works closely with skilled craftsmen to realise his ideas, using Curwen Studio in Cambridge to make litho prints and Daniel Bugg at Penfold Press, Selby to produce linocuts. For this latest project, Hearld has established a new relationship with a Stoke-based mould maker to produce a range of limited edition ceramic hares, exclusive to YSP.
Hearld has also designed and produced a limited edition litho print entitled Autumn Fox, alongside other exclusive merchandise including a silk twill scarf, cotton canvas bag and creamware mug.
Born in 1974 and based in York, Hearld studied illustration at Glasgow College of Art before completing an MA in natural history illustration at the Royal College of Art. His work is now exhibited all over the UK and commissions include set design for 2005 film Nanny McPhee and a range of ceramics for Tate. The exhibition coincides with the publication of a first monographic book, published by Merrell, and the launch of Hearld’s first hand-printed wallpaper for St Jude’s, which has been shortlisted in the Elle Decoration British Design Awards 2012.