BICKNELL, Leslie Tony

1963 - ?

Born at Coventry, Warwickshire on 4 March 1963, son of Tony Bicknell and his wife Pauline née Burton, who married at Coventry in 1961. Educated at Binley Park Comprehensive and at Lanchester Polytechnic, Coventry followed by an honours 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 a solo show at London College of Printing 1986; National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh 2000; Focal Point Gallery, Southend 2000; Scunthorpe Museum & Art Gallery 1991; IP Gallery, Colchester 2003; The Cut Arts Centre, Halesworth 2005; 1 Town Hall Gallery, Ipswich, also showing at the Bodleian Library, the Barbican, Arnolfini, V & A (1990), the Tate Gallery, the London Institute, Crafts Council and National Touring Exhibitions, and abroad in Germany, Holland, and New York and elsewhare. In East Anglia, where he lives and works, Bicknell has displayed his work in public art galleries, a youth club, an antenatal clinic, a National Trust house, plus a shop window. In 2000 Bicknell, in collaboration with sculptor Laurence Edwards and with local 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 lived at Eva's Place, Sibton Green, Saxmundham, Suffolk.