The Art of Decay

A really interesting article on decay in art.  Having seen Ruin Lust at Tate Britain two years ago, this article resonated with me.

George Jardine: Another World

1977 was a momentous year for me. Up till then I had been reading Enid Blyton and listening to the latest boy band to have their own prime time children's TV spot. But in '77 two items made their way into my hand and into my consciousness: Alice in Wonderland and Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts … Continue reading George Jardine: Another World

Pre-Raphaelites: Beauty and Rebellion

When it came out that the Walker were putting on a Pre-Raphaelite exhibition, I was a tad excited: what's not to like here!  It was tantalising to wonder whether there would be anything that would grab my attention as I've been to a few of these over the years. I really liked the idea of … Continue reading Pre-Raphaelites: Beauty and Rebellion

Josef Albers

I went to the Barber Institute today as a treat from doing my marking!  They have a small exhibition on called 'Chance, Order, Change' with 11 pieces from 1939-89. Amongst the 11 there were three that stood out for me, all by Josef Albers. The name was not familiar as such, but the works … Continue reading Josef Albers

Beata Beatrix

I have avoided writing too much on the Pre Raphaelites as 1. I am a complete bore about this subject and 2. there are much better blogs than mine out there on the subject but as I am off to Liverpool for their PreRaphaelites: Beauty and Rebellion, I couldn't resist adding my favourite Rossetti oil painting to … Continue reading Beata Beatrix

The Garden Of Earthly Delights – Interactive

A link to this wonderful site appeared on my timeline today and it is possibly the most exquisite thing on the internet! Spend hours roaming around Bosch's Garden of Earthly Delights!  

Where do we go next?

I've so enjoyed musing on the things I have seen, discovered, heard and explored over the past year or so, but the time has come to do something practical with all this knowledge. So, I've just started an online diploma in Art History with The Art Institute :-O I know what you're thinking? IS SHE … Continue reading Where do we go next?

Walter Sickert

During my Art journey, Walter Sickert has been an ever-present. As someone I knew about as being a suspect in the Jack the Ripper murders - thanks Patricia Cornwall- I hadn't taken too much notice of the late Victorian painter. But, in every other artist from that period, Sickert was an influence. At the Courtauld … Continue reading Walter Sickert

Renaissance Man

I'm studying the Renaissance in a little more detail at the moment and went to the Renaissance room at the Courtauld Gallery yesterday. There is something about this portrait that draws you in and the inscription: 'I hate things that bite' gives it a mystery that is quite intriguing.  The detail on the back is … Continue reading Renaissance Man