Surprise in store at the Walker

The Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool is one of my favourite places to visit.  Countless gems in there and I was under the impression that I had explored it all.  Yesterday, I found I was wrong - Rooms 1 and 2 were unknown to me, so with a skip in my step, off I went … Continue reading Surprise in store at the Walker

Rennie Mackintosh at the Walker

It's taken three attempts to come and see this exhibition. Thank goodness I am a Museum of Liverpool member, as this could have been costly!! The name Cameron Rennie Mackintosh is synonymous with the Art Nouveau movement, and today items based on his designs can be seen in many a souvenir shop nestled in National … Continue reading Rennie Mackintosh at the Walker

Poster design- Art Nouveau to Art Deco

In my art history course, I was asked to compare posters from the art nouveau and art deco movements This was the result. In contrast to the prudery and hypocrisy of the Victorians towards the female form, Art Nouveau celebrated the body in its use of curvilinear forms, loose flowing hair and diaphanous clothing. Little … Continue reading Poster design- Art Nouveau to Art Deco

Only Tears

When things just get too much; people and things grinding you down, having a good cry is a cathartic release of all that emotion. Am currently reading a book called 'Pictures and Tears' by James Elkins and he explores the way in which art can move you to tears for all sorts of reasons.  Having … Continue reading Only Tears

Matthias Stom-Making the Darkness Conscious

One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious. The quotation from Carl Jung seems apt when discussing the work of this seventeenth century artist, for Matthias Stom is one of the masters of using chiaroscuro to reveal what would usually be hidden. The term, chiaroscuro is defined … Continue reading Matthias Stom-Making the Darkness Conscious

Fireman Artist: The War Art of Wilfred Stanley Haines

I love our arty community. Hardly a day goes by when I am not hit by another amazing piece of art, or artist I have not heard of before thanks to one of the group. Monday saw another corker and it is this gentleman: Wilfred Stanley Haines: Haines was born in 1905 in Surrey, to … Continue reading Fireman Artist: The War Art of Wilfred Stanley Haines