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
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
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
Another excellent article about Leonora! https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-leonora-carrington-brought-wild-feminist-intensity-surrealist-painting
My day started incredibly well. Caught the early train to Paris ...yes this was a day trip for one reason and one reason only: There was a museum with a Vilhelm Hammershøi exhibition on and I wanted to be there! The posts tagged 'Vilhelm Hammershøi; might explain why! It ended with a terrible return journey … Continue reading Hammershøi: Master of Danish Painting
https://artuk.org/discover/stories/looking-for-solace-c-r-w-nevinson-and-futurism Excellent piece from Art UK on the exceptional Mr Nevinson!
First thing I need to say - the oil painting of The Scream IS NOT AT THE BRITISH MUSEUM! I thought it was pretty obvious from the advertising but there was one rather disgruntled visitor when I was there on Tuesday! The subtitle of this exhibition: Love and Angst, is a little too simplistic when … Continue reading Edvard Munch at the British Museum
If you are going to talk about female surrealist painters who hail from these shores, two spring to mind: Eileen Agar and Leonora Carrington, who I have just a little bit of a crush on going by the number of posts about her! But now, I have found a third name to add to the … Continue reading A British female Surrealist? And it’s not Eileen Agar or Leonora Carrington!
Thanks to Twitter, I picked up on a rather striking surrealist painting by an artist I had not come across before: John Pemberton. This is an excellent composition and has so much going for it, from the sinuousy curves of the pier reflected in the tightly clad bodies of the mysterious veiled figures and the … Continue reading John Pemberton – Mystery Surrealist
I love serendipity! Planned a trip to Southampton for this week, and then was introduced to George Shaw, an artist I had not heard of before. Off I go to do some research and discover that there is an exhibition on in Bath! With a two hour detour pencilled in, I made my way to … Continue reading George Shaw: A Corner of a Foreign Field
In preparation for next week: The Guardian Edvard Munch: Love and Angst review – shattering despair for all to see The Guardian Edvard Munch: Love and Angst review – 'ripples of trauma hit you like a bomb' The Standard Ecard Munch: Sensitive and believable images pack a punch The Arts Desk Edvard Munch: Love and … Continue reading Edvard Munch:Love and Angst reviews
With an exciting exhibition opening at the British Museum and the fact that a year ago I was in Oslo exploring Munch, it seems to be the right time to share the essay I was inspired to write after an intense conversation about Munch's portrayal of women in his paintings. Much has been written … Continue reading Love and Angst: The Psychological Roots of Edvard Munch’s Images of Women
“In answer to the question as to why I paint in the way I do, employing mostly a hard formalism with an emphasis on geometrical shapes and sombre-toned colours, I would say that in this way I am best able to interpret the particular character of the situation.” Thanks to a good and knowledgeable … Continue reading Maurice Wade: Painter of light and shade
If I'm honest, all I really knew of Jeff Koons was through phrases you would put into Google to find out who this artist is in the canon of pop culture: Married to Cicciolina, inflatables, kitsch, To find the Ashmolean putting on an exhibition was a bit weird, but boredom trumped curiosity today, and I … Continue reading Jeff Koons at The Ashmolean
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/mar/24/edvard-munch-radical-master-of-misery-and-menace-karl-ove-knausgaard--british-museum This is an excellent read. It has me thinking about the trip last year to Oslo- one of my favourites so far!