John Everett and the art of ‘dazzle’ camouflage

I'm quite keen on 'Dazzle' design, so imagine my delight to discover someone else, who was designing these camouflage patterns: John Everett https://www.rmg.co.uk/discover/explore/john-everett-and-art-dazzle-camouflage Particularly like The Grain Stores And I really like his seascape!! Think an exploration is called for!!

Look to the Light

https://www.nga.gov/blog/look-to-the-light.html.html Into Bondage, Aaron Douglas, NGA, Washington This blog post from National Gallery of Art is an excellent read about an incredibly powerful mural painting by Aaron Douglas. I shared The Art Story's article about his painting, Aspiration a few years ago, after seeing it in America After the Fall. Aspiration by Aaron Douglas This … Continue reading Look to the Light

Barnard Castle – popular lockdown destination for artists…regular and con

Apollo magazine beat me to this, Barnard Castle in art: https://www.apollo-magazine.com/barnard-castle-bowes-museum-sight/?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=APWH%20%2020200529%20%20AL&utm_content=APWH%20%2020200529%20%20AL+CID_7ff80b98b6d4cdb5791faa295326531c&utm_source=CampaignMonitor_Apollo&utm_term=A%20sight%20for%20sore%20eyes

Closer to Vermeer and the Girl

https://www.mauritshuis.nl/en/explore/restoration-and-research/girl-in-the-spotlight/ A fascinating insight into one of the most famous works of art: Vermeer's Girl with the Pearl Earring. The painting has been carefully examined, and a number of key questions formed the basis of this work, namely: How did Vermeer create this wonderful painting? What lies beneath the visible composition? What kind of pigments … Continue reading Closer to Vermeer and the Girl

Looking Back to the 1930s: Maurice Kish’s Job Hunters

It's winter; the crystal white snow that fell last night has already been trampled into the street, turning it a muddy brown with every heavy footstep. Men appear to be on their way to work, in twos, threes, solo employees, wrapped up against the cold.  One man carries a red bucket, filled to the brim … Continue reading Looking Back to the 1930s: Maurice Kish’s Job Hunters

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

Entrapment and escape in the works of Leonora Carrington

When we consider ‘escape’ as a concept, the definition that it is to “break free from confinement or control” is usually associated with the desire to leave a situation; to move into a world more suited to our needs or our personality.  Art and literature are full of examples of “escape” and all begin with … Continue reading Entrapment and escape in the works of Leonora Carrington

Goya’s Black Paintings: ‘Some people can hardly even look at them’ | Art and design | The Guardian

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/jan/30/goya-black-paintings-prado-madrid-bicentennial-exhibition These were my biggest surprise when I went to the Prado. Like the writer, I sat in front of Drowning Dog and was quite emotional. Great piece! And I keep coming back to The Drowning Dog, which is funny only in the sense that it makes me cry in public. What long-dead pet served … Continue reading Goya’s Black Paintings: ‘Some people can hardly even look at them’ | Art and design | The Guardian