During the week, I watched a little of BBC4's The Story of Welsh Art and was struck by the artwork of someone new to me: James Dickson Innes. This post was going to be a small history of this Welsh artist whose love of the landscape was detailed in a fantastic, impressionist style. However, news … Continue reading “A Romantic Adventure” – James Dickson Innes
Twitter has become an excellent source of finding art and artists I haven't come across before. Thanks to Grim Art, I was introduced to Nan Youngman, and a little research brought this bottle kiln beauty into my list of 'wants'. Kiln at Stoke 1953 The deep colour of the factory walls as they curve along … Continue reading Let’s Hear it for the Girls 12: Nan Youngman
https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10158612491310337&id=674815336&sfnsn=scwshmo&extid=vIHEspTpmtvR8Czi Another virtual viewing, this time from a Facebook account I follow- Steven Ellcock. This account is incredibly varied and full of detail about the artists. Saw Vallotton at the Royal Academy in August last year and his use of colour, while startling at tìmes, is exquisite. These paintings, especially these two, are gorgeous!!
Thanks to this little hashtag, I came across the delightfully melancholic art of Lee Madgwick: Simply glorious! Definitely can see a little Magritte reference here and a touch of Hopper there!! CHECK OUT MORE WORK AT https://leemadgwick.co.uk/ Or, on Twitter @LeeMadgwick
Time to resume the series on female artists. This one is from Victoria, British Columbia and her incredible forest scenes. Emily Carr 1871-1945 Biographical details are nicely summarised on the Vancouver Art Gallery website with the online collection. https://www.vanartgallery.bc.ca/collection_and_research/emily_carr.html If you like these, you may like Lawren Harris, who was a friend and mentor to … Continue reading Let’s Hear it for the Girls 10:Emily Carr
“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
When I was at uni did a module on plays by Ibsen and August Strindberg and although I liked and understood Ibsen’s work, I did find myself more drawn to Strindberg, especially, the play, Miss Julie. This morning, while sleepless and scrolling I came across this painting by Strindberg called Packis i stranden, which translates … Continue reading August Strindberg paints!
Twitter is useful for finding artworks and artists that I have not come across before...and it strikes again with Franz Sedlacek. Biog details first: Born in 1891 in Breslau and moved to Linz when he was 6. Sedlacek was already showing a talent for drawing, especially characters and after graduating he moved to Vienna whete … Continue reading Franz Sedlacek and Magic Realism
Came across these landscapes by Valerius de Saedeleer, a Belgian landscape painter, whose works are informed by a symbolist and mystic-religious sensitivity and the traditions of 16th-century Flemish landscape painting. (As noted in wikipedia) Certainly, I am reminded of Breughal's Hunters in the Snow when looking at these and those skies are really brooding. Perfect … Continue reading Valerius de Saedeleer
Femme nue tenant une coupe, 1910 My love for Leon Spilliaert keeps growing and this painting reminded me of one of my favourite passages from Virginia Woolf's The Waves: Alone, I often fall down into nothingness. I must push my foot stealthily lest I should fall off the edge of the world into nothingness. I … Continue reading Leon Spilliaert and the Beauty of Nothingness
A while ago I came across a crazy painting by Lyonel Feininger but promptly forgot about him until this appeared: I was going to do my customary research into this interesting man, but came across a far better piece of writing and more works than you can shake a paintbrush at!! Enjoy the fragmented world … Continue reading Lyonel Feininger
Having spent my childhood gazing at Constable's Flatford Mill on our living room wall, I had an antipathy towards Constable, this most English of English landscape painters. To me, his images were too simple, too real or just too boring. However, this is clearly not the case. With the Academies laying down the rules as … Continue reading Those most English of English Painters
During my travels I have come to love Paul Nash as his work was so varied and always interesting whether it is about the embodying of humanity in nature; the destruction of war on the land and soul or a surrealist viewpoint of the landscape. The news that there would be a retrospective this year … Continue reading Paul Nash at the Tate
Rovereto, Trento, Italy: a Tuesday and one of the best exhibitions my journeys have taken me to! 40mins from Verona, Rovereto is a picturesque town that clearly loves its art and culture. The Museo d'Arte dear Rovereto-Trentino was a surprise in itself: This review of the exhibition describes it much better than I can, so … Continue reading Painters of Light – Italian Journey
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2016/jul/01/georgia-okeeffe-tate-modern-exhibition-wild-beauty Thought I'd share this article on O'Keeffe - can't wait to see this exhibition!!