Can we ever be tired of Leonora Carrington?

The answer to this is "Of course not! Are you mad?" The Paris Review had this article to share and it has a lovely sense of Leonora's own writing style about it.  The images are fabulous as well. Eggs and Horses and Dreams Sadly, this is in New York only until the end of the … Continue reading Can we ever be tired of Leonora Carrington?

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A British female Surrealist? And it’s not Eileen Agar or Leonora Carrington!

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!

John Pemberton – Mystery Surrealist

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

The blurry world of Dorothea Tanning

March struck and I was determined to do a little bit of travelling after Paris in January and New York last month, so London seemed an obvious decision with the temptation of a little surrealism with Dorothea Tanning. Being a girl, like to look my best but managed to stick my mascara brush in my … Continue reading The blurry world of Dorothea Tanning

Why Magritte Was Fascinated with Bowler Hats

https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-magritte-fascinated-bowler-hats This article has made me realise I have never written about Magritte, despite having one of his works in my local gallery; seeing him as part of a surrealist show in Edinburgh; finding a wonderful work in Peggy Guggenheim's place in Venice; an exhibition in the Pompidou centre and finaĺly, an afternoon in Musee … Continue reading Why Magritte Was Fascinated with Bowler Hats

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark Share Mind-Boggling New Video | News | Clash Magazine

https://www.clashmusic.com/news/orchestral-manoeuvres-in-the-dark-share-mind-boggling-new-video Anyone reading this blog will know that I am a little bit in love with Leonora Carrington and her painting and writings. Chloe Aridjis, author and curator, turned her hand to a docudrama entitled FemaleHumanAnimal, in reference to the anthropomorphic, mythical creatures that populate her paintings and fill her stories. The end titles has … Continue reading Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark Share Mind-Boggling New Video | News | Clash Magazine

Why taking it slow in an art gallery could change your life | Art and design | The Guardian

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/shortcuts/2018/jul/24/why-taking-it-slow-in-an-art-gallery-could-change-your-life This is a really interesting read as I went to Hepworth Wakefield today for Lee Miller and Surrealism in Britain and did just that: slowly looked. I was thrilled to discover my girl crush, Leonora Carrington there with 'Pastoral' from 1950 and I just looked. In dappled sunlight, the stream flowed, the reeds and … Continue reading Why taking it slow in an art gallery could change your life | Art and design | The Guardian

Remedios Varo – Dolor (Pain) 1948

I love Remedios Varo's work, a Mexican surrealist who was close friends with my favourite female artist, Leonora Carrington. I also love the fact that sometimes a painting doesn't just speak to you, it screams meaning at you. Today, this beautiful work says everything. Sadly, it is in a private collection, but how wonderful would … Continue reading Remedios Varo – Dolor (Pain) 1948

Surreal it is, surreal it ain’t

I have just finished the book, ‘Surreal Lovers: Eight Women Integral to the Life of Max Ernst’ by Margaret Hooks and discovered that the man was somewhat detestable when it came to the women in his life!  The book is an excellent read and I really recommend it!!   Knowing about the lives of the artists … Continue reading Surreal it is, surreal it ain’t

Dali/Duchamp at The Royal Academy

Thought this might be interesting and it was. Interesting in that I really am having difficulty in seeing Dali as the surrealist genius that is talked about. I came away from this exhibition having learnt more about Duchamp and liking his sense of humour but perplexed about Dali- he tries too hard and his imagery … Continue reading Dali/Duchamp at The Royal Academy

Surrealism – a little background

Two forms of using the unconscious to create art became the bedrock of surrealism: Automatism and Oneiric, or dream-like. Surrealism began with the automatic and the likes of Max Ernst, Andre Masson and Joan Miro all used collage, frottage and grattage as ways of creating patterns and forms turned into something unworldly. Ernst explored the … Continue reading Surrealism – a little background

Paul Nash at the Tate

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

A Danish Surrealist

I was in Paris this week - I love saying that!! - and this particular work struck a chord at the Centre Pompidou: The Nun's Prayer by Wilhelm Freddie. I thought at first that it was a Dali I hadn't seen before, so was interested in this new artist and the fact that Denmark had … Continue reading A Danish Surrealist

Surreal Encounters at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

Spent a day at the two parts of the National Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh.  Gallery Two wasn't to my liking but the permanent collection over in Gallery One is superb and I'm bound to have a post about that soon.  However, this trip had been made to go and see this exhibition which … Continue reading Surreal Encounters at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art