Idly wandering round the art review pages of newspapers sometimes reaps dividends as have just come across this review for an exhibition of Prunella Clough: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/art/art-reviews/11576537/Prunella-Clough-Osborne-Samuel-review-.html
Have not heard of her before and am wondering why not, as this lead photograph from the exhibition has caught my fancy due to its warm tones contrasting with the desolate landscape. Who wouldn’t want to wander around this scene?
…And this delightfully titled ‘Man Painting a Funnel’ puts me in mind of one of my favourite paintings by Elsie Driggs:
Watch this space as I go away and do my customary research!
As with literature, we often find ourselves admiring the dead white males, but what about the women in art?
Elsie B Driggs has become one of my favourite artists.
Roaming around the Witney Museum of American Art website, I stumbled across Elsie while reading about the American Precisionists. This image of Pittsburgh steel mills was stunning. Being keen on our industrial heritage and its impact, this simplification of an industrial scene was quite beautiful.
This article in the Independent explains why this is such a great work.
When discussing her works based on the steel mills and factories that she grew up with, Elsie said “You looked directly …into these big forms, and I kept finding them beautiful and wondering why. I told myself I wasn’t supposed to find a factory beautiful, but I did.”
There is something unbelievably calming about this image and it has made me look at our industrial landscape in a completely different way.