Firstly, I should point out that this is not about the Scottish artist, Frances MacDonald. Our Frances was born in Wallasey in 1914. As a newly qualified art student, Frances found herself recruited to the War Artists Advisory Committee (WAAC) and while they did recruit female artists, they were often expected to portray the domestic … Continue reading Let’s hear it for the girls 13: Frances MacDonald
At the end of this interactive, immersive exhibition, we are asked to consider the question posed by its title and vote on a scale of how in danger of 'forgetting' the First World War we are. The title is normally to be found on war memorials all over the world. Originally used by Rudyard Kipling … Continue reading Lest we forget? IWM North
Went to Compton Verney to see this exhibition today. I'm not the biggest fan of watercolours but there were some interesting works here from Ravilious and his friends and contemporaries. The design parts did nothing for me, but when you have a Nash landscape in front of you, you have to pay attention! Here are … Continue reading Ravilious & Co:The Pattern of Friendship
Not the feathered type either, but the industrial kind. Coming from the Midlands, our industrial heritage has always been a fascination. I was born not far from where James Watt had his factory and my family research has uncovered just how many of my ancestors worked in the industries of Birmingham and the Black Country. … Continue reading Cranes …yes, cranes
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
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2016/oct/25/paul-nash-review-pain-wonder-menace-tate-britain-london Saw this today and ...wow! Just wow!
My love of war art knows no bounds and Paul Nash is an absolute favourite. His 1942 Totes Meer is the graveyard of war aircraft and is a wonderfully cold sea of twisted metal; a metaphor for the mangled bodies of the war. Last week, I was reading something about Caspar David Friedrich, the German, … Continue reading Paul Nash Mash Up
My love of war art and Vorticist collided yesterday at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park in a piece by Phillip King called Shogun. Although King said that he was inspired by a ball bearing he saw on the side of the road, what I could see in this sculpture of wood and metal was a merging … Continue reading Paul Nash Mash-up
The past couple of weeks has seen a growing interest in Paul Nash's work on my part. I was delighted to discover today that Tate Britain will be holding an extensive retrospective of his work late next year. I've just finished a really good exploration of both Nash brothers by Paul Gough: Brothers in Arms … Continue reading Paul Nash -Totes Meer
In addition to the exhibitions, I'm also looking to visit smaller galleries in search of a certain number of artists I am interested in: Christopher Nevinson, David Bomberg, Paul Nash and Stanley Spencer.Leamington Spa Gallery was my first attempt - they have a Spencer and a Nevinson in their collection. It would be easy to call them … Continue reading Some you win, some you lose
Some thoughts on Nash's fantastic work.
Took a trip down the M5 to Bristol and spent an enjoyable time at this exhibition. As I have nothing better to do with my time, I wrote about some of the more interesting pieces. Enjoy! Reality Questioned - From Bomberg to Madani Oh yes, and if anyone is in the Bristol area - visit … Continue reading Reality Questioned at Bristol Museum and Art Gallery