A long time personal favourite from the Pop Art world, Roy Lichtenstein, is being celebrated with the first ‘full scale retrospective’ of his work at The Tate Modern, London. It brings together 125 of his works, celebrating this striking, often monumental work created by such a quiet and unassuming man.
Benday dots, stripes, flat colour palate and bold linear design all contribute to his rye and witty canvases and sculptures. His break from the tortured world of the Abstract Expressionists and the intellectual weight that movement carried cannot be under estimated. Continue reading Lichtenstein @ Tate Modern
I’m starting to build up a new Photography section and have started with cityscapes of London.
Had the most glorious, crisp evening walking down from Trafalgar Square down to Waterloo Bridge. The Forth Plinth was playing resident to a piece called ‘Powerless Structures Fig. 101’ by Elmgreen and Dragset. Cast in bronze it mirrors the more traditional statues but as its subject is a young boy playing on his rocking horse, the gallantry depicted here is of a potential one in the future, not of past conquests. The warm colour as the sun was setting and the sky’s violet made a fabulous contrast. Continue reading Sharp Art Photography
I went to see Creative Cow’s production of Sheridan’s The Rivals at the Pomegranate Theatre in Chesterfield and loved it as did the rest of the audience. My parents went to see it at Buxton Opera House, where it received a standing ovation. Every review I’ve seen of it has been extremely favourable and so I’m linking to a few of them here. I would encourage you to take a look at Creative Cow’s web site and book your self a seat for one of their remaining shows. Continue reading Creative Cow’s The Rivals – 5 star reviews
Been a long time in posting this as it was completed in February. Nevertheless, this is the film of my painting a portrait of my Mum.
Acrylic on canvas, measures 80cm x 100cm.
Crosby Beach, 11.30 ish? Sunday 20th May – beautiful. Quiet, warm, very gentle breeze. Just had to take my shoes off and walk along the water’s edge. Often call by to see how the Iron Men are doing (Antony Gormley’s Another Place) and it’s generally more interesting with strong clouds and weather. Today, however, was bright and hazy. Couldn’t see Wales at all. But lovely. A wonderful opportunity for some photography. Here are some shots.
When looking back at this photograph of my feet, I liked the play with light – is it coming from the right or left?
I liked the more abstract elements in the picture with the steps- strong diagonals contrasted with the softer, more flowing tones of the waves.
This image reminded me of Lowry and his silhouetted figures. Each figure seems to be in an isolated state. I loved the little boy pondering the water moving around him – it’s so calm you can’t even call them waves.
I wasn’t looking to focus on the Iron Men, but you can just see some of them emerging from the water in the distance.
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Recently found this fabulous selection of images of the Argentinian Eduardo Relero’s 3D street art. He has painted in various cities around the world. But most of these have all been shot in Spain. Continue reading Dizzying effects of 3D Street Artist Eduardo Relero
I have recently read this article on one of the most unfortunate of artists, Vincent van Gogh. What a catastrophe his life was; suspected tinnitus that drove him to sever his ear, lack of recognition and poverty during his life, and now it is proposed that his view of the pallet that he worked with was not that of people with normal colour vision. Continue reading Was van Gogh Colour-blind?
Did you ever see that sketch by the Two Ronnies? Very funny.
And recently, a friend of mine pointed out a t-shirt you could buy online of the same name. I thought, surely I could design something similar.
So I did. Continue reading Four Candles
Just wished to pay my respects to an immense innovator and visionary.
I found this article on the man who most influenced him very revealing:
The Man Who Inspired Jobs – being Edwin H. Land – creator of Polaroid, and this quote a breath of fresh air:
“Market research is what you do when your product isn’t any good.” And his sense of innovation: “Every significant invention,” Land once said, “must be startling, unexpected, and must come into a world that is not prepared for it. If the world were prepared for it, it would not be much of an invention.” Thirty years later, when a reporter asked Jobs how much market research Apple had done before introducing the iPad, he responded, “None. It isn’t the consumers’ job to know what they want.”