Cartoons Exhibition: at the Oxymoron Museum with John Atkinson

Always one to darken the door of an art exhibition, and having curated two myself, this diagram, spotted on Twitter this morning, made me laugh.  Delightful.

Plan of Oxymoron Museum

categories of display at the Oxymoron Museum

John Atkinson, drawer of this cartoon, has his work exhibited in Time Magazine.  There’s a reason: it’s clever, perceptive and give you a smile or roar with laughter.  (Which, after all, is what we want from a cartoon).

You can follow John’s work at his website Wrong Hands.

Here are a few more gems:



All about sky

I am intrigued by this painting of urban landscape but skewed to feature the sky:


“Berliner Himmel” by Helge Windisch  at

Frustratingly, this oil painting is not for sale.  There are works also on urban landscape and sky by the same artist – for sale at Saatchi art –  but none so mysterious as this.  I suspect that the artist has realized that this is a key painting in her development and is holding onto it.

As I look at the picture from top to bottom, the tall building seems to transform into a door with impenetrable dark panels.  All the texture and movement is in the sky, which pools and dredges and pulls the eye.

As far as I know, “himmel” is German for both sky and heaven, so I wonder if this has a spiritual interpretation.  It certainly intrigues and points heavenwards.  It would be particularly interesting to view if it was fixed high up on a wall.

Beauty in train stations

One minute to view 10 beautiful train stations in the world, pieced together by Curbed website.

Good design.  Art and life.


One of the stations, Central Station, New York, was used for a very expressive scene in the film “Fisher King” where two awkward characters almost meet – and the magic of the way one character feels about the other is conveyed by a transformative scene in the station.

Screen Printing local landmarks

Flax Fox (Danielle Morgan) lives in Northern Ireland and makes great drawings screenprinted of local Belfast buildings.  Here, she talks about the joy of getting into screen printing.

A whole range of her work is available to buy in linen tea cloths, prints, mugs, cushions etc over at her website:

e.g. FFD-Cranes-Cushion-Cover-Main-100_medium.jpgthe very famous Belfast landmarks of the shipbuilding cranes.

Space of Silence – architecture


Modern minimalist architecture (John Pawson) meets Bohemian restoration architecture in the establishment of a new Trappist community.

The new build complements the old one – everywhere there is simplicity, a creamy whiteness with a few touches of wood and stone.

(The entire documentary lasts 26 minutes, but you can watch substantially less and get a sense of the materials and specifics of the building.  If you have half an hour free to watch a TV programme anyhow, this is a restful, thoughtful programme).

Then the pageantry of the dedication ceremony. John Pawson has instituted a tiny courtyard for visitors before entering the church – it is open only to the sky.

B&W photos of New England

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If beautiful, simple, black and white images of old spaces, studies of light and shade and tranquillity are what you like – try this book of photos by Paul Wainwright.  And do read his website which is entertaining, personal and flavoursome.

New England meeting houses.  Photographed in black and white, using a large format camera.  The website has an interview with the photographer  – lots of stuff about mechanics of photography (without getting too technical), but slide down about halfway and catch the photos from his book:

“A Space for Faith”, I think you’ll like.

Oh – and his article closes with his personal advice/comment:

Live well, laugh often, love much. Do what you enjoy, and you will enjoy what you do. And remember: age improves with wine.