start small – Gerhard Richter

Gerhard Richter works across a wide variety of textures and formats: painting over photographs, painting from photographs but blurring, mirrors, versions of a major Titian painting…… where do you even begin? On what basis do you choose your format? I choose depending on the way I feel; randomly, in other words. When I haven’t done anything for a long time, I always start small, on paper. … Continue reading start small – Gerhard Richter

David Bomberg (1890-1957) current Exhibition

David Bomberg currently has an exhibition at Pallant House, Chichester until 4 February 2018.  It then reopens at Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle-upon-Tyne  (17 February -27 May) before going on to the Ben Uri Gallery and Museum, London NW8 in the summer of 2018.  Bomberg drew and painted in a variety of styles throughout his life: It’s difficult to believe that these pictures were all made … Continue reading David Bomberg (1890-1957) current Exhibition

John Singer Sargent – painter

New exhibitions opens 24th June at Dulwich gallery to celebrate the work of John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) – who is famous as a portrait painter.  Here, his watercolour pictures are shown – and they are also fabulous, with a great sense of light. There’s an article on this exhibition by the co-creator (and Sargent’s great nephew) Richard Ormond on the gallery’s website – and he features in this … Continue reading John Singer Sargent – painter

Howard Hodgkin (1932-2017) – painter

Words – the English disease Howard Hodgkin disliked talking about his art.  A very rare documentary of him was made by Alan Yentob in the “Imagine” documentary series.  As you can see from this still, Hodgkin worked with broad brush strokes: The documentary is viewable in UK via BBC i-player for the next fortnight (16 days).  Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see the painter and … Continue reading Howard Hodgkin (1932-2017) – painter

Australian painter: Grace Cossington Smith (1892-1984)

I had never heard of this woman painter before – despite having a copy of the excellent “Women Artists” by Nancy Heller – which is a great starting-place for finding out about many unsung women artists. In Australia, apparently, there are examples of her work in most major art galleries. However, the Antipodean world will hear more about her in a 2016/7 touring exhibition: O’Keeffe, Preston, … Continue reading Australian painter: Grace Cossington Smith (1892-1984)

Gillian Ayres – interview

Gillian paints glorious, large, confident abstract canvases full of glowing colour – because she wants “intensity” rather than tone. In person, she appears rather the opposite – very quiet, unconfident about her skill, very down to earth, prosaic.  She is irritated by people’s determined search for meaning in her art – it is simply a visual experience – she wants them to simply look.  Probably … Continue reading Gillian Ayres – interview