Exhibition Review: Barbara Rae: The North-West Passage 4th August – 9th September 2018, Edinburgh RSA

Review of Barbara Rae’s new stunning exhibition at the RSA Edinburgh, featuring the North-West passage Continue reading Exhibition Review: Barbara Rae: The North-West Passage 4th August – 9th September 2018, Edinburgh RSA

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Starry Starry Night x 2

Within minutes today, I watched “Loving Vincent” and emerged, teary into daylight, to go to a local gallery and see copies of Van Gogh painted by John Myatt.  (John Myatt famously is a gifted artist who can mimic the styles of a huge variety of famous artists.)

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Film poster for “Loving Vincent”

Let’s talk about “Loving Vincent” first.  Seems like EVERYbody will have heard of it – the first all-painted animated feature film – although arguably that surely belongs to Disney’s Snow White, 80 years ago?  In the early days of cartoon animation, cels were hand-drawn and coloured.  The difference is that this new film has been painted onto canvases, with oil paints, not onto plastic.

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The result is a flickering version of reality, seeing life through Van Gogh’s eyes – at least how he painted it.  And that shimmering, moving sense of surface possibly portrays the excitement and

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“I think Modern art lacks affection”

What an astounding observation by Ian Hamilton Finlay: “I think modern art lacks affection”.

It was made during lunch with an artist with whom he maintained an exchange of letters and pictures – Graham Rich.  I know this from the 34 minute video talk in which Graham talks about the shared love of boats with Ian Hamilton Finlay – and their little jokes in the correspondence.

This is one of those rare things: charming.  The younger artist obviously had respect for Continue reading ““I think Modern art lacks affection””