My wife and I have been married for over 17 years so visiting Gretna Green blacksmith smithy on the way up to Scotland for our holiday could be construed as a little too late, but what the heck, a toilet stop was needed. Read more
Since the late 1960’s, British artist Phyllida Barlow has developed a practice that is grounded in an anti monumental tradition. Her often brightly coloured sculptures are made of readily available materials such as cardboard, cement and plaster, polystyrene, timber and paint. These inexpensive materials are then transformed through layering, accumulation and careful combination to create large scale pieces. Read more
Niki de Saint Phalle was born in France and grew up in America. after an early career as a fashion model, she studied theatre and acting in Paris before giving this up to become an artist.
“If Walls Could talk”
A hidden History
A new documentary by Roland Keates
Salvador Dali Not just a painter
Throughout his career, Salvador Dalí detoured from the paintings he’s best-known for to experiment with new mediums, most famously with Louis Buñuel in Un Chien Andalou. Read more
Paintings of Cuno Amiet
Cuno Amiet (1868-1961) was born in Solothurn, Switzerland, the son of the historian and local archivist J. J. Amiet. At the age of 15 he was apprenticed to the Swiss realist painter Frank Buchser, a powerful personality, whose interest during the 1860s in the transcription of the effects of light, prefigured that of the Impressionists.
Dekotora, a truckers delight
I recently watched a 1970’s Dekotora movie called “Trucker” which stars the late great Bunta Sugawara as Momojiro Hoshi and Kinya Aikawa as Kinzo Matsushita, also known as “Jonathan.” If you have never watched this movie and your a trucker/lorry driver or enjoy something different than I reccomened this movie for several reasons. Read more
Yukio Mishima ‘Spring Snow’
After reading Yukio Mishima ‘Spring Snow’, I was inspired to write this short article on his birthday. Read more
Henri Matisse (Le Cateau, 1869 – Nice, 1954)
Henri Matisse was born and raised in the village of Bóhain-en-Vermandois, where his parents had a thriving trading business. He graduated in law in Paris in 1887 and until that moment he had shown no special interest in art. Back in his hometown he worked as a lawyer intern, but bored by the routine of the office began to attend drawing classes and perspectives at the School of Decorative Arts. Read more