‘Cheetah Launch Pad’ by Hamish Mackie

September 18, 2017Art Of The Week, THE ART WORLD

Kew Gardens – what a treat. You’d be forgiven for thinking you’d see the odd moorhen, Canada goose, duck and squirrels as is standard with British parks these days. Instead you will be confronted with some of the world’s most celebrated predators – right by the walkway no less. But fear not: these fearsome creatures … Read More

Renegades In Art

September 17, 2017Art History, News, THE ART WORLD

We all love renegades, characters who buck the trend. They, with the benefit of hindsight, propel history forward and break down barriers, offering new ways of thinking, seeing and doing things. Enter two – very different – artists who in the late 19th and early 20th century changed the discourse on visual culture by their … Read More

Crafting Fabrics Through Painting

September 13, 2017Art History, THE ART WORLD

Recently a walk around the Seville Fine Art Museum ( a little known Spanish gem) showed just how ornate and sumptuous fabrics from history were. Real clothing is often lost because their fragility doesn’t stand the passage of history, so paintings from 1400’s onwards are a great realistic documentation of the beauty of fabrics which … Read More

Art On The High Street: Why We Should Encourage It

September 12, 2017Comment, THE ART WORLD

Purchasing original art has never been more accessible. From the 1980’s when Pullman editions and Athena made buying art posters  more mainstream through high street accessibility, reproduction and pricing structures, we now have Whitewall Galleries, Artique, Castle Galleries and the like dotting our high streets doing the same for original art. How far we have come … Read More

Latest Discovery: Nuria Postigo

September 10, 2017Art Of The Week, THE ART WORLD

Last month, I was walking in downtown Seville and, after a little copa in the local tapas bar, meandered into L’Image, an art gallery in Central Seville. My eyes set upon Nuria Postigo‘s painting. Serene, colourful, peaceful and abstracted: I’d never seen or heard of this artist before, but was taken by the technical mastery … Read More

‘Sevilla En Fiestas’ by Gustavo Bacarisas

September 9, 2017Art Of The Week

Gustavo Bacarisas (Gibraltar, 1873 – Seville, 1971) isn’t well known internationally, but in the context of 20th century Sevillian art, he’s a star. Not only is Bacarisas prominent in Spain’s art story, he also beautifully represents the passion, colour, drama, mood and flavour of Sevillian culture through his paintings. Now who doesn’t like a bit … Read More

Travel Tip: Why You Should Go To The Seville Art Museum

September 8, 2017THE ART WORLD, Travel Tips

Now I love art history and I can tolerate the driest of history programmes (much to Tom’s boredom) but even I find art museums can often be hit-and-miss. Fortunately for us both (poor Tom) every aspect of this museum surpassed expectations. Firstly, the building is a masterpiece  and pays homage to the region’s Moorish, Visigoth, … Read More

Natural Disaster And Culture: Wishes To The Caribbean…and Florida

September 7, 2017Comment, THE ART WORLD, Travel Tips

All My Very Best Wishes To The Caribbean…and Florida: The week’s devastating weather events have got me to thinking about the Caribbean, Hurricane Irma and their cultural heritage. Having had close friends live through Hurricane Katrina, I completely understand the devastation and life-altering change that natural disaster brings about. With 16 million people in the … Read More

Artists: A Lesson To Believe In Your Project

September 3, 2017Comment, THE ART WORLD

Today I read about a fantastic and prominent contemporary Australian artist, Laura, who was trolled online by another artist who accused her of plagiarising her art. Talk about handbags online. Laura was really upset as it ruined her (first and) latest solo exhibition in Australia. It was the exhibition of her life and now, after … Read More