July Painting of the Month – Bathers at Asnières

Stultifying – now there is a word we do not hear very often but it is the effect a hot July day might have on you, down by the river, just passing the time away unenthusiastically. My friend Geoffrey Smith uses it when describing my choice of painting of the month for July. In a…

More from Fosse Gallery at 40

The Fosse Gallery in Stow is forty years old. To celebrate this great achievement, owner, Sharon Wheaton asked a number of her artists to produce a piece of work on the theme of Ruby. So this years summer exhibition has a particular jewel like quality. I was lucky enough to be in Stow this morning…

The Fosse Gallery at 40

The Fosse Gallery in Stow is forty years old. To celebrate this great achievement, owner, Sharon Wheaton asked a number of her artists to produce a piece of work on the theme of Ruby. So this years summer exhibition has a particular jewel like quality. I was lucky enough to be in Stow this morning…

Yamamoto Keiko Rochaix

Yamamoto Keiko Rochaix is a small independent gallery near Whitechapel, East London. Keiko is also a good friend I met while studying Art History in Oxford a few years ago. We spent most of our time discussing medieval goodies such as stained glass, metalwork and illustrated manuscripts. Her gallery is a great leap from those…

June Painting of the Month – The Spark is You

When the Venice Biennale opened a year ago who would have foreseen the events to come in the subsequent twelve months. St Marks Square empty, a world in lockdown. And of course we in Britain still have Brexit to resolve. One day all these will be History and we will be back to some of…

Botticelli – Pentecost

Pentecost – it seems so strange celebrating Pentecost and the giving of the Holy Spirit with all our churches closed. Anyway we enjoyed a beautiful service filmed in our local church of St Mary Magdalene, in Adlestrop, complete with a special appearance from Buster the Adlestrop cat. It was a triumph for those who produced…

Musée D’Orsay

Art Galleries on line. I thought that’s how I need to spend the afternoon. Having been kept at home and unable to visit exhibitions it was time to venture out, or more correctly in. So looking round to see who was doing what online I was very impressed and then, all of a sudden, found…

L. S. Lowry. VE Day

Hope you are having a street party to celebrate VE Day 75. We have set up ours on our own (boo hoo) and hope to miss the thunderstorms forecast later. Thousands of ant-like people are seen thronging the streets of this city to celebrate the end of the Second World War in Europe. The industrial…

May Painting of the Month

VE Day (Victory in Europe) celebrates the day, seventy five years ago, that Europe crawled out of the Second World War, as Germany unconditionally surrendered, following Adolf Hitler’s suicide in a Berlin bunker days earlier. We will celebrate the occasion, May 8th, this Friday with a bank holiday. Will it feel any different to Thursday…

Easter Day – St Giles Oxford

Welcome everyone to a very sunny Easter in lockdown. I thought a modern painting might be appropriate. I have always recommended to people to see The Menorah if they are visiting Oxford. Roger Wagner, like Giotto seven hundred years earlier, chose to represent this most Christian of images using contemporary language. The cooling towers, which…