Thinking of Venice

It seems a long long time ago that we were in Venice enjoying the streets packed with tourists and the Aperols, ciccetti and pasta – not to mention the study in the wonderful libraries. My thoughts are with the people of Venice and hope to return as soon as possible. I most miss the amazing…

Artweeeks 2020 Cancelled

Hi all. Not unexpectedly I have had to cancel the exhibition for Oxfordshire Artweeks Festival in May. I have filled my Online exhibition with a few images from last years exhibition. keep Safe, Gordon

Maha Rukab – Psalm 91

Cooped up in solitary confinement with a cough and sneezes. Bliss. The Galleries, Museums and libraries are all shut.Thought I might send out a few cheerful images over the next few days and weeks. This one from Psalm 91, one of the very beautiful bits of scripture.

March Painting of the Month

Monet’s Rough Sea at Étretat has very evocative feelings for me. His 1883 painting of the cliffs at the Normandy village of Étretat was one of his regular views. Étretat is a place with memories of summer, having visited several times, but the stormy seas reminds me of the current weather with its succession of…

Charlie Calder Potts – Fosse Gallery

My occasional series on the Fosse Gallery in Stow on the Wold brings me to a very exciting  young artist whose work centres on the Middle East. Charlie Calder-Potts had a solo show here two years ago and I was amazed by her beautiful, yet seemingly timeless mixed media works on Persia. I aimed to interview…

Glass from Mariawald Abbey

Some images from the sixteenth century stained glass display at the Victoria And Albert Museum in London. These are from Mariawald Abbey in the Rhineland near Cologne.

Cornwall as Crucible – The Barber

The Barber Institute at Birmingham University is a small gallery that punches well above its weight. The permanent collection would be your ideal introduction to Western Art from the thirteenth century. The original acquisition policy restricted the trustees to art before 1900 only but this was modified in 1960 to a thirty year restriction. Consequently…

Tate Britain (Again)

Barbara Hepworth is represented in the Tate by only a couple of pieces, which is a pity when faced by the tidal wave of Henry Moore abstracts and drawings. There is the exquisite Ball, Plane and hole (1936) in ‘The Thirties’ room and Pelagos (1946), which I missed on this occasion. It always surprises me; the Tate policy of…

Frank Lloyd Wright…

Simon and Garfunkel…no Chicago architecture Those of you out there that love Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture will love this header image of the Robie House, built in 1909, in what became known as the Prairie style. So many later buildings in the twentieth century owe so much to FLW. From this and other great buildings…

February Painting of the Month

Brexit; now there’s a word you don’t hear very often. Now we have cast ourselves away from Europe I thought I would post an image that evokes memories of starting a journey to a new exciting world,while still having a longing for the old (you may not all agree with this diehard European!) Ford Madox…