David Hockney and my August Painting of the Month

David Hockney has always been fascinated how perspective works and it’s relation to two dimensional representation. So my August painting of the month celebrates his contribution to modern thinking. It is inspired by my visit to the current exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge. This self portrait from 2021 is hung next to Hogarth’s…

Walter Sickert at Tate Britain

‘Walter Richard Sickert is one of Britain’s most important artists’ – so wrote Charlotte MacDonald in her introduction to a recent (2021) retrospective at Liverpool. Like most art historical criticism important can also mean difficult. Sickert is certainly challenging both in his style and subject matter, which makes this Latest exhibition at the Tate so…

My Visit to Bayeux and the Tapestry

Seeing the Bayeux Tapestry has fulfilled a dream. On of the great works of romanesque secular art, the Tapestry (or more correctly embroidery), tells the story of the events leading up to the Conquest of England in 1066. We visited Bayeux for the first time a few days ago, which is a really wonderful Normandy…

Installation Art from Donna Huanca at the Arnolfini in Bristol.  

Installation art has never been my favourite genre but being an eclectic site I should address the shortfall of entries. Earlier in the week we went to the Arnolfini in Bristol and this work by Donna Huanca was on the ground floor.  The Tate definition of Installation art is “used to describe large-scale, mixed-media constructions,…

A Day out with the Art & Architecture in Bristol

A grey February day to visit Bristol but plenty of colour to see. I will elaborate in more detail in future posts but first a quick whistle stop tour. Our first port of call was the Arnolfini Gallery on the Quayside. This renowned centre for contemporary art has been in existence for over 60 years…