René Magritte and comparing Surreal Concepts in Modern and Medieval Art  

Magritte’s surrealistic ideas of the mid twentieth century epitomise’s that period’s growing interrelationship between language and visual representation. It is my favourite and easiest example to see how philosophy’s obsession with language and truth filters into the visual arts. “This is not a pipe”, Magritte says but it clearly is… and then again it is…

Bridget Riley talks to Kirsty Walk about her art on television

Compton Verney in Warwickshire provided a very enjoyable visit three years ago, taking in Op Art and some wonderful works by Bridget Riley. Her works were also a very valuable artistic juxtaposition to the Barbara Hepworth retrospective we visited in Wakefield earlier this year. So it was a great delight finding her being interviewed by…

Bill Woodrow and Richard Deacon at The Icon Gallery in Birmingham 

Shared drawing with paint & ink features in my new header.  Bill Woodrow and Richard Deacon have been working in collaboration since the 1990s, mainly in sculpture. Their methodology is either to work in the same studio on a sculpture or drawing or exchange versions allowing the work to evolve. I Can’t Stand The Rain is…

Jeremy Barlow and his Contemporary Landscapes 

Les Deux Garçons features in my current header painting. The painting has special memories of our time in Provence eating in this very fine restaurant in Aix. But also of meeting the artist at an exhibition at Broadway. He was also a regular exhibitor at The Llewelyn Alexander Gallery in London.  Jeremy Barlow was a…

School Prints and my September Painting of the Month 

School Prints was a scheme stated in the middle of the twentieth century whereby artists were commissioned for works from which prints were subsequently given to schools. The scheme fell out of favour with the changes in education policy in the seventies. However the Hepworth Wakefield revived the idea in 2018 with a five year…

June Painting of the Month: Pictures at an Exhibition.

Modest Mussorgsky was one of the leading lights of Russian art and culture as the nineteenth century closed. His collection of suites for the piano, Pictures at an Exhibition, introduces my theme for June. The companionship between music and the visual arts has become stronger and stronger over the centuries until the two media are…