John Piper, Venice, October Painting of the Month 

John Piper (1903-1992) has works gracing many art galleries and museums. The Tate alone holds no less than 180 of his works. He was a painter, printer and designer of stained glass and most of his works are representative of the British landscape or churches. Southampton City Art Gallery holds a truly exquisite painting of…

The Fovant Badges, Chalk Land Art in Britain.  

Land Art, is a genre which focuses on the land and Earth as a fragile ecology, and is aimed at raising our conscience in our nature and surroundings. It is mainly a genre of the United States but there are also European exponents. Perhaps the most well known of the installations are Robert Smithson’s Spiral…

Barbara Hepworth: Art and Life at Wakefield

Wakefield is the location for this exhibition, the largest retrospective of Hepworth’s work since her untimely death in 1975. It seems months since I went to this exhibition with my ardent technophile brother, who by his own admission, finds culture presented like this quite difficult. This was probably not a good introduction to the newcomer…

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…

Gold Hill and The Boy on the Bike. When does a TV Commercial become Art? 

Shaftesbury in Dorset is our latest location on our summer motorhome tour. Shaftesbury – famous for the much photographed Gold Hill. Probably remembered for the scene in the 1967 Far From The Madding Crowd where numerous terrified actors trotted down the wet cobbles on horseback. Ridley Scott’s iconic 1973 TV commercial for Hovis, though, known…

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…

Another visit to Fotheringhay and its Royal History

We are back at Fotheringhay in Northamptonshire, where I wrote the post below in July 2018. This time I wanted to look at the painted pulpit given to the church by Edward IV in around 1475. I am becoming interested in English painted panels of this period. July 2018 post Sandy Denny, while with Fairport…

Sutton Hoo and an Anglo Saxon Ship Burial

Sutton Hoo, on the east coast of Suffolk high above the River Deben estuary must be one of the most important and fascinating archaeological sites in Britain. Our visit was one of the highlights of our East Anglian adventure. The site is mainly one of archaeological interest rather than art history as the gold, silver…

Knife Angel visits Chelmsford’s Central Park in September

Hereford Cathedral was the location for Alfie Bradley’s awesome sculpture constructed at the British Ironwork Centre at Oswestry, and a few of you commented on it. My latest header features a view of the sculpture.  Chelmsford is the next location and it will stand in the City’s Central Park in September. The Knife Angel is…