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…

More on the pigments in Bacchus and Ariadne by Titian 

Titian, the great Venetian Renaissance painter, is most renowned for his handing of colour. I touched on this on my recent post on Bacchus and Ariadne. Colour became so important for the Venetian artists due to the cities position as a centre for trade from the East. But Titian does not just use colour to…

Bacchus and Ariadne is my Painting of the Month for February 

February is the month of snowdrops and early daffodils. While spring is not yet here the days are getting longer and the sun brighter, preparing us for the end of winter. So a painting celebrating brighter days seemed appropriate to me. It is also a long time since I have visited London. Last week I…

More on Grayson Perry and The Vanity of Small Differences

Writing about The Vanity of Small Differences, Grayson Perry’s charming and challenging tapestries, reminds me how connected art should be. It brings together themes on social mobility referred to as far back as the eighteenth century. It nods to the great Italian Renaissance frescoes of Masaccio. And on tour and on television the series brings…

Grayson Perry and The Art Club.

Grayson Perry is definitely an artist for our times and a champion for the mass media. I am looking forward to visiting the 2003 Turner Prize winner’s exhibition when I visit Bristol Art Gallery in the next few weeks to see The Art Club. Tapestry and glazed pottery are Perry’s specialist media and both exude…