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…

“We’re all going to the Zoo…Dudley

Dudley Zoo. Yesterday our Warwick University ‘Thirties’ group visited Dudley Zoo (*Thirties meaning 1930s and not our ages!). The buildings spread around the site are known as Tectons and they represent a great example of thirties modernism, both in terms of art and social history. (The) Tecton Group was a radical architectural collaboration co-founded by…

I am a Wanderer – Kiki Smith

I am a wanderer is a celebration of the various media works of Kiki Smith (b. 1954), at Modern Art Oxford. Smith, born in Nuremberg, but brought up in New York, her early works are influenced by the culture of the place and time, Social Agenda, Sexual identity, the AIDS crisis and feminist activism. Interdependence…

Gunpowder Art in Oxford

The Ashmolean, Is the oldest museum in the world, as we keep reminding ourselves, but at the same time putting on some great cutting edge free exhibitions from time to time. The current example is a terrific display of gunpowder art – yes gunpowder art. Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang (b. 1957) is known for his…

Painting of the Month – January

2020, a new decade, maybe an allegory of perfect vision. I thought I might start the new decade with a peer back a hundred years to 1920 and celebrate that great but complicated British artist, Sir Stanley Spencer. My Painting of the month is The Bridge from that year. Spencer brings the excitement of the…