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…

The Basilica of St Mary Magdalene at Vézelay

Bucket lists aren’t necessarily my thing but ever since I started studying art history I have yearned for the opportunity to visit Vézelay and yesterday I managed it. To understand the art, history and politics of the Early Middle Ages in Europe this is the place to visit Vézelay, a small hill top town, surrounded…

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…

A trip to Bayeux in France to see the Tapestry

My new header image is detail from a frieze at the entrance to the Tapestry Museum in Bayeux in Normandy. The scene depicts Duke William leading his cavalry into the Battle of Hastings, where he defeated Harold Godwinson and claimed the crown of England in 1066. …more to follow!