National Portrait Gallery

On Monday I am taking my students to the NPG. It will be my first trip with them so hope they a) behave and b) enjoy it and leave inspired! Today I went for a pre trip checkup. Firstly I am really sorry they will miss the BP Portrait Award which closes on Sunday, EVERYONE…

Saturday addiction 3 – form and function

DAVID BROOKS: PICNIC GROVE I love how at first it looks like a bunch of picnics tables together but the closer you get, and more you look you see that they have been altered to fit the environment, with holes for the trees to grow through. Longer or shorter legs to allow for the altering…

Saturday addiction 2 – a space for thought

SEAN HENRY: FOLLY (THE OTHER SELF) I found there was something really appealing about this work. It made me want to go up and interact with it. The figures are so life like in features, but out of proportion, they are bigger than they should be, it makes it quite uncomfortable, slightly intimidating, or belittling….

Saturday addiction 1- work I like highlight

This was supposed to be called Saturday Addition, but my dyslexia turned it to addiction, and I think that works Better, as i feel more documenting and hoarding of images, and information on exhibitions i have been to and work i have seen is a bit of an addiction! The aim is to post each…

Pallent house 2- Eduardo Paolozzi: Collaging Culture

Pallent House – current exhibition. Pallent house and Cass Sculpture Park is currently showing work by the Scottish/Italian artist Eduardo Paolozzi. I feel his work shows the time, post war, new consumerist goods, culture and aesthetics, popular culture, with a hint of post war depression and bad memories. The exhibition shows a good range of…

The Serpentine Pavilion 13

“It is a really fundamental question how architecture is different from nature, or how architecture could be part of nature, or how they could be merged…what are the boundaries between nature and artificial things.” Sou Fujimoto Yesterday I finally got around to see this years a pavilion. As I approached I was underwhelmed by the…

A few days of arty stuff with a friend!

I spent the last few days showing a friend London and doing some art. What a privilege! Here are a few pictures from days out at Tate. My friend and I will be starting a new photographic project taking weekly images. I have a plan for the studio and completing my painting project, getting a…

Drawing class – a day of indulgence!

Today I attended a full day drawing class with Nelson Ferreira at the V and A. It felt like a total indulgence being able to just sit and draw for hours! As a drawing teacher it was great to see how others teach the same thing, and to learn better ways of explaining. The things…

The Pitmen Painters

Last night I went to see The Pitman Painters at The yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford. It is only on till the 11th, so go if you can! http://www.yvonne-arnaud.co.uk/ I didn’t know that much about this group of painters, so if you are like me here is a quick intro: “The “Ashington group” [pitmen painters]…

The Other Art Fair

Today I went to The Other Art Fair (I am coinciding applying to do it in October). It is a showcase and selling exhibition for independent artists in London. It was great to see such a range of work, of a high standard, in a commercial setting. Being an artist is a hard career, you…