Entries by Barbara

Rachel Whiteread – newly opened Retrospective at Tate Britain until 21 January 2018 – Don’t miss it!

Chicken Shed  (2017), inspired by a chicken shed in Norfolk. Photo: Rachel Whiteread/Tate Whiteread is a contemporary English artist who creates mainly sculptures, usually casts of the inside of objects – negative space – which bear the marks of every day human use – eg “One Hundred Spaces” (pictured), an installation of 100 jewel-like resin […]

Jasper Johns: ‘Something Resembling Truth’ – Royal Academy: 23 September – 10 December 2017

Jasper Johns, False Start, 1959 Best known for his early use of imagery from popular culture, Johns – now in his late 80’s – continues to remain at the forefront of the American art scene with works represented in nearly every major museum collection. Considered to having laid the foundation for both Pop Art and Minimalism, he is often described as a Neo-Dadaist, rather […]

August 2017 Art Camp (Sessions 5 – 10)

Monday 21st August (morning):  Technical skills in observational drawing and painting – how to really draw what is in front of you and capture it in watercolour. Tuesday 22nd August (morning):  Mixed Media Vikings – we will learn some amazing watercolour techniques and, using line drawing, create a Viking ship.  Did you know that the amazing Yorvik  (Viking […]

July 2017 Art Camp – Highlights!

View highlights of our July 2017 Art Camp, showcasing the work of kids from 5 to 13 in paint, water colour and soft pastel. “Thank you SO much for having S, I and D today.  All 3 of them had a truly lovely day out and said how kind and what a good teacher you were.  They […]

Chris Ofili: ‘The Caged Bird’s Song’, Sunley Room, National Gallery until 28 August 2017

Chris Ofili, The Caged Bird’s Song, 2014–2017 (detail). Wool, cotton and viscose © Chris Ofili. Courtesy the Artist and Victoria Miro, London,The Clothworkers’ Company and Dovecot Tapestry Studio, Edinburgh. Designed by the artist, handwoven by Dovecot Tapestry Studio, this spectacular and huge – over seven metres wide and three metres high – tapestry, The Caged Bird’s Song, captures the […]

Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power – Tate Modern until 22 October 2017

Benny Andrews Did the Bear Sit Under a Tree, 1969 (detail) Emanuel Collection © Estate of Benny Andrews/DACS, London/VAGA, NY This brave and bold Exhibition focuses on the early 1960’s civil rights movement in America through to the later more militant Black Power rallying cry for African American equality.  The political turbulence and calls for action were […]

What is a diptych?

A painting, usually on hinged panels, often used as an alter piece, invariably small in size and portable. Here’s a brilliant example: The Wilton Diptych (c. 1395–1399) depicting King Richard II being presented to the Virgin Mary and Christ by John the Baptist and two English kings (Edward the Confessor and Edmund the Martyr).  Painted […]

Grayson Perry at the Serpentine until 10 September 2017 – ‘The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever!’

Perry’s pots – Brexiteers and Remainers Grayson Perry’s new exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery provocatively – as ever the master of iconoclasm – titled The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever! centres round 2 large pots which record the Nation’s feelings about Brexit: one pot representing the Brexiteers and the other the Remainers. The pots are sized […]