Lichtenstein’s signature‘Ben-Day dot’ style!

Roy Lichtenstein, Nude with Joyous Painting, 1994 (70″ x 53″) (detail) Lichtenstein painted the work in his signature ‘Ben-Day dot’ style (named after illustrator and printer Benjamin Henry Day Jr.), recreating the printing and photoengraving techniques dating from 1879 and creating images inspired by comic books from the 1950s through to the 1970s.  The image Lichtenstein used […]

Chagall’s lithographs for Four Tales from the Arabian Nights

Marc Chagall (1887-1985): Four Tales from the Arabian Nights, Pantheon Books, New York, 1948 – 5th plate (detail – full image below)  The set of twelve lithographs are being auctioned by Christie’s Online with bidding open until 14 May 2020. Each lithograph illustrates a piece of the text from one of the tales.  This image relates to the […]

Banksy’s tribute to the NHS!

“Game Changer ” on view to staff and patients at Level C, Southampton General Hospital (detail – full image below and here!) The mural – 1 metre square – was left with the following note: “Thanks for all you’re doing. I hope this brightens the place up a bit, even if its only black and white.“ […]

FANTASTIC virtual exhibitions and tours!

Warhol’s Marilyn Monroe screenprint (detail) “The more you look at the same exact thing, the more the meaning goes away, and the better and emptier you feel.” Here’s our round-up of some of London and the world’s leading galleries, exhibitions and exhibits now open for a virtual tour: —  London’s Royal Academy’s Picasso and Paper  exhibition […]

Ancient cave art discovered in Indonesia – the world’s oldest hunting scene?

The drawings extend almost 80′ feet across the back wall of one of the many cave art sites in Sulawesi, Indonesia Thought to be one of the oldest hunting scenes ever discovered, the paintings are estimated to be at least 44,000 years – putting them as twice as old as some of the ancient cave […]

“Christ Mocked”, Cimabue – auction record!

Christ Mocked, (Cenni di Pepo) Cimabue, c 1240 – 1302.  Painted on wood – 26cm x 20cm (Detail) This rare tiny painting, part of a larger polyptych depicting the crucifixion of Christ, was sold at auction today (27 October 2019) for €24m, making it the most expensive medieval painting ever sold and ranking Cimabue amongst da Vinci, […]

Helene Schjerfbeck at the Royal Academy: 20 July — 27 October 2019

Self-portrait, 1912 The UK’s first major exhibition devoted to the work of Helene Schjerfbeck (1862–1946), one of Finland’s greatest 20th century artists who painted well into her 80’s, having been recognised as a child prodigy from the age of 11.  The exhibition features over 60 portraits, landscapes and still lifes, including a sequence of self-portraits which […]

Félix Vallotton – Painter of Disquiet. At the Royal Academy of Arts: 30 June — 29 September 2019

Red Peppers (Poivrons rouges), 1915.  Kunstmuseum Solothurn, Dübi-Müller Foundation, Photo © SIK-ISEA, Zurich   The UK’s first major exhibition of Félix Vallotton (1865 – 1925), Swiss / French painter and print maker, drawing together more than 80 paintings and prints, including portraits, landscapes and satirical prints.  Contemporary of Pierre Bonnard and Edouard Vuillardof, he is best known for his […]

BP Portrait Award 2019 at the National Portrait Gallery: 13 June – 20 October 2019

Imara in her Winter Coat – by Charlie Schaffer © Charlie Schaffer (detail) Charlie Schaffer (b.1992), winner of the BP Portrait Award 2019, painted the portrait over a period of four months.  The painting is of the artist’s friend, Imara. Here are the the 4 award winning portraits: FIRST PRIZE Charlie Schaffer Imara in her Winter Coat […]

Three Women Artists: María Berrío, Caroline Walker, Flora Yukhnovich at Victoria Miro: 7 June – 27 July 2019

María Berrío, Oda a la Esperanza (Ode to Hope), 2019 (detail) In association with The Great Women Artists @thegreatwomenartists, the three artists featured are: María Berrío Oda a la Esperanza (Ode to Hope) (detail), 2019, courtesy the artist and Victoria Miro, London/Venice  Colombian  born and now living and working in New York, her works, crafted from layers of Japanese […]