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Season’s Greetings! – Banksy tackles Port Talbot pollution

In August 2018, a local man invited Banksy to create “some art” in Port Talbot.. “the steelworks is making lots of dust and the locals are sick of it” … and … 4 months later …. ‘Seasons Greetings!’ – painted on two sides of a garage wall, the bitter-sweet mural depicts a child playing in what, from […]

Van Gogh and Britain – at Tate Britain: 27 March – 11 August 2019

van Gogh’s Farms near Auvers, 1890 (unfinished).  Oil paint on canvas.  502 x 1003 mm. Tate Collection In his early 20’s van Gogh (1853 -1890) lived and worked for a brief period in London, Isleworth and Ramsgate. This exhibition focuses on how van Gogh was influenced by British art and culture and how he in turn […]

Hockney’s Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures) – sold at Christie’s New York on 15 November 2018 for $90.3m

Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures), 1972 acrylic on canvas 84 x 120 in. (213.5 x 305 cm.) The sale earlier this week of Hockney’s instantly recognisable Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures), 1972, establishes an auction record for a work by a living artist.  It was painted when Hockney was 35 yrs. old […]

Abstract Expressionism – Royal Academy

Jackson Pollock, Blue poles, 1952. Enamel and aluminium paint with glass on canvas, 212.1 x 488.9 cm. National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. © The Pollock-Krasner Foundation ARS, NY and DACS, London 2016. Don’t miss the Royal Academy’s fantastic new blockbuster exhibition. Abstract Expressionism was the first all-American art movement or, as the RA explain, “art phenomena” – not […]

Picasso Portraits! National Portrait Gallery

Portrait of Olga Picasso & Woman in a Hat (Olga)

Pablo Picasso, one of the most famous 20th century artists was fascinated throughout his life with the human figure, and also with the way children paint “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up”. The new exhibition looks at Picasso’s portraits from his teenage years, through […]