NEW WORK ON SHOW: BRUSH STROKES AND ARABESQUE

These are some of the ceramics I am showing at ARTSPACE 21 at the Barn Galleries between the 12th and 27th May.In these works, I continue to explore the relationship between form and decoration, the contrast of decorated and undecorated spaces and the variations I can make with few colours and limited means.Large areas of the vessels … Continue reading NEW WORK ON SHOW: BRUSH STROKES AND ARABESQUE

SEVERINI’S STATIONS OF THE CROSS, CORTONA

Gino Severini was one of the founders of Italian Futurism. Only because of his first-hand knowledge of the latest art in Paris did the Futurists develop anything like a coherent style. After the First World War, Severini was one of the first artists to abandon the aggressive modernism advocated by the Futurists.From about 1930, he … Continue reading SEVERINI’S STATIONS OF THE CROSS, CORTONA

JOHN POLLEX’S BRIGHTLY COLOURED CERAMICS AT THE CONTEMPORARY CERAMICS CENTRE

I met John Pollex at the opening of his exhibition of slipware at the Contemporary Ceramics Centre a couple of weeks ago. There is till time to see his show before it closes on 21 April. Contemporary Ceramics opened its airy exhibition space opposite the British Museum last year and Pollex's brightly coloured pots have … Continue reading JOHN POLLEX’S BRIGHTLY COLOURED CERAMICS AT THE CONTEMPORARY CERAMICS CENTRE

PICASSO AND MODERN BRITISH ART, TATE BRITAIN

British curators want to say something new new about Picasso, about whom so much has been said already,  so they  don’t put on general exhibitions of his work any more, only shows with an angle. Tate Liverpool put on Picasso: Peace and Freedom in 2010; Tate Modern put on Matisse/Picasso in 2002; the Royal Academy … Continue reading PICASSO AND MODERN BRITISH ART, TATE BRITAIN

EDWARD BAWDEN, A WITTY ILLUSTRATOR WITH A MASTERY OF LINE AND COLOUR

Edward Bawden (1903-1989) was a witty observer of contemporary life and his designs are a charming record of mid-twentieth century England. He was successful and arguably one of the greatest British graphic artists of the 20th century. He was also a war artist and did some serious graphic work in France and the Middle East.Bawden's … Continue reading EDWARD BAWDEN, A WITTY ILLUSTRATOR WITH A MASTERY OF LINE AND COLOUR