‘Les Fauves’ or the wild beasts was the name given as a witticism in the 1905 Salon by the critic Louis Vauxcelles to describe the work of artists including Matisse and Derain. The name was apt in the wild almost violent way they used colour as a reaction against the cool divided colour tones of… Continue reading The Wild beasts!
A painting is an inanimate object and yet through the centuries there have been certain paintings that have aroused intense passions even to the point of anger. I am going to be making a study of these and come up with my top five paintings that fit into this category. I am starting off with… Continue reading Arousing Passions!
With his colourful paintings of fantastical building it’s not hard to see why the paintings of Austrian born New Zealand artist & architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser are instantly appealing to children. Indeed when ever I have explored his work with my young students they are drawn to the shapes, patterns, colours of his work and are… Continue reading It’s child’s play!
This is the provocative title of The Welcome Collection’s new exhibition which examines the role that graphic art plays in Health care messages from around the world. The exhibition contains over 200 objects with a lot of thought and care given to lay out and lighting. The exhibits are zoned into different areas from anti… Continue reading ‘Can Graphic Design save your life’
It has always fascinated me how in the period of the late 19th century to the early 20th century that artists were exploring the link between art and music. It began with the artist Whistler giving his paintings musical titles. Symphony in white No: 2 Gradually colour and all references to the figurative were reduced… Continue reading Can you hear the colour?
Welcome to September and the “season of mists & mellow fruitfulness.” It’s a season that has been inspirational for many artists & here are just a contrasting selection. Autumn in France- Emily Carr Tom Thomson- Group of Seven Monet- Autumn effect at Argenteuil
I know from my own art practise and in particular my recent sculpture course I attended how much the mind plays in convincing oneself that you are capable of the challenge set. I can liken it to going through a dark tunnel and finally you emerge into the light. To instil confidence and a self… Continue reading It’s all in the mind!