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Abstract Expressionism: The Royal Academy

Posted by on Oct 20, 2016 in Discussion, News | 0 comments

This is a stunning exhibition at the Royal Academy  : I suddenly understood what Mark Rothko (1903-1970) meant when he talked about the relationship between painting and viewer as ‘a consummated experience between picture and onlooker. Nothing should stand between my painting and the viewer.’ Like one of my tutors who was very sceptical about whether you could think of Rothko as a great artist because his paintings are apparently so simple. I had no more doubts when I saw the Rothko room at the exhibition. His work is powerful and serious. His works are grouped together in a...

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OLSA : On the Road to Santiago

Posted by on Jul 6, 2016 in News | 0 comments

OLSA : On the Road to Santiago

OLSA Exhibition ends with success. The exhibition at the Exchange Gallery at Saffron Walden library ended in mid-June. It was a very encouraging experience with the opportunity to have direct feedback on the prints, drawings and embroideries that stemmed from my journey to Santiago de Compostela. The picture featured here was bought by a friend.  We had a moment of great connection when I was showing her round and she said ‘that reminds me of the woods in Galicia’ which was the exact subject of the ink and pastel drawing. This may sound trivial but it meant so much to me that...

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Degas and printmaking – Monotypes

Posted by on Jun 1, 2016 in News | 0 comments

Degas and printmaking – Monotypes

I returned to West Dean to learn about Edgar Degas and his pioneering Monotypes with Caroline Wendling of Wysing Arts Centre. There was confusion about the difference between a monotype and mono print – it was good to get that cleared up. Monotype: is one of a kind, completely unique and made from inking a plate (originally an etching plate, but now it may be glass or plastic) and then drawing into it. The one I have shown was drawn on our first experimental night where inked a plate with a roller, applied a piece of paper and then drew into it. Degas, who first re-introduced the...

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NADFAS lecture Frida Kahlo

Posted by on May 18, 2016 in News | 0 comments

Wonderful lecture today at NADFAS meeting in Saffron Walden. Concerned Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera – he seemed the more important in their lifetime. He concentrated on big, bold, political images, impersonal and designed to make a historical point. His work is found mostly in public buildings and was commissioned by some of the important people of his time. Frida painting her private sorrows, like her miscarriage, her sense of isolation whilst in the USA or while her husband had one of his numerous affairs. Now it is Frida Kahlo who is better regarded – the intensity and honesty...

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OLSA : Along the Road to Santiago

Posted by on May 10, 2016 in Exhibitions, News | 0 comments

OLSA : Along the Road to Santiago

Last night had a very enjoyable  preview of exhibition of my prints and drawings inspired by walking the last 100 km of the Camino from Sarria to Santiago de Compostela. This distance is the minimum you need to do to be awarded a pilgrim’s certificate and was a most wonderful experience – although entirely free of Damascene sudden conversions. Very pleased that the mayor (who everyone agrees has been a stunning success) Heather Asker attended as well as Paul Rutter  of Rutter Uk. I admire the work his firm does in creating printed images on many different media. There were a...

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OLSA: Santiago de Compostela

Posted by on May 7, 2016 in Exhibitions, News | 0 comments

OLSA: Santiago de Compostela

Every year over 100 000 people make the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. This phrase may be literally translated as St James of the Field of Stars – and relates to the story of how the tomb of St James was found. It is said that St James preached in Spain before returning to the Holy Land where he met his death as a martyr on the orders of King Herod Agrippa. He was beheaded and his body was thrown outside the city walls – his supporters retrieved it and managed to take it to Jaffa, whence it was miraculously transported across the sea to Galicia in a stone boat. It was...

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