Frank Bowling

Why have I not heard of this artist? Or as Jonathan Jones wrote: why hasn’t 85-year-old Frank Bowling been honoured with lots of big museum shows before now?  Two of the large abstract canvases now on show at the Tate exhibition ) Frank Bowling moved to New York in 1966 and his great paintings of the early 70s are very much of the American expressionism of that time. Read more by Jonathan Jones (in the Guardian online )

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Per Kirkeby

Image: “Untitled”, 1999 Oil on canvas 78 3/4 x 118 1/8 inches 200 x 300 cm  © Per Kirkeby, Courtesy Galerie Michael Werner Märkisch Wilmersdorf, Cologne & New York Danish artists inspired by geology, whose oil paintings are notable for their organic palette. Having read his obituary this week I’ve looked at his work online – https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/art-artists/name/per-kirkeby-hon-ra and http://michaelwerner.com/artist/per-kirkeby/works I love the colours, the use of lines and scratches, sometimes abstract and other works are landscape, or possibly both within a single composition. He was a member of the New York based, international Fluxus group (Latin word Fluxus means flowing) which shared attitude rather than a movement, with experimental musicians and artists, somewhat revolutionary and anti-art.… Read More

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Notter Tor on Bodmin Moor

A morning walk on Bodmin Moor through woodlands to Notter Tor, the colours were beautiful – these will be on my palette for new paintings in the coming weeks: greys of granite and lichen, yellow-green of moss and crimson-pinks stonecrop, and of course the brilliant bluebells creating a carpet across the side of the tor and springing up amongst the boulders:             Related Images:

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blue upon blue

One of the world’s most remote places, an uninhabited coral atoll, is also one of its most polluted. Henderson Island, a tiny landmass in the eastern South Pacific, has been found by marine scientists to have the highest density of anthropogenic debris recorded anywhere in the world, with 99.8% of the pollution plastic. The nearly 18 tonnes of plastic piling up on an island that is otherwise mostly untouched by humans have been pointed to as evidence of the catastrophic, “grotesque” extent of marine plastic pollution. We’ve been arguing about climate change, and whether it exists and what is changing, for the better part of 40 years … “Let’s not… Read More

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the first swallow

I saw the swallow and heard the familiar chattering; it was drifting along in the warm air of late afternoon. This is the week that our swallows usually start to arrive, checking out the garage beams and their nests from previous years, hopefully this will be any day now.  And I watched a BBC clip of John Hoyland working on a painting  ‘Paintings are there to be experienced, they are events.” John Hoyland, 1979     Related Images:

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Howard Hodgkin

You need things to look at, things to affect your feelings, your intelligence and your heart.” Howard Hodgkin (1932-2017) I’ve been thinking about his paintings, after hearing that he died yesterday. And this evening looking at works his website and on the Tate website.  ” A great user of colour…  …invented his own language. Each picture is about something  – a place, a situation.” Andrew Graham-Dixon in conversation with Howard Hodgkin in 2010 https://howard-hodgkin.com/resources/films-and-audio From the media today: “They [his paintings] seemed like little jewels, hanging on the wall, radiating colour and light” Nicholas Serota “Each painting was a balance between released emotion and something coiled, concealed, withheld.” Colm Toibin   Related Images:

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International Women’s Day

Listening to Sarah Perry and Sally Beamish on Radio 3 this morning, a good distraction from paintings that have been waiting for me to get started on! These are 3 canvases, each 90x60cm, will be triptych for a coastal holiday cottage – so starting out very blue, working quickly to get a feel of the size and composition. Also with an additional canvas the same size, and another similar size, I’ll have a selection to take. Quite abstract, about the cliffs, rocks and sea, energy, light – about being there.   Related Images:

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