Category: Paintings

Top Five Art Sites for the Armchair Art Aficionado

Feb 23, 2013
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Top Five Art Sites for the Armchair Art Aficionado

I think we can all agree that this cold weather is just hanging about too long and we all really need to do some flash mob sun salutation to lure back the sun god Ra. If someone please ask Olafur Eliasson to bring back The Weather Project this week at the Tate, then I'd be more than pleased to go out and see a good art exhibition - artificial sunlight and all. But laziness plagues a dampened spirit and my best friend these days is none other than my armchair.

Manet, Lichtenstein and Man Ray can all wait (great exhibitions around the city)- but here are some sites that you need to see when it's just too cold to go out. At least, you don't need to shell £15 to see some great masterpieces (and in your pyjamas!) Read More »

Interview: Olga Gouskova Talks about the Female Form

Oct 2, 2011
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Interview: Olga Gouskova Talks about the Female Form

Sometimes artists are not very comfortable with interviews and one them is Russian-born Belgium-based artist Olga Gouskova. She told me she was a better painter than a writer and in a sense, was probably reluctant to explain her art through words. The good news is I'm not a critic and I just love art in general so I understand her uneasiness. In her Facebook profile, she even posted this quote from Pablo Picasso. "As far as I am concerned, a painting speaks for itself. What is the use of giving explanations, when all is said and done? A painter has only one language."

But the following interview was in fact, a good overview of her creative process, her blooming career and why one critic even branded her art as having hints of Botticelli's. Her concept of femininity is not a typical  take on beauty but as an extension of her own self Read More »

Just to Feel Normal: A Last Look at the Top Three Winners of the BP Portrait Awards 2011

Aug 28, 2011
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Just to Feel Normal:  A Last Look at the Top Three Winners of the BP Portrait Awards 2011

With Lucien Freud's death, whoever attempts to become the next best figurative painter of the 21st century has got some huge shoes to fill. Not to say there aren't any good  figurative portrait painters around today, but only a handful has something unique to say, especially in an art form where the same things have been said all over and over again.

So here goes the BP Portrait Awards which believes in figurative painting´s place in society and have supported young portrait artists for over 30 years

This year´s portrait awards at the National Portrait Gallery, however, was far from free from intrigues. Read More »

Interview: Melissa Hardwick Talks about Freespace Gallery and Iraqui Artist Emad Altaay

Aug 13, 2011
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Interview: Melissa Hardwick Talks about Freespace Gallery and Iraqui Artist Emad Altaay

I have a long-standing date to meet Mel and visit her gallery, Freespace, in the Kentish Town Health Centre in North London. Freespace gallery  aims to promote under-represented artists and advocate art as a vehicle for social change. I normally feature artists and current exhibits, but I am also interested to meet people who work in the art industry especially curators who are just as passionate about art as the artists themselves.  Mel has emailed me a month ago to let me know about her gallery work and the exhibit she curated featuring refugee and Iraqui artist Emad Altaay who has made London his new home.

Emad has exihibited extensively in the Middle East  has been known for his realistic figurative paintings of Iraqi culture but his move to London has created not only a change in physical address but a 180 degree Read More »

Two Stories of Death: Goodbye Lucian Freud and Amy Winehouse

Jul 26, 2011
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Two Stories of Death: Goodbye Lucian Freud and Amy Winehouse

We mourn when someone close to us die but we also mourn for people we hardly know.  But in a way, both Lucian Freud and Amy Winehouse have been more than our acquaintances.  One a painter and another a musician,  they have welcomed us into the abode of their souls and have allowed us to view the world as they saw it. We don´t know them personally but they have touched our hearts.

We mesmerized in the brutal honesty of Lucian Freud´s figurative paintings and wondered how a faithful depiction of the "ugly-beautiful" could transform our perception about art. Once called the "Greatest Living Painter, Lucian Freud has died of natural causes at the age of 88 in his home in London. That may seem like a ripe age to succumb to the dying of the night Read More »

I´m A Creep: The Uncanny and Ida Applebroog at Hauser & Wirth

Apr 18, 2011
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I´m A Creep: The Uncanny and Ida Applebroog at Hauser & Wirth

After checking out Lisson gallery, my new friend Barbara and I went to see American artist Ida Applebroog´s exhibit at Hauser & Wirth in Saville Row.  We were still high from meeting Angela de la Cruz and needed something as intense. This was my second time to see the  Ida´s exhibit. It´s just one of those works you need to see again to have a grasp of what the artist is trying to convey in her works. The exhibit is a conglomeration of Ida´s career for the past 50 years.

The Marginalia series was sprawled all over the main gallery room. Just like Angela de la Cruz whose paintings have broken the realm of sculpture, Ida Applebroog´s paintings have propelled them into the dimension of room-sized installations. Read More »