According to Aristotle ….

"....the aim of art is not to represent the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance."

Africa is where it’s at!

I gather that African art is the thing which you should be taking an interest these days. Several big museums and sale-rooms have big exhibitions on this theme at the moment. The Barbican in London, I discover, will be mounting a major show during January, of the work of Toyin Ojih Adutola, from Nigeria (who also happens to be Apollo…

Posterity

Wherever you live in the world you have probably picked up the news this week of the death of Dave Prowse, who played the role of Darth Vader in the Star Wars films. Yesterday my former wife sent me an email reminding me of an event during our time together. We were shopping n our local supermarket when a message…

Don’t bet on it!

If art features in the news these days, as often as not it is on account of the extraordinary prices that works can fetch on the market. I guess that, like me, you might have spotted the fact that Hockney’s Nichols Canyon is up for sale, and expected to go for $35 millions.* Every now and then I come across…

Yesterday, today and tomorrow

I have a powerful sense of the importance of time, but I’m equally persuaded that any aspect or component of time can be equally important. We don’t just leave the past behind, and the fact that the future is so far unrealised does not prevent it from being important in our life now. At any moment we live suspended between…

There’s something missing!

I’ve continued to think today about the work of Sean Jefferson, whose pictures I’ve mentioned in the last two postings. A stimulus to this persisting interest is a vague sense that there is something missing from them. This might well seem a peculiar response to art work which is so obviously and superabundantly full of incident and detail. What could…

Old Blue-Eyes said it for me.

I like to think that I have sailed through the nine months of restriction because of the current pandemic with little trouble. In fact, I have almost boasted on occasions of the way in which the halting of several of my formerly regular activities has opened the way to a time of unusual productivity in my art. Today, however, I…

What is the job of the artist?

I was sent today the catalogue of an artist whose name is new to me. Sean Jefferson, however, I recognised immediately as someone whose work invites a lot of attention. If his paintings were works of literature perhaps they would be identified as “magical realism”. He invites us into a strange dreamlike world which suggested to me at first sight…

Thinking too much?

I spent as good part of yesterday and today up a ladder, disciplining the ivy. With nothing in front of me except ivy, and a limited range of tasks to do (snip, snip with the secateurs) I’ve had spent of opportunity to think. It came into my head that perhaps I am not really cut out to be a landscape…

A break from art

It does seem very odd to be saying so, but it is quite a nice change to take a break from art. The reason, as people who are not artists will probably find surprising, is that art is actually quite hard work. I might have said this before but it is worth repeating. I am fed up with people saying…