Last summer on demand TV I watched the first series of Sky Arts' Portrait Artist of the Year. I was absolutely addicted to it as portraiture is something I have always loved, studied, and appreciated. It has recently come back on TV with a second series which I am a couple of episodes off finishing now. I find it… Continue reading Sky Arts’ Portrait Artist of the Year
We took a trip to possibly my new favourite gallery, The Saatchi this week. I've never really been a fan of contemporary art and tend to go to more traditional art galleries, with renaissance paintings hanging in every room. However, there wasn't anything in The Saatchi Gallery that didn't captivate me. I don't think I've ever… Continue reading Post Pop: East Meets West
After being introduced to tattoo artist Thomas Cardiff and his work early last year, I became really interested in the style of drawing he uses; monochrome line drawings. Whether in artwork, illustrations or tattoos, I was really attracted to their simplistic beauty. I was later made familiar with Mike Stout's work which has a similar, more… Continue reading Line Drawings
On Channel 4 recently, artist Grayson Perry tackled identity issues of several diverse individuals as he created bold tapestries, pots and sculptures. His work made from this 3 episode series is featured in the National Portrait Gallery, which earlier in the week I went to visit. The exhibition explores British identity through portraiture very well; Perry cleverly gives the viewer… Continue reading Grayson Perry: Who Are You?
If you're thinking of going to ice skate at Somerset House this Christmas, pop up to the Courtauld Gallery in the North Wing whilst there; and brace yourself for some incredibly explicit nude selfies. I studied Egon Schiele a lot through A Level Art, and knew what to expect yet I was still somehow shocked at some of his vivid… Continue reading Egon Schiele: The Radical Nude
After making our way through a maze of nude stone sculptures, we found ourselves at the Disobedient Objects exhibition at the V&A. In this very monumental and ornate museum, this exhibition almost seems ironically placed; 'Disobedient Objects' observes the roles that a range of seemingly ordinary items have had in political protests and social movements. (Very unlike the other displays… Continue reading Disobedient Objects at the V&A