Roy Oxlade (1929-2014), was a British artist and writer, who studied under David Bomberg and alongside contemporaries such as Frank Auerbach and Leon Kossoff. He was married to artist Rose Wylie with whom he lived for much of the later years of his life in Kent.
His views on drawing and what it means to make art, or to try do so are forthright and refreshing. As ever my Reading Notes are the snippets of text I heavily underlined while reading, occasionally with my own reaction included to. Enjoy, particularly as I think this book is now out of print and hard to find! Added emphasis my own.
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Back in April of 2023 I visited a heart-wrenching show ‘Things I have learned the hard way‘ celebrating the work and life of artist Lizzy Rose (1988-2022). In the spirit of all my ‘Delayed Art Commentary’, this is a show that lodged somewhere deep within me, that I’ve carried around & digested slowly over the last few months. Here is a delayed and meandering recollection of a beautiful and important show, scattered across 4 locations in Margate, Kent.
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A beautiful show of this Korean artist’s work. Yung Hyon-Keun (1928 – 2007) was one of the leading artists in the Dansaekhwa movement of the 1950’s and 1960’s which explored the idea of monochrome painting.
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There’s been a bit of a hiatus since I list posted a write-up of a show I’ve seen, and it’s not for lack of seeing good art. But here’s getting back on that horse again, and posting some pictures and reflections a little closer to the time.
Continue reading “Magdalena Abakanowicz – Every Tangle of Thread & Rope”
One about AI versus human creativity and thought. And one about tech platforms purporting to be ‘eco-systems’ when in fact they are narrow little walled-gardens carefully controlled in a top-down manner by their corporate owners.
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I’m not sure why, but this year I’ve spotted a lot of contemporary art that features tongues. The last tongue-related work I spotted was a fantastic show by Alicia Radage at the Herbert Read Gallery in Canterbury, Kent – and has finally prompted me to put together this list of art with tongues!
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This autumn a rich and scenic treasure hunt of art has been unfolding in and around Romney Marsh. It’s exciting to see contemporary artists animating the evocative, historic sites of the medieval churches of Romney Marsh, originally built for the isolated shepherd communities living out on the marsh.
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This year I had my first experience of academic art education, undertaking a Foundation Diploma in Art & Design at The City Literary Institute, London. Though I’ve written at length my reflections on the course, I thought I would also go full disclosure and share the work I was assessed on during this course and the grades and feedback I received.
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Despite cultivating my art practice in earnest since 2018, this year I embarked on my first year of full-time art education at an academic institution. This took the form of a Foundation Diploma in Art & Design at The City Literary Institute. In some ways this felt ironic or like some kind of admission of failure, I had after all treated my first year of living in Spain as my own ‘self-directed foundation year’, even putting on my own show at the end of the year. But finding myself back in the UK, no longer part of an active art community and trying to move forward from the isolation of working through various lockdowns, the time felt right to embark on my first experience of something approaching ‘art school’. My last experience of formal art education had been taking GCSE art a very long time ago….
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F*cking brilliant. A totally bombastic articulation of things which sadly still need to be said. A many-layered, nuanced show, crashing together epochs of references. And so much work, an immersive installation rich with detailed, damning observations in ceramic, sculpture, stained glass and video.
Continue reading “Off With Her Head by Lindsey Mendick at Carl Freedman Gallery”