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.
Continue reading “Reading Notes: “Art & Instinct: Selected Writings of Roy Oxlade””
For some reason I can’t quite put my finger on, it feels like Luchita Hurtado’s name has been in the air lately. Or perhaps it is just that at the age of 98 this is her first solo show in the UK and in any public gallery, worldwide. Continue reading “Luchita Hurtado – I live I die I will be reborn”
I was lucky enough to see this amazing retrospective of Lee Krasner’s work at The Barbican. Krasner was born in 1908 in Brooklyn, decided as a teenager to become an artist and had a long art career stretching through to her death in 1984. So a good 60-odd years of making art Continue reading “Lee Krasner – Living Colour”
I love northern Spain – it’s rugged and wild, with big skies and it makes my heart soar. Continue reading “Art-tripping along the Atlantic”
I’ve been getting to know Diego Velázquez over the past few months. Not in person, he’s obviously long dead (1599 – 1660), but through other means… Continue reading “Getting to know Diego…”
I spent some time on the North coast of Spain in the summer of 2018. It is an impossibly beautiful place, peaceful with a magical, mystical feel in the air. Continue reading “I see the sea.”
I saw a couple of interesting art shows recently. One the bombastically titled “The Suicide of Painting” a show of Valencian artist Alemany Uiso’s recent work. And the other a series of dances performed throughout the IVAM Modern Art Gallery by Terrain a contemporary dance company directed by Boris Charmatz. Both got me thinking about the idea of ‘breaking the frame’. Continue reading “Breaking the Frame”
Inspired by funny shape skies between the buildings of Valencia. Here is where things started: Continue reading “Building Paintings”
Anna-Eva Bergman (1909 – 1989) was a Norwegian artist who lived most of her life in France. This show focused on her mega abstract canvases inspired by her travels in Norway, France and Spain. Continue reading “‘From North to South, Rhythms’ – Anna-Eva Bergman”
Recently I had an enjoyable afternoon doing some basic colour experiments …
This panel looks quite simple. Like there’s not much to it, or to think about. But actually I discovered quite a lot, the more I stared at it and analysed things. Continue reading “Colour Experiments”