Some fabulous work is being created in my life drawing class.
I have just finished painting this gorgeous Stag’s Head. Oil on Linen, 40cm x 40cm. £240
GAGOSIAN GALLERY, PARIS
If you are in Paris, or can jump on the eurostar, get yourself to Howard Hodgkin’s wonderful exhibition at The Gagosian Gallery on the rue de Ponthieu.
The exhibition has been extended until Saturday August 23.
Richly coloured and textured works produced between London, Normandy, and Bombay represent vibrant traces of location and experience—transcriptions of everyday encounters and memories.
4 rue de Ponthieu
A pre-view of a painting that I am working on.
Whilst taking photographs for a book that I have illustrated, from the viewing gallery of The Shard, I snapped this brave window cleaner abseiling from an unbelievable height.
I just had to paint him, with the most stunning view along The Thames, to Canary Wharf and beyond.
A wonderful exhibition of Dame Laura Knight’s paintings and drawings at The National Portrait Gallery.
Laura painted women in the work place – in maternity wards, factories, dancers back stage, circus performers behind the scenes and British Service Women.
She was the official artist at the Nuremberg Trials.
Her life in Cornwall plays a part in the recently released film ‘Summer in February’ – a fabulous film about Sir Alfred Munnings and a group of Bohemian artists called the Lamorna Group, set in Cornwall in the early 20th century.
Laura Knight Portraits is at the National Portrait Gallery, London
11th July – 13th October
Summer in February is in cinemas throughout the UK
Art Everywhere was dreamed up by Richard Reed, the co-founder of Innocent Drinks, to bring huge reproductions of British art work to thousands of billboards and bus stops around the country.
The project is backed by the Tate, the Art Fund and the poster industry.
The two-week campaign in August will concentrate on British art from the past 500 years in public collections around the UK.
Reed thought up the idea when walking to work at Innocent through Shepherd’s Bush in London. “For one month, in one year, someone had put on one poster site a beautiful picture. It wasn’t titled and didn’t have a logo on it. I never knew why it was there but all I knew was it was a beautiful thing,” adding: “It put a bounce into my step.”
The British public will be asked to vote for their favourite 50 works after a group of art directors and creators compile a list of 100 pieces. That list will be published later this month.
Sir Nicholas Serota, director of Tate, said: “At a time when people think about cuts it’s about opening up galleries, it’s about presenting British art to the audience that owns it – it’s all from public ownership – and reminding people these great things are in our museums and galleries and in most cases are free to see on any day of the week.”
I have been illustrating a book, but managed to get into the studio yesterday.
What a treat!
This is the last sitting for this painting.
I didn’t add too much this week – just made the background a bit darker.
I then painted a quick portrait in oil on paper, which is at the bottom of this post.