Kingston Artist Open Studios 2017

Artists studios in Kingston will be open for two weekends:

10th & 11th June

17th & 18th June

This year I’ll be showing my work together with four other artists at the lovely Canbury Pavilion in Canbury Gardens by the river in Kingston. Hoping for sunshine!

Geta Brãtescu

May 2017

If like me you haven’t been lucky enough to go to the Venice Biennale this year, treat yourself to a morning at the Camden Arts Centre. The exhibition there of Geta Brãtescu’s work is inspirational.
The scope and variety of her work in the humblest materials is truly impressive, especially given the restrictions she faced living and working under Soviet occupation and the Ceausescu’s dictatorship.
At 91 years old she is still hard at work, brimming with ideas and representing Romania in Venice this year.
Ending on 18th June – not to be missed!!

Howard Hodgkin at The National Portrait Gallery

I’ve always been a huge fan of Howard Hodgkin’s work and have just spent a very enjoyable morning looking at his portraits in the exhibition ‘Absent Friends’ at the NPG. It includes a few of his early figurative portraits which are interesting to see along side his later works, which set out to capture the essence of the subjects. Fabulous stuff!

David Hockney at Tate Britain

It was such a pleasure to see these early David Hockney artworks at Tate Britain. As a schoolgirl in the 1960’s these are what inspired me to want to go to art college.

The Lightbox

In shall be exhibiting with several other artists at The Lightbox in Woking.

22nd November to 4th December 2016

The Lightbox, Chobham Road, Woking GU21 4AA

Moonlight  Acrylic  50cm x 50cm box canvas  £325

Moonlight
Acrylic
50cm x 50cm box canvas
£325

INSIDE

There’s an interesting exhibition inside the old Reading Prison at the moment….
INSIDE Artists and Writers in Reading Prison.
Some highlights for me were – visiting the cell that Oscar Wilde occupied with the books he was finally allowed to have, a portrait of him by Marlene Dumas and two intriguing sculptures by Robert Gober. A great setting for an exhibition with the theme of separation.

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Georgia O’Keeffe at Tate Modern

The artist Georgia O’Keeffe has never been as highly rated in Britain as in her native America and apparently there are none of her works in British Public Collections. So, I was very interested when I first heard that Tate Modern was to put on a major retrospective of her work.

I am happy to say that I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to the exhibition today. As so often with painting, I first saw her work as printed images, so it was a pleasant surprise to discover the subtly and depth of colour in much of her work. Another surprise was the hard edged abstract work such as the series based on the motif of the patio door of her adobe style home in New Mexico.

You may not come away convinced that her art lives up to her legend, but this is an excellent exhibition and there are some ravishing works here.

New York - Night 1926

Cliffs Beyond Abiquiú, Dry Waterfall 1946

Wall with Green Door 1953

White Patio with Red Door 1960

Winifred Knights Exhibition

Just back from a visit to the Dulwich Picture Gallery to see the Winifred Knights exhibition.
This is a carefully curated exhibition which includes the artists intricate preparatory studies alongside her major works, giving an insight into her in-depth artistic processes.
After winning a scholarship to study in Rome, Knights became inspired by the Early Italian Renaissance artists such as the wonderful Piero della Francesca. (I’ve attached one of his works for comparison).
I particularly like her use of soft muted colours. These beautiful serene paintings quietly draw you in and transfix you with their strange presence.
A lovely exhibition!

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Two prizes!

I was thrilled to learn that John Iddon, who opened the RAS show, chose my painting ‘Strawberry Hill Gothic’ as his favourite of the Icon section of the show.

I then received Visitors Choice for ‘Eel Pie Land’, so all in all a successful show!

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Three more from my series of Reflections

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