Gillian Carnegie – 8 Paintings. Cabinet Gallery

This exhibition was long awaited for me – I have found it difficult to find many reference to Gillian Carnegie’s work online and was really keen to see her work up close. This blog is password protected as I obviously do not have permission to publish these images.  I have written this as notes for…

Goya – The Black Paintings (May 2017)

It is interesting to reflect that I have come full circle during UPM.  At the end of Part 2 my tutor indicated that I should study Goya’s black paintings and his etchings because I was obviously drawn to exploring the darker elements of humanity.  I chose to reject pursuing that path for parts 3 and…

Andrew Cranston, Wilkinson Gallery, March 2017

Andrew Cranston ‘If I were a carpenter and other stories’   What did I like? Interesting use of structure to create tension within the painterly areas. E.g. the ‘interiors’ depicted were all accurately represented, bringing in lines for flooring, or squares for tiles etc. There was a finesse to Cranston’s work. His process, particularly the…

Tickle Torture, Beers London, March 2017

‘Tickle Torture’ (group exhibition)   I was captivated instantly by the work of Maja Ruznic. Why? Wild colour combinations – they look unplanned but on standing back there is a coherence and clear themes. Really luminous quality to the work. Translucent layers of colour Abstract painterly primordial forms, As if from a dream/imagination Use of…

Transition Gallery, Jan 2017 ‘The Dark Wood’

I hadn’t been to Transition Gallery before and had been really keen to see the space – I have a great respect and interest in everything that Cathy Lomax is involved with so I had a feeling it was going to be something extraordinary. It was another gallery in an unusual location, it felt edgy and…

Thinking Tantra, January 2017 Drawing Room

Another strangely located and interesting gallery to visit.  Again, it felt like a progressive and contemporary place to experience work, nothing inflated about it.  The thing that interested me mostly in the work in the ‘Thinking Tantra’ exhibition was the detail.  There were some really intricate devotional drawings that left me in awe of the…

Turps Gallery, ‘In Conversation’ January 2017

This was a really interesting gallery visit. Firstly the location was an eye-opener for me – bang in the middle of the Aylesbury Housing estate in Wandsworth I could barely find my way there.  But it was an enriching experience – it felt like artists creating art, showing art and being real.  It felt all…

Anselm Kiefer, White Cube January 2017

I was passing White Cube having been to Drawing Room and I thought I’d pop in.  It was one of five galleries I visited that day and was definitely the most disappointing.  From the advertising, images of the work certainly looked interesting but in person I was surprised that I found my response to be…