Browsing Category: Figurative painting

  • Weiwei-isms by Ai Weiwei

    Books come in all shapes and sizes, but perhaps the most potent format is both small and black. The collected quotes of Ai Weiwei should have come in nothing less. Editor Larry Warsh has trawled through some 74 interviews with the Chinese artist to bring readers in the West a meditation on his life and …

    January 19, 2013
  • David Dawson, Mirror in Studio (2004)

    Like many a good artist’s studio, that of Lucian Freud required a mirror. And when David Dawson was in the studio it would have become a rich metaphor. Freud‘s longterm assistant was also a painter. The master would also paint Dawson. And Dawson in turn made portraits of his employer – photographic, like the one …

    March 21, 2012
  • Antony Gormley/Tomoko Takahashi/Alice Neel/Ed Pien/Jorge Santos/Simon Yuill

    Recent reviews and previews written for Culture24. Check ’em out: Review: Antony Gormley – Critical Mass, De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea Review: Tomoko Takahashi – Introspective Retrospective, De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea Review: Alice Neel – Painted Truths, Whitechapel Gallery, London Preview: Ed Pien – Memento, New Art Exchange, Nottingham Preview: Jorge Santos – the …

    August 21, 2010
  • Alice Neel, Frank O’Hara No.2 (1960)

    The face of Frank O’Hara in this portrait by Alice Neel is in its way shocking. With his bad teeth, sharp nose and wild eyes the New York poet appears ugly at first, even repellent. There is no composure in this likeness and his expression is raw. But with all its imperfections, his face is …

    August 15, 2010
  • Preview: Mitch Griffiths at Halcyon Gallery

    Exhibition: Mitch Griffiths – The Promised Land, Halcyon Gallery, London, until May 31 2010 It has been said that being unfashionable is a sure way to get in fashion. If that be the case, Mitch Griffiths might soon come into ironic vogue in the same way as socks and sandals are now in some circles …

    May 26, 2010
  • Review: Tony Bevan goes large with painting installation at De La Warr Pavilion

    Exhibition: Tony Bevan, New painting installation, De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea, until June 13 2010 Monumental painting can be a serious business. It brings to mind thickly laid on paint with an often spiritual dimension laid on just as thick. Tony Bevan’s installation at De La Warr Pavilion, on the other hand, is of the …

    April 15, 2010