Browsing Category: painting

  • Eduardo Terrazas, Possibilities of a Structure: Cosmos 1.1.13’, (1976-2015)

    Abstract and irregular it might be, but this geometric artwork is as comforting as a picnic blanket. On first glance at the reproduction, you may not realise why. But get closer… This sharp, monochrome composition, which promises so little on screen, is in fact rendered in a dense yarn weave of yarn. Black/grey/white may be tonally …

    September 13, 2015
  • Interview: Jasmine Surreal

    Just minutes into our interview at a gallery in Bermondsey, 30-something Jasmine Surreal pulls a toy cat from her bag and begins ventriloquizing, in a cat voice, for my benefit. “With my painting, I do nice, fantasy, imaginative things, because I’m so beautiful and glamorous like Zsa Zsa Gabor,” says Surreal, lost for a moment …

    November 19, 2014
  • Jasmine Surreal, Toy Division (2014)

    Joy Division plus cats equals instant clickbait for this blog. But that was probably never the intention of a Stuckist painter so surreal she calls herself Jasmine Surreal. In a colourful, cat-mad show at Trispace Gallery in South London, this work brings a sobriety to proceedings, a stony sense of the monumental, or indeed the memorial. …

    November 14, 2014
  • Alan Magee, Return to glory (2014)

    Two disks grace the gallery. One sits on the floor. One hangs on the wall. Looking closer, their outer rims can be identified as hula hoops. But there will be no gyrating here today. Both hoops have been measured up for a plasterboard inner, and worked over with filler to produce an artwork. So that …

    September 10, 2014
  • Stanley Spencer, Filling Tea Urns, 1927

    It may have been said, but a full century before the meme took off, Stanley Spencer painted works which embodied the suggestion we should ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’. Here you see orderlies in a military hospital who, instead of getting depressed or suicidal about the horrors of war, are busy making tea. But there …

    February 23, 2014
  • Tala Madani, Reading Light (2013)

    At the risk of over analysing a good joke, it’s worth considering this painting by Tala Madani. It’s as funny as anything in her scurrilous UK survey in Nottingham. The dude with the erect torch, well, in his mind he’s a sex god. He appears to think that red shaft is a part of his …

    January 28, 2014
  • Sara Shamma, Q (2011)

    A queue is a Q is a question. Perhaps ‘what are we waiting for’ or ‘why are we waiting’. The answer will depend on your location, class and political circumstances. In the West we are on the whole happy to queue for a checkout or a cash point. It is, as Jessica Lack points out …

    December 1, 2013
  • Bosco Sodi, Untitled (2013)

    Neo-expressionist painting, if that’s what this be, often has literal depth. Layers of paint come between viewer and canvas. And layers don’t get much thicker than those of this Mexican artist. When you square up to it, there is a material heaviness. And this translates (in our primitive minds) to a metaphorical heaviness: in other …

    September 26, 2013
  • Interview: Dominic from Luton

    Written for Bad At Sports. It is more than 1,000 miles from Luton, England, to Reykjavik, Iceland. But Dominic from the UK town appears to love a good caper. Why else would he put together a group show on very little money in one of the most far flung and expensive cities in Europe? “It …

    August 9, 2013
  • Interview: David Wightman

    He grew up making fantasy art. He now sells ‘fantasy’ landscapes. But there can be few artists who cleave to the tradition of painting like David Wightman. Nevermind that he says of his mountainous scenes: “They’re fictions. They’re not real places.” Visiting his studio, I was struck by the minimal clutter in his space. Daylight …

    August 5, 2013