Have spent a couple of days up a ladder outside in the sunshine painting boards and signs for my local pub and small farm… Really enjoyed the experience of painting outdoors but I’m back in the studio to finish a couple of commissions…
I managed to to find time to visit the Barbican to see the Magnifent Obsessions Exhibition:
This is a collection of artists collections! By far my favourite room was Andy Warhols.. amongst his paraphernalia were the original monkey toy boxes which inspired some of his most famous pop art work.
Marlene Dumas – The image as a burden (5 Feb – 10 May 2015)
Marlene Dumas is a figurative painter, widely believed to be the most expensive female artist of all time, she is from South Africa and while sometimes controversial her art is intimate and compelling.
Sonia Delaunay – The EY exhibition (15 April – 9 August 2015)
Sonia Delaunay was a Russian artist who painted vibrant patterns well ahead of her time. she worked with her husband sometimes putting her own work behind his. Her work is mesmerising and colourful and has influenced many artists to this day.
And my favourite artist Gerhard Richter
He has some fantastic pieces up in the Making Traces Exhibition…
The exhibition is a collaboration of artists and explores their ability to extend their vision to canvas. Gerhard Richter has six pieces on show where he has deciphered music he was listening to Into great visionary works. He uses squeegees and oil paint to re-create the effects of what he hears and you can almost hear the sound of the music looking at them!
Next week I’m hoping to pop down to Margate to the Turner Contemporary Gallery and see the Grayson Perry Provincial Punk..