Happy Birthday Max Ernst!!

Max Ernst born 1891- 1976 was a Surrealist artist. Born in Germany, he became a Naturalised American in 1948 and French in 1958. He was prolific in painting, sculpture, poetry and graphics art. He was a leading light and pioneer in his artistic approach to Surrealism and Dadaism. A lot of information about the artistContinue reading “Happy Birthday Max Ernst!!”

My 500th post

It’s not really my 500th post – that was yesterday, but I wanted to commemorate the Titanic.  I have been playing around with WordPress’ slide show tutorial and I thought what could be more fitting than to try to make a slide show of some of the items I have featured on my blog so far.  Starting inContinue reading “My 500th post”

On the Town

It was National Museum day 1st February.  I followed the Tate Modern London, Tate Liverpool, Dox Prague and Beamish.  But you don’t have to wait for a special day to support museums – you can support them any time and the best way is to actually visit them.  I love popping into the Manchester CityContinue reading “On the Town”

Art I LOVE:The Sound of Silence – Vermeer

Sometimes the sound of silence can actually be very informative.  I’m talking of course about the sort of silent narrative that some of the old Master’s used to convey quietness, closeness and intimacy.  Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer (c.1632 -1675) is a good example of capturing the private moment and sharing it with you.   When you lookContinue reading “Art I LOVE:The Sound of Silence – Vermeer”

‘Happy Birthday Dear Dali!’

It’s legendary artist Salvador Dali’s birthday today!  He would have celebrated his 105th birthday (and been in the Guinness Book of Records) is he’d have lived!  He died in Figueres Spain (his birthplace) of heart failure in 1989, aged 84. He is in my opinion the  personification of a painter: talented, original and as madContinue reading “‘Happy Birthday Dear Dali!’”

Art and the Subconscious: Sleight of mind

  Being fascinated with the subconscious and the art associated with it, starting with the Surrealists (see Max Ernst) and earlier post: ‘Altered book page 10 Freefalling Snake in the Grass’ and  ‘Altered art book page 4 A Qustion of Life and Death’   you will see what I mean.  Artist have used many different means to tap the subconscious. Continue reading “Art and the Subconscious: Sleight of mind”

A Little Light relief: Euphoria Borealis

Having recently watched a programme about the Northern Lights, (it’s one of my ambitions to see this strange phenomena one day).  It put me in mind of a painting I did in my final year at Uni.  It was the last painting I completed for my degree.  I had done a massive Art History dissertation, Continue reading “A Little Light relief: Euphoria Borealis”