Friday 16 September 2022

George Stubbs: Horse Painter


George Stubbs is celebrated for the anatomy of his horses – but should he be equally celebrated for the anatomy of his pictures?

Tuesday 21 June 2022

A comedy of rectangles: Jean Hélion and 'meta' painting


 Do self-referential qualities limit a work to being art about art, or can they say something about art and life?
 Looking at self-referential or 'meta' qualities in Jean Hélion's pictures of his studio, his multi-image 'study' sheets, and the 17th century tavern pictures of David Teniers the Younger. 

Tuesday 24 May 2022

Painting Nerds


It's been pretty quiet on here for a while. 

Since around late-2019/early-2020 myself and Samuel O'Donnell have been working towards setting up a YouTube channel for video essays on painting. We have a few little films currently in production. Some re-work bits and pieces originally posted on this blog. 

I hope anyone who's appreciated the texts on here will join us on the channel. Thoughts and opinions have been refined, arguments have been made more robust and concise, and the presentation is hopefully a lot more engaging. It's a chance to say things about paintings visually, and perhaps to reach a wider audience.

I suspect longer posts will not turn up so much on here for the time being. Which is a shame. But attention is nothing if not shifting.