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. 
 
 
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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.


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