Stories By Candy Bedworth
John Ruskin: Painter, Prophet, Pervert. ‘Unto This Last’ by Rebecca LipkinDecember 3, 2020
We review the novel Unto This Last by Rebecca Lipkin and investigate the myth behind the great John Ruskin. Which Ruskin camp do you fall into? Are you fascinated yet repelled by his private life? Or...
Power and Propaganda – The British Royal PortraitsNovember 28, 2020
Royal portraiture is a centuries old tradition, but it might be called the forerunner of the posed selfie – an artfully curated image which is meant to promote and aggrandise the subject. Painted portraits have historically...
Coca-Cola and the Explosive Art of Cildo MeirelesNovember 25, 2020
Protest Art is challenging and controversial. Political protest requires a focus, and protest art gives us a public space where we can have a conversation, with the artist and with each other. Truly great artists reflect...
Art State of Mind
Wearing the Message: Changing the World One Outfit at a TimeNovember 24, 2020
From the original silk banners worn by the Suffragettes, through to slogan T-shirts, we often quite literally wear our protest message. This personal, physical act is almost common-place now, so has it lost its potency? Is...
Portable Prehistoric Gods and GoddessesNovember 18, 2020
Our prehistoric ancestors moved around a lot. It was a short and brutal life back then – you needed the protection and guidance of your gods and goddesses. So, what better solution than to carry them...
The Original Guerilla Girls: Claude Cahun and Marcel MooreNovember 10, 2020
A book review of Paper Bullets by Jeffrey H Jackson. If I asked for your top 10 political artists, does Claude Cahun spring to mind? Marcel Moore? No, I guessed as much. But these two art...
Kiyohara Yukinobu: Sublime Female Painter of the Kano SchoolOctober 24, 2020
Not many of us have heard of Kiyohara Yukinobu, but we probably should have. She was a Japanese painter in the early Edo period (1603-1868) and one of the most talented artists of the Kano school....
Art History 101
Mesmerizing Mosaics! Mosaic Techniques with Artist Alison PierseOctober 13, 2020
Let’s talk tiles! Come on a journey to explore mosaic techniques and terminology with artist and tutor Alison Pierse. If you don’t know your vermiculatum from your regulatum, then this is for you! Mosaics are a...
Art State of Mind
Art Saved My Life! An Alternative Look at the Mental Health of Vincent van GoghOctober 10, 2020
Post-Impressionist Vincent van Gogh is as famous for his brutal suicide as for his iconic and expressive use of line and color. Did unbridled passion for art kill this patron saint of madness? Or did it...
Allegories of Autumn – A Top Ten of Sensational Symbolic ArtworksSeptember 22, 2020
What does Autumn mean to you? Traditionally it meant the abundance of the harvest, a celebration of ripeness and maturity. Museums and galleries are full of paintings which pay tribute to this theme showing the Allegories...
- The Summer Feels So Far Away! – Ten Beaches in Art
- How to Show Music in Paintings? Best Depictions of Music in Art
- Gustav Klimt’s Lost and Found Viennese Beauty – Lady with Fan
- Alphonse Mucha: Art Nouveau Visionary at North Carolina Museum of Art
- All You Need to Know About the Lascaux Cave
- CHEAP: When Art Meets Activism – Interview with the Co-founder Sara Manfredi
- Paintings in the Movie “The Accountant”
- Everything You Must Know About All Michelangelo’s Pietàs
- Met Gala: When Art Meets High Fashion on the Beige Carpet (2021 Update!)
- The Hidden Meanings of Nature in Čiurlionis’ Paintings