Stories By Isla Phillips
Kara Walker’s Fons AmericanusJune 19, 2020
Kara Elizabeth Walker (1969 – ) is an American contemporary artist. She is known as a painter, silhouettist, print-maker, installation artist, and film-maker. Last year (2019) she made the Fons Americanus a large scale public sculpture...
An Interview with Emily ThomasMay 25, 2020
Emily Thomas is a 24 year old, British, emerging artist. At first glance, her bright and vibrant sculptural work is distinctive and abstract. In a previous article, Exploring Place with Emily Thomas, we looked at Thomas’ artworks...
Rainbows for the NHS and Damien HirstMay 11, 2020
Since lockdown came into effect in the UK, people have been putting rainbows on display to show love for key-workers. An inherent sign of hope, these rainbows are bringing joy as well as art to the...
Exploring Place with Emily ThomasApril 17, 2020
Emily Thomas is a 24 years old, British emerging artist. Her bright and vibrant sculptural work is distinctive and abstract at first glance. However, it is also richly embedded in a sense of place. In this...
Painting of the Week: Salvador Dalí, Madonna of Port LligatApril 12, 2020
Salvador Dalí’s The Madonna of Port Lligat depicts an image of Mary holding baby Jesus in her lap. However it has layers upon layers of meaning. For example symbolism that looks forward to Easter – the...
Holy Week in Art. Easter Explained in PaintingsApril 11, 2020
To celebrate the Christian festival of Easter, here is the story of Holy Week and Easter explained in paintings. Palm Sunday Our ‘Easter Explained in Paintings’ manual starts with the Palm Sunday. The sixth Sunday in...
David Hockney – iPad Images of Springtime from QuarantineApril 7, 2020
David Hockney is in lock-down in Normandy and spends most days in the garden, drawing the spring awakening on his iPad. In a series of letters written to the BBC correspondent he shares how he feels...
The Many Rebirths of VenusFebruary 20, 2020
Sandro Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus is iconic in western art. Alongside the Mona Lisa, it is probably a contender for “most famous painting.” Unsurprisingly the renowned Renaissance picture has inspired reconfiguration, reproductions, and references in...
3 Things You Might Not Know About The Birth of VenusFebruary 14, 2020
It’s Valentines season, so what better thing to do than to meditate on the things you love, and of course, Venus definitively conquers all at this time of year. Art history’s love of Botticelli’s Birth of...
Titian’s The Death of Actaeon (Metamorphoses VIII)January 13, 2020
A whistle-stop tour of each of the seven Poesies, which the Renaissance master delivered Philip II of Spain in the 1550s and early 1560s, finally reaches it’s conclusion with Titian’s The Death of Actaeon. Revised style...
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