Isla Phillips-Ewen

Author

Isla graduated with a first class BA in Classics from the University of Cambridge in 2018 and is currently studying for a History of Art MA at Birkbeck College, University of London.

Articles by Isla

Contemporary Art

Masterpiece Story: My Bed by Tracey Emin

My Bed is an iconic and seminal artwork by British artist Tracey Emin. It was created over 20 years ago. Despite its age, it is still one of...

Isla Phillips-Ewen 13 May 2022

Masterpiece Stories

Masterpiece Story: Madonna of Port Lligat by Salvador Dalí

Salvador Dalí’s The Madonna of Port Lligat depicts an image of Mary holding baby Jesus in her lap. Seems simple, but it has layers upon layers...

Isla Phillips-Ewen 11 May 2022

Review

Be Inspired! At Guildhall Art Gallery

Guildhall Art Gallery is hosting a fascinating new exhibition examining the ways in which visual artists have taken inspiration from the literary...

Isla Phillips-Ewen 2 May 2022

Fauvism

Circus and Jazz of Henri Matisse

Henri Matisse (1869-1954) was a French artist famous for his use of color. The Circus (below) is a color stencil piece from Matisse’s book...

Isla Phillips-Ewen 30 April 2022

Love Story

Aristocratic Marriage Like in the Bridgerton Series

Three Ladies Adorning a Term of Hymen is a huge triple portrait of the Montgomery sisters by Sir Joshua Reynolds. It thematizes aristocratic marriage...

Isla Phillips-Ewen 11 April 2022

Women Artists

A Female Artist from Japan: Nōguchi Shōhin

Nōguchi Shōhin (野口 小蘋) (1847–1917) was a leading Japanese painter from the Edo (1603–1867) and Meiji eras (1868–1912). She was born...

Isla Phillips-Ewen 27 March 2022

Architecture

The Louvre Pyramid and 5 Other Art Museums Designed by Ieoh Ming Pei

Ieoh Ming Pei (貝聿銘) (1917-2019) was a Chinese American modernist architect with international acclaim. Exciting for art history fans, many...

Isla Phillips-Ewen 28 February 2022

Kara Walker Fons Americanus Women Artists

Kara Walker’s Fons Americanus

Kara Elizabeth Walker, born in 1969, is an American contemporary artist. She is known as a painter, silhouettist, print-maker, installation artist,...

Isla Phillips-Ewen 3 February 2022

Art State of Mind

The 12 Days of Christmas

In the spirit of the festive season, our gift to you is the 12 days of Christmas retold in artworks. The Twelve Days of Christmas is a carol with...

Isla Phillips-Ewen 22 December 2021

Review

Jeff Koons & Cy Twombly: Primal Gestures at BASTIAN Gallery

“Jeff Koons & Cy Twombly: Primal Gestures (extended until 18 December 2021) brings together a highly unusual pairing of two giants of...

Isla Phillips-Ewen 13 December 2021