Artist Stories

Contemporary Art

Agostino Arrivabene – A Modern Alchemist

Agostino Arrivabene (born in 1967) is a visionary yet secluded Italian contemporary artist who continues to produce outstanding surrealist works from...

Caroline Galambosova 28 April 2020

Artist Stories

Quarantine Times: These Artists Performed at Their Best Alone

Most of us don’t escape the obligation of some kind of quarantine in these corona-driven times. Social distancing and isolation are keywords in...

Michel Rutten 25 April 2020

Women Artists

Exploring Place with Emily Thomas

Emily Thomas is a 24 years old, British emerging artist. Her bright and vibrant sculptural work is distinctive and abstract at first glance. However,...

Isla Phillips-Ewen 17 April 2020

Contemporary Art

David Hockney – iPad Images of Springtime from Quarantine

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...

Isla Phillips-Ewen 7 April 2020

Artist Stories

Ulay: Pioneer of Performance Art

The German performance artist Ulay became known as half of the symbiotic duo Marina Abramovic – Ulay. While Abramovic became the big star, Ulay...

Michel Rutten 12 March 2020

Museum Stories

Last Chance to See: William Blake at Tate Britain

Tate Britain is the oldest of the United Kingdom’s four Tate galleries, the others being the Tate Modern in London, Tate Liverpool and Tate St...

Chris Dobson 14 January 2020

Artist Stories

Simon Hantaï: A Journey to Abstraction

Simon Hantaï was a Franco-Hungarian painter whose work is marked by a reflection on painting techniques. In an evolution that carried his art to...

Maia Heguiaphal 7 January 2020

Theater & Cinema

Filmmaking is like Painting – Andrzej Wajda as a Painter

Ladies and Gentlemen, and now I will speak in Polish… – the famous words Polish director Andrzej Wajda (1926-2016) said while receiving...

Judyta Dąbrowska 17 October 2019

Artist Stories

Beatles and Biennales – the Life and Times of Robyn Denny

In a grim and conservative post-war Britain, Robyn Denny burst onto the art scene like a Holi festival colour bomb. He arrived at art school in...

Candy Bedworth 3 October 2019

Abstract Expressionism

Joseph Beuys at BASTIAN Gallery

Joseph Beuys (1921 – 1986), currently on display at BASTIAN gallery, was a controversial German artist, whose work regularly caused public...

Isla Phillips-Ewen 1 October 2019

Artist Stories

Getting Your Teeth into Goya

Goya was not a happy man when he painted Saturn Devouring His Son, some time between 1819 and 1823. By the time he created this painting,...

Craig Wakerley 10 September 2019

Romanticism

The Poetry in Painting — Turner’s Ovid in Exile

This petite (9.46 x 12.50 cm) oil on canvas by J. M. W. Turner contains big things: big landscapes, big stories and big skies. It is an imagined...

Isla Phillips-Ewen 26 August 2019