Thursday, June 11, 2015

Heaven Visited

I have recently visited three of the most spectacular homes on earth, here is a tiny glimps for you.
Smedmore House first:

Home with a view of the sea, privately owned still.




Then-
Greenway, Agatha Christie's holiday place on the River Dart.
 National Trust


And now something else!





 And here is the clue for this house below.....
No idea? Try  https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/Coleton+Fishacre/


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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Mauritshuis, home of the pearl earing and a wonderful place to see.


Like The Wallace Collection, the Mauritshuis in the Hague has a very special atmosphere, rather more intimate than cosy, paintings are presented beautifully, not too dark, not too many in one spoonful, well chosen together and we often had the room empty of other visitors.


It was lovely to see 'education in action' before the "Girl With The Pearl Earing" and I was able to get a clear shot of it soon after.


The Mauritshuis was the highlight of our visit to Holland and it will be interesting to compare it to our impending visit to Italy. I will report back here.
PS But not much sculpture inside!



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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Willow Man Bird Attack



Willow man first appeared near the M5 Motorway many years ago (2001) when that bit of Somerset was just a very flat rather windswept field. We used to admire it as we shot past going North or South at 'around' 70 mph. Made from willow on a steel frame it was remade after an arson fire by the Artist Sculptress Serena de la Hey. At 40 foot high (12 Metres) it must have been fun to make.

I considered doing a horse in Dorset inspired by this work and using glass fibre but the local planners gave it the thumbs down: there is a wind turbine there now!

Willow man is seen here from the other side (non motorway) a little worse for wear again. Birds attack the poor chap for nesting material!


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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Art in Cornwall, A Summer in February



One of the sources of building material for the Thames Embankment came from Lamorna Cove in Cornwall. So next time you come to London and see this sculpture of Queen Boadicea by Thomas Thornecroft next to Big Ben, think of the stones below the embankment you stand on and remember this beautiful little cove in Cornwall.


We had not gone just to look at the sea and granite but also because this part of Cornwall has good light which attracts painters and other artists. Lamorna is very close to The Newlyn Arts School and museum, The Tate Gallery St. Ives and The Hepworth Gallery. The February weather was almost up to summer standards with shirtless boys playing cricket on the beach in the warm sunshine but these worthy establishments stayed firmly shut for the season much to my disapointment.

We watched the recently released "Summer in February" filmed locally which tells the tragic story of A J Munnings PRA and his first wife. Such beautiful weather there in February!


 Can you spot St. Micheal's Mount?


The Minack Theatre did us proud though. John Brolly did a splendid rendering of Prospero in The Tempest in a Tea Cup. Miranda was played by a large teaspoon, ooh la-la, and despite the chill in the sea air we were entertained brilliantly.


John Brolly        http://storytellerjohnbrolly.webs.com/

The Minack Theatre            http://www.minack.com/

Tate St. Ives     http://www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-st-ives

Newlyn Art school        http://www.newlynartschool.co.uk/

Newlyn Art Museum    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newlyn_Art_Gallery


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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Re-examining Rodin

Rodin was in every sentence in our first year of lectures. He was Alan's hero, he could do no wrong, he made no mistakes. We were told to hold our breath and wonder.

The RA had an exhibition back in 2009 where he took world centre stage. Room after room of nakedness, thick ankles, mould lines and lookalike warts tempted us to gradually accelerate through the exhibition chambers. Yes it was a great exhibition, like no other. I am re-examining Rodin. I wonder how I will view him?



    

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Monday, December 29, 2014

Frosty Bronze Princess

"I thought you might like to see how mystical she looks on a frosty morning."
My client sent me these great photos of his Arthurian Princess with these words in an email which I was delighted to receive.




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Friday, December 12, 2014

Seasons of sculpture

Here is a very early work. It reminds me of summer. 
And this to remind us of what may come this winter.
Autumn, Hey Look At Me.

(Spring will be added when my new website becomes live.)


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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

A Garden Treasure in the Henry Moore Foundation

I came across this quite by accident and wonder if Chicago would be interested in it? Chris mentioned that he hoped some Art would come to him. Seriously though, this is in the garden at Perry Green, home of the Henry Moore Foundation with the following description:


 Bronzefrau Nr 3 recalls Moore's iconic reclining female forms - the figure is life-sized, cast in bronze and placed on a pedestal in the open-air. Yet here, the body is contorted and even mutilated. Schütte abandons Moore's optimistic humanism, presenting the human condition as both nostalgic and dystopian.

As a work of "Art" it is well executed, the concept - frightening and the pedestal looks rather uncomfortable.

This is a wonderful organisation for Sculptors and interested followers of Sculpture should not pass it by.
http://www.henry-moore.org

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Friday, December 05, 2014

Brugge Again





The wooden pulpit is just amazing, the detail and composition is somewhat complex to say the least. It would take a month to give this town's art some justice.

If you happen to visit mainland Europe then don't miss out on Brugge, the Architecture is worth seeing of course, chocolate excellent and the Art worthy of considerable attention. Here is a tiny glimpse. Go in winter as you may find fewer people around. (There is also some more contemporary sculpture worthy on note, one of which I have shown below in a previous post on Berlin. http://dorsetsculpture.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/berlin.html)

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Installation of Princess Helizabel (Arthurian)

Someone asked about installation of bronzes. This looks simple but actually not so easy at all.

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Tristram's Death Bed" by Harry R Mileham FRSA

This painting has been wrongly attributed to Ms Stokes by Christopher Wood who admitted to have "miss guessed" the monogram signature. Robert Mileham

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Sunday, November 02, 2014

Tower of London Poppy Flow 14-18 War

I photographed this amazing sight from London's tallest building, The Shard. A striking reminder of the loss of so many in War, (World War 1914 to 1918). The sun caught the Tower with a river of red poppys which seem to flow out towards the Thames.



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Thursday, October 02, 2014

Ideal Beauty

Did I really write this seven years ago? How time flies.
http://dorsetsculpture.blogspot.co.uk/2007/01/my-art.html

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Berlin Again, Helmut Otto Exhibition








We made a short visit to Berlin in Germany to see an exhibition of a renowned water colourist Helmut Otto in the Galerie Forun Berlin, Kollwitzstrassa 54. His paintings will no doubt appear on Artprice in due course as there were some significant sales. His attention to composition and colour balance has yet to be bettered. The range of subject matter was a delight and the expression of atmosphere in each work was extraordinarily effective. I wish I could afford him!

These pictures of the gallery do not give it justice but it was a delight and the presentation of the paintings could not have been better.





Enroute we stayed in Brugge, thankfully short on tourists, and a joy to see in the September sunshine. This work caught my eye, interesting signature.

(Driving to Berlin seems a daunting prospect but strangely enough it was very easy and a great deal greener than if we had flown by air. Speeds on Motorways/ Autoroutes/Autobahns had to be seen to be believed. 130 kph is quite fast by English standards but in places Germany does not seem to have speed limits, quite 'hairy' if you are not used to it.)


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