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The inspirational work of Franz Kline

The Inspirational work of Franz Kline The first time I saw the inspirational work of Franz Kline was at the Abstract Expressionist exhibition in 2017 at the Royal Academy in London. Prior to that, I had only seen Kline’s work in reproductions in books.  I had always been intrigued and impressed by his paintings and when I saw his original work for the first time l was not disappointed. Kline’s work had a strong impact on me. It evoked the feeling and emotions that l have about the city.  It reminded me of the grandeur and the scale of the New York skyline.  Using line and form, his mainly black and white… Read More »The inspirational work of Franz Kline

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An art collector’s role in society

What is an Art Collector’s role in society? In Malcolm Gladwell’s book, ‘David and Goliath, Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants,’  the book starts with the story about the conventional interpretation of the familiar biblical tale of David and Goliath.  Gladwell explains that in his interpretation of the story, David is the symbol of the underdog. The story made me think about the art collectors role in a society searching for a ‘David’.  The underdog is often a unique and very capable individual that is often underestimated. In Gladwell’s book, David’s sling is a devastating weapon.  It was one of the most feared weapons in the ancient world. The… Read More »An art collector’s role in society

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What I have learnt from Alex Katz

  In 1973 Alex Katz had his first exhibition at the Marlborough Gallery in New York.  At the same time, Abstract Expressionism was riding a wave of popularity in New York.  Katz believed and trusted that what he was interested in was of substance and significance, even though it went against the grain. On first impressions, Alex Katz’s work appears to be about people and daily life. However, it doesn’t take long to realise that the subject matter is just the outer most boundary of the painting and Katz has a lot more on offer in his paintings.  Katz focuses on ordinary, everyday life as a subject, but his paintings are anything but… Read More »What I have learnt from Alex Katz

Finding a love for collecting art

I believe finding a love for collecting art is about finding an artist with a kindred spirit to yourself.  Artists critique all areas of life, from nature to politics to the social system.  They look not just on the surface, but they investigate and ask questions in order to seek new meanings and associations.     When I come across a work that l feel a connection with, I write down the artist’s name.  I also Iook for websites and galleries that exhibit the said artist’s work, and I join their mailing lists. I can then delight in opening my inbox and finding compelling communication.   My advice is to broaden your… Read More »Finding a love for collecting art

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A painters approach to street photography

I found the question of where to start as an artist after art school an easy one. I had a desire to capture something about now; the present moment in the city.  My camera seemed an obvious place to start. I picked up my camera and took pictures.  Cartier Bresson labelled it “the decisive moment.”  I wanted to capture a split second of an ever-changing mad rush.  By doing so, I found a way to make art; I discovered a painters approach to street photography. My walk with a camera started with no intention of where I was going; not in my steps and not in my art.  Each time I went out with… Read More »A painters approach to street photography

What it takes to paint something original

When I started out on my journey, like most art students, my ultimate goal was to communicate what I see.  I was inspired by other artist’s work. As a consequence, I wanted to make my own significant contribution to culture. When everything has been done before, to have any chance of achieving this goal, I realised it’s important to understand how to paint something original and unique. In this post, I discuss what I have uncovered on my artistic journey.   In the book Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell explains his thoughts about his ‘10,000-hour-rule’ as, “the magic number of greatness.”  Gladwell’s idea is that originality only comes after spending 10,000 hours mastering… Read More »What it takes to paint something original

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Understanding the ‘Oak Tree’ in conceptual art via Russian politics

©1973 Michael Craig Martin, An Oak Tree (1973) – All rights are reserved. Understanding the ‘Oak Tree’ in conceptual art via Russian politics I have always had an intellectual curiosity about the principles and ideas behind conceptual art. In Michael Craig-Martin’s artwork, ‘Oak Tree’ (1973), I am interested in how he claims to transform a glass water into an ‘Oak Tree’?  How does the artist subvert people’s observations of the world? I had fresh insight into understanding this artwork and mental concept after recently watching a film by Adam Curtis called, ‘How propaganda turned Russian politics into a circus.’ The documentary discusses and explains how Russian politics is using conceptual ideas… Read More »Understanding the ‘Oak Tree’ in conceptual art via Russian politics

The art of being idle

Congratulations! You have just started reading a blog post that encourages you to be idle in order to improve your creative work.  So relax, put your feet up and read on to find out how being idle can be turned into the art of being idle.   Benjamin Franklin, one of the founding fathers of the United States of America said, “It is the working man who is a happy man. It is the idle man who is the miserable man.” This quote reflects a common misunderstanding about the benefits of being busy versus the benefits of being idle. It is important to clear this problem up for us creative… Read More »The art of being idle

Jealousy of other artist’s work

As we grow up, there is lots of pressure on us to fit into society. We sometimes look with envious eyes at what others have achieved. At school, it is intellectual abilities that seem to count and in the media popular attractive pin-ups stand out.  As we compare ourselves to others we can conclude that we are just not good enough. These thoughts can affect our ego and our spirit. If we withdraw we lose our footing, and then, when we try again, come up short. If we are not careful this can grow up into jealousy of other artist’s work and achievements.   When I was an art student… Read More »Jealousy of other artist’s work

Increasing learning in the studio

A group of scientists recently looked into the most effective ways of learning. They suggested that long sessions and all-nighters don’t give us the best opportunity to learn.  After reading about this 12 months ago, I changed my weekly studio calendar.  I found from a simple change, there are advantages for developing your artistic practice and increasing learning in the studio.  I now visit my studio multiple times in a week and do 2-3 hours, I not only achieve more, I also learn more.     Related link to; ‘increasing your learning in the studio’ Youtube Video: Spaced repetition in learning theory   This is because our minds store information in many… Read More »Increasing learning in the studio