art lovers guide

A review of Sean Scully’s work by Stuart Bush

A review of Sean Scully’s work – ‘Uninsideout’ exhibition, BlainSouthern London until 17th November Sean Scully, What Makes Us, 2017. ©Sean Scully Courtesy of the artist and BlainSouthern, Photo Peter Mallet In a career spanning 6 decades, Sean Scully in 2018 has 10 solo shows around the world, including an exhibition of sculpture at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park until 6 January 2019.  During this review of Sean Scully’s work at ‘Uninsideout’ exhibition at BlainSouthern in London, I want to discuss Scully’s approach to the use form and colour and the intensity in his work.   The Irish born abstract painter Sean Scully grow up in London.  He later moved to New… Read More »A review of Sean Scully’s work by Stuart Bush

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

©1973 Michael Craig Martin, An Oak Tree (1973) – All rights are reserved and are with the artist.    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… Read More »Understanding the ‘Oak Tree’ in conceptual art via Russian politics

Tomma Abts Serpentine exhibition review

Tomma Abts (1967) is a German-born painter who lives in London. In 2006 Tomma won the Turner Prize and has since gone on to exhibit in many institutions around the world.  In this Tomma Abts Serpentine exhibition review, I want to discuss her interesting static compositions and consider what I think the artist wants to say through the work.   Tomma Abts’s quiet and unique work could never be described as pretty.  Her strange visual illusions at first glance look like 1950s wallpaper.  Each painting contains zigzags, puzzles and twists on her trademark sized 48 x 38cm canvases. Tomma worked mainly on canvases of this size for the last 20 years, only recently… Read More »Tomma Abts Serpentine exhibition review

How I see art contributing to society

When I saw Christo’s new art project in Hyde Park London and read his quote, “A work of art is a scream of freedom,” I know I needed to tell you about how I see art contributing to society.   Every artist contributes to society in their own special way. Artists look to find ways to engage the wider pubic through their work to consider and reconsider the way they see the world. Whether it is contributing to overall health and wellbeing of our society by rethinking about what we are doing and considering in new approaches or by providing inspiration, interaction and joy to uplift the spirit. Link to… Read More »How I see art contributing to society

Review of ‘All too human, Bacon, Freud and a century of painting life’ Tate Britain

  ‘All too human, Bacon, Freud and a century of painting life’ at Tate Britain, begins by following British painting after the Second World War. At this time in our history rumours about what had happened during the Holocaust were trickling into the media. During this period many books and essays were written as people tried to come to terms with what had taken place. This experience encouraged intellectuals to look inwards and ask hard questions about the purpose of human existence.    It was complexing to hear about the atrocities and then to consider how humans could behave in such a way. The central theme of this exhibition looked at… Read More »Review of ‘All too human, Bacon, Freud and a century of painting life’ Tate Britain

The inspirational work of Egon Schiele

One of the artists that I found the most inspiring as a student was the inspirational work of Egon Schiele. At aged 16, Egon enrolled in the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts. He died at the young age of 28. In those few years, he made some of the most enduring and intriguing work. I am very interested in understanding what it is in Egon Schiele’s work that encouraged me to follow my interest in art. Egon Schiele was known for drawing mainly portraits and self-portraits. He worked in a striking graphic style that challenged the notion of beauty. Egon had a concise way of working, similar to a poem… Read More »The inspirational work of Egon Schiele

I wish I could paint every day

I wish I could paint every day… Every day I paint I have an adventure into the unknown.   Every day I am excited by the possibilities in the work.   Every day I paint I enjoy the production of novelty the most.   Every day I paint, I decide what I want to work on the night before.  My unconscious mind thinks and contemplates it overnight. The next day I effortlessly to know where to start.   Every day I paint I don’t make it overly complicated.   Every day I paint my studio has to be free from distractions so l can get into a creative flow and stay… Read More »I wish I could paint every day

What l see in the work of Jeff Koons

  It is easy to be impressed by the work of Jeff Koons. He has an impressive art career and has gained international success. Koons has developed a secure grip on the art market and he can make whatever he wants.  He often turns the popular; Michael Jackson with his pet monkey or scoops of Play-doh; into an expensive ceramic or stainless steel sculpture.    Plus, Koons is not afraid to make work that could potentially alienate him. It is easy to sneer at his works based on topics like guilt and shame. After all, we are all bound by our own unconscious and conscious signals.  He openly encourages opinions on his… Read More »What l see in the work of Jeff Koons

An artist’s advice to finding art

An artist’s advice to finding art I have a modern house and l love having modern art on the walls.  My art collection personal to me.   I also enjoy spending time in London visiting museums and galleries.  I appreciate having time to look at a variety of artist’s work and considering their different styles and types of work.    Artists are generally in the know and are usually very helpful.  I also try to go to alternative spaces to meet artists. I learn a lot by talking to artists and uncovering who they admire and who influences who, and what they think about other artists.  If the same name… Read More »An artist’s advice to finding art

Picasso paints want he knows rather what he sees

Picasso 1932 – Love, Fame, Tragedy, Tate Modern (8th March – 9th September)       The subject of this exhibition ‘Picasso 1932 – Love, Fame, Tragedy,’ is the influence of love, fame and tragedy on Picasso’s painting over a one year period.  This year-long output is a rich visual diary which gives away a great deal about the artist; from his professional career to the way he worked and his personal life.  There are more the one hundred pieces of artwork, showing his entanglements with love and fame, his convolutions with colour and form, and his intricacies as the 20th century’s most influential artist.     Using this review, I am seeking… Read More »Picasso paints want he knows rather what he sees