Inventing Impressionism – Camille Pissarro’s ‘The Marne at Chennevières’

We've all heard of 'the impressionists'; the stereotypical French (mostly male) painters, painting from life in rivers and in fields, fascinated by the universal themes of light, time, and perception... But who exactly where they, and what did they do? To provide an answer, I am focusing on one of the lesser-known impressionists, Camille Pissarro, … Continue reading Inventing Impressionism – Camille Pissarro’s ‘The Marne at Chennevières’

Edmund Clark and Peter Schmersal at Flowers Gallery

This week saw the opening of two exhibitions at Flowers Gallery: the work of photographer, Edmund Clark and the painter, Peter Schmersal. Although two very different shows, with very different atmospheres ­– the themes raised by each artist successfully manage to complement and elaborate on the work of the other. Peter Schmersal (a German artist from Berlin) produces … Continue reading Edmund Clark and Peter Schmersal at Flowers Gallery

The Great War in Portraits: War at the National Portrait Gallery

Imagination, n.:  A warehouse of facts, with a poet and a liar in joint ownership. Ambrose Bierce  Who should win?  The Poet or the Liar? Does it even matter, and are they always destined to be co-owners? This exhibition revolves around contrasts and difficult questions.  It is an incredibly fitting portrayal of a war which … Continue reading The Great War in Portraits: War at the National Portrait Gallery

Art, Antlers and Exploration

O, what a world of profit and delight, Of power, of honour, of omnipotence, Is promis’d to the studious artisan! Doctor Faustus.  Faustus, the protagonist of Christopher Marlowe’s play; the ever aspiring scientist who sought mastery over nature through intellectual means, would probably have enjoyed Antler’s latest exhibition!  Its starting point is ‘human technology and … Continue reading Art, Antlers and Exploration