The Public and Private Lives of Keith Vaughan

In light of the recently opened Tate exhibition Queer British Art 1861–1967, author Gerard Hastings discusses the experiences of gay artist Keith Vaughan in a period before the decriminalisation of homosexuality in England.   It is very gratifying to see the work of Keith Vaughan so prominently displayed at Tate Britain’s Queer British Art exhibition. And how marvellous it looks! […]

Edward Bawden Scrapbooks – a sneak peek

  Painter and illustrator Edward Bawden’s five scrapbooks, assembled over a period of more than 55 years, and housed at The Fry Art Gallery, contain everything from stamps, photographs, cigarette cards, Christmas cards and letters to newspaper cuttings, and amongst other fascinating ephemera. Edward Bawden Scrapbooks, by Brian Webb and Peyton Skipwith, includes over 250 […]

John Craxton: A Poetic Eye

  Author and curator Ian Collins introduces the work of John Craxton, on display at The Salisbury Museum, 30 January – 7 May 2016. John Craxton (1922-2009) was one of the most interesting and individual British artists of the 20th century. His life story, starting with wanderings on Cranborne Chase, was as colourful as his later […]

Winner announced for Barbara Hepworth Drawing Competition

Congratulations to Caroline Greene, who has won a copy of the book The Drawings of Barbara Hepworth, by Alan Wilkinson (£40 hardback). To celebrate the Big Draw this October 2015, we asked you to send in your drawings of human figures, inspired by Barbara Hepworth. The judges were artist and teacher Michael Kirkbride and writer and presenter […]

Modern Art, After Dark

Your head is coated by a thick soup of black and green paint. A roughly smeared handprint of grey-blue smoke tarnishes your jaw while sharp flecks of orange, pale yellow and white sting your cheeks and eyes. A wave of red threatens to permeate the scene as you look up, enraged, at the dandified artist […]

Destination St Ives

Michael Bird discusses the unique position of the artists’ colony of St Ives within the history of modernist visual art in Britain. To coincide with several major exhibitions of St Ives artists’ work this summer Lund Humphries is offering special discounts on a wide range of publications on artists linked to this important location. For […]

Ravilious in Print

Alan Powers, author of Eric Ravilious: Artist and Designer, discusses the current display of the artist’s works at Dulwich Picture Gallery and the challenges of accurately reproducing his unique watercolours in print. It would have been convenient if Dulwich Picture Gallery had put on their current exhibition of Eric Ravilious watercolours two years ago. In […]