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! […]

Book of the Week: The Ceramic Art of James Tower by Timothy Wilcox

  It was a precarious business negotiating around James Tower’s exquisite ceramic vessels at the private view of Erskine, Hall & Coe’s exhibition last night, particularly if you were encumbered by a large handbag. But Tower’s distinctive ceramic pieces, at once delicate and substantial, were beautifully displayed within the gallery’s high, bright-white yet quirkily intimate space, and refreshingly free […]

Exhibitions Round-Up: Summer 2013

Had enough of the great British heat wave already? Cool off at one of this summer’s great British art shows… Like Wimbledon and the Proms, the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition, now in its 245th year, has long since gained the status of a British institution. Which is not to say that all of the 1000 plus […]

Book of the Week: Sheila Fell: A Passion for Paint by Cate Haste

When painter L.S. Lowry died in 1976, his young protégée Sheila Fell confessed to Lowry’s biographer Shelley Rohde: ‘I miss his wit; I miss his humour; I miss him. He was a great humanist and no-one ever seems to mention that. To be a humanist one has to be slightly detached from human beings after […]

Book of the Week: Patrick Caulfield Paintings by Marco Livingstone

In the stairwell leading up to our London office there is a poster reproduction of Patrick Caulfield’s painting After Lunch (1975). It’s an image which I pass several times a day, reflecting on its title as I return to the office with my lunchtime sandwich. What kind of lunch has just been eaten by the painting’s now-absent diners? […]

Book of the Week: Ivon Hitchens by Peter Khoroche

You can’t help feeling that English painter Ivon Hitchens (1893-1979) was always somewhat outside the main action. He described his boyhood and youth as ‘quiet and unexciting’, and unlike his contemporary Paul Nash he didn’t fight or serve as a war artist in either of the world wars. He remained on the edge of the group of intellectual Hampstead-based abstractionists in the […]