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Apologies for the radio silence.

My life has been crazy these past few months. Apart from work, and kids and housework I’m trying to finish an MA in History of Art, but I’m almost there. But the good thing is that I found time to go to a few amazing exhibitions that I wanted to recommend.

When I saw that the Tate was putting on a Marlene Dumas exhibition I wanted to see what it was all about. I was a little bit skeptical about it all but seeing her big paintings there in front of me was not the same thing. The subjects of the paintings are crude, real, most of them depict sex, death, fear, shame. A lot of them refer to modern and current affairs in the news around the world. These rejected individuals, her muses, are mainly vulnerable people who have experienced a hard time in their life – women, children, gay men, African people killed by ethnographers and slavery.

‘Secondhand images’, she has said, ‘can generate first-hand emotions.’ Dumas never paints directly from life. Her subjects are drawn from both public and personal references and include her daughter and herself, as well as recognisable faces such as Amy Winehouse, Naomi Campbell, Princess Diana, and even Osama bin Laden.

Those eyes really haunt you. I left the exhibition with a very strong stomachache, but glad to feel something memorable after seeing her work. At the end of the day, life is not a fairytale, it’s difficult and hard work and life is unjust. That’s how it is. I think Dumas portrays a real vision of our modern world. Pessimistic maybe, but very real.

Her writings and ideas on the wall play an important part in the exhibition – every paragraph of her ideas is key, and show her as a tenacious thinker.

These paintings in particular captured my attention. Dead Girl. There she is, her head lying on the floor, the blood running, it is very graphic, very crude. Another one is 22 gay men, in black and white. Another one is the painting of the man who murdered the Dutch film-maker Theo van Gogh, shooting him repeatedly before slashing his throat. Why is he there as a painting? Or Osama Bin Laden?

The exhibition runs until May 10th at the Tate Modern, don’t miss the opportunity to see it.

NOTE: This exhibition includes some works with explicit content.

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The Making Colour exhibition is on at the National Gallery until Sunday so you should go this weekend really. I went today because I heard so much about it and I didn’t want to miss it. It is curated in a very clever way with each section comprising a selection of paintings in which a single colour is dominant, leading the audience through the ways and techniques its been used. With different examples in each room, you will travel around Art History seeing the different use of the colours in an attractive and smart exhibition. Do the cinema experience at the end, and you will definitely change the way you think about how we perceive colours and lighting.

I’m fascinated by these paintings by Eli Gabriel Halpern. I have a secret love for masks, I have a collection which my husband hates and won’t let me display on the wall, so at the moment they live in boxes. These strange creatures that Eli paints have all their faces covered, or maybe they are creatures from the woods? I don’t know, but it makes my imagination spin immensely. I want to know more about these characters and their lives, why they are gardening? Definitely a world worthy of further exploration guided by the hand of Eli Gabriel Halpern.






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Paul Lemmon invites you to a tour into London’s night life. He works from his own photography, acquired whilst soaking up the culture and colour of city life, an indispensable part of his painting process. The way he takes pictures is essential to achieving cinematic dynamism – shooting ‘from the hip’, utilising odd angles, severe cropping and incorrect exposures. His artwork is colourful, dynamic, seductive and invites the viewer to imagine the scene and desire to know what happens next. A noticeably voyeuristic tone, perhaps connecting with the contemporary obsession with the hidden camera and fly-on-the-wall observation, is a strong point in his striking paintings.












What I love about Scottish artist Mackie‘s artwork is the combination of humour and irony with an incredibly fine, well painted, almost perfect technique.
His new works called “Abandoned Dollhouses” are colourful images and, if you look at them closely, you see mega images of well known pieces of art as part of the “doll house”.
Some of these houses look on the outside like they came out of a Hitchcock movie but are amazingly playful on the inside.
Always amusing the viewer, he achieves perfectly the engagement with the spectator, surprising us almost every time.

In his statement he says:

“As the story goes, Paul McCartney woke up with the song “Yesterday” buzzing about his head. He seemed to have written it entirely during his sleep. On the presumption that he had heard it before he sang it to the rest of the band, who informed him it wasn’t an old song. It was a bloody good new one.

I had a similar experience in that my subconscious helped me with my idea.

Having worked on this idea for five months, it still appeared to be going nowhere. I was stuck on using chiaroscuro toys and iconic horror buildings, like the hotel from “The Shining”, but I couldn’t finalise the idea. Realising that I had become too enamoured by their presence I scrapped the concept. A few days later I woke up, suddenly clear that rather than abandoning the concept, I should in fact abandon the toys and and the horror film locations, leaving an unusually empty, anonymous architecture. A great place to begin.”

Next Exhibitions

Lynn Painter Stainers
Mall Galleries, SW1, London
17- 22 March

Caiger Art
Spring Showcase 2014
The Gallery on the Corner, 155 Battersea Park Rd, SW8 4BU
25-31 March 2014

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Hazel Mountford is an animal artist. Her current work is focused on the wildlife of Great Britain both past and present and the evolving relationship of space between humans and animals. They are painted life-size in acrylic on angled gesso panels. I love the irregular panels where she paints the animals, they look like they are moving, they give the sensation they are moving. She will be exhibiting in Singapore and at Wimbledon Art Studios at the end of November.










I remember the first time I saw his paintings, I think it was 3 years ago. I fell in love with his art immediately, fascinated by the use of lights and contrast. Alex Rennie can paint the essence of a night out very well and London has a different taste though his eyes. He will be exhibiting at Wimbledon Art Studios from November 21st to the 24th.









Taking various modes of transportation as his subject, Dickinson creates paintings of buses, cars, trucks, and trains, arranged in unexpected configurations. Often creating works in series, Dickinson explores different themes within the notion of transportation vehicles, from the “stacking series,” which documents his collection of toy cars, to the “map series,” which combines children’s building blocks with various motor vehicles. Frequently drawing on the notion of child’s play, Dickinson creates fantastical scenarios with miniature cars, and then translates those imaginings to paper.

The attention to detail in his work is incredible. The quirky subject matter, basically portraits of toy cars and ephemera, is a deceptively simple vehicle in itself for a good wallow in nostalgia for your own childhood. The composition of these portraits is often humorous – great tottering towers of colourful cars or trucks or long line-ups of battered racing cars, sometimes featuring a couple of air born vehicles.

Dickinson was the subject of a solo exhibition at Horsens Kunstmuseum in Denmark, and has been included in notable group exhibitions at venues such as Togo Memorial Sompo Japan Museum of Art in Tokyo, the Contemporary Art Museum in Sao Paulo, and Musée National Collection Schlumpf in Mulhouse, France.

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I am not a fan of abstract painting but I love the work of Kjell Folkvord. Originally from Norway, Kjell works in London at the moment.
His paintings are so colourful and full of life that they make me want to sing and dance. They are happy, and I am a happy person so maybe that is why I love them. You can see imaginary little worlds there, they are fantastic

In his artistic statement he says “My paintings are usually colourful. The colours are the letters in my painting’s language. They are syllables more than they represent reality in the world. I usually try to tell a story, and the image I have in my mind or memory, in my emotional layers. And when I do paint and work with a colour, this colour starts asking for a friend of his and I have to find it, or mix it. This is perhaps humanising the colours but that is how I sometimes feel.”

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Kjell folkvord

Kjell folkvord

Kjell folkvord

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Kjell folkvord

Kjell folkvord

Kjell folkvord