Several friends had told me about this exhibition at the re-launched Whitworth and I had seen images of Guo-Qiang’s gunpowder drawings in the space. However, when I saw the installation for myself it was like a punch in the solar plexus. I stood in awe not only at the installed drawings themselves, but also at […]

Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal Memorious Earth: A Longitudinal Study by Richard Skelton and Autumn Richardson Richard Skelton and Autumn Richardson are an extraordinary pair of artists who use methodologies from archaeology, natural history and geology to inform and create their art. The first gallery on the first floor of Abbot Hall houses Skelton and […]

Anselm Kiefer, Tullie House Museum, Carlisle, 7 February – 7 June 2015 This exhibition is part of the ‘Artist Rooms‘ project which showcases a collection jointly owned by Tate and the National Galleries of Scotland via a series of touring exhibitions based around renowned artists. The show at Tullie House in Cumbria’s only city – […]

“Like A Bomb Going Off” Albert Irvin at The Gallery, Plymouth College of Art 19th August – 14th September 2013 This exhibition of paintings by Royal Academician, Albert Irvin, comes the year after he celebrated his 90th birthday and was presented with an Honorary Fellowship by the institution that currently houses ten of his paintings. […]

Graham Sutherland appears regularly in the writing of the British critic Peter Fuller. For Fuller, Sutherland represented much of what he considered of value in art, and in particular, in British landscape painting. According to Peter Fuller, rather than looking to Europe or America, the best British art of the 20th Century displayed an ‘informed, […]

Review of ‘Exultant Strangeness: Graham Sutherland Landscapes’ Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal, Cumbria. Continues until 15th September 2013 The colour of the gallery walls hits you first; a deep natural green which gives you the exact visual sensation of walking into a forest. I remarked on it to the Curator Nick Rogers. “Guess what the […]