Sunday 24. 11. 13 Christmas cards arrived this week after I got back from the UK so I think that I have finally addressed them all ready to send.
Archive for the 'London' Category
Tuesday 19. 11. 13 Just back from a week in the UK. Stayed in London at an interesting new hotel in the East end called Qbic located just off Whitechapel High Street near Brick Lane reasonable prices and quite funky. Did the usual galleries – particularly enjoyed the Australia show at the RA. Took the boat to Greenwich from Westminster, saw the Christmas windows on Oxford St. Rented a car for the weekend and tried to explore the Thames estuary but it is difficult to actually access the river. However went to the new Turner gallery at Margate which is a wonderful building right on the beach. A good show there of various Brit artists who worked en plein air – Constable, Cotman and of course Turner. Stayed overnight in Broadstairs and came back via Southend and Canvey Island. Brief but stimulating as always.
Saturday 23. 03. 13 Just back from a whirlwind trip to London. Highlights: Art of the Ice Age at the British Museum, Phantom Ride by Simon Starling at Tate Britain and George Bellows at the RA. Also explored the Tanks at the Tate Modern. Got caught in snow storm in Luton en route back today.
Tuesday 27. 11. 12 Just back from a weekend in London. Saw several shows including Richard Hamilton at the National, Death at the Wellcome, Bronzes at the RA and Contemporary Russian at Saatchi. The Bronzes and the Russian were both impressive.
Saturday 25. 02. 12 Just got back from my short trip to London where I met up with Polly, Maryann and Alan & Lea. Saw several expos, the first with Maryann was the Picasso and Modern British Art – an excellent well-curated show showing works of Duncan Grant, Francis Bacon, David Hockney etc. On Thursday went with Alan & Lea to see the Hockney show at the RA in the morning and the Freud at the NPG in the afternoon. The Hockney was luminous and spectacular in scope and size, perhaps the best show I have ever seen. The Freud was also good but I was disturbed by what seemed to be his exploitation of his models. He was such an aggressive painter exposing their vulnerability. On Friday we went south of the river to the new White Cube in Bermondsey. A Great exhibition space which showed off Keifer’s work brilliantly. Much food for thought.
Tuesday 01. 11. 11 Yesterday started a new white van painting and also did this monoprint of the Thames Barrier. Today did a small portrait of Poppy but scraped it all off as it wasn’t really working. Hopefully better luck tomorrow.
Tuesday 13. 09. 11 Just back from a long weekend in London where I met Julia and stayed at Maryann’s. We had a great time and managed to get to some galleries. Saw a disturbing installation in Hoxton by Ryan Gander called Locked Room Scenario set in an old disused factory, the Poussin/ Twombly show at the Dulwich which was a disappointment – too cramped to really work. On Saturday we went to an interesting installation by Michelangelo Pistoletto at the Serpentine plus the Pavillion had a wonderful wildlife garden designed by Piet Oudolf. On Monday just managed to catch the Lautrec with Jane Avril show at the Courtauld before flying back here
Sunday 05. 06. 11 It has been a busy week in the studio. I have been working on some monoprints based on my recent trip to London. Instead of train stations I worked on Tube stations and the river.
Monday 23. 05. 11 Just back from our fast trip to London. Managed to see the Watercolour and Joan Miro show at both Tates with a boat trip in between and also took in the Tracey Emin show at the Hayward. All shows very worth while and all for completely different reasons. Visited the London Museum and the London Docklands Museum – both excellent. Shot some photos of the tube and also the Thames Barrier as possible sources of new monoprint series. Friday evening had dinner with Laurie and Erich who just happened to be in town.
Sunday 14. 11. 10 Got back from London yesterday afternoon. Great week. Met up with Carole, Julia and Daisy. Saw Polly and Monica. Spent a day with Lawrence and Diane sampling L’s various French wines. Saw the Gauguin show at the Tate (crowded) and a wonderful small show of Cezanne’s card players at the Courtauld. Discovered the Saatchi gallery on the King’s Road and went to the new Mike Leigh film Another Year. Heard a choral service at St Paul’s and visited several of Susan Philipsz sound sculptures in the City. A pretty busy week!