Photo Quiz No.49: Answer: Seated Man sculpture on Woking Station

The 49th Photo Quiz asked where this statue could be seen? It’s a sculpture in bronze and cor-ten steel by Sean Henry, entitled Seated Man, 2011. It can be seen on platform 1 in Woking railway station.

I saw it from platform 2, while waiting for a London train, and was initially mildly discomfited by it. Had to visit the statue to find out more about it.

Below the photo of the statue, I’ve posted a photo on the adjacent plaque that gives more information. Click on image to expand.



Hundreds of artists showing in Surrey Artists’ Open Studios

On our visitations to the Frimley Green Gardens Open Day we passed by a studio in the Surrey Artists’ Open Studios programme in The Hatches, Frimley Green.

Resolved to find out more about Surrey Artists’ Open Studios [SOAS], here’s what I learned. There are 273 artists showing work in 162 studios. Information about each artist can be viewed of the SOAS website.

I picked up the 56 page booklet of the event from Camberley Library. Hugely impressed at the number of practising artists, and further resolved to try and visit some of the studios.

Pablo Picasso’s ceramic works on view at Woking’s Lightbox

The Lightbox art and cultural gallery in Woking is hosting an exhibition of works by Pablo Picasso, entitled Picasso: Paper & Clay. The exhibition ends on 24th June 2018.

I’ve visited the exhibition, finding much to enjoy and appreciate in his ceramic works. While I understand the way Picasso challenged art convention, and his experimentation in various art forms are outstanding, and much revered, generally his drawings aren’t to my taste. Yes, I admit it, I’m an old fogey.

I like ceramics, especially hand thrown works with artistic designs and in different glazes. I warm to Picasso’s ceramic art, and strangely find much to appreciate in his works in clay and ceramics, even though they have similar artistic forms found in his paintings that I find more difficult to like. I think it’s to do with the fact that the ceramics can be held, and used, leading to a tactile appreciation not possible with his paintings and prints.

Now, the exhibition at The Lightbox has both prints, drawings and ceramics. As I’ve said, I’m unappreciative of the prints and drawings. However, his ceramic works are hugely to be enjoyed. What I learned from the exhibition that much of the works on view were collected, over many years, by filmmaker Lord Attenborough, and gifted to the Leicester Arts & Museum Service.

Here are a couple of the plates. How I’d love to have such plates to hold fruit, or whatever. [Click on image to expand]

Entire national art collection of Scotland is digitally accessible

Here’s some splendid news announced by National Galleries of Scotland,

The entire national art collection of Scotland is now digitally accessible by anybody, from anywhere, via any device, at any time:

Being able to download a copy of the image is a pleasure. Here’s part of the Gallery’s copyright & image licensing page,
The On artwork record pages, images of artworks are available at a resolution of 600 pixels width. You can download a version of this image from the record page by right-clicking the image and selecting Save As. The image saved contains a banner at the bottom of the artwork information and its copyright holder.

I know you’ll expect me to select an image from the collection to show here. I’ve chosen Loch Duich by Ian Cheyne. It’s a woodcut printed in colours. I’m particularly fond of woodcut prints, and one printed in colours appeals even more.

Museum Monday #4: The Lightbox in Woking

While The Lightbox isn’t in Surrey Heath, I think it’s near enough to qualify.

Now in it’s 10th year, oh, how time zips by. The museum is an arts and heritage centre, with museum, art gallery, and education studio. I know they’re lucky to have the support of Chris Ingram, entrepreneur and Woking resident, who has lent The Lightbox part of his collection of Modern British and Contemporary Art.

The Lightbox hosts a series of fascinating lunchtime and evening talks on a diverse ranges of topics. I’m hoping to attend some, and will posts reports here.

The Lightbox is in Chobham Road, Woking, Surrey, GU21 4AA. It is open on Tuesday to Saturday from 10.30 to 5.00, Thursday 10.30am – 9.30pm, and Sunday 11.00am – 4.00pm. It’s closed on Mondays, and Bank Holidays.

Impressions on visiting the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao: 3 of 3 – The Art on View

This is the last article on my impressions of The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao.

In previous articles on the Guggenheim Bilbao I was unreasonably harsh about its overall lack of humour. How could I have forgotten Jeff Koons ‘Puppy’ outside the Museum. I’m sure it has some form of conceptual art meaning, which I’ve not sought to discover. To unintellectual me it’s simply clever, entertaining, and mildly amusing, and looks expensive to maintain  – see photos below.

Humour, though unintended, came, through listening on the provided wand, from the pretentious, overwrought descriptions of some of the art work, especially in the gallery of enormous works by Anselm Kiefer.

On the ground floor of the Museum is a gallery of eight sculptures by Richard Serra, entitled The Matter of Time. In reading this Museum’s description, there’s a higher level of intellectual interpretation than I’m capable of. Sculpture is an art form that begs to be touched, think of Henry Moore, or Barbara Hepworth.

The Museum website asks, How do you feel when you look at the painting below by Mark Rothko?

It replies, saying,

Rothko’s picture exemplifies American Abstract Expressionism and the style known as Color Field painting. Rothko sought to use large chromatic planes to express universal human emotions through the contemplation of color, often in the form of large chromatic planes.

My conclusion on visiting the Museum; it’s the building that’s the significant art work. While it’s interior is impressive in it’s combination of materials, angles and views, the museum is best viewed from afar. Here’s my brief photo montage of some of the art. [Note, photography of the art was discouraged, so only two photos, a Rothko and a Warhol. Click on images to enlarge.]

Painting of the week No.19: Departure of the Diligence, Biarritz by Abraham Solomon

Odd, that I’ve called it painting of the week, because it’s certainly not a weekly thing. This is only number 19 since the first of the series in 2009.

The Picture Gallery at Royal Holloway, University of London in Egham has been a source of many of my paintings of the week. Our latest visit, last week, provides another.

I’d admired Departure of the Diligence, Biarritz by Abraham Solomon in an earlier visit. It was positioned high up in the gallery making close-up viewing difficult. In our more recent visits to the gallery the painting wasn’t on view, We were informed that it had been away for cleaning, and had recently returned to the gallery. What a difference cleaning has made, the colours are so much brighter. [Click on image to expand – see all the pictures in the gallery at Art UK].

Here’s my extract from the gallery catalogue, which expresses my views perfectly,

This painting was Solomon’s last work before he died in Biarritz, to where he had gone in 1861 for a rest cure for a heart condition. Solomon’s paintings were admired for their brilliance of colour, and for his interest in costume. The painting contains much in the way of incidental detail and careful grouping of figures, who weave an intricate pattern across the picture surface, again something so admired in Solomon’s work.