City Life exhibition at Candid Arts Trust

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Very pleased that three paintings from my Valencia series have been selected for the upcoming City Life exhibition at Candid Arts Trust near Angel, central London, where I recently also exhibited works from my Dénia series. Candid Arts is a lovely space with regular open calls and the previous exhibition where I participated was very strong.

The Valencia series is inspired by my home town of Valencia in Eastern Spain, and created mainly on location where I feel most connected to the material. When I’m working on these pieces I tend to be very free and produce work in many formats and (2D) media. The inspiration comes mainly from the sights, textures and light of the place which are quite different from my usual surroundings in England.

I hope you’ll consider stopping by if you’re in the area.

Exhibition details:

City Life

11-20 October 2019, open every day 12-6pm, late view Thursday 17 October 6-10pm


Private View: Thursday 10 October 6-9pm, open to everyone

Candid Arts Trust
3-5 Torrens Street, London EC1V 1NQ (map here)
Underground: Angel
https://candidarts.wordpress.com/
Licensed bar on premises

The Valencia series: The Old Town I, acrylic on canvas, 92x73 cm

The Valencia series: The Old Town I, acrylic on canvas, 92x73 cm

The Valencia series: The Old Town III, oil on canvas, 92x73 cm

The Valencia series: The Old Town III, oil on canvas, 92x73 cm

The Valencia series: Towers that Reach up to the Sky, acrylic on canvas, 92x73 cm

The Valencia series: Towers that Reach up to the Sky, acrylic on canvas, 92x73 cm

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Source: https://candidarts.wordpress.com/events/ev...

Croydon Arts Society exhibition at Denbies Wine Estate

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Even though I was away on holiday, I had a couple of figurative pieces included in the annual Croydon Art Society Summer exhibition at Denbies Wine Estate near Dorking in Surrey (2-15 September).

Hugely grateful to Society members for taking good care of my work and looking forward to the upcoming CAS Autumn exhibition in Croydon (19 November - 7 December). More info shortly.

Chrysanthemums study, oil on paper

Chrysanthemums study, oil on paper

Chrysanthemums study, oil on paper

Chrysanthemums study, oil on paper



Source: https://www.croydonartsociety.org/

Open Studio day at Turf Projects

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Our next Open Studio day at Turf Projects in Croydon is happening on Saturday 27 July 12-4pm.

There are about 20 artists at Turf so our open days are a good change to have a peek around the studios and see recent work. There's also quite a few activities programmed for the day (and a brand new exhibition in the main gallery) all of which you can check out on the Turf website.

It's amazing (some would say scary!) to realise what a big part of my life that room in a basement has become. No natural light either- On the other hand it's the perfect place to be in a heatwave.

Images below are all of my studio.

Hope you can join us!

Open studio dates/times: Saturday 27 July, 12-4pm

Turf Projects

(site 1 and my studio) 46-47 Trinity Court, Whitgift Shopping Centre, Croydon CR0 1UQ (map here)

(site 2) Keeley Road, Croydon CR0 1TF (map here)

Train / Overground / Tram: East Croydon / West Croydon / George Street
http://turf-projects.com/

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Source: http://turf-projects.com/artists-workshops...

Paintings from my Dénia series at Candid Arts' Summer Salon 2019, London (UPDATE: Show now extended to Sunday 25 August)

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More good news! After large abstract paintings from my Dénia series were picked for the Contemporary Landscape exhibition at the 508 Gallery in London and the Makers Mark show at the Cupola Gallery in Sheffield, three paintings from the series will now feature in the Summer Salon 2019 at Candid Arts in Angel, central London.

It is really fantastic to be able to share these large, intricate pieces with an audience- And in several exhibitions in a row too! Very very pleased.

Join us if you can for the Private View on Thursday 18 July 6-9pm.

UPDATE: The show has now been extended to Sunday 25 August, same opening times.

UPDATE #2: An end-of-show celebration has been organised for Thursday 22 August 6-9 PM with complimentary prosecco and an open bar- Come if you’re in the area!

The Dénia series: The Town II, oil on canvas, 120x90 cm

The Dénia series: The Town II, oil on canvas, 120x90 cm

The Dénia series: The Town II, oil on canvas, 120x90 cm (detail)

The Dénia series: The Town II, oil on canvas, 120x90 cm (detail)

The Dénia series: Sunset II, oil on canvas, 120x90 cm

The Dénia series: Sunset II, oil on canvas, 120x90 cm

The Dénia series: Sunset II, oil on canvas, 120x90 cm (detail)

The Dénia series: Sunset II, oil on canvas, 120x90 cm (detail)

The Dénia series: Segària, oil on canvas, 120x90 cm

The Dénia series: Segària, oil on canvas, 120x90 cm

Exhibition dates/times: 19 July-25 August 2019, open Wednesday-Friday 12-8pm, Saturday-Tuesday 12-6pm
Private View: Thursday 18 July 6-8pm, open to everyone

Candid Arts
3-5 Torrens Street, London EC1V 1NQ (map here)
Underground: Angel
https://candidarts.wordpress.com/

Source: https://candidarts.wordpress.com/events/ex...

Makers Mark exhibition at Cupola Gallery, Sheffield

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Good news! Another painting from my Dénia series has been accepted into the upcoming Makers Mark exhibition at Cupola Gallery in Sheffield. The exhibition aims at 'leaving behind the slick high tech polish' in favour of raw, unfiltered work which reveals the hand of the artist.

The Dénia series, The House II, oil on canvas, 120x90 cm

The Dénia series, The House II, oil on canvas, 120x90 cm

You are very welcome to join us at the Private View on Friday 12 July at 7.30pm with a performance at 8pm by improvising arsonists Lyn Hodnett and Gillian Whitely aka Les Petroleuses. After that the show will be open until 24 August (opening times Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm).

As in the case of the Contemporary Landscapes exhibition at the 508 Gallery in London (25 June-13 July), it's incredibly exciting to show these large, heavily textured paintings from my Dénia series to an audience 'in person' rather than through photographs where the texture and scale of the pieces is invariably lost.

The Dénia series, The House II, oil on canvas, 120x90 cm (detail)

The Dénia series, The House II, oil on canvas, 120x90 cm (detail)

Exhibition dates/times: 13 July-24 August 2019, open Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm.
Private View: Friday 12 July 7.30pm

Cupola Gallery
174-178a Middlewood Road, Hillsborough, Sheffield S6 1TD (map here)
http://www.cupolagallery.com/

Source: http://www.cupolagallery.com/events/2019/7...

Art at 57 figurative work exhibition, Dulwich

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I am exhibiting figurative work at the current July exhibition with the Art@57 window gallery in Dulwich, South London. The theme of the exhibition is flowers, plants and seeds. I produced a few studies expressly for this opportunity and was happy to have my submission accepted.

Art@57 is a window gallery, meaning that the work is literally shown at a store window and visible to passers-by 24 hours a day. The exhibition will be up all month.

These studies fit within the recent still life work I’ve been combining with my big abstracts in my studio. I find it really beneficial to work on different projects at the same time and be able to look with fresh eyes at each strand of work.

Exhibition dates/times: 1-28 July 2019

Art@57
57 North Cross Road, London SE22 9ET, South London (map here)
Train: East Dulwich / North Dulwich
https://infoartat57.wixsite.com/artatfiftyseven

Chrysantemums study I, oil on paper, 42x30cm

Chrysantemums study I, oil on paper, 42x30cm

Chrysantemums study II, oil on paper, 59x42cm

Chrysantemums study II, oil on paper, 59x42cm

Fruit study, oil on paper, 50x35cm

Fruit study, oil on paper, 50x35cm

Source: https://infoartat57.wixsite.com/artatfifty...

Contemporary Landscape exhibition at the 508 Gallery [UPDATED: extended until 13 July]

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Great news! My abstract landscape Segària from my Dénia series (oil on canvas, 120x90cm), has been selected for the Contemporary Landscapes open call at the 508 Gallery (508 King's Road, Chelsea, London SW10 0LD, close to Imperial Wharf and Fulham Broadway stations, please find a useful map here). The exhibition will be open 25 June-9 July, opening times Tue-Sat 10am-6pm.

The Dénia series: Segària, oil on canvas, 120x90 cm

The Dénia series: Segària, oil on canvas, 120x90 cm

The Private View will take place on 25 June 6-8pm and is open to everyone but if you are planning to attend please RSVP to hello@508kingsroad.com.

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Very soon after I started working on the Dénia series in 2016 I started mixing impasto medium and marble dust with the oil paint to achieve extremely rough and heavy textures that became part of the vocabulary of the series. It’s been one of the big frustrations of working on the series that these textures (as well as the scale of these large paintings) do not necessarily translate well into photographs which is how work is mainly communicated to potential audiences nowadays. Therefore, it is incredibly exciting to have the chance to show one of these pieces ‘in person’.

The Dénia series: The Town I, oil on canvas, 120x90 cm (detail)

The Dénia series: The Town I, oil on canvas, 120x90 cm (detail)

The Dénia series: Sunset II, oil on canvas, 120x90 cm (detail)

The Dénia series: Sunset II, oil on canvas, 120x90 cm (detail)

I am also actively applying for opportunities to exhibit the series as a whole (which would be a first). I firmly believe that these paintings make much more sense as a whole than as separate pieces, but of course applications for a substantial exhibition of this kind typically take a year or more to be processed so it will probably be a case of persistence and keeping my fingers crossed for a very long time.

Besides the large, 120x90 cm pieces the series includes a number of smaller works (about 30x25 cm) which started life as either studies or byproducts of the bigger paintings. It would be great to be able to show both strands of work together. Maybe one day.

Hope to see you at the show!

UPDATE: Due to positive feedback received by the gallery, the exhibition has now been extended until Saturday 13 July.

Source: https://www.508kingsroad.com/whatson

Exhibiting with the Dulwich Art Group and 155a Artists' Space as part of Dulwich Festival

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I will be showing figurative work in two venues as part of the upcoming Dulwich Festival in South London (10-19 May 2019). The Dulwich Art Group and School (DAGAS) will be holding its usual Open House on the weekend of 11/12 May (opening times Saturday and Sunday 11am-6pm) at the Group's premises on 4a Champion Hill, Dulwich SE5 8AH (very close to Denmark Hill and East Dulwich railway stations, a useful map can be found here). The exhibition will feature the work of about 30 artists. The PV will take place on Saturday 11 May 6-9pm and this year an invitation is required so if you would like to attend please contact me.

Still Life in the Studio I, oil on canvas, 30x25cm

Still Life in the Studio I, oil on canvas, 30x25cm

Samson, aquatint, 42x30 cm (edition of 20)

Samson, aquatint, 42x30 cm (edition of 20)

I will also be showing work at another Open House at 155a Artists' Space (155a Lordship Lane, Dulwich SE22 8HX, South London, close to East Dulwich and North Dulwich railway stations, map here) on the weekends of 11-12 and 18-19 May, opening times also 11am-6pm. There will be a PV for artists and friends on Saturday 18 May 6.30-9pm, again please let me know if you’d like to attend.

Still Life in the Studio III, oil on canvas, 30x25cm

Still Life in the Studio III, oil on canvas, 30x25cm

If you fancy popping down to Dulwich for the day and visiting a few artists' Open Houses the full list is on the Festival website.

Source: http://dulwichfestival.co.uk/

Croydon Art Society Spring Exhibition

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The Spring Exhibition of the Croydon Art Society opens today at the exhibition gallery of the Museum of Croydon, Croydon Town Hall, Katharine Street, South London CR9 1ET (very close to East Croydon and West Croydon railway stations, please see a useful map here). The show will remain open 30 April-18 May 2019 Tuesday-Saturday 10.30am-5pm (gallery closes Sundays and Mondays).

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Society members have a strong preference for figuration and there is always an interesting mix of styles and approaches. I have submitted a couple of oil on canvas still lives myself.

Still Life with Fruit I, oil on canvas, 30x25cm

Still Life with Fruit I, oil on canvas, 30x25cm

I hope you’ll pop down if you're in the area.

Source: https://www.croydonartsociety.org/

Positive Emotions exhibition at the Kunsthuis Gallery [UPDATE: Exhibition period extended to 26 Jan 2020]

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Good news! Two of my abstract studies on paper have been selected for the upcoming Positive Emotions exhibition at the Kunsthuis Gallery in Crayke, North Yorkshire. The Private View will be on Friday 5 April 5.30-7.30pm and the exhibition will run 5 April - 27 October with opening times Friday-Sunday 11am-5pm (closed Mon-Thurs). The gallery address is Mill Green Farm, Crayke, YO61 4TT, North Yorkshire and you can see a useful map here. Unfortunately I won’t be able to attend the PV myself but if you would like to please register beforehand by emailing gallery owner Cecile Creemers (press here).

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I produced these studies on an abstract painting course some time ago. The exercise was to use the paint thickly and focus on the properties of the paint as a physical medium. I used impasto medium to increase the flow and body of the paint and had a lot of fun mixing colour and slapping paint on with a palette knife.

Red Flame, oil on paper, 36x26cm (2015)

Red Flame, oil on paper, 36x26cm (2015)

Nebula, oil on paper, 36x26cm (2015)

Nebula, oil on paper, 36x26cm (2015)

The exhibition will feature fifty international artists and the exhibition catalogue can be seen online here. I am very proud that my work has been featured on the catalogue cover.

UPDATE: My two pieces will be shown at Kunsthuis for an EXTENDED period in combination with the upcoming Shades of Clay ceramics exhibition, 1 November 2019 - 26 January 2020.

Source: http://kunsthuisgallery.com/2018/11/02/pos...

Ferens Art Gallery Open Exhibition 2019

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Good news! Two oil on paper studies from my Valencia series have been chosen for the Ferens Gallery Open Exhibition 2019. The exhibition will be on 2 February- 14 April 2019 at the Ferens Art Gallery, Queen Victoria Square, Carr Lane, Kingston-upon-Hull, East Yorkshire HU1 3RA, opening hours Mon-Sat 10am-4.30pm and Sun 11am-4pm (See a map here).

The Ferens is Hull's top public art gallery and hosted the Turner Prize (the UK's top award for the arts) in 2017. It houses an extensive permanent collection as well as an active programme of temporary exhibitions so I'm pleased to have been selected for this year's Open.

My Valencia series is inspired by my home town of Valencia, in Spain. You can see more works from the series on the Landscapes and Cityscapes section of my website.


The Valencia series: Rooftops Study II, oil on paper, 41x30cm (2017)

The Valencia series: Rooftops Study II, oil on paper, 41x30cm (2017)

The Valencia series: Rooftops Study V, oil on paper, 47x36cm (2017)

The Valencia series: Rooftops Study V, oil on paper, 47x36cm (2017)


Source: https://www.hcandl.co.uk/museums-and-galle...

Dulwich Art Group and School exhibition of paintings and drawings at the Artists Space, Dulwich, S London

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Good news- I will be taking part in the Dulwich Art Group and School exhibition of paintings and drawings which opens this Thursday 2 February 6-9pm at the Artists Space, 155a Lordship Lane, East Dulwich, SE22 8HX in South London (you can see a helpful map here). After the opening, the show will be open 8 and 9 Feb 10am-5pm and 14-15-16 Feb 10am-5pm.

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I will be showing the two oil on paper landscape studies from my 2016 artists’ residency at the Haihatus Art Centre in Joutsa, Finland which I also exhibited recently at the Croydon Art Society Annual Exhibition 2018 (I believe Haihatus still has places available for this coming Spring/Summer if you fancy a creative break in the breathtakingly beautiful Lakeland region of Finland).

The Country Lane, Joutsa, Finland, oil on paper, 50x35cm (2016)

The Country Lane, Joutsa, Finland, oil on paper, 50x35cm (2016)

The Farm, Joutsa, Finland, oil on paper, 50x35cm (2016)

The Farm, Joutsa, Finland, oil on paper, 50x35cm (2016)

The Dulwich Art Group and School has recently expanded its activities to include not just life drawing sessions most days of the week but also a range of art courses- The full programme can be found on the Group’s website.

The Artists Space is a new and exciting initiative which opened its doors only last year. I believe this will be the third exhibition held at the space.

Hope to see you there!



Source: https://www.facebook.com/artists.space155a...

Open Studio day at Turf Projects

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After two successful Open Studio days last year, Turf Projects is repeating the experience on Saturday 2 February. Both of Turf’s sites in Croydon (here’s useful maps to the Arts Store in the Whitgift Centre and the Keeley Road site, both very close to East Croydon and West Croydon stations) will be open from 12 to 4pm so that visitors can meet the artists and see their working spaces and recent production. My own studio is located in the basement of the Arts Store (46-47 Trinity Court, Whitgift Shopping Centre, Croydon CR0 1UQ).

Hope to see you there!

Source: http://turf-projects.com/artists-workshops...

London Exhibitions: Klimt / Schiele at the Royal Academy of Arts

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Personally speaking I love the period in art history around the turn of the 20th century, when the conventions of academicism were giving way to a plethora of new possibilities and movements which often influenced and cross-pollinated each other, across and beyond rigid boundaries. I often think that the it was the strong work discipline of academic training that helped artists produce such enduring art once they started looking for new directions. Some might even be tempted to think that such sense of thoroughness and discipline is, sadly, entirely missing from art education today, with predictable consequences. Or maybe not- Who am I to say? In any case, a preeminent example of such fin-de-siècle restlessness was the so-called Vienna Secession (properly the Union of Austrian Artists, Vereinigung Bildender Künstler Österreichs), a group of artists determined to find a new way of expressing their philosophical and aesthetic concerns in the sizzling cauldron that was then the capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Secession artists were strongly influenced by Symbolism, a broader figurative current which attempted to probe the higher and deeper truths about human life and the human spirit that lay beyond the rigid conventions of academicism. A salient example of this is, of course, Gustav Klimt (1862-1918), the Secession's first president and -probably- its top representative, whose work is exhibited at the Royal Academy until 3 February alongside that of Vienna's next well-known enfant terrible, Egon Schiele (1890-1918).

Consisting exclusively of drawings from the Albertina museum in Vienna, Klimt / Schiele is comparatively limited in range but offers great insights into Klimt's and Schiele's working processes, as well as their biographies. Klimt used drawings almost exclusively as preparatory studies for paintings but, as is well known, finished drawings became a considerable part of Schiele's output, and some top-notch examples are shown here. Klimt's studies for his well-known Beethoven Frieze (on display at the Secession building in Vienna) and his scandalous (never installed, and now lost) 1894 paintings for the Great Hall of Vienna University are presented in the exhibition along with studies from all stages of his career. On the biographical side, the show touches on Schiele's traumatic stay in prison after being arrested for allegedly seducing a girl under the age of consent in the provincial town of Neulengbach, near Vienna, where Schiele and her lover Wally Neuzil had shocked conservative locals by living openly as an unmarried couple. The seduction charges were eventually dropped, but Schiele did produce some top-rate drawings while in prison, some of which are shown here.

Klimt and Schiele had an intimate relationship, with the older artist protecting and nourishing Schiele at the start of his career. Ironically, both men were once again united in death in the fateful year of 1918, Schiele succumbing to the influenza pandemic (the 'Spanish flu') that claimed 20 million lives in Europe in that year.

Definitely an important exhibition if you want to catch up with the creative processes of these seminal artists. For my part, even though Schiele's output is definitely eye-catching, I always have the feeling that his signature style became slightly formulaic and lacks the freshness of Klimt's observation. Worth catching this offering and making up your own mind though.


Egon Schiele, Seated Female Nude, 1912

Egon Schiele, Seated Female Nude, 1912


Source: https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibition...

SerfnTurf exhibition at Serf artists' community and project space, Leeds

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I am very excited to have the chance to exhibit alongside fellow studio holders from Turf Projects in Croydon at the SerfnTurf group exhibition which opens this Friday (11 January) at Serf artists' community and project space in Leeds. SerfnTurf is a collaboration between Serf and Turf artists by which each group will exhibit in the other one's space- Serf artists are expected to follow up shortly with their own show at Turf Projects.

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The starting point for our production process was given by the definitions:

// Serf (n): an agricultural labourer bound by the feudal system who was tied to working on his lord's estate.
Turf (n): grass and the surface layer of earth held together by its roots. //

From here we had a group conversation ranging from the status of labour under capitalism to the working conditions of artists and the feasibility of setting up an alternative economy. Personally (and probably influenced by recent readings of Tolstoy and Chekhov) I was immediately taken by the symbolism of the land, agricultural work, the rhythm of the seasons and the natural world, which have all had a massive influence on artists but which, perhaps paradoxically, we modern city dwellers seem to exist in complete isolation from. Labour in the fields has long been represented by farming implements so I found myself making a large number of miniature scythes and trying out ways to combine them into a 3D piece. I'm sure Giacometti's influence was there somewhere in my subconscious.

The Square, mixed media on canvas (2019)

The Square, mixed media on canvas (2019)

SerfnTurf opens at Serf on 11 January 6-9pm (23-25 Wharf Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS2 7EQ, you can see a map here) and will stay open until Sun 27 January. Everybody's welcome to come to the opening but if you plan to attend drop me a line so I'm expecting you. Hope to see you there!

UPDATE: I thoroughly enjoyed my stay in Leeds (my first visit to the city) and it was lovely to meet members of the Serf collective who were incredibly friendly and welcoming to us Turf visitors. Serf occupies an amazing open plan space under a beautiful gabled ceiling with one end of the space designated as the exhibition area. The opening was packed (Serf reported that many attendees were new to the space, which is great news) and a lot of fun. I was sad to come back to London after a detour to Hull in order to drop off two pieces from my Valencia series for the 2019 Ferens Gallery Open (more info in an upcoming post). A big thanks from here to the Serf collective, can’t wait to welcome them at Turf Projects.

Source: http://serfleeds.co.uk/events/serf-n-turf-...

London Exhibitions: Mantegna and Bellini at the National Gallery, London

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I really enjoyed the current Mantegna and Bellini exhibition at the National Gallery (finishes 27/01/2019). The Bellini (Jacopo and his two children, Gentile and Giovanni) were the top artistic family in the Venetian Republic during the Quattrocento, Born near Padua in Northern Italy (a town under Venetian rule at the time), the talented Andrea Mantegna (1431-1506) married Jacopo's daughter Nicolosia in 1453 and the two brothers-in-law, Mantegna and Giovanni Bellini (1430-1516), went on to enjoy extremely long careers and became key figures in the Italian Renaissance. As a painter I am always fascinated by the skill of Renaissance artists but also by their creativity and imagination and their directness (one could almost say their innocence) in dealing with their subjects.

The start of the exhibition focuses on small-format works and compares treatments of the same subject by Mantegna and Bellini. These include the biblical topics of the crucifixion, the agony in the garden (Bellini's and Mantegna's well-known versions of this are both in the National Gallery collection), the descent of Christ into Limbo, and the presentation of the infant Jesus at the Temple. Pages from Mantegna's and Bellini's sketchbooks give an idea of the pair's thinking processes regarding human anatomy and composition (these experiments on realistic foreshortening and the human figure were among the earliest in Europe since antiquity).

Moving on, a very impressive (and touching) room is devoted to the topic of the Pietà and the Lamentation over the dead Christ and includes beautiful examples by Bellini from Berlin's Gemäldegalerie and Italy, including a stunning, highly finished monochrome drawing from the Uffizi gallery in Florence. Three panels from Mantegna's impressive Triumphs of Caesar series (created during his time as court artist to the Gonzaga rulers of Mantua, presently in the Royal Collection, and shown in full at the recent Charles I: King and Collector exhibition at the Royal Academy) are displayed in the next room. The exhibition highlights Giovanni Bellini's remarkable evolution in the course of his career, with the clumsy anatomy and stiff landscape construction of his earlier work having shifted massively by the time he painted the Assassination of St Peter Martyr (c 1507), his Madonna of the Meadow (c 1505, both in the National Gallery collection and showcasing Bellini's stunning sense of light) or the arresting Drunkenness of Noah (c 1515, from the Musée des Beaux-Arts et d'Archéologie at Besançon and painted when Bellini was in his eighties). Mantegna's highly symbolic Minerva expelling the Vices from the Garden of Virtue (c 1502, also painted for the Gonzaga court), from the Louvre, is also on display, as is Bellini's beautiful portrait of Venetian Doge Leonardo Loredan (c 1501), relocated here from its usual spot in the National Gallery.

Giovanni Bellini, Madonna of the Meadow (c 1505), National Gallery, London

Giovanni Bellini, Madonna of the Meadow (c 1505), National Gallery, London

Catch this stunning offering over the holidays if you can.

Source: https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/whats-o...

London Exhibitions: Courtauld Impressionists: From Manet to Cézanne at the National Gallery

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The National Gallery is well-known for its collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings. A comparable collection is that of the Courtauld Institute of Art, founded in the 1930s as an academic institution devoted to research and teaching in the field of art and named after its main financial backer, industrialist and collector Samuel Courtauld (1876-1947). The Institute's collection is usually on display at the Courtauld Gallery in Somerset House in central London, but, since the gallery closed for renovations and enlargement in September 2018 and won't reopen for a period of around two years, it is lucky that the National Gallery has put on this comparatively small but hugely enjoyable exhibition (ends 20/01/2019) mixing works from the Courtauld with paintings from the National Gallery's own collection.

The exhibition focuses on well-known Impressionist and Post-Impressionist figures active mainly in France, so in a way this is well-known territory, but the selection of works here is really very, very nice. From Édouard Manet's 1882 A Bar at the Folies-Bergère and Edgar Degas's miraculous 1872 Woman at a Window, the exhibition traces a course through the usual suspects including Camille Pissarro's night views of Paris, Georges Seurat's iconic 1882 Bathers at Asnières (plus other remarkable works), a few fine Van Goghs, a remarkable selection of Monets, Cézannes and Gauguins (very interesting to compare the treatment of still lives in these last two, and don't miss Cézanne's 1880/81 self-portrait from the National Gallery alongside his famous Card Players from the Courtauld), and, last but not least, a couple of intriguing examples of Pierre Bonnard's output, including his radiant 1925 The Table.

It is a very nice touch that the exit to the exhibition leads straight into the National Gallery's permanent Impressionist and Post-Impressionist rooms, so that the visitor may seamlessly continue exploring this fascinating period in art history.

Fantastic treat for the festive season. Catch it if you can.

Pierre Bonnard, The Table (1925) (detail), Tate collection

Pierre Bonnard, The Table (1925) (detail), Tate collection

Source: https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/whats-o...

London Exhibitions: Ribera, Art of Violence at the Dulwich Picture Gallery

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Jusepe (or Giuseppe, or José) de Ribera was born in the town of Xàtiva, in the Valencian region of Spain (where I happen to come from) in 1590/91. From what is known, he trained as a painter in Spain and Italy before establishing himself in Naples (then a Spanish possession) in 1616 after a stint in Rome.

One in a number of excellent niche exhibitions at the Dulwich Picture Gallery in South London, Ribera: Art of Violence (26/09/2018 – 27/01/2019) focuses on Ribera's well-known depictions of gruesome scenes, mainly from the Christian tradition. The paintings shown here follow the style made popular by Caravaggio and his followers which combines extreme realism with strong chiaroscuro (light/dark contrast) to achieve striking effects. Highlights of the visit include Ribera's treatment of the martyrdoms of St Sebastian and St Bartholomew and the pagan (but equally gory) theme of the punishment of the satyr Marsyas by the Olympian god Apollo. In all these works Ribera shows off his well-known draughtsmanship and his remarkable knowledge of human anatomy.

Ribera, St Sebastian tended by the Holy Women (1621), Bilbao Fine Art Museum

Ribera, St Sebastian tended by the Holy Women (1621), Bilbao Fine Art Museum

Other highlights of the exhibition include arresting sketches and finished drawings from Ribera's sketchbooks, including in situ captures of violent torture meted out to prisoners in the public square (a common occurrence at the time) which may have served as raw material for Ribera's compositions.

A small but perfectly formed gem of an exhibition. Catch it if you can.

Ribera, St Onuphrius (1637), Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg

Ribera, St Onuphrius (1637), Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg

Source: https://www.dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk/w...