Damien Hirst’s, Flesh Tint (2016)

Damien Hirst’s, Flesh Tint (2016)

It’s not a bad work considering that it’s by an anonymous artist hired by Damien Hirst in exchange for a weekly salary.  Hirst is not the first whose assistants do all his work but that’s a recent phenomena; assistants in the past copied the master’s work for sale to the middle class. In 1617, Sir Dudley […]

Ben Nicholson’s 1937

Ben Nicholson’s 1937

Just as Nicholson never really left behind his earliest line work, perhaps he also never fully cleared his earliest joy of representation and landscape. The course of Ben Nicholson’s work makes perfect sense.  Begun under the influence of his landscape- painting parents and further enriched by his travels and interactions with artists of various visions, […]

Ken Turner – Anthem For Doomed Youth – Wilfred Owen

Tremenheere Sculpture Garden, Penzance                   What passing-bells for these who die as cattle? Only the monstrous anger of the guns. Only the stuttering rifles’ rapid rattle Can patter out their hasty orisons. No mockeries now for them; no prayers nor bells; Nor any voice of mourning save […]

Paolo Venini’s Vaso Libellula

Paolo Venini’s Vaso Libellula

“Vaso libellula” by Venini, accompanied by Georges  Braque’s phrase: “The vase gives shape to emptiness and music to silence”  To me this fragile glass vessel is tough as old boots. Look at the way the hands are placed on the hips, one slightly higher than the other, this is not posed or level anger, this […]

Rene Magritte, Time Transfixed

Rene Magritte, Time Transfixed

It might seem strange to go about it backwards to explain Magritte’s Time Transfixed, but in a 1968 BBC interview Marcel Duchamp claimed the conceptual mantle when he said that until his time painting was retinal, what you could see, that he made it intellectual. Today we know Duchamp then stopped painting; he made no […]

Hidden Trifle

Hidden Trifle  Like Dali’s ‘The Burning Giraffe’ it is not immediately easy to find the subject of this painting. It is not centre stage and only reveals itself after much diligent searching. Unlike Dali, whose giraffe is indeed present but overshadowed by the central figures, the artist, Bee Ton has striven to hide her protagonist […]

Hilary Williams

Hilary Williams

Hilary Williams At a recent Writers Meeting in Penzance, we discussed the fact that many artists now choose not to give titles to their work and instead merely add the label ‘Untitled’. We talked about how this affected the viewer and about whether or not the title leads the viewer too much or whether it […]

Brian Jungen’s Running Shoes

Brian Jungen’s Running Shoes

There is something very tribal going on here. At first glance I see shrunken heads. A second glance and I get the Commedia dell’arte in that central Pulcinella-like mask with the long nose. A third glance and I see a tiny Stegosaurus. On my fourth glance I see fetishism, bondage, Kabuki. At no point do […]