The Eyes Have It : My Week in View
6th May 2014 Posted in: Dance Paintings, Drawings, News 0

I love to photograph and draw the eyes. The power of eye contact is in our DNA, they are truly the gateway to the soul. When you first learn to draw portraits you are always taught not to begin with the eyes, for good reason, they have a direct power which should not be ignored, […]

The Sun is God : My Week in View
25th Apr 2014 Posted in: News 0

“the Sun is God” are said to be the moving last words uttered by Joseph Mallord William Turner, in my opinion the greatest painter these islands have ever produced. It was his birthday this week, which amazingly he shares with Shakespeare and St Georges Day. Quite a trinity! Our family moved to Margate on the Kent […]

1914-2014 : A Century in View
20th Apr 2014 Posted in: Abstract Paintings, Dance Paintings, Drawings, News 0

We are currently surrounded by a stream of media memories of the outbreak of the  first World War. My own father, born in 1901, was just too young to serve in that war but he was to serve with honour in the Desert Campaign of the next. Through him and his generation’s life and memories our […]

Matisse the Master : My Week in View
18th Mar 2014 Posted in: Dance Paintings, Drawings, News 0

For as long as I can remember Matisse has been, with Picasso, the defining inspiration for creative modern artists. He hovers above us always out of reach as both painter and sculptor of genius. One of my personal claims to fame was that I was alive before he died in 1954, when he was in […]

Whistler in the Darkness : My Week in View
5th Mar 2014 Posted in: News 1

I am member of the Chelsea Arts Club, a wonderful institution founded in 1891 by the painter James McNeill Whistler. He is, I think, still an underrated artists who influenced many and fought the battle for modernism, nearly ruining himself in the process. His famous “art for arts sake” dictum, his linking of painting with […]

Bowie to Rodin, Mythologies : My Week in View
25th Feb 2014 Posted in: Dance Paintings, Drawings, News 0

Bowie: Art’s survivors are a special breed, not just the classics but those artists who continue to be relevant throughout their lifetime and beyond. This week I was again working on lyrics for a song with composer Thol Mason on the theme of Icarus and myth of human flight, while also pondering the lyrical genius […]

Life Class : My Week in View
9th Feb 2014 Posted in: Drawings, News 0

I was taken by friends to the play Calendar Girls this week and in the play the characters have to be semi-naked on stage, which is very brave of the actors, as is all performance in public that calls for revealing the unclothed body. Kenneth Clark wrote brilliantly about the difference between the naked and […]

Blue : My Week in View
3rd Feb 2014 Posted in: News 0

Blue is the colour of the gods. Lapis lazuli a semi precious stone, mined since earliest times in China and ground to become Ultra Marine, the finest of Blue pigments, was once so rare that only the most famous artists could afford to use it. Blue is the perceived colour of the sea and the sky. […]

Let there be Light : My Week in View
19th Jan 2014 Posted in: Abstract Paintings, News 0

Light is the greatest mystery in the universe. We only perceive the world because of light. Painting is captured light, Turner in particular understood this well and the British have a singular obsession with the fleeting light that is so precious in the long darkness of winter. The London Art Fair is also with us, or […]

A Life on Paper : My Week in View
7th Jan 2014 Posted in: News 0

I am reading Martin Gayford’s wonderful biography of Michelangelo, “His Epic Life” in it he talks about the importance of paper as a catalyst in the birth of the Renaissance. An earlier biographer had also referred to this artist’s life as a “Life lived on Paper”, as he was consuming and reusing this then precious commodity […]