The Anthony Shaw collection is currently on loan at York Art Gallery, and it’s well worth a visit. Occupying a relatively modest space on the upper floor, and curated with a mind for Shaw’s preferred domestic setting, the space is packed with great pieces – from ceramics to paintings, it’s a cornucopia for the senses. Shaw’s voice echoes through the space, explaining how as a collector of art, he selects pieces based on how he feels about a work, in contrast to […]
Playing catch-up from back end of 2016, feeling like I only scratched the surface during my visit to the Hepworth Wakefield gallery. The location is compelling, rushing water over tangled branches and river rubbish, wide open spaces, high ceilings and light-filled… that is the church of Barbara Hepworth, patron saint of British sculpture. A gallery jewel in the crown of the north, and master mini-mecca when it comes to contemporary art. If you haven’t done this artist’s pilgrimage yet, then […]
The Box That Never Closes | Michael Craig-Martin | 1967 | minimalist sculpture | gloss wood photograph by Vesna Milinkovic-Cotter The late 60’s feel of this sculpture caught my eye immediately – the geometric form, creamy white gloss surface and rectilinear woodgrain outline are an aesthetic dream. Note the highly conceptual approach to this work, reminding me of Craig-Martin’s American contemporary Bruce Nauman, both born in 1941. This is a very special minimalist piece, even the title matches Nauman’s matter-of-fact style in […]
Ceramic abstract sculpture Karocuro – a five week project and a first for me. I borrowed inspiration from British artist Anthony Caro, in particular his sculptures in hand-made Japanese paper, by rolling out thin layers of clay, folding and layering. The round detail with a hole at the rear of the sculpture is inspired by the work of Barbara Hepworth. I’m not big on planning or sketching in advance, preferring to create on the go, which is essential in order to maintain […]
Victor Pasmore, collage: Black Abstract 1963 Rachel Lowe, film: A Letter to an Unknown Person no.2 1998 Howard Hodgkin, painting: Porlock 2012 Shelagh Cluett, sculpture: Flux III 1979 The striking geometric aspect of Pasmore’s Black Abstract is brilliantly balanced with the organic, animal-like pattern – while the placement of the vertical strand resolves the right side dip of the painted panel by topping out level with its left corner – beautifully conceived. Porlock by Hodgkin strangely mirrors the Pasmore, a […]
STACK (Marble) by Sophia Starling at Saatchi Gallery London, December 2015 December 2015 at the Saatchi Gallery London, this large wall-mounted work by Sophia Starling is conceptually innovative, fearless, and my favourite piece – four white lozenge-shaped canvases covered in marble dust and mounted on a length of gathered canvas.