Another lady artist I’ve come across completley by accident,Hannah Gluckstein who much preffered to be called Gluck, no titles, no honorifics. She was very specific about that.

A biography of Gluck

Just why hadn’t I heard about this amazing sharp dressing lady before? It’s really sad that; she was so talented, painted landscapes, portraits, flower portraits and even some more sort of genre subjects. She even campaingned to improve and standardised artists paints after WWII, and she experineced artists block. I can really relate to that, struggling with it myself.




Death: A Self Portrait

This was the exhibition of the Richard Harris collection at the Wellcome Trust held between November 2012 and February 2013. This was also the inspiration for my Final Major Project.

It has been many years since I went to London and then I saw this exhibition reviewed on the BBC website and I vowed I would go, a sort of New Year’s resolution if you will 🙂 In fact, in the end I managed to see it twice and enjoyed even more the second time.

This exhibition was laid out in a series of rooms which each dealt with a different aspect of death, each dealing with the different ways cultures and people have come to to cope and understand the loss of love ones and the ultimate end.

But I think it was the sheer variety of objects on display that was truly impressive. They didn’t have to be great works of art, though of course there were items by well known artists, most prominently being the series of prints “The War” by Otto Dix which were displayed all together as a wall of sheer pain and survival. But in fact many of the items were quite rustic, ordinary in their way, made by or of anonymous individuals. And this was very much the impression I left with, the sheer normalcy  and everyday-ness of death.

And the cafe was very good too 🙂







L0071821 Marcos Raya. Untitled (family portrait: g


Death: A Self Portrait, London





Family Matters – Millenium Gallery, Sheffield

This is on till the 29th April I think. It’s well worth a look as they’ve got many paintings on display that I’ve only ever seen as reproductions before. Seeing the actual works in the flesh you can really appreciate the sheer scale of them and the subtleties of the paint reproductions can never capture. I could talk about pretty much all the pictures on display, I had to work really hard to narrow it down.

“Sir Thomas Moore , his Father and his Decedents” In the style of Hans Holbein the Younger  – Rowland Lockey (1593)

This is an absolutely huge painting with the figures being pretty much life size. I think they might be slightly larger. It’s really interesting seeing the changes in fashion on the left and right hand sides.

“The Prodigal Daughter”  – John Collier (1903)

The conflict between generations is nothing new as this painting shows with the daughter apparently being a follower of the Arts&Crafts Movement. This was a time when William Morris was seen as edgy rather than representative of stuffy middle-class middle-England. Shows where today’s edgy will be in a couple of centuries time.

I think this picture is also begging for a caption competition. I’m going for “What HAVE you done to the dining-room curtains child?”

“Melaine and me Swimming”- Michael Andrews (1978-9)

This is an absolutely beautiful painting in the flesh. What the reproduction fails to show is the delacacie of the shades of blue of the water and the way it interacts with the two swimmers’ bodies. I also have a suspicion that the artist may have used an air-brush on this. It shows up in the very smooth finish and the beautiful graduations of colour.

“The Wide Sargasso Sea” – Paula Rego (2000)

What can I say. Rego does such amazing things with pastels. This duo is huge, 180 x 244cm for the top half and little panel underneath being 59 x 244cm. I just stood in front of it and drooled over her use of colour and line and texture.

Tom Sachs’ “Space Program”

I was working on my eassay in the uni library when I cam across the book for this performance piece by Tom Sachs where he recreated the Apollo Moon Landing. This is complete with a full sized model of the Mopon lander, a couple of “astronauts” in space suits and even a mission control.

here’s the movie

I’m wondering where this sort of thing fits in relation to more conventional space art.

Here’s some more pictures of the various props…