10 September 2014


Southampton Port Residency

Delighted to be working for ABP as their resident Artist based in Southamton and working towards an exhibition of paintings and drawings based on the links between the town and the port.

16 August 2014


Catharsis: Images of Post Conflict Belfast

Journal Chapter: ‘ Catharsis: Images of Post-Conflict Belfast’  Photographies, Taylor and Francis,  London, June 14, 2013.  Contact Taylor Francis for a free download of this issue of Photographies, Vol.6 Issues 1.

15 August 2014


Black Country Echoes Festival presents ‘The Making of Mordor’

As part of Black Country Echoes, a major arts event celebrating the manufacturing heritage of the Black Country, the festival will present ‘The Making of Mordor’ at Wolverhampton Art Gallery. The exhibition will take the visions of Mordor in West Midlands raised J.R.R. Tolkien’s work to explore links between the BlackCountry’s industrial landscape and Tolkien’s fantasy fiction. Using Tolkien’s abhorrence […]

11 August 2014


The Rise of Urban Sketching

A global artist collective, an art movement whose members use sketchpads as their canvas; the urban sketchers were founded by the Spanish born illustrator and journalist Gabriel Campanario. As Campanario worked for The Seattle Times, he saw a rise in location drawings within the blogosphere. This discovery prompted him to start a flickr group in […]

19 July 2014



Atlas symbolizes the ravaging of the world by mankind.Half the world is an apple, the fruit of the earth.  The bite signifies the earth’s resources being used up and the juice falling into the glass represents the end product for consumption. Contact me for details to buy

16 July 2014


E Hoeveler commenting Immo Jalass

Elizabeth Hoeveler (ASC) commenting Immo Jalass’s artworks How many dimensions can we see? Three, on a ‘normal day. On a ‘normal’ day, however, I might be fooled into thinking I’m somewhere else – or many other places at the same time, while looking  at Immo Jalass’s digital offerings. I can cross dimensions and have a […]

15 July 2014


Ryan Gander announced as new Patron of Castlefield Gallery

Castlefield Gallery was last week delighted to announce, during the launch of their latest exhibition, that the critically acclaimed British artist, Ryan Gander is set to become a Patron of Castlefield Gallery. The announcement was made at Thursday night’s packed public preview of the gallery’s annual Head to Head exhibition; I Would Like to Join […]

12 July 2014


The Happenstance 12

The Happenstance 12 We few, we happy few, we band of brothers and sisters   This day is call’d the feast of the Salon des Refusés.He/She that outlives this day, and comes safe home,Will stand a tip-toe when this day is nam’d,And rouse him/her at the name of the Salon.She/He that shall live this day, and see old […]

23 June 2014


The Science of Art – Making Colour, The National Gallery

artseer.wordpress.com Alison Black The Sainsbury Wing is looking different. The walls are almost black and there are backlit photographs of vibrant explosions and placards with neon lettering. Is this the right place? Have I accidently come to the Science Museum? For an art show, there are a lot of mineral samples in cabinets and apothecary’s […]

20 June 2014


Picasso’s Last Laugh — The Mystery Behind Mandolin and Guitar

  Pablo Picasso died on April 8th, 1973, and he took with him an enormous secret. When I initially saw a copy of Picasso’s painting, Mandolin and Guitar in my art history class, I saw a face, and then saw the mandolin and guitar. I was so intrigued that I sought an explanation for this […]

15 June 2014


Straw Men and Quilts – British Folk Art, Tate Britain

Alison Black, artseer.wordpress.com In the days before box sets, multiplex cinemas and a gastro-pub on every high street, what was a courting couple to do during the evenings?  Without Walter White and some triple fried polenta wedges, Herbert Bellamy and his wife-to-be Charlotte Springall, had to find something else to occupy their time together in the months […]

6 June 2014


Take part in West London’s new Open Studios ‘KFOS’

Are you an artist, creative group, school or craftsperson and looking for an easy, fun and cheap way to exhibit in your local area? If so, why not register for West London’s new Open Studios festival ‘KFOS’  Planned to take place over two weekends, 10-12th & 17-19th October 2014, the Kensington and Fulham Open Studios […]

3 June 2014


Beyond Civilisation – Kenneth Clark: Looking for Civilisation

Tate Britain Alison Black artseer.wordpress.com If you are looking for Civilisation in Tate Britain’s Kenneth Clark: Looking for Civilisation, you will have to keep on looking until the sixth and final room of the exhibition.  And when you do find the 1960s television series, all you will see is a smallish screen showing clips on […]

14 May 2014


Sharing art

Reading about the so-called ‘new’ sharing economy, it struck me that I have been sharing my art for most of my life (I am now 75 years old). How has this happened? 1) I made gifts of my paintings to friends and relatives. (A few friends also bought works.) I bore all the production costs […]

4 May 2014


Of the Earth, Looking at Dorothy Caldwell: Silent Ice/ Deep Patience

Dorothy Caldwell: Silent Ice/ Deep Patience March 21 to June 1, 2014 Art Gallery of Peterborough Peterborough Ontario, Canada review by Joe Lewis  —————————————— Gallery view, withA Red Hill / A Green Hill, 2012 at far right. photo by Lesli Onusko © 2014 Art Gallery of Peterborough ———————————————— Dorothy Caldwell is an American born Canadian […]

2 May 2014


Bricks, Mortar and Paint – Building the Picture: Architecture in Italian Renaissance Painting

artseer.wordpress.com by Alison Black Saint Jerome had a pleasant working environment.  A well-lit, spacious L-shaped desk with generous storage space, beautiful views of the coastline, a (sleeping) pet lion and even a pair of slippers to hand.  His bench looks hard though, and is it a bit low?  This is Venetian artist, Vicenzo Catena’s Jerome, […]

25 April 2014


Sultana Raza’s ‘Understanding the Universe’ at Art Monaco

Sultana Raza’s is excited to present her art-works at Art Monaco 2014, taking place from 24 to 27 April. Gallerists and artists from around the world are presenting works in all conceivable media. ‘It’s inspiring to interact with artists and people from all over the world,’ said Sultana. One of her art-works on view is […]

18 April 2014


Anyone could do it – Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs

artseer.wordpress.com “I could do that.  Actually, my four year old could do that”.  This reaction, found amidst a discussion thread to a review of Tate Modern’s summer blockbuster, sounds familiar.  “A load of tosh”, “hobbykraft”; “junk”, “utterly insignificant”, and so the thread continues.  Could the gallery have made a terrible mistake and opened a show […]

4 April 2014


Tete-a-tete with Andy Warhol’s ‘Skull’

Sultana Raza at Art Expo New York 2014 4-6 April Exhibited at Basak Malone’s Booth 411, alongwith Andy Warhol’s ‘Skull’, Sultana Raza’s skulls from her HumanTechHybrid series will have an interesting time, giving news of the 21st century, where a lot has changed in terms of the human brain function, and assorted chips in the […]

28 March 2014


Artist Abu Jafar demonstrates recent works

UK based Bangladeshi artist Abu Jafar’s solo art exhibition, titled ‘Ekush Bochor’ [21 years], is displaying the artist’s recent works, 21 years after his debut solo exhibition in Dhaka, at the newly opened Institute of Art and Culture in Gulshan in the city. His last exhibition in the city, titled ‘The Dews of the Morning’, […]

26 March 2014


Very Veronese

Very Veronese March 21, 2014 by Artseer (Alison Black) artseer.wordpress.com The National Gallery’s latest Renaissance instalment, Veronese: Magnificence in Renaissance Venice, turns the gallery’s walls into a colourful theatre of Venetian style and drama.  Veronese loved clothes.  So much is evident from the canvases hanging in the upper rooms of the National Gallery, where Venetian […]

13 March 2014


Motherhood by the Lots Road Group

Motherhood exhibition: Thursday 20 to Sunday 30 March 2014 (Mother’s Day) The Chelsea Library, Chelsea Old Town Hall, King’s Rd, London SW3 5EZ Mon, Tues, Thurs, 9.30am-8pm Wed, Fri, Sat, 9.30am-5pm & Sun, 1- 5pm Closest tube: Sloane Square Motherhood is a Chelsea portrait exhibition and book celebrating mothers, grandmothers and mothers-in-law, by the Lots […]

21 February 2014


The House of St Barnabas present ANDREW WEATHERALL’S SOCIAL – a day of culture featuring Alexis Taylor, Bob Stanley, Irmin Schmidt (CAN) and more!

The House of St. Barnabas and Faber Social, in association with Festival No.6, are proud to present ANDREW WEATHERALL’S SOCIAL on Saturday 29 March 2014. Part of The House of St Barnabas’ ongoing Culture Series, this is the first of their “Collaborations” series for spring 2014.    Faber Social, the publishing and event initiative from Faber and Faber, works to bring the […]

7 February 2014


Sponsored Video: The Book Of Everyone Makes Customised Print or Digital Books Accessible To All

Here is a brilliant new book concept, which makes print or digital publication accessible to everyone. It’s called the ‘Book of Everyone’. It comes in the form of an easy to access app or website which allows you  custom create the perfect book of your choice. You may view examples by watching the video and […]

7 February 2014


A wonderful story about THE END OF FILM

Dan Stevens has been working as a professional Photographer for 30 years. As a Photographer who embraced everything that was beautiful about Film Photography, the new digital age was, for a while, a source of some distress to Stevens. He collected frames from the end of the films he shot and collected a series of […]

6 February 2014


Romantic Dancing Paintings

Jack Vettriano paintings from www.artoilpaintingforsale.com Beautiful Jack Vettriano paintings

27 January 2014



Amidst the reeds, water and big skies of the Suffolk Coast, Aldeburgh Music’s annual winter weekend exploring the culture and meanings of landscapes returns for its fourth edition this weekend (1 – 2 Febuary) with a wide-ranging exploration of what it means to hold your ground and occupy a place. In the company of award-winning writers, […]

16 January 2014


GOLDMARK GALLERY : IVON HITCHENS – £1 million of art found in a woodcutter’s cottage

A major exhibition of 10 previously unseen oil paintings by important British artist, Ivon Hitchens (1893-1979). A woodcutter’s chance encounter with the painter Ivon Hitchens in 1956 has led to an important exhibition of 10 previously unseen oil paintings by Hitchens in Uppingham at Goldmark Gallery. The exhibition will also feature drawings and a watercolour. Following […]

23 December 2013


Frieze New York Participating Galleries For 2014

Frieze New York is mounting their third fair in 2014. With visitor numbers in the region of 45,000, a number comparable with last year, the fair attracted international artists, collectors, curators and journalists, all of whom remarked upon the quality of the material brought by the galleries and the buoyant mood at the fair. Tickets […]

7 December 2013


Outsider Art: Shay Culligan brings his retrospective show “TEN” to the Savin Gallery

An outspoken critic of, not just the art elite, but privileged elites in general, and stuffy pompous phonies too, Boston-based Irish artist Shay Culligan brings his retrospective show “TEN” to the Savin Gallery in Dorchester, Boston this evening. “TEN” encapsulates a decade of Shay’s work in the serigraphy medium, ranging from architectural studies to glamorous […]

20 November 2013



Final deadline midnight of Tuesday, November 26th Only a few days are left to the final deadline to enter the eight edition of the international contest enabling artists to exhibit their works in one of the most prestigious art venues in the world: the Arsenal of Venice. Choose your section among painting, sculpture and installation, […]

20 November 2013


Singing Skies: An exhibition by Stuart A. Staples and Suzanne Osborne

Tindersticks in cooperation with 81 Leonard Street Gallery will present Singing Skies, an exhibition by Stuart A Staples and Suzanne Osborne, 29 November – 1 December. Singing Skies marks the first fully fledged collaboration between Stuart and his wife, painter, Suzanne, focusing on her ‘A year in small paintings – Skies, September 2010 – September 2011’ where she recorded the […]