Writing on art

The Artist as Entrepreneur

Art of England (issue 68, 2010) has published a short piece of mine. It is about the ‘grants welfare state’ and proposes that artists should be funded more as investments, over a few years, leading to artistic and financial success, rather than supported through project grants. I see this as… Read More »The Artist as Entrepreneur

Medicine for Body and Soul

Art of England (issue 66, 2010) has published a short piece of mine. It is some commentary on a conference in London on arts and health. This is an interesting area. Research is beginning to show that arts can have therapeutic value, can trigger memories in people with Alzheimer’s, or… Read More »Medicine for Body and Soul

The last Kodachrome

An earlier post (End of Kodachrome and a way of seeing the world) I lamented the loss of Kodachrome. Steve McCurry, the photojournalist, has shot the final, last, roll of Kodachrome.  The story is being told in many places, but here is the first notice from the Wichita (Kansas) Eagle,… Read More »The last Kodachrome

Abstraction in China

I am delighted to see the further development of Sumi-e into strong abstraction. Chinese and Japanese brush painting has tended to bucolic, naturalist imagery, for obvious Pilgrim’s Journey reasons from its historical development. But some artists, particularly in China are exploring new ideas. An artist to consider is Lei Hong,… Read More »Abstraction in China

How to swing the arts funding axe

No doubt many in the arts community are concerned at rising levels of public sector austerity. For many their very existence depends on public funding of one sort or another. Few, though, will of necessity understand the underlying logic why there are public funding programmes for the arts in the… Read More »How to swing the arts funding axe

Sunny, sunny day!

The sun is shining and my paint brushes are far too dry for their own good. The heavy paper I like to use is pristine and awaiting the tentative first brush with acrylic fate.

Art and Identity

Subtitled, What can we learn from art about our sense of identity, this short article explores some of the themes of the Wellcome Collection’s (London) show Identity: 8 Rooms, and appeared in Art of England (issue 67, 2010). In today’s world, people have multiple identities, particularly with the Internet —… Read More »Art and Identity