naphumber December 23, 2015

Marion Milner, a celebrated child psychoanalyst wrote of her own creative anxieties in her book On Not Being Able to Paint (Heineman, 1950, but still available). Fear is embedded in much of the writing on creativity, mainly because creativity is a public expression of internal life. It is a form of exposure, and ever mindful […]

naphumber November 19, 2014

“where do you go to my lovely when you’re alone in your bed?” (title from the song with lyrics by Peter Sarstedt, 1969, listen to it here: ) Originally publised in Art of England, Issue 76, 2011. Reproduced with permission. Fantasy, imagination and dreaming have been acknowledged sources of artistic inspiration as well as […]

naphumber November 19, 2014

“Dirt!” Originally published in Art of England, Issue 83, 2011. Reproduced with permission. In the film Amadeus, Salieri says of Mozart that it was like he was taking dictation from God. Most of us know the difference between talking the talk and walking the walk. It is not about dictation, but hard graft. Work can […]

naphumber June 15, 2013

Aelita Andrea is very young and yet she is showing us what goes on in the mind of a child through her art. See her website here. No pictures for this one. You just have to go and enjoy the insight and enthusiasm she shows for her work. Likened to a young Jackson Pollock, some […]

cognologist June 14, 2013

The earliest cave paintings were abstract. Now we can move on and reappraise the historical bias toward figurative and representational art. The early humans painted what was natural. Abstractions!

naphumber November 19, 2011

“Frankenfolks” can be artists too!” Originally published in Art of England, Issue 86, 2011. Reproduced with permission. Are older people curiosities, especially the long-lived? Do we see them as ‘marvellous’ simply for their fact of survival. Perhaps instead, we trap others in the medico-social web of nursing homes, expensive end-of-life care, and dependency on others. […]

naphumber May 21, 2011

I subscribe to only one art magazine: Turps. Actually, I subscribe only to a few things anyway. I used to want to get one of each, like some artists who need to have one of each colour. Knowledge is different, and I guess the fear is that you’ll not be reading the right material when […]

naphumber December 28, 2010

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 be of rehabilitative value in […]