Category Archives: 20th century British painters

John Virtue

“Drawing is the compost from which painting develops.” –John Virtue John Virtue, Study from the roof of the Somerset House looking East, 2003/04 The drawing above was done as preparation for a series of monumental paintings of the London skyline … Continue reading

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John Alexander Parks

John Alexander Parks, Hide and Seek, oil on linen, 2012, 19″ x 30″ For a while now I’ve been wanting to do a post on John Alexander Parks, an artist who I’ve long admired and yet oddly, I’ve never seen … Continue reading

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William James on the Lust for War

Stanley Spencer, Port Glasgow Cemetery, 1947, oil on canvas, The British Council From The Individual and Society by William James This is the constitution of human nature which we have to work against. The plain truth is that people WANT … Continue reading

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Edward Burra: The Revelation

Edward Burra, The Taverna, 1924 An excerpt from a letter to Conrad Aiken from Edward Burra: I hate houses & don’t care about them at all or furniture of dinky all atomic kitchens or anything like that at all, nor … Continue reading

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Walter Sickert: Painting Advice

The following is a quote from Frank Slater’s Practical Portrait Painting. Slater was one of Walter Sickert’s students at the Royal Academy of Art in London. He recounts Sickert’s addressing his students: “I find you here painting single figures and … Continue reading

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Francis Bacon

Francis Bacon’s studio at the time of his death. Francis Bacon, Self-Portrait, 1976 Francis Bacon, Head III, 1961 I think that the mystery of fact is conveyed by an image being made out of non-rational marks. And you can’t will … Continue reading

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Ed Burra at Pallant House

Review of the Edward Burra show now on view at Pallant House Gallery, Chichester (wherever that is) http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/2011/oct/23/edward-burra-pallant-house-review It’s good to see that my complaints about the lack of recognition of the great Edward Burra voiced in the post below … Continue reading

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