So - lots of scope for photos on who made a mark this week (see below)!
Let's start with one which I always love taking - the artist with the model and the portrait. In this instance it's Alan Coulson with Richie Culver (also an artist) and Alan's portrait of Richie. This is the chap whose portrait is on a big banner hanging outside the National Portrait Gallery in St Martin's Place.
|BP Portrait Award 3rd Prize: Richie Culver by Alan Coulson|
Oil on wooden board 850 x 950 mm
Alan Coulson (left) with Richie Culver (right)
Drawing and sketching
- I loved the drawings of Rhode Island School of Design student, Karen Sung as featured in the post on Urban Sketchers called Background noise. I'm well used to noting down what I hear around me when I sketch but have never incorporated it into my drawings as Karen has done
- There's an article by London Urban Sketcher James Hobbs in Artists & Illustrators Summer Edition - with photos by me! - about Urban Sketchers, the book and the launch of Urban Sketchers London. I downloaded an interactive edition to my iPad - it's much cheaper than the paper edition.
- Zuma Canyon by Robin Purcell (Robin Purcell, Watercolors in the Plein Air Tradition) is proving to be a painting that gets around - it's been accepted into another juried show and also appears in the June/ July Issue of Plein Air Magazine - see right
Dimly, it occurred me that, while modern paintings looked better in reproduction, older paintings somehow looked better in person.
- The Huffington Post had two posts by Tad Spurgeon about the process of oil painting
- The Process and the Pea: Exploring the Handmade Craft of Oil Painting -- Part One
- The Process and the Pea: Exploring the Handmade Craft of Oil Painting -- Part Two
- and there's more to come....
- Thanks to Ilaria Rosselli Del Turco (Ilaria Rosselli Del Turco - News) who highlighted this 2006 post on Facebook - Famous painters copied photographs.
- The Londonist provides an overview of street art in London including London’s Top Graffiti and Street Art Locations
Art Business & Marketing
- Cynthia Haase (What Are You Really Selling?) has Ten Ways to Get Ready for Sales! which contains 10 Nitty-Gritty Nuggets you can tackle to get ready for the upcoming buying season.
- For those sending or wanting to send email newsletters check out Corey Eridon's The 12 Pillars of Reader-Friendly Email Marketing on HubSpot's Inbound Internet Marketing Blog
These are this week's posts about the BP Portrait Award - together with the associated posts written earlier in the year (for the sake of completeness)
BP Portrait Award 2012
- Call for Entries: BP Portrait Award 2012 11 Dec 2011 Provides an overview of the process and some tips.
- BP Portrait Award 2012 - The Shortlist - identitifies shortlisted works and profiles their artists.
- BP Portrait Award 2012 - 55 Selected Artists includes links to all the artists and a statistical analysis of the entries by country - from the entries by 2,187 artists from 74 countries
- Aleah Chapin wins £25,000 BP Portrait Award 2012 Lists the prizewinners for 2012.
- Review: BP Portrait Award Exhibition 2012 (Part 1)
- Review: BP Portrait Award Exhibition 2012 (Part 2)
- Video of BP Portrait Award Exhibition 2012 - a walk around the exhibition with a handheld camcorder.
- A Profile of Aleah Chapin - includes a link to my video film of edited highlights from my interview with Aleah.
Here are other reviews of this very prestigious exhibition - and I don't include any that merely reiterate the Press Release
- Sophie Ploeg - BP Portrait Award - review (sort of)
- Tabish Khan for The Londonist - Art Review: BP Portrait Award @ National Portrait Gallery
- Art Wednesday - BP Portrait Award 2012
- Who's Jack - BP Portrait Award 2012
- Jean-Paul Tibbles - BP portrait Award 2012 which is not so much a review as a very large picture of Jean-Paul's own self-portrait which is in the exhibition. This painting very nearly made it into my Review Part 2 post.
|Three of the Andy Warhol Portfolios at Dulwich Picture Gallery|
photo copyright Katherine Tyrrell
- The Turner Monet Twombley exhibition opened at Tate Liverpool last week. This is the Guardian's Turner, Monet, Twombly at Tate Liverpool – audio art tour
- Dulwich Picture Gallery has two excellent exhibitions:
- I was very impressed by Andy Warhol: The Portfolios - focusing on complete suites of his silk screen prints. His mastery of colour is outstanding.
- philip haas: the four seasons focuses on the installation of a group of large-scale sculptures, each 15-foot-high, inspired by Giuseppe Arcimboldo’s Renaissance paintings of the four seasons, comprising Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter.
- Reviews of both exhibition to follow this week - and more pics of both exhibitions
|Two of the Phillip Haas sculptures outside Dulwich Picture Gallery|
- British painter Jenny Saville's first solo exhibition of work in a UK public gallery opened last week at the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaelogy, Oxford and at Modern Art Oxford. The exhibition traces her practice from the early nineties to the present and includes the very large nude work from the 1990s and very recent work. Both exhibitions continue until 16 September. This is the Guardian review Jenny Saville's first UK solo show opens – but mind the wet paint.
- Another exhibition which opened last week was 79 year old Yoko Ono's ‘To the Light’ exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery in London. This includes installation, film, photographic and performance work as well as a selection of archival material
- This evening I attended a preview for the new Built exhibition in the Threadneedle Space at the Mall Galleries (Mon 25 June - Sat 7 July 2012, Daily 10am-5pm Closed Tuesday 26th June for Symposium event - which I am also attending. The exhibition closes 3pm on the final day. Participating artists are:
- Anthony Eyton R.A. Artist in residence at the Eden project over a 10 year period and invited artist at Millbank during construction of Tate modern;
- Jeanette Barnes past Jerwood Drawing prize winner and Hunting Prize award winner who records the construction of seminal buildings in the City of London and the Olympic Park - and is exhibiting the Olympic Stadium, the Aquatic Centre, the Velodrome and the Shard. Jeanette has also had another version of the Olympic Stadium recently selected for The Threadneedle Prize
- Julia Midgley R.E. (Julia Midgely Drawings) Reader Documentary Drawing, and past winner of both the Rainford Trust and Printmaking Today Awards who was project Artist in Residence during the construction of Liverpool John Moores University's Art & Design Academy designed by Rick Mather.
- Patricia Cain PS PhD who has curated the exhibition was on-site over a period of three years during the construction of Hadid’s acclaimed Riverside Transport Museum in Glasgow. Drawings of the Riverside Museum have won The Threadneedle and Aspect Prizes. She is currently resident on site at Hydro arena at Glasgow’s SECC.
- The degree shows are in full swing - and the Guardian noticed that all of a sudden there seem to many more painters - see Artists of tomorrow rediscover paint's potential
What marks out the best new graduates, in whatever media or none, tends to be a precision and self-knowledge about what they are doing. This is to look at them from the point of view of an art critic – that is, to look for people who might be around for years to come on the art scene. To be a professional artist takes vision, purpose, clarityArt Education
- Here's James Gurney's Survival Guide for Art Students - his list of top ten art books and why
- I came across a blog last week about an art school for children living in Hackney. The Hackney Children's Art School blog records what they get up to and future events
- The English Gardening School has a new 5 day 'Focus on Foliage' Workshop taught by Angeline de Meester, Liz Leech and Martin Allen which will run in September 2012. It is designed specifically for the more experienced botanical painter on a subject that many find challenging. You can find the details in One Week . Liz Leech is the author of the recently published Botany for Artists
- Stapleton Kearns (Stapleton Kearns) has Some notes of caution on overstating variations within the shadow
"the big look" is infinitely preferable. It gives big masses and solidity of form. In this view the artist perceives all of the scene before him in relationship to everything else. One big picture.
- Winsor and Newton have some detailed tips on how to clean brushes after using different media
- Last week I reviewed Pastel Paper and Pastel Boards, created a new site Pastel Papers and Pastel Grounds and asked Which is the best pastel ground?. The purpose of the new site is to provide the type of site I'd have liked to had access to when I first started out. It's still a work in progress but I'd welcome people highlighting any reviews they have done of pastel grounds which I can link to.
- Jackson's Art Blog has highlighted a new product - Arches Oil Painting Paper - sounds interesting!
- My new camera is proving to be much more effective at taking videos in galleries than my camcorder - so you can expect to see me doing more videos of exhibitions where this is possible. However I'm hoping somebody might be able to suggest a way of panning around an exhibition without jerks as I'm walking.
Roy Lichtenstein: A Retrospective is now open at The Art Institute of Chicago. You can generate Pop-inspired self-portraits from their DotBot comic panel generator using your computer's webcam. Post your comic panel to their Timeline and they'll add you to the photo album. Check it out: http://roy.artic.edu/pages/dotbot