Category Archives: Art History

Google Art Project – it’s AWESOME

Have you ever wanted to create your own art gallery filled with the best art from all over the world? Now you can, without even leaving home. (OK, visiting all the collections in person would be better, but that’s not … Continue reading

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Modern Art: a Concept or a Con?

Damian Hirst’s in the news again. I’m listening to Radio Gloucestershire’s ensuing discussion about Art as I type this. Their guest is stating his opinion that Conceptual Art is really Con-Art: not real Art and conning the general public. How times … Continue reading

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Ashmolean Museum: Re-opening of the Ancient Egypt Gallery

It is open, at last! The Ashmolean Museum was refurbished and extended in 2009, but sadly the Ancient Egypt gallery was not part of that first phase. Subsequently Phase Two happened, the gallery was closed and on Saturday it re-opened … Continue reading

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Howard Carter Paintings at the Griffith Institute

Mention the name Howard Carter and most people will immediately think of his discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun. Less well known is his early work in Egypt as a draughtsman documenting the finds of other archaeologists. Carter was a … Continue reading

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Wildlife Artist Featured in Cotswold Essence Magazine

The September – November issue of Cotswold Essence magazine is now out and there’s a full page feature about my Birds in Ancient Egypt project inside. Writer Sue Bradley visited me in my studio and spent time interviewing me and looking at … Continue reading

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Health and Safety for Artists

Artists will be familiar with the saying that we’re only famous after we’re dead, but here’s a cautionary tale to stop you speeding up the process. Artist Govinder Nazran died from head injuries after a fall. A coroner ruled that a contributory … Continue reading

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Who is Blogging About Ancient Egypt?

Today’s #ff blog post is one for all the Eygptologists – amateur or professional – out there. Abydos hieroglyphs I’ve been producing illustrations for research in to the wildlife species that were depicted in ancient Egyptian art. That project involved spending … Continue reading

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Leonardo Da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan

Why all the fuss about the National Gallery’s decision to use timed tickets to limit numbers for their new Leonardo Da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan exhibition? The NG have decided only 180 people will be allowed entry per half … Continue reading

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Art Gives the Feel Good Factor

Looking at great art is as pleasurable as looking at a loved one. No I didn’t make that up, that’s the findings from new research by a neuroaesthetics team at University College London. Apparently when we look at art, irrespective … Continue reading

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Putting the Awe in to Awesome

Some years ago I took a lightening tour of the major Italian cities – mostly a fact finding mission to see where I’d particularly like to spend time on future visits. One of the highlights, and a fulfilled ambition, was visiting … Continue reading

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