Bob Chaundy
Freelance journalist, ex-BBC News, who writes on news, history, travel, and the arts. He is the author of the comic novel Little Black Trains. See

Entries by Bob Chaundy

Saad Qureshi - Congregation

(0) Comments | Posted 12 October 2014 | (15:44)

Earlier this year, while on a guided tour of the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Oxford-based artist Saad Qureshi noticed a number of beautiful and melodious birds flying around the building.

The guide referred to a fable in the Koran in which abaabil birds (Arabic for flock) are described as...

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Sir Peter Blake - Still Pushing the Boundaries of Pop Art

(0) Comments | Posted 25 September 2014 | (14:45)

You might think that at the age of 82, Sir Peter Blake might be content to pack away his drawing board, put his feet up and look back on a glittering career. After all, it was 60 years ago that he first began taking images from popular culture and designating...

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U - The Unit London Gallery

(0) Comments | Posted 18 September 2014 | (10:04)

"Identity is not as stable as it once was. It is transient, fragmented and manufactured." So say Jonny Burt and Joe Kennedy in the catalogue foreword to U, the new exhibition of portrait paintings at The Unit London of which they are the directors.

This observation on the effects...

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Space Age - Hus Gallery

(0) Comments | Posted 17 September 2014 | (13:42)

Space Age is the title of the new exhibition at London's Hus Gallery and features four young emerging artists - Nathan Green from Texas, Ophelia Finke from Frankfurt, Germany, Santiago Taccetti, an Argentine based in Berlin, and Konrad Wyrebek from Poland.

The theme is based on the Italian artist...

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Scars and Stripes - D*Face in LA

(0) Comments | Posted 16 September 2014 | (09:39)

Jimi Hendrix once said, "When you're dead, you're made for life."

The mythologising of celebrities who burn bright and die young - to which the guitar maestro referred and which turned out to be a self-fulfilling prophesy -is the theme of London street artist D*Face, aka Dean Stockton's forthcoming...

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Peter Randall-Page - Upside Down and Inside Out

(0) Comments | Posted 4 September 2014 | (14:59)

Peter Randall-Page's sculptures can be found all over the world. At home, he is represented in the permanent collections of The Tate Gallery and the British Museum. Anyone who has visited the Eden Project will have seen his giant granite sculpture, the Seed, that stands at its heart.

Randall-Page has...

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Changing Tracks

(0) Comments | Posted 16 August 2014 | (22:58)

Stanwick Lakes, situated near Rushden in Northamptonshire is a nature reserve popular with locals and tourists alike. It's hard to imagine that 50 years ago, through this now peace and tranquil environment, railway trains carrying passengers and goods thundered through. Today, on what were once railway tracks, ramblers, bird watchers...

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Wind Charming - Folklore for Today

(0) Comments | Posted 11 August 2014 | (14:24)

The United Kingdom abounds with folklore and traditions often dating back centuries. We roll cheeses down hills, "dress" wells with flowers, race with pancakes, hunt mallards, all manner of weird and wonderful things. The vast majority of these traditions are local, often based on myths or legends. Some have their...

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Go Figure - Cob Gallery

(0) Comments | Posted 5 August 2014 | (12:12)

Curator Roxie Warder has brought together the works of six young UK-based artists in an exhibition at London's Cob Gallery called Go Figure.

As the title suggests, this is an exploration of the human form in various guises. It's a big, colourful show and a deliberate reaction to what...

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World War I Aircraft - Shuttleworth Collection

(0) Comments | Posted 21 July 2014 | (17:06)

Among the lesser reported aspects of the war on the western front during World War I is the role played by aircraft. Britain manufactured 55,000 planes during the war of which only 10 remain in airworthy condition.

Four of these belong to the Shuttleworth Collection in Bedfordshire and have...

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Empty Suits - Beth Cullen

(0) Comments | Posted 17 July 2014 | (16:54)

Beth Cullen has lived a double life, at least professionally. She gained a first class honours degree in sculpture at John Moores University in Liverpool in 1994, and a subsequent post-graduate degree in sculpture and bronze casting at The Royal College of Art.

It was while at the RCA...

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Paradox at Masterpiece London 2014

(1) Comments | Posted 26 June 2014 | (16:49)

Every summer in London, galleries from all over the world offer for sale some of their best works of art together in one place - in the grounds of The Royal Hospital Chelsea. The scope and quality of what's on offer is breathtaking.

Masterpiece London 2014, now in its 5th...

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Art on the Menu -Fera at Claridges

(0) Comments | Posted 16 May 2014 | (18:32)

Diners arriving at Claridges hotel on their way to the new Fera restaurant there may notice that the main entrance is crowned inside with a jousting tent design. It was the invention of Basil Ionides, one of Britain's foremost interior designers of the 1920s.

It's a very English feature...

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Catlin Prize 2014 Exhibition

(0) Comments | Posted 2 May 2014 | (17:20)

Each year curator Justin Hammond travels the length and breadth of the UK visiting art schools and colleges and attending their degree shows. Through his observations, along with recommendations from tutors and those in the art world, his task is to choose 40 of those he considers to be the...

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Sculpture in the Home - Pangolin London

(0) Comments | Posted 25 April 2014 | (16:30)

The Pangolin London has transformed itself into a time capsule for the next few weeks with its exhibition Sculpture in the Home. The show consists of three rooms exquisitely decked out in furniture, drawings, textiles, wallpaper and sculpture dating mainly from the 1940s and 1950s. The inspiration for the exhibition...

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The Back of Beyond - Hus Gallery

(0) Comments | Posted 27 March 2014 | (18:52)

For The Back of Beyond, The Hus's exhibition's director Jessica Warren has brought together three artists, Sam Irons, Neil Raitt and Adam Bainbridge. They work in different media but share an interest in the surreal. Each has taken familiar objects or scenes but deprived them of their usual context, in...

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Eleanor Moreton: Tales of Love and Darkness

(0) Comments | Posted 15 March 2014 | (09:44)

History and political events are seldom what they appear. The plethora of current radio and TV programmes and written articles commemorating the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I present a fine example of this. Historians still argue vigorously as to the causes and the culprits, as beneath...

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BASALT - Jill McManners

(0) Comments | Posted 26 February 2014 | (10:23)

Millions of years ago in a scenario straight out of Milton's Paradise Lost, the Basalt cliffs of the Hebridean Isles of Shiant were formed. Volcanic explosions from deep within the earth's crust sent hellish eruptions of molten lava high into the atmosphere. Rivers of magma were formed underground which, when...

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Howard Tangye - Casting the Line

(0) Comments | Posted 29 January 2014 | (13:20)

As Head of Womenswear Design at Central St Martin's for 17 years, Howard Tangye's fashion illustrations have been highly influential to his students, most notably John Galliano, Stella McCartney, Richard Nicoll and Julie Verhoeven. Yet since he began formal training as an artist at St Martin's School of Art back...

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Diarmuid Kelley - All Cats Are Grey Exhibition

(0) Comments | Posted 24 January 2014 | (16:43)

"First and foremost, I'm a painter a painter before anything else, not just a portrait painter. I love the texture and feel of paint." Despite this self-assertion and his professed love of abstraction, Diarmuid Kelley has become best known for his portraits. His work hangs in London's National Portrait Gallery...

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