Bob Chaundy
Freelance journalist, ex-BBC News, who writes about art, obituaries and travel. He is the author of the comic novel Little Black Trains. See

Entries by Bob Chaundy

Nicola Hicks - Pause

(0) Comments | Posted 12 November 2015 | (17:36)

In the window of the Flowers Gallery in Cork Street stands a black sentry crow, a dark, human-like figure clad in armour with a crow's head and wings. It's constructed from plaster and straw and any other material scooped from her studio floor that has become British sculptor Nicola Hicks's...

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Lita Cabellut - Impulse

(0) Comments | Posted 14 October 2015 | (15:49)

"Though there's a lot of talk about female emancipation today, I believe it's a hard time for women this century. They need to be clever, to look beautiful, be in shape and be able to manage all this with a smile."

So says celebrated portrait artist Lita Cabellut, talking...

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David Hockney: Early Drawings

(0) Comments | Posted 24 September 2015 | (18:12)

"Ink drawings are unbelievably unforgiving. There's no room for error," proclaims gallery owner Offer Waterman as he lauds the technical skill and emotional impact of some of David Hockney's early portraits. If there was a mistake, and they were rare, a gentle use of the scalpel would be enough to...

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Bridget Riley: Learning From Seurat

(0) Comments | Posted 17 September 2015 | (14:13)

British painter Bridget Riley, now 84, is best known worldwide by those abstract, almost hallucinatory, stripes, curves and other geometric forms that seemed to gel with the psychedelic '60s and beyond. They epitomised a new spirit and language in painting.

Less well known is that one of the most important...

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Josef Koudelka - Uncertain Nationality

(0) Comments | Posted 13 September 2015 | (15:48)

Josef Koudelka is something of a legend among photographers. He achieved worldwide fame by capturing the seismic shock felt by his fellow Czechs when, in the summer of 1968, Red Army tanks stormed into Prague to crush a government that had dared to depart from the Kremlin's diktat.

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Emily Young: Call and Response London

(0) Comments | Posted 2 July 2015 | (13:59)

Emily Young is regarded as Britain's greatest living stone sculptor. Not for her the pristine slabs of Carrara marble. She revels in those ragged off-cuts that lay at the back of old stone quarries near her home in Tuscany, sometimes wearing, as she puts it, dark overcoats of disguise.


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Unfinished...Works From the Courtauld Gallery

(0) Comments | Posted 18 June 2015 | (15:29)

When I first heard that the Courtauld's Summer Showcase was going to comprise unfinished works from its collection, I wondered if this might be, like its subjects, a half-baked idea.

Not so. It becomes clear that not only is "unfinished" a concept often open to interpretation, but accompanying the paintings'...

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Two Truths - Griffin Gallery

(0) Comments | Posted 28 May 2015 | (15:20)

Two Truths refers to the Buddhist doctrine that differentiates between two levels of truth: relative and absolute. The exhibition at The Griffin Gallery in west London is less a philosophical exploration of how six different artists view their versions of the truth in the way they relate to and interpret...

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Speaking Power to Truth - John Keane

(0) Comments | Posted 20 May 2015 | (16:45)

John Keane may have only been an official war artist for a matter of days when he was commissioned by the Imperial War Museum to record images from the Gulf War of August 1990. Yet, war, conflict and power have remained constant fascinations and resultant themes of his paintings ever...

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World War Civil War Portraits - Sara Shamma

(0) Comments | Posted 14 May 2015 | (14:25)

Sara Shamma is an internationally acclaimed portrait painter. Among her many awards are the BP Portrait Award 2004 and the Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize South Australia 2008. She exhibited at the Florence Biennale in 2013.

Shamma hails from Syria, and the seemingly interminable slaughter taking place in her homeland...

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Catlin Art Prize 2015

(0) Comments | Posted 10 May 2015 | (14:55)

It's Catlin Art Prize time again - the annual exhibition of the shortlisted candidates from the Art Catlin Guide featuring the most exciting new art graduates in the UK. Eight finalists this year have been given space at the Londonewcastle Project Space in London in which to develop themes explored...

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Eva Masterman Studio: Residency and Exhibition

(0) Comments | Posted 26 April 2015 | (20:36)

It's often forgotten that the process of creating a work of art is normally a private affair. The artists's studio has assumed a somewhat mythical status where creativity, both mental and physical, results in raw materials being fashioned into something refined well away from the public gaze.

Not so with...

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Santiago Taccetti - ISO 9001

(1) Comments | Posted 26 March 2015 | (17:29)

Santiago Taccetti likes to do things the wrong way. In fact, he has literally made an art of it. His new and first solo exhibition in the UK consists of a series of two-metre high white paintings. But far from manipulating the paint on the canvas in the way painters...

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(1) Comments | Posted 18 March 2015 | (17:58)

It's that time again, when giant posters around the country are being pasted up to bombard you with images and messages from the various political parties telling you what they want you to think in order to secure your vote in the forthcoming general election. It's particularly so in Bedford,...

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Debussy Explosion - Hugo Dalton and Imma Setiadi

(0) Comments | Posted 29 January 2015 | (14:53)

Artist Hugo Dalton took part in an unusual performance at the Royal College of Music this week. In the exquisite Britten Hall, deep in the college basement, he collaborated with Indonesian pianist Imma Setiadi in a rendition of Debussy Preludes that they have titled Debussy Explosion.

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Walking on the Beach Imitating Sand

(0) Comments | Posted 21 January 2015 | (19:16)

Step inside London's Hus Gallery and you become immersed in an imaginary, timeless and ethereal setting created by two young sculptors, Virgile Ittah and Kai Yoda. Immersed and integral too, since the viewer is seen by the artists as part of this mood piece.

Entitled "Walking on the Beach Imitating...

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David Boni - Every Life is Extraordinary

(0) Comments | Posted 14 January 2015 | (16:47)

Five years ago, "Lammy' was sexually assaulted in a tent at a festival. She was 16. The trauma haunted her at an age when she should have been care-free. She described the event in detail in a journal she wrote for the social network website It ended...

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David Worthington - Experiments in Colour

(0) Comments | Posted 24 November 2014 | (14:14)

There are two particular discoveries that combined to inspire this latest exhibition from sculptor David Worthington at the William Benington Gallery, a few doors down from London's Sadler's Wells theatre.

The first is his discovery that stone sculpture, from the ancient Greeks to the medieval period, often had coloured...

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Griffin Art Prize 2014

(0) Comments | Posted 19 November 2014 | (14:06)

In the early years of the 20th century, elaborate exhibitions at White City in west London were staged to celebrate the British empire. Model colonial villages were constructed, Bollywood-style spectaculars were put on, one featuring a herd of elephants.

"Natives" from the colonies were imported for the events, the over-riding...

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Before the Dawn - Arabella Dorman

(0) Comments | Posted 2 November 2014 | (10:07)

Acclaimed war artist Arabella Dorman has visited Afghanistan on several occasions over the past five years in order to capture in her paintings the human face of the conflict there, of both Afghan civilians and of the British forces.

After three decades of continuous war, from the Russian occupation...

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