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

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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Paul Apowida - Spirit Boy

(0) Comments | Posted 27 November 2013 | (15:53)


Paul Apowida is a soldier in the British army. He is also an accomplished artist. He has served in Afghanistan with the 1st Batallion Rifles where, in firefights against the Taleban in Helmand, he has seen friends killed and wounded. He has narrowly...

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Obituaries - Life After Death

(0) Comments | Posted 14 November 2013 | (23:00)

There have been several major deaths recently - singer Lou Reed, broadcaster John Cole and composer Sir John Tavener spring immediately to mind. As the former obituaries editor at BBC News and now a freelance obituary writer, I know from experience the pronounced feeling of self-satisfaction such deaths engender if...

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Learning About Heraldry - Sophie Jung

(0) Comments | Posted 2 November 2013 | (10:15)

"Listen, Lady plot writer, we can't go on like this, either you deliver or (OMG I wanna put a hashtag and I can't find it on my keyboard! WTF!) Hashtag Quiver Quiver Hashtag and vibrate - you'll succumb to/whazz called in mah neighbourhood/ Hashtag FATE Hashtag."

This excerpt from...

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Paynes and Borthwick Virtual Gallery

(0) Comments | Posted 3 October 2013 | (13:43)

Virtual galleries have become commonplace as the art world responds to the opportunities made available by the digital revolution. This Wednesday, however, an original version of the genre was launched in London - the first commercial real time interactive virtual gallery. It features two digital art installations and, furthermore, is...

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Rocking in the Art World

(0) Comments | Posted 27 September 2013 | (17:48)

Dan Baldwin's show, Fragile, opened to much fanfare and celebrity in London the other night. It marked the first time the artist had exhibited under the auspices of his new management team headed by Pat Magnarella. Magnarella is a relative newcomer to the art scene. He is best known as...

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Hannah Knox - Buff

(0) Comments | Posted 21 September 2013 | (13:28)

There's a strong feminine tradition running through Hannah Knox's work. First, this 35-year-old graduate of the Royal College of Art use textiles as a base on which to paint and stitch. Also, many of her references point to personal, political and sociological influences rooted in the world of fashion and...

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Hamish Mackie - Sculpting the Wild

(0) Comments | Posted 20 September 2013 | (00:00)

Deep in the Oxfordshire countryside, wild animals lurk, among them cheetahs, leopards, camels and polar bears. They belong not to a safari park but are, in fact, sculptures from the internationally acclaimed artist, Hamish Mackie. Inviting me into his studios at his home, a converted barn near Banbury, is an...

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The Extraordinary Within the Ordinary - Ahae

(0) Comments | Posted 10 September 2013 | (09:40)

There can have been no grander place to stage an exhibition than the Palace of Versailles. Last week, in the Orangerie, in a gallery specially created by British designer Guy Oliver, I looked at a series of pictures by Korean photographer and poet,...

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Colour Shadow - Yukako Shibata

(0) Comments | Posted 13 July 2013 | (09:34)

"I'm very interested in the kind of colour you cannot grasp. You know you've seen it but you can't quite remember what it was." So says Yukako Shibata, speaking to me at her current solo exhibition, Colour Shadow. As the title suggests, the theme is about the reflection of colour,...

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Mark Evans - Leather Sculptor

(0) Comments | Posted 2 July 2013 | (20:27)

Mark Evans describes himself as a "sculptor within a tenth of a millimetre". The 38-year-old artist's chosen medium is always leather, a textile he finds appealing both aesthetically and functionally. He barely scratches the surface of it to produce illustrations that are dramatic,...

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Freq. - Light Sculptures in Hackney

(0) Comments | Posted 20 June 2013 | (18:41)

You peer through a laser-cut porthole in a large hemisphere and are greeted with an extraordinary light show. What look like dozens of eyeballs stare at you in all manner of changing colours and patterns, some simple, others complex. Or could it be a luminescent deep-sea creature appearing out of...

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New World Disorder - D*Face at StolenSpace Gallery

(0) Comments | Posted 6 June 2013 | (14:27)

It's the end of an era at StolenSpace. The acclaimed urban pop artist and gallerist, D*Face, alias Dean Stockton, is staging his last exhibition at the place where he first exhibited seven years ago. In a few weeks, the gallery's maze of rooms,...

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Fresh Trauma - Ceri Hand Gallery

(0) Comments | Posted 24 May 2013 | (19:13)

Rebecca Lennon has a twisted mind. This young and imaginative graduate of the Slade enjoys playing with familiar objects and setting them in an alien context to say something about the world we live in. She coined this exhibition's title, Fresh Trauma. "It's freshness gone wrong," she says. Her eponymous...

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Life Forming - Briony Marshall Exhibition

(0) Comments | Posted 17 May 2013 | (15:09)

It's not often that science graduates become artists. Briony Marshall has gone one step further. She uses science - more specifically biochemistry and molecular biology - as the model for her sculptures and drawings. Her exhibition at the Pangolin London is entitled Life Forming. Its centrepiece is her interpretation of...

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Propaganda at the British Library

(0) Comments | Posted 16 May 2013 | (17:43)

Throughout the centuries, propaganda has involved publicising information to influence belief and behaviour. The Trajan columns, for example, are an early example of how a ruler, in this case a Roman Emperor, reinforced his authority by glorifying his deeds in the medium of the day. The invention of the printing...

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