Art Reviews

Unfinished...Works From the Courtauld Gallery

Bob Chaundy | Posted 19.06.2015 | UK Entertainment
Bob Chaundy

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.

Two Truths - Griffin Gallery

Bob Chaundy | Posted 28.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Bob Chaundy

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 the world around them. More, it's an interesting contrast between how culture is affected by displacement.

Speaking Power to Truth - John Keane

Bob Chaundy | Posted 20.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Bob Chaundy

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 since.

World War Civil War Portraits - Sara Shamma

Bob Chaundy | Posted 14.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Bob Chaundy

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.

Catlin Art Prize 2015

Bob Chaundy | Posted 12.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Bob Chaundy

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 during their art school years.

Eva Masterman Studio: Residency and Exhibition

Bob Chaundy | Posted 26.06.2015 | UK Entertainment
Bob Chaundy

For the past three weeks, the 28-year-old sculptor has turned London's William Benington Gallery into her own studio with all the accoutrements required for creating high-spec ceramic sculptures - bags of industrial raw materials, assorted moulds, tools and equipment. And with lots of slushy material around, it's a very messy business.

#BedfordVoices

Bob Chaundy | Posted 18.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Bob Chaundy

Entitled #BedfordVoices, for the next month, billboards dotted around various locations in the town centre will proclaim the ideals of various charities and community groups in the form of hard-hitting political cartoons. The idea is to provoke thought and discussion about the issues raised by organisations that seldom get heard.

Debussy Explosion - Hugo Dalton and Imma Setiadi

Bob Chaundy | Posted 31.03.2015 | UK Entertainment
Bob Chaundy

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.

Walking on the Beach Imitating Sand

Bob Chaundy | Posted 23.03.2015 | UK Entertainment
Bob Chaundy

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.

David Boni - Every Life is Extraordinary

Bob Chaundy | Posted 16.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Bob Chaundy

Anonymity is an important feature of pencourage.com. The site was established to enable people to share their innermost thoughts and feelings secure in the knowledge that no personal details will ever be published unless the people concerned want them to be.

David Worthington - Experiments in Colour

Bob Chaundy | Posted 24.01.2015 | UK Entertainment
Bob Chaundy

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.

Griffin Art Prize 2014

Bob Chaundy | Posted 19.01.2015 | UK Entertainment
Bob Chaundy

The prize is awarded to emerging artists in painting and drawing. Chudamani Clowes emerged triumphant from a long list of 20 that was then boiled down to 10. The works of all those shortlisted are being exhibited at the gallery for a month.

Before the Dawn - Arabella Dorman

Bob Chaundy | Posted 01.01.2015 | UK Entertainment
Bob Chaundy

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.

Egon Schiele: The Radical Nude

Bob Chaundy | Posted 22.12.2014 | UK Entertainment
Bob Chaundy

Egon Schiele was the enfant terrible of the Austrian art scene in the early 1900s. His career lasted barely a decade but in that short time he threw a metaphorical grenade into the Viennese art establishment...

Saad Qureshi - Congregation

Bob Chaundy | Posted 12.12.2014 | UK Entertainment
Bob Chaundy

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.

Chilean Art of Civil Disobedience: Review From V&A, London

Sumeet Grover | Posted 27.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Sumeet Grover

It narrates at least one hundred years of world history to remind us that in the multitude of global societies, one phenomenon repeats itself without fail: some people in positions of power direct the cultivation of society to be divorced from the reality of ordinary people

Sir Peter Blake - Still Pushing the Boundaries of Pop Art

Bob Chaundy | Posted 25.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Bob Chaundy

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 them as art.

U - The Unit London Gallery

Bob Chaundy | Posted 17.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Bob Chaundy

"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.

Space Age - Hus Gallery

Bob Chaundy | Posted 17.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Bob Chaundy

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.

Scars and Stripes - D*Face in LA

Bob Chaundy | Posted 15.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Bob Chaundy

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 pop-up exhibition in Los Angeles.

Peter Randall-Page - Upside Down and Inside Out

Bob Chaundy | Posted 04.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Bob Chaundy

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.

Go Figure - Cob Gallery

Bob Chaundy | Posted 05.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Bob Chaundy

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.

BASALT - Jill McManners

Bob Chaundy | Posted 28.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Bob Chaundy

Lancashire-born artist and sculptor, Jill McManner's obsession with this terrible beauty has manifested itself in her first solo exhibition, BASALT, at London's Mall Galleries. She exhibits some 60 watercolour works of these cliffs painted face on from sketches and photographs she made from the sea with the rock towering above her.

Art Review: BP Portrait Award 2013

Sumeet Grover | Posted 18.10.2013 | UK Entertainment
Sumeet Grover

In the works on display, the art of portrait painting stands out as enduringly-defined and honed as the sharply exploited oil or acrylic paints that capture every fragment of people's faces, bodies and postures through unflinching detail.

The Future in an Instant

Bianca Brigitte Bonomi | Posted 19.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Bianca Brigitte Bonomi

A recent exhibition of what organisers have termed the University of the Arts London's 'brightest and best students' has provided a refreshing and necessary glimpse into some of the artists likely to play a significant role in the future of British art.