UK Art

'Breasts Too Large' On Bust Of Former First Lady

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 21.04.2014 | UK

A new bust sculpted to commemorate the wife of a Romanian president must be reworked because its breasts are too large, the country's Ministry of Cult...

Swimming, Violet Curtains and the Duchess

Stella Vine | Posted 20.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Stella Vine

I've been a bit flighty the last few years, but I'm naturally quite earthy. I guess I just have to balance the fact I'm really a traveller, who got a bit sidetracked for too long, with somewhere to oil paint, cook, dig and bathe. I dread to think how much of my life I've spent in a depressed stupor.

Why 'I Could Have Done That' Hurts Contemporary Art

Alexander Leivesley | Posted 17.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Alexander Leivesley

"I could have done that". The usual utterance when observing a piece of contemporary art. In fact, it's these five words that create the hostility and scepticism towards modern and abstract that we see today. Is this hostility justified? Only if you've got a reason beyond the fact it's within your capabilities.

A Mourning With Jessica Albarn - The Plight of the Bumblebee

Gisele Scanlon | Posted 17.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Gisele Scanlon

Jessica Albarn has won numerous accolades for her art, books and films, but until her last film "The Boy In The Oak", she had never made one where she collaborated so closely with her brother - Damon Albarn.

On the Streets: Street Art With Phlegm, Jaz, Pixel Pancho, RONE, Borondo

Milena Kotseva | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Milena Kotseva

From the intensity of Borondo's 'Scratching' work, we move on to RONE's deep and beautiful ones. The artist is in town for his first UK solo show, and quickly delivered those two beauts. If you happen to be in London, do not miss the opportunity to see them in person, they are both a treat...

Hens and Vans for Sale

Stella Vine | Posted 11.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Stella Vine

I imagine driving somewhere in a van, France, Italy, the sense of freedom makes me happy, I stop off at a beauty parlour in some small town and get my nails painted pale pink, my hair extra blonded, I feel good. I by chance get invited out to dinner by some vague male apparition, I go out of curiosity, this is like tripping, I try to see what he looks like, Dennis Weaver in McCloud, crikey.

Ernesto Canovas: A Mixed Media View of the US in the 60s

Lorenzo Belenguer | Posted 11.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Lorenzo Belenguer

Ernesto Canovas, employs a multi-layered practice of painting, drawing, printmaking and photography. Canovas' artworks are heavily worked and only realised through careful contemplation

The Faces On The Streets - David de la Mano, Aryz, Space Invader, Rone, Thierry Noir, Vhils

Milena Kotseva | Posted 10.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Milena Kotseva

This week's On the Streets is focused on the faces painted on the city walls, that we see but don't always look at. Having a portrait is usually something very emotional and personal, and all the works included below carry this 'inside-out' revealing intimate feeling... See for yourselves.

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 70 - Spring Has Sprung

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 09.04.2014 | UK
Thomas Woodham Smith

The clocks went forward and the blossom looks lush, pink and heavy on the trees. Spring brings eagerly anticipated light and those ephemeral tiny-petalled flowers which have burst from their buds almost look relieved after all the effort they have made

George W Bush May Have Copied His Paintings From Google Images

Huffington Post UK | Posted 09.04.2014 | UK Tech

The work of the West's most improbable artists, George W Bush, has already been derided as "very simple-minded" and now it turns out they're pretty un...

Unlock Art - Your Guide to the Ideas Behind Art

Tate | Posted 08.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Tate

Double acts might be easy to name in the worlds of comedy or music, even in film, but in the visual arts the myth tends to run more to trouble than double.

Murasaki Baby Hands-on Preview and Interview With Sony XDev

Mark Varley | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK Tech
Mark Varley

Murasaki Baby made quite an impression on me when I first saw its debut trailer at last year's Gamescon. It looked stunning thanks to an art style that many will compare to the visual majesty of Tim Burton's works, most notably Toxic Boy and Stain Boy.

Dusty Lemon Cardigans, Belgian Chocolates and a Log Cabin

Stella Vine | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Stella Vine

I'd fallen into a little pit of minor despair, (a big black hole, couldn't move), all energy had gone and I was feeling a bit hopeless, thank goodness a quick trip to the Smoke revived me. I walked lots, covered quite a few miles, squashed lots of errands into a few hours, it was nice to be back 'home' in the city with my boy, all be it briefly.

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 69 - Milan to Coombe Bissett

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 06.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

I am collected in Milan by my host who greets me eagerly and enthusiastically even though we have never met before. I have a sudden rush of English reserve and withdraw mildly.

New Scottish Artists Comes to London

Amah-Rose McKnight-Abrams | Posted 04.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Amah-Rose McKnight-Abrams

The Fleming Collection's London home, in the affluent centre of London, will give all these emerging artists great exposure whilst positioning them among some of the biggest galleries in the world.

The Courage to Be Creative

Charlotte Ballantyne | Posted 03.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Charlotte Ballantyne

Creativity is ultimately personal. When being creative, you are making something unique and new. You may have taken inspiration from other sources, but the end product is uniquely your own. Humans are constantly being innovative and inventive, and everyone is capable of this in their own way...

Bit Of An Anti-Climax?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education

A student who announced he would be having gay sex and losing his virginity live on stage during an art performance has proved to be a bit of an anti-...

How to Explore a Place Through its Art

Lizzie Davey | Posted 03.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Lizzie Davey

Art and travel, for the most part, go hand in hand. I imagine when you travel you have a fair few museums and galleries listed on your itinerary. But why are people so eager to spend their day inside an air-conditioned building looking at illusions of the world, when they could be out and about actually exploring the real world?

As the Creative Economy Thrives, Art and Design Disappears From Schools

Nigel Carrington | Posted 02.04.2014 | UK Politics
Nigel Carrington

Arts and design are sometimes seen as nice to have but not essential, especially when compared to "hard" science and maths disciplines; it is difficult to imagine that chemistry, physics and biology would ever be banded together in this way on the basis that they are all science.

Veronese Exhibition at National Gallery a Glorious Success

Victoria Sadler | Posted 31.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

In Veronese: Magnificence in Renaissance Venice, the National Gallery has brought together a vast and extraordinary collection of work from this Renaissance Master, one of the most influential artists of the 16th century.

The Back of Beyond - Hus Gallery

Bob Chaundy | Posted 02.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Bob Chaundy

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. ...

The Art of Being Authentic

Adrian Kirk | Posted 28.03.2014 | UK
Adrian Kirk

When we experience someone being genuine we believe them. Be that a politician, someone asking for help at work, or the member of staff in a store who genuinely seems interested in helping us. We notice when people are being real, when they forget about trying to impress but come from a genuine desire to connect with us in that moment.

The Best MA Talent in One Place

Sheila McGregor | Posted 28.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Sheila McGregor

For many people these days a 'masters' is the automatic next step after a three-year undergraduate degree. It deepens the knowledge gained during a first course of study and, in theory, sets you up with everything you need to know for working life after higher education.

Poetry on the Internet and the Saturation of Information

Jack McSweeney | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jack McSweeney

The Internet is a tool that has the capacity to help art and creativity flourish and develop, yet we must be careful to utilise it properly, in order to avoid limiting it's scope for intuition and originality. Moreover, I believe that spoken word has an exciting role to play in the dissemination of information and formation of public discourse.

Life in the Arts Lane - Week 68 - TEFAF and Beyond

Thomas Woodham Smith | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Thomas Woodham Smith

Thursday brought a visit to another fair. I had missed the opening, on Wednesday, of the BADA fair in Chelsea. This fair is a quintessentially British fair and it has a distinct aura of country weekends and weddings in marquees.