Other artists and Random Research Drawing 2 onwards

Following a link from Anne Macleod's blog I looked at Alasdair Gray's paintings which she describes very eloquently. I like the figurative and reportage nature of his work which draws you into Glasgow of the 1970's. Portraiture can be very dull and only of interest to the close circle of the people involved but I want to know more about the people that he depicts.

A bit late to the party given that it was first broadcast in September but I've also just listened to the John Peel Lecture given this year by Brian Eno. Like many others I wonder why we make and appreciate art. Eno suggests that it is a form of social bonding, a safe place where we can let out imagination loose and explore difficult emotions. He sounds very nervous but he's a well read intelligent speaker and it's well worth listening to what he has to say if nothing else for the soundbites, "Art is anything you don't have to do" and "Technology is what you call it when it doesn't work" 

I think I've seen Don Colley's work before but since I'm not sure I've recorded the link again here

Sarah Maycock  also this film

Michael Chance did an MA at the Princes Drawing School  like his distorted perspectives

Sort of linked to looking at Paul Noble and thinking obliquely about my parallel project this public information film about New Towns

Derek Hess a brilliant draughtsman, some of his subject matter is a bit dark/almost pornographic. Also very "teenage boy" feel to it Would like to see the Forced Perspective film when it comes out.
I watched the film which was rather obsequious but was interesting for the way it portrayed Hess and the development of his work. It has been helpful to widen my thinking as I have currently been considering the development of a "personal voice" on the forum.

Barbara Hepworth Pelages

Hugely influenced by Lottie on the blog who is eloquent, open minded and creative. Her motto "mono no aware" from the Japanese concept which means literally things of emotion especially deep sadness.

Mark Smith came to my attention due to his commission to illustrate for the Folio Society. His layout is brilliant drawing your eye in, adding tension. His style is very 1950's and found that I didn't appreciate his work as much when I looked at a lot of it together but I could learn a lot about composition from him.

Following reading the Will Gompertz book What art you looking at? The way things go by Fischli and Weiss.

Anna Ray Artist in residence Chelsea Flower Show 2016. Not keen on the merchandise for the flower show which are crumpled photos printed on scarves and handkerchiefs but her textile art is lovely. Tactile and beautiful





https://scribblah.co.uk I like the project drawing 100 baby boomers.

http://www.sallymuir.co.uk/dogs/ love these, I want each and every one.

From the shortlist of the AOI Awards http://paulasanzcaballero.com
I'm not a fan of images using the union jack because I associate it with xenophobia but this is really nice, just abstract enough to carry it off. This is absolutely brilliant. Simon Pemberton is a genius.

Eri Griffin is working in ink and trying to capture movement, but also works on a wide variety of projects.

Arnulf Rainer was introduced to me by posters on the forums. His death mask pictures drawn over black and white photos are moody and atmospheric this is my favourite, not too gruesome but still eerie.

The Coffee Shop is having another interesting thread. I am indebted to peterjh for this explanation of what we're doing:

Artist has a need to make work
Artist makes work to explore that need
Artist shows work to a third party
Work speaks (or not) to the third party
Artist needs to make work etc etc etc.
Particularly it's the "Artist has a need to make work" that resonates with me, something like scratching an itch, I need to make work to feel like myself.

Looking for a Maggi Hambling drawing I found this at the British Museum. Love it, so graphic so stylish so simple. Beautiful. The British Museum is becoming one of my favourite galleries in London because it has so many wonderful drawings.

Betty Woodman combining pottery and painting. Here is an artist who isn't scared by beautiful things, why do so many people have to focus on disturbing images.

Woman with a bag " The Scream for cool kids" (Stuart Maconie) 

Ian Breakwell Walking Man Diary one of those weird coincidences. I found this by aimlessly following a link because I liked a charcoal drawing. I was drawing in Smithfield Market last weekend so I feel a link to this piece and I am interested in the quiet observation of someone without revealing anything about them. This doesn't greatly intrude on this man's privacy in that the photo's are grainy and he would only be recognised by someone who knew him a bit. Contrast with Sophie Calle whose work such as Suite Venitienne seems a bit too intrusive to me.

Following links about ideas
Are we really just vehicles for the advancement and creation of ideas? Interesting concepts, I'm not sure how my dad, who is quite religious, would respond to this

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=oww7oB9rjgw Originality is a big concept. A Grayson Perry interview with 2016 graduates found that they weren't particularly concerned whether their ideas were novel. "None of them wants to be original. And I think that’s quite healthy"

https://www.ted.com/talks/alyssa_monks_how_loss_helped_one_artist_find_beauty_in_imperfection#t-723128 Transition from hyper realistic to loose, mixed images. I definitely prefer the newer paintings which have a dreamlike quality. Like a sort of beautiful painted scrapbook.

Edward Burra for incongruity and hidden meaning Dockside Bar Marseilles

Marget Larsen timeless graphics and inspirational illustrations


debra mcfarlane


The Aesthetic Movement also here

Ideas from the book Edgelands
Henry Iddon

Mass Observation Project (also Mass observation project)
Julian Trevelyan

Michael Landy has popped up elsewhere
David Rayson had a picture in the House Work exhibition at the Victoria Miro Gallery

Linda Kitson  Fantastic use of colour

Maurizio Cannavacciuolo wallpaper drawings in the Bar at Sketch in London.

Lisa Maltby animation for the Snowdrop Project

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