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Men come together to make a man

March 30, 2018 2 Comments
Men come together to make a man

I was wandering absently through the galleries of the Glynn Vivian the other day, trying, unsuccessfully, to remember what the Welsh word for ‘unflattering’ might be, when I stopped suddenly in front of a Japanese print. It was in one of the rooms devoted to the gallery’s founding collection, which once belonged to Richard Glynn […]

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Catherine Blake’s vision

February 23, 2018 0 Comments
Catherine Blake’s vision

Of all the astonishing visual images William Blake created, between the mid-1770s and his death in 1827, one of the most intriguing is a small sepia wash drawing (244 x 211mm) on a sheet of paper now in the Tate Gallery.  It’s usually known by the title A vision: the inspiration of the poet.  Since […]

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Mary Lloyd Jones

November 17, 2017 0 Comments
Mary Lloyd Jones

Mary Lloyd Jones has been exhibiting her paintings since the 1960s.  She’s a consistent and prolific artist, and it can seem hard to find new things to say about her work – especially since she’s written and spoken often about it herself (many others have too, including Ann Price-Owen, Ceridwen Lloyd Morgan and Iwan Bala).  […]

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Carys Evans and her women

November 6, 2017 0 Comments
Carys Evans and her women

Just over a year since her last solo show in Swansea Carys Evans has another, in the Kooywood Gallery in Cardiff.  Again there are around forty paintings – large and small, on canvas and board, in oils, mixed media and pastel.  A dominant theme runs through many of them – the lives of women.  Not […]

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Rachel Whiteread and Walter Sickert

October 29, 2017 1 Comment
Rachel Whiteread and Walter Sickert

It might be a sign of increasing age, but these days I prefer the quieter Tate Britain to the glitz and gargantuism of Tate Modern.  Last weekend we went there early to see the retrospective of the sculptor Rachel Whiteread.  Most of the works are shown together in a single undivided room and there weren’t […]

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Alma-Tadema’s uncarnal classics

August 7, 2017 0 Comments
Alma-Tadema’s uncarnal classics

Alluring women in chiffon and sandals, bright marble benches, azure seas, flower petals falling like rain.  This was the recipe Lawrence Alma-Tadema hit on for his paintings of scenes from ancient Rome.  Thousands were drawn to buy them, or at least reproductions of them, in late Victorian and Edwardian England. It was all a long […]

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Roger Cecil

April 21, 2017 3 Comments
Roger Cecil

I met Roger Cecil just once, in 2011.  There was only one way of making initial contact with him, according to my instructions, that had any chance of success.  You rang his number, twice, then put the phone down and rang again.  If you were lucky he would then answer.  I was lucky, and arranged […]

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Glenys

January 21, 2017 0 Comments
Glenys

There’s only one person in Swansea known by everyone as ‘Glenys’.  And there couldn’t be a more popular or fitting choice for the Glynn Vivian’s first big exhibition after its five-year sleep than a retrospective of the works of Glenys Cour, born in 1924 and still painting daily at the age of 92. What’s more, […]

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Paul Nash

December 19, 2016 1 Comment
Paul Nash

The big Paul Nash exhibition now on at Tate Britain is a great show.  Not just because it’s an unusually big and comprehensive review of his work, but because it raises so many interesting questions – about the part of an artist in homegrown and international traditions, about art’s relationship with the state in times […]

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Esther Grainger

September 3, 2016 0 Comments
Esther Grainger

We’re in Merthyr Tydfil to spend an afternoon in Cyfarthfa Castle and its estate, above the town to the north-east.  The house was built as a home by the Crawshay family, owners of one of the town’s great ironworks in the nineteenth century.  ‘Castle’ is the right word for it.  Stone turreted and battlemented, it […]

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