Paul Gauguin's Tahitian Dream

Don’t let that halo fool you. Post-Impressionist Paul Gauguin may have mastered the art of primitivism, been a key influence in the symbolist movement and paved the way for the Synthetist style in modern art… yet this predominant painter’s road to presumably calculated artistic legend was paved with controversy. It seems Gauguin’s art will always…

Artigau: 50 Years of Painting

It is always a privilege to view a gathering of artworks created by the same hand that hail from different eras, because through them you can admire how much an artist has grown and changed. Sometimes, you see a marked improvement in style, how sensibilities and awareness got sharper. Such is the case of Catalan…

Ecstatic Rays

On display in Saatchi’s Prints and Originals Gallery until 28 August, and available for purchase online — new works by nine emerging artists set to make some waves. Though small, Ecstatic Rays is an exhibition that can cater to each taste. Featured are the likes of SKU, Elektro Team, Zabou, Harry Jones, Mildred Palmer, Olly Fathers,…

Flat Out Belief

“Not ‘seeing is believing’, you ninny, but ‘believing is seeing’…” Artistic movements, carved, collaged and splatter painted across history, generally tend to advance or dissipate the philosophical declarations and physical tangibility of their predecessors. To do so, there must first exist belief in a need for stasis or overhaul. For example, as every art history…

Fan Art of Ice and Fire

So, it’s August, but as the best-informed lords and ladies among you are aware, winter has come. All the smallfolk out there prone to snidely professing, “I’ve never even seen an episode of Game of Thrones,” can go back to minding their bowls o’ brown and self-loathing now. This is a post for those bannermen and lady knights…

Loving Vincent

BY TESSA SINCLAIR / Happy tidings for movie buffs and the artily inclined both: Loving Vincent, the world’s first oil painted feature-length film about a certain Dutchman named Van Gogh has been slated for release this autumn. While us UK lot will have to wait until 13 October for the ball to drop, Vincent’s fangirls…

Victoria Ravelo

Her paintings bear all the hallmarks of good abstract art. They’re flat, proudly displaying their brushstrokes and little clumps of oil and pastel, their true nature as the hand’s markings on even surfaces. She toys with patches of transparency and opacity as did the likes of Morris Louis and Helen Frakenthaler. The just-short-of-piercing, anxiety-heightening points and edges…

Trinity Tristan

Trinity Tristan’s studio is just off the bustling Ridley Road market, when I arrive she leads me up to a large shared studio space busy with activity. The space is filled with artists working in a range of media, from sculptural pieces to large drawings. As I approach Trinity’s section of the space I hear…

The Best of Lovebox 2017

Last weekend I attended the 15th anniversary of Lovebox, East London’s weekend festival of music, good vibes and love (how the event describes itself.) To be perfectly honest, I’ve never been a city music festival fan. They just seem to be a bit of an oxymoron to me, an invention for people that love festival…