Thursday, 18 October 2018

Paula Rego: From Mind to Hand Drawings from 1980 to 2001

"Drawing from the model is more spontaneous than drawing from the imagination... I think if you have something to look at and try and get it, you find that all sorts of things happen" - Paula Rego

There are many big-name art exhibitions on in London presently, celebrating the big, brash and bold in terms of painting, sculpture and installations. One big-name show that bucks this trend by quietly focusing on the power of drawing can be found at Marlborough Gallery. Paula Rego: From Mind to Hand Drawings from 1980 to 2001, is a sheer delight and concentrates on the discipline required and fun to be had in the act of drawing. The exhibition captures Rego's recordings from observation, as well as the development of ideas as a preparation for paintings through a range of media such as pen/brush and ink, watercolour, and pencil. The relatively small scale of the drawings really pulls you in, forging an especially intimate engagement with these works in a way that I hadn't felt with the big paintings and sculptures experienced at other shows that I have visited lately. Rego's drawings here are at turns whimsical, sensual, menacing and harrowing, all executed with the assuredness of a master draughtsman. This is a wonderful exhibition that shows just how central drawing is to Rego's practice, and serves as a reminder that we should all look a little harder, and perhaps strive to draw more. The works featured here are a small selection of two decades worth of drawings on display.

Paula Rego: From Mind to Hand Drawings from 1980 to 2001
until 27th October
6 Albemarle Street

Sunday, 14 October 2018

Weeping Window: Imperial War Museum

To the Imperial War Museum to see this fantastic installation - Poppies: Weeping Window. The installation (one of two - the other Wave, is at IWM North), have been developed from Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red, which I missed when installed at The Tower of London in 2014. The original concept of the poppies was devised by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper. Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red, was made up of 888,246 poppies, (one for every British or Colonial life lost at the Front during the First World War), and caught the public's imagination when the Tower of London was overwhelmed with throngs of viewers. Weeping Window, and its counterpart Wave, are made of over 11,000 poppies. It is stunning.

Poppies: Weeping Window
until 18th November
Imperial War Museum
Lambeth Road

Friday, 12 October 2018

NY Yankees x Gucci Fall/Winter 2018

Really liking these Gucci/New York Yankee baseball cap collaborations with embroidered appliqué butterfly/moth on the side for their Fall/Winter collection.


I am also liking Gucci's Fall/Winter Collectors ad campaign which pays homage to the eccentric individuals who passionately pursue paintings, antiques, rare objects, and various other vintage collectibles. Gucci implies that people society generally typecasts as oddballs tend to be the most interesting and creative people, with true individuality. In the adverts said characters are placed in rooms that are dedicated to their obsessions, surrounded by their own carefully curated collections, such as the model below, who happens to have a thing for butterflies ...

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Fleurs De Villes: Floral Couture

Last Saturday was such a wet and dreary day in old London town. An anomalous blip in the Indian summer we had been experiencing in the capital throughout September and October. However, there were rays of sunshine to found in London on that dank, drear Saturday if you were to look hard enough. One such hotspot I found, was in Covent Garden, where I discovered these colourful mannequins in what turned out to be a feast of floral couture. The display was the work of Fleurs de Villes - an organisation who work with top florists in a number of cities to create stunning displays where art and design collides with floristry to create something quite special and unique. London's premier florists such as Bloomsbury Flowers, Wild Things and Amie Bone, were paired with premium brands such as Kate Spade, Rituals, Taittinger, and Mariage Freres to create showpiece floral couture outfits for a group of mannequins. The collaborative displays wowed the crowds. It was a wonderful, eye-popping tribute to the skills of both the art of floristry and fashion. Everybody loves the power of a flower, and the colourful impact of these on a rainy autumnal day proved to be a real boon. Feast your eyes on these fresh, floral beauties!

(Compare the work of these professionals to these enthusiastic amateurs here).