Thursday, 25 September 2014

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Madrid, Mahou and more

 
La Rojigualda, Plaza de Colon
 
 
Symbol of the city
 
 
Sampling Mahou, the local brew, in the shade of Parque del Retiro


Immaculately sculpted trees


 
Palacio de Cristal - Madrid's version of the Crystal Palace

 
Terrapins terrorising the catfish


Proud noisy peacocks


Angel atop the Metropolis building


Fra Angelico's Angel in the Prado (perhaps my favourite artwork of the trip)


Antonella da Messina's weeping angel with Christ (another gem in the Prado)


City symbol sculpture in Puerta Del Sol


Mural in Plaza Mayor


Nerves of steel required for the rollercoasters in Parque de Atracciones


Painted patterns on the cathedral ceiling

 
Richard Hamilton retrospective at the Reina Sofia


Domenico Ghirlandhaio's beauty at the Thyssen Bornemisza


Michiel Sweerts' (new discovery for me), boy beauty at Thyssen Bornemisza
 
 
Loved this Edward Hopper, again at the Thyssen Bornemisza

 
Mas Mahou por favor....


I Love Madrid

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Las Meninas

 
It was a joy whilst in Madrid to finally see this masterpiece by Velasquez face to face at the Museo Del Prado, Las Meninas - (The Maids of Honour), and in particular the figure of the Infanta Margaret Theresa, which was the initial inspiration behind my Dress series. Seeking out portraits of the Infanta in increasingly sumptuous dresses became quite an obsession at one point as she became something of a muse. I then moved on to more contemporary dress silhouettes but never forgot the source of the inspiration, so it was nice to pay homage to the master.
 


I cannot imagine how awkward it would have been to wear and move around in those restricting corsets, and layer upon layer of petticoats. Though they do make for interesting silhouettes and shapes from a design point of view. Here are some more portraits of the Infanta Margaret Theresa and those amazing dresses.



 
Picasso's take on Velasquez's paintings of the Infanta in those dresses.
 




 

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Thursday, 11 September 2014

A Brace of Butterflies


Delivered some more new work, a brace of butterflies, to Orso Major yesterday, and they are getting a lot of love, and loving being the centre of attention in the gallery window.

Saturday, 6 September 2014

Orso Major



I am delighted to announce that I am now represented by another gallery - Orso Major, in central London. They are based in Lower Marsh, Waterloo, and have a number of my original paper-cut collages and limited edition prints in stock. For enquiries contact Gita on 07958 760424 or visit the Orso Major website here.