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The Hopper Season 25

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THE HOPPER OF SOUTH WALES 25 years ago I produced possibly my finest set of visual work. The Hopper Season commenced in May 1995 and eventually comprised 52 images drawn between then and December. In short the idea was if Edward Hopper had been alive in South Wales at that time, what would he have made of the local landscape, cities and characters? I found it surprisingly easy to assimilate in that Newport (where the bulk of the work was carried out) has a strange kinship with New York and…read more

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Bomberg at the National

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BACKGROUND If I haven’t said it before, Japan (the group) by way of their Oil on Canvas record introduced me to the painter Frank Auerbach. This in turn led me to Leon Kossoff and both would lead me to their teacher, David Bomberg. A Brummie by birth he graduated from the Slade and later taught at Borough Polytechnic (now London South Bank University). His wife Lillian (née Holt) was also a painter but put her own career on hold to promote her husband’s work. In effect becoming an arts marketeer. Both…read more

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A Lyrical Oasis: Bomberg’s Dinora

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BOMBERG’S DINORA Just looking You can almost smell the sienna. Mystique as musky essence alcoves. Dinora herself transforms into arabesque. This is how the Mona Lisa should have looked No pretensions. Dinora image retouched by KH specifically for this blog. The London ‘musky alcove’ image was taken in Wapping in 2008. Read my other blog on David Bomberg here. Read about Lyrical Oasis here. From A Lyrical Oasis

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Steve Jansen: Quiet Life Through Quiet Windows

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*this blog includes an affiliate link BEYOND JAPAN When a band splits, it’s a little easier to see what one member brings to the table unless, that is, the band is JAPAN; a bunch of musicians as multi-faceted as their very existence. Drummer Steve Jansen’s history and output is no less complex. Indeed he is much much more than just a master of the kit and is also a competent producer, mixer, engineer, poet and photographer. I’ve avoided a Jansen blog for some time because when you think of his discography…read more

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Orihuela: The Murals of San Isidro

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CHANGE OF SEASON 1976 was a period of great change and renewal around the world (Punk in the UK, the death of Mao Zedong in China and the death of Francisco Franco in Spain the previous year). I have been based in the latter since late 2018 and have been grateful for the fascinating journey it has given me from Barcelona right down the Mediterranean coast to Alicante and inwards to Elche and… Orihuela. NEVER BEEN HERE BEFORE Sometimes you find yourself in a place you’ve never heard of and…read more

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Hodgkin in Hong Kong

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This year marks the 40th anniversary of my first visit to Hong Kong when the tap water was brown and green and white stripy Tristars perilously glided into Kai Tak. Apparently it is also the length of time some local collectors have been purchasing Howard Hodgkin paintings. Taking that into consideration it is astonishing to learn this is his first showing in the territory. The gallery, GAGOSIAN, looks like a gallery should; clean, elegant and the fact the early spring sky outside is white as the walls further accentuates the…read more

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