“Of all places on earth the great canyon of Arizona is the most inspiring in its pictorial possibilities.” Thomas Moran. This evening I’ve been at an exhibition opening at the Portico Library in Manchester. One of the speakers stressed the … Continue reading
“When you are older, you realise that everything else is just nothing compared to painting and drawing.” David Hockney, considered one of the most influential British artists of the 20th century, was born on July 9, 1937. We loved Hockney’s landscape exhibition … Continue reading
“Only this is true, that beauty is very beautiful, and softens, and inspires, and rouses, and lifts up, and never fails.” Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones, 1st Baronet ARA, a British artist and designer closely associated with the later phase of the … Continue reading
“The capacity for delight is the gift of paying attention.” Julia Margaret Cameron, a British photographer, became known for her portraits of celebrities of the time, and for photographs with Arthurian and other legendary or heroic themes. She was born … Continue reading
(On the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition) “The time of year when the devil comes and spews art over London.” John Constable, RA, an English Romantic painter, known principally for his landscape paintings of Dedham Vale, the area surrounding his home, now known … Continue reading
“That’s the great thing about art. Anybody can do it if you just believe. With practice, you can make great paintings.” Damien Hirst, the most prominent member of the group known as the Young British Artists, who dominated the art scene … Continue reading
“So war is an extremely sad business, because the majority of people don’t want to be in it.” Gerald Scarfe, an English cartoonist and illustrator, was born on 1 June 1936.