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Am I an artist? I ask myself that a lot. Other people ask me that, too. But there are too many common places about what an artist is and what is supposed to do. I am creative. Creating is engaging with your surroundings, interacting, observing, memorising, archiving, re-purposing, re-living, imagining, exploring, remembering, and sharing. I use any art tool that responds to my needs.  

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I visit art exhibitions all the time, wherever I am in the world.

You can read my reviews on my blog and other publications

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November 6, 2019

The National Gallery until 26 January 2020


“Gauguin firmly believed that the world could only be apprehended from his personal point of view”, we read on the board in Room 1, entitled Self Portraits. Was he really self-obsessed, as the curators suggest? Or is there a form of ‘honesty’ in a vision that analyses the other from the point of view of the self? A vision that does not try to annihilate the self in order to better und...

September 12, 2019

Royal Academy – until 27th October 2019

If the name Helene Schjerfbeck doesn’t ring a bell, you are not alone, but by now you probably have been intrigued by the haunting portrait in the poster advertising the RA exhibition, and wonder why such a distinctive artist is not more familiar. Unless, of course, you are Finnish.
 
Born in Helsinki in 1862, and died in Sweden in 1946, Schjerfbeck had a long and extremely productive car...

August 8, 2019

Tate Modern – until 8 Sep 2019

‘Everythingism’ was a term coined by fellow artists Mikhail Larionov and Ilia Zdanevich to describe Natalia Goncharova’s extreme versatility and wide range of work. With over 170 international loans, this is the UK’s first ever retrospective of this creative genius and radical figure. 

Born in 1881 in the Russian countryside, Goncharova grew up in a culturally dynamic and liberal family, linked t...

August 8, 2019

Royal Academy – until 29 September

When you visit, it won’t take you long to understand the subtitle of this exhibition. Even in his earliest works, Félix Vallotton displayed a unique, mysterious and disorienting vision.

Born in Switzerland, in 1865, he moved to Paris at age 16 to study art in the very epicentre of cultural innovation and political unrest. He was not particularly attracted by the experimentation of contemporar...

June 13, 2019

The route of this exhibition is slightly disorienting, tiny signs show you the way, and the stewards, who are usually quite pro-active in directing the visitors, this time only tell you if you ask.  The show starts upstairs, clockwise, and continues downstairs, anti-clockwise. The first room seems to begin the tour in ‘mid-sentence’, and makes you ask once more if you are in the right place. But you are. ‘Little Images’ is rea...

May 5, 2019

So iconic is the image of The Scream that in our modern times it has become an emoji, as one of the most common human expressions. But pick up your mobile phone now and look at the icon: the character’s hands are pressed against the cheeks, as we usually do when in shock or screaming in fright. In Edvard Munch’s picture, the hands are over the ears, as if to block – or amplify? – a sound. The person depicted is hearing, not ne...

April 5, 2019

Tate Britain  - 27 March – 11 August 2019

In 1873, at the age of twenty, Vincent van Gogh arrived in London as a trainee for the art dealers Goupil. He was fluent in English, and was an avid reader of British literature, from Shakespeare to Victorian novels. He was particularly fascinated by Charles Dickens and George Eliot, whose works were ‘more real than reality’. During his three years in the city, he became acquainted with...

February 7, 2019

Let’s pretend, for a moment, that you don’t already know too much about Pierre Bonnard, and that you are entering this exhibition with fresh and innocent eyes. Spend some time in Room 1, looking at Young Women in the Garden (1921-3/1945-6), as this painting contains so many clues on Pierre Bonnard, his art, his philosophy, and his approach. The first thing you will probably notice is the half-cut figure on the right. Also, qui...

January 23, 2019

There are so many ways to tell stories, and I guess a story is something that evolves through time, stitching a number of events on a timeline, which is also a thread. Hence expressions like 'spinning a yarn'. You can add a lot of intricacies to your story, with characters and situations weaving in and out. Thread represents to me the bare essence of the stringing together, a necklace, or a sentence. Full stops could be knots....

November 9, 2018

This is a ground breaking exhibition in more than one way: it breaks the myth of the solitary artist, it shows the interchangeable role of muse and creator, and sheds new light on the work and relationships of known and less known creative couples. On display are works of over 40 artist couples active in the first half of the 20th century. Drawing on loans from private and public collections worldwide, the exhibition features...

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