Metamorphosis in Willem de Kooning’s Angels

Metamorphosis and movement are imbedded in this strange painting by Willem de Kooning. What are these things in the painting?  They move with agility like sharks swimming through the gold background. Uncomfortably constructed from human parts they seem to stretch, … Read More

Arshile Gorky’s road to Abstract Expressionism

Arshile Gorky’s journey to Abstract Expressionism was both brave and terrible, his work is a genuine attempt to express ideas with deep underlying emotions. He was grappling with new and diverse notions at a time of seismic changes in the … Read More

Deeply human- Giorgione Portrait at the RA

For me “Portrait of a Man” by Giorgione has the intensity and psychological engagement of a self portrait. The eyes look directly into our eyes and we feel the man’s presence and something indefinable yet deeply human is communicated. Giorgione … Read More

Worth a Look

Recently a student got in touch with me having come across a self portrait of mine in a catalogue. He brought up various thoughts and ideas about self portraiture that, to be frank, I had not been a concern for … Read More