Visions of the Valleys: Kim Howells on art from South Wales

In an excellent film on BBC 4 last night, Visions of the Valleys, Kim Howells looked at how artists have responded to the natural splendour and industrial landscape of the Welsh valleys, and to the lives of those who have lived and worked in their mining communities. Kim Howells was a familiar figure on the left to those … Continue reading Visions of the Valleys: Kim Howells on art from South Wales

John Knapp-Fisher: poet of Pembrokeshire landscape painting

John Knapp-Fisher I was saddened to read of the death this week of the poet of Pembrokeshire landscape painting, John Knapp-Fisher.  He was one of the few artists I have shaken by the hand, the result of having sought him out at his small roadside studio and gallery at Croesgoch on the road to St David’s in 2011. Then, … Continue reading John Knapp-Fisher: poet of Pembrokeshire landscape painting

The First Bohemians: dissent, disorder and debauchery in 18th century Covent Garden

Thomas Rowlandson,  The Miseries of London, 1807 These days when we visit London we invariably stay at the Travelodge in Drury Lane. There, in Covent Garden, you’re at the heart of things, a walk gets you to innumerable places of interest, without having to descend into that ‘world of perpetual solitude, World not world’ that is the underground. So it … Continue reading The First Bohemians: dissent, disorder and debauchery in 18th century Covent Garden

Grayson Perry’s Who Are You? tells us who we are

Grayson Perry With Britain is going through something of an identity crisis at present, the timing of Grayson Perry’s Channel 4 series Who Are You? which focussed on the theme of identity in modern Britain was opportune. ‘We all wear masks. Sometimes it takes an artist to see behind them’ was the strapline for the series, and by … Continue reading Grayson Perry’s Who Are You? tells us who we are