Spirit of Place

Richard Long at Houghton Hall Norfolk

Wonderful, site-specific Richard Long work.  Made of local Carrstone, a natural sandstone seen in this part of Norfolk particularly in domestic architecture (often called ‘gingerbread’ in N W Norfolk).  A Line in Norfolk embodies the artist’s concepts of nature combined with physical action and gives a true … Continue reading

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Roger Law

I very much enjoyed a talk given by Roger Law in aid of the Wells United Charities, in Norfolk this week.  Law, as one half of Luck & Flaw created the fantastically satirical Spitting Image for television in the 1980s & 90s.  … Continue reading

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Art@Catesby, Wells, Norfolk

An exhibition of Wells based artists at Catesby Court, an historic 17th-century Merchants House located on the harbour of Wells next the Sea., organised by me, with the kind permission of Valerie Chitty. For a private view invitation please email … Continue reading

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I’m in a new film – Cley Marshes

See me speaking about the history of landscape painting in North Norfolk in the new film Cley Marshes: A Wild Vision, produced by David North for the Norfolk Wildlife Trust’s Cley Marshes Appeal. If you are visiting Norwich in September, do … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Art of Jeremy Gardiner Unfolding Landscape

My review of Jeremy Gardiner’s beautifulnew book is out now in the Art Quarterlymagazine. Read a PDF here. Jeremy Gardiner (1957- ) aims to help us experience the changing face of the earth through his art and to this end … Continue reading

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Landscape and the London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony

Be not afeard. The isle is full of noises, Sounds and sweet airs that give delight and hurt not. The Tempest Act 3, Scene 2 I was thrilled to see Danny Boyle’s Isles of Wonder spectacle that was the Opening … Continue reading

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A Bigger (Digital) Splash

David Hockney, perhaps Britain’s most famous living artist, has never been one to shy away from the use of new technology. Whilst a student at the Royal College of Art he embraced acrylic paints when they were still quite new … Continue reading

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Wonderful new Graham Sutherland show at Oxford

A marvellous new exhibition of around 80 pen & ink drawings, watercolours and gouaches has just opened at Modern Art Oxford. These rarely seen works on paper, borrowed from private collections and mostly regional museums (no doubt where much of … Continue reading

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“All a poet can do today is warn. That is why the true poet must be truthful.”

above statement by Wilfred Owen, the greatest First World War poet. In honour of Remembrance Sunday, here is the Foresters’ House in Northern France where British poet & soldier Wilfred Owen wrote his last letter home (sheltering in the cellar) before … Continue reading

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Spirit of Place Website Launches!

The website for my new project about landscape art is now live, beautifully designed by Nigel Marshall.  Spirt of Place Norfolk is mapping contemporary artists living and working in North Norfolk. It is an attempt to understand better the genus of … Continue reading

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