What Meets the Eye

Jack Whitten in the Woodshed

March 3, 2020

Do you know what woodshedding is? Practicing alone where no one can hear. And not only that— according to Paul Klemperer* “woodshedding is more than just practicing— it is the place where you work out the techniques that form the foundation of [...]

Bob Seng Was in the Navy

February 15, 2020

I was quite unexpectedly moved by Nexit 9. I had anticipated enjoying Seng’s game of re-ordered exit signs, but not that I would be idly staring at Nexit 9 when it became a barge and slowly and quietly slid into the sea, unnoticed by the busy [...]

Renee Cox: The Holy Family

November 30, 2019

    I want to talk about Origins in the context of visual invention and the evolution of Christian iconography. To find out more of the backstory (for example, why the left-hand panel, christened Yo Mama, has shown alone until now) I refer [...]

Ed Clark, A Great Painter

October 22, 2019

PS I’m very sorry to say that I just found out that Ed Clark died last Friday. In the interview I quote from below, he also said “I want to be called ‘great’.” No problem, Ed. When I saw my first Ed Clark, TBC… ( at “Painting Now and [...]

Rachel Phillips: Animated Emotion

September 28, 2019

These paintings remind me of my passion for cartoons as a child. The emotions are so pure. A character is sad; they slump, utterly dejected, or cry a single tear (or an ocean). When mad, a red cloud of steam appears above their head. If scared they [...]