Oldenburg at MoMA

The everyday world is often boring and mundane to the eye. Who cares about store fronts and discarded crates, sacking and packaging blowing down city streets? In the late fifties and sixties the answer to that, in New York at any rate, was Claes Oldenburg. The son of a Swedish diplomat brought up in Chicago, …

Man of Action, Man of Letters.

Up to about five years ago I lived my life in ignorance of James Salter. If someone had mentioned his name to be I would have probably imagined him to be some kind of old-fashioned tradesman,  ‘Salter and Sons. Purveyors of finest quality meats’ Now my life has been immeasurably enriched by the discovery that …

Go Figure

Traditional life drawing and figurative oil painting has long been considered a fusty 19th century art forms. In his pictures Manchester based artist Mark Demsteader proves otherwise. There is something graceful, intimate and sensual about his images of contemplative female beauty that prove you don’t have to be abstract or conceptual to be contemporary. They …

Don McCullin: Hero for All Time

For a long time Don McCullin has been a hero of mine. Not just because of his powerful images, many of which have the power to bring tears to my eyes (a rare occurrence for me) but because of the example he gives us in how to live a moral life. We often bandy about …