82 portraits

David Hockney’s exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts in London ’82 portraits and 1 still life’ brings out another side of the artist. Having dedicated the last few years to landscapes of his birthplace Yorkshire, he now turns his attention back to California, creating portraits of various friends who visited his studio. With just …

Jenny Saville

When I see a Jenny Saville painting I’m always reminded of Middle-America. It’s the gargantuan fleshy bodies she paints that do it, I think. For Saville is certainly no fan of the waif. Her figures are big, solid, powerful and often appear to be suffering. There’s something about her work that reminds a little of …

Yolanda Dorda

The paintings of Yolanda Dorda feel reminiscent of Bonnard or some of the post-impressionists. However the content is in comparison, highly sexualized and shows Dorda is clearly not afraid to explore the darker side of her psyche.        

Jeffrey Smart: Urban Artist

  The death of precisionist painter Jeffrey Smart in June saw the demise of one of Australia’s most distinctive artists. Famous for his urban landscapes, Smart had studies in Paris under Fernand Leger in Paris in the late 1940’s and something of the blockishness of cubism is present in his hyper realist images along with …