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The Subconscious Price of Modernism.

People are suffering a subconscious price for the suffocation of discordant public spaces and the crass environment of endless advertising. Nobody feels a true sense of wellbeing about their society when standing in the shadow of an obtuse corporate sculpture. Occasionally, unimaginative council officials seek to make their liberal mark…

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My Book is NOW AVAILABLE

My  book on the subject of traditional art and its near-destruction at the hands of Modernism, technology, and the business class, is now available. Below is an excerpt. Click here to purchase on Amazon: The art we call Modernism is best described as a psychological disease, the goal of which is…

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The New Traditions

The term is one that is brought forth to solidify our commitment not just to our ideals but it gives voice to our dedication towards an ideal that has been passed down from generation to generation, an unbroken chain that has involved not just us but each and every one…

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The Canon of Polykleitos

Polykleitos was a Greek sculptor who wrote about perfection in sculpture in his treatise titled Kanon – which means measure, rule, or law. The mathematical bases of artistic perfection. Thanks to SANCTVS: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCV6fyPJUk1vzWErYKZS3ogQ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polykleitos https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aesthetic_canon

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Monarchic Art

I charge the institution of democracy with at least a part of the blame for the state of art today. It’s pointless sculptures with ragged edges and twisted forms which amount to nothing but a confounding array of ignorance and platitudes about free expression and human rights. To compare it…

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The near-tragic tale of Doves type

  The Doves typeface is a thing of beauty that almost had a tragic end. It was created for the typesetting of titles published by the Doves Press, founded in Hammersmith, London, in 1900 by TJ Cobden-Sanderson and Emery Walker. They were associated with William Morris and the Doves Press…

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Midwinter’s Merry Rabble – The ‘Wren Boys’ in Folk Tradition

Despite the revelry and excess enjoyed by some late into Christmas night, we might expect little by way of quiet or tranquillity on the morning of St. Stephen’s Day (the 26th of December), for this is the day that the Wren Boys make their rounds. Early on this morning, laneways…

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The Magazine Rack as Indicative of Culture

Yes, that effeminate emporium of horror, the magazine rack. How this evil whore of commerce has morphed over the years since I was a youngster. How perfectly indicative of wider culture this worthless pink trinket proves itself. This cheap, gynocentric altar to superficial and feeble vulgarity. We see them in our daily journeys, whether we pay…

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the Great War

“One day the last portrait of Rembrandt and the last bar of Mozart will have ceased to be — though possibly a colored canvas and a sheet of notes will remain — because the last eye and the last ear accessible to their message will have gone.” ― Oswald Spengler,…

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The Threshold of Plenty: Harvest Customs in Irish Tradition

The podcast Blúiríní Béaloidis / Folklore Fragments aims to explore aspects of Irish (and broader European) folk tradition across an array of different subject areas and topics, in order that we might come to know and honour the customs, wisdom, nobility and artistry of our forebears and ancestors. Drawing from…

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Modernist abstraction vs. ancient heavy style

There are those still eager to defend abstraction, or see criticism of Modernism as unreasonable. These are the fence sitters and mid-way thinkers that make the porridgey mass of the mob and keep the status quo by calling out only the extremes, on either side of an argument. Despite an…