Working Title/Artist: Autumn Rhythm (Number 30)Department: Modern and Contemporary ArtCulture/Period/Location: HB/TOA Date Code: 11Working Date: 1950
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Modern art cannot exist in the same world as traditional art

There is no foundation for modern art abstraction other than proving that the public will accept whatever you tell them to accept. After all the long years of Pollock’s and Picasso’s and Duchamp’s, a cursory Googling of contemporary art definitions lays bare this bizarre and poisonous foundation. A definition of…


Glasgow gets blight

Historic Glasgow is to be blighted by a Modernist ‘learning hub’ in expensive testimony to our uselessness. What kind of learning does Glasgow University intend to offer, what message are they giving in this statement to tastelessness? Yet another drab, meaningless, ho-hum, concrete and glass box, a monstrous flipping off to the…


How many fingers am I holding up, Winston?

“It exists!” he cried. “No,” said O’Brien…. It does not exist. It never existed.” “But it did exist! It does exist! It exists in memory. I remember it. You remember it.” “I do not remember it,” said O’Brien. Winston’s heart sank. That was doublethink. Nobody has ever been able to…


Hail Day – Elder Edda, Sigrdrifumál

Hail day, hail the sons of day, hail to the night and daughter of night. With eyes of kindness look upon us and give to us who sit here victory. Hail the Aesir, hail Asynjur, hail to the all-giving earth. Fair speech and wisdom give to us famous ones and…


Ingres, secrets of the ennobling portrait

Nobody did neoclassical better than the French, in my humble opinion. And almost no French painter did it better than Ingres, despite the vast majority of his work being commissioned portraits. In his perfect, economical lines you can see the natural ennobling of each subject. The subtle choice of selecting…


Wikipedia is revisionism: the golden ratio

While doing research for a new video I was horrified, though not surprised, to see Wikipedia de-Euro-centrifying (I am not averse to inventing words) their summary of the Golden Ratio. The Golden Ratio being the sacred geometry, the underpinning premise of a great deal of traditional Western art, pretty much…


David Lynch – Long Live the Fighters

There has been some talk on the web very recently in regards David Lynch. That he is the last and penultimate of our great, working filmmakers. And this may well be true. But, of the critiques I read or listened to, I found the same pseudo-intellectual artspeak babble that so…


The Song of Wandering Aengus by William Butler Yeats

I went out to the hazel wood Because a fire was in my head, And cut and peeled a hazel wand, And hooked a berry to a thread; And when white moths were on the wing, And moth-like stars were flickering out, I dropped the berry in a stream And…


Plastic: the slow death

According to a new article at NPR, plastic-contaminated sea life has now been detected in the very deepest ocean trenches. From the article: The Mariana Trench in the northern Pacific is the deepest part of the world’s oceans. You might think a place that remote would be untouched by human…


Aivazovsky seascapes – painting light

Ivan Aivazovsky (1817 – 1900) was a Russian Romantic painter most well known for his seascapes, and atmospheric marine settings. Similar in many respects to the great master English landscape artist, J.M.W. Turner, Aivazovsky was a master of ‘painting atmosphere’ or ‘painting light’. A mystical, ethereal exaggeration of sunlight and…


Framing: the other lost art

Painting is the default creative art. There are arguably more important disciplines (practically), such as architecture, but painting and drawing are a root artistic compulsion. When we think of an artist we think of a painter. And as traditionalists we lament another craft all but lost to Modernism: framing.  Once considered almost as…


Traditional Art is real art

I am attempting a breach into the ‘Youtubes’ Consider this an initial foray, the next one will have a more specific topic. Exciting times.