Peter Kennard

11 03 2015

Kennard’s work is very political. The pieces have an unsettled quick to dry appeal. It is as if one was hastily trying to get the message out into the world before we blew ourselves up. I also find the pieces rather dated. Not just because of their political references but because it reflects the hectic and turbulent 70s and 80s. Peter Kennard.





things are looking up…

11 03 2015

things are looking up..by David Halliday





Theodore Chasseriau

11 03 2015

Théodore Chassériau was a French romantic painter noted for his portraits, historical and religious paintings, allegorical murals, and Orientalist images inspired by his travels to Algeria.

The question I can’t help asking is why so many naked women? Are they being ‘objectified’? I suppose an investigation of the artist might throw some light on this matter. But I like approaching the canvasses with complete naivity.





PAVEL OSIPOVICH KOVALEVSKIJ

11 03 2015

I’ve often wondered about artists/photographers who follow wars. Does their work depict warfare as it is or do they glorify heroic events? I suppose both. PAVEL OSIPOVICH KOVALEVSKIJ worked for the Russian government to illustrate the Turkish-Russian war. The pictures are interesting and I suspect that every war has similar images.  Before the photograph, paintings must have been used to galvanize the ruling classes around the war. Later, with photographs the common man’s opinion became more important.