16 05 2015

I did a series of pieces called Faces. They were cut and paste profiles using a Xerox machine. They proved to be ideal illustrations for poems.

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Gino Ruggeri

16 05 2015

This is my second go around with this artist’s work. I still like it but wish I could see it in full scale.

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16 05 2015

You can see right into their souls. Great story telling. And wonderful ‘ordinariness’ in the best sense. Each of his paintings is like a chapter of Tolstoi.

Spent most of childhood in London. I love to paint figurative work showing emotions and daily life experiences. I am fascinated by expressions and the colours of skin. In 2000 I decided to find a job…

Theodore Gericault

16 05 2015

Jean-Louis André Théodore Géricault (French: [ʒɑ̃ lwi ɑ̃dʁe teodoʁ ʒeʁiko]; 26 September 1791 – 26 January 1824) was an influential French painter and lithographer, known for The Raft of the Medusa and other paintings. Although he died young, he was one of the pioneers of the Romantic movement.

Of all the paintings in the Louvre, the most dramatic might be The Raft of the Medusa. It is large. The men on the raft are almost falling off the wall onto the floor in front of you.

Andre Masson

16 05 2015

So much of his work is fueled by horror. And horror with a cause.

When war was declared he volunteered because he wanted to experience “the Wagnerian aspects of battle”[1] and know the ecstasy of death. [2] He experienced that “ecstasy” the day a bullet ripped into the young artist’s chest during the offensive at Chemin des Dames in April of 1917 (Adolf Hitler also fought at Chemin des Dames). Stretcher-bearers were unable to get him to safety and he was left for the night, half-dead, on his back, where he was a submissive spectator of the struggle, gazing at the conflict overhead. Masson had spent three years in the trenches in conditions so horrible he was unable to speak of them for years, and his wounds caused him psychic trouble to the end of his life.

This is an artist whose nightmares seemed to breed nightmares. Creating more and more horrors. Many of his paintings reflect this horror. And I can’t help but wonder if Hitler too had such nightmares. Masson’s work might reflect the landscape of Hitler’s fears. And the fears of many others who survived the killing field.

I am not worthy…

16 05 2015

I am not worthyby David Halliday


Our Prime Minister sees himself as a player on the world stage. He is a clever man who never gets over himself.

He was brought up no more than a mile from me. He went to Richview HS which was the local public institute for rich kids. I don’t know what happened to him during his teenage years but it has left some pretty deep wounds.