Pompeii, Pornography & Power

In 1752 an exquisitely detailed marble statue was uncovered during the excavation of Pompeii. The statue was a depiction of the Roman god, Pan cavorting sexually with a she-goat (fig. 1). This was a problem. The statue could not be destroyed or put on display.

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Paul Nash Exhibition (Tate, SCVA & Laing)

The Paul Nash exhibition from Tate Britain opened at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts (SCVA), April 8, 2017. With 80% of the original exhibition installed, the mild fragrance of fresh paint still in the air, and the deep purple walls of the first room, ‘We Are Making a New World’ evoked emotions from the moment you entered the Crescent Wing.

The Artist’s Timeline: Clovis Trouille

Camille Clovis Trouille was born October 24, 1889 in La Fère, France, and died September 24, 1975 in Paris, France. One of the lost Surrealists, Trouille has become not much more than a footnote in history. For Trouille, joining the Surrealist movement was purely for exposure, participating rarely with Surrealist events. Trouille's art works are an incredible insight into the world he perceived around him, of the beauty and corruption. NB: The Artist's Timeline is an overview of selected art works which have been chosen as an introduction to an artist.

Portraits of an Artist: Pablo Picasso

Picasso by Juan Gris

He was the Minotaur, the playboy of his era, he made the rules to break the rules, he was selfish yet a genius, he had no set style but a thousand styles, he was not Pablo, only Picasso. Pablo Ruiz y Picasso (aka Pablo Picasso) was born in Málaga, Spain on October 25, 1881. A child prodigy, at 20 years old Picasso left Spain for Paris to become a distinguished artist. For Picasso, to succeed in Paris would be to conquer the world.

Fiji: Art and Life in the Pacific (SCVA Exhibition)

The night before Fiji: Art and Life in the Pacific opened to the public, the President of the South Pacific island nation, officially opened the exhibition. His Excellency Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konousi Jonrote, his wife, Fiji’s First Lady Sarote Konrote, and Fiji’s High Commissioner to the UK, His Excellency Mr. Jitoko Tikolevu, were joined by the likes of Lord Sainsbury and Sir David Attenborough, on a tour of the installation before partaking in a special Fijian opening ceremony. (Knights: 2016) Fiji: Art and Life in the Pacific revealed itself to be one of the most fulfilling exhibitions I have attended...