Barry Cleavin - Bush and Levels of Reward     

Simon Edwards -    A moment in the sun

Philip Trusttum - Chinese Masks      

Riduan Tomkins - Juggler       Oil on canvas

Riduan Tomkins -  Oil on Paper

Philip Trusttum - Gnomus       

Helen Calder - Night Rider




Robert Hughes - "A bastion against cultural obscenity"

In a speech delivered to the Royal Academy June 2004, the critic Robert Hughes calls for a revitalised Royal Academy to defend art against the degrading power of the wealthy collectors.  A man not who speaks his mind clearly and well - thankfully free from jargon and the obfuscation of academic art-speech.

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Reflections on Bhuj / Malcolm McNeill.
Bhuj was off the tourist trail. Not famous for it’s simple ancient buildings Bhuj wasn’t on route to anywhere except the remarkable villages of Kutch and the vast salt fields to the north. Kutchi shawls and weaving is highly sought after for the boldness of it’s design and the beauty of its embroidery, often inlaid with mirrors. The people of Bhuj were some of the sweetest I have ever met: some of my happiest memories as a traveller, center in and around that area of Gujurat. How tragic that it has been devastated by one of the biggest earthquakes India has yet seen. The beautiful city totally flattened and so many of those gracious people gone.
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Richard Arthur Wollheim, Philosopher. 5 May 1923 - 4 Nov 2003

Brilliant philosopher engaged with the interaction of art and psychoanalysis.

Obituary by Arthur Danto

The philosopher Richard Wollheim, who has died aged 80, belonged in the top echelon of thinkers who redefined the practice of his subject in Britain and the United States after the second world war. In terms both of the clarity of his writing and the acuity and ingenuity of his arguments, he embodied the

intellectual virtues of analytical philosophy. But in terms of what engaged him as a philosopher, he stood far closer than any of his peers to continental


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"the better it gets the fewer of us know it".

Ray Brown - jazz bassist.

"No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did he would cease to be an artist".

Oscar Wilde.

"All my life I have worked to be able to earn my living, but I thought that one could do good painting without attracting attention to one's private life. Certainly, an artist wishes to raise himself intellectually as much as possible, but the man must remain obscure. The pleasure must be found in the work".

Paul Cezanne.

I just wanted to find out where the boundaries were.  I've found out there aren't any. I wanted to be
stopped but no one will stop me.
Damien Hirst. British Artist

"I have attached great value to drawing and will continue to do so, because it is the backbone  of painting,

the skeleton that supports all the rest".

Vincent Van Gogh.

In the 45 years that I've been writing criticism there has been a tragic depreciation

in the traditional skills  of painting and drawing, the nuts and bolts of the profession".
Robert Hughes - art critic.

" Art wordlings regarded popularity as skill's live-in slut. Popularity meant shallowness. Rejection by the public meant depth. And truly hostile rejection meant greatness"     Tom Wolfe.

"He hurried away from the incidental music of life". Adrian Stokes, of Cezanne.

"There has long been a disturbing tendency among jazz aficionados to regard

each innovation in the music as "progress", a practice that sends the musicians

who have supposedly been supplanted into the outer darkness".

Whitney Balliet - Jazz critic for New Yorker magazine.