Posts tagged with 'painting'
1 December 2010 by Lisa
Have you seen the flowers on the cover of the Independent newspaper today? This beautiful image has been created by acclaimed artist and John Moores judge, Gary Hume to help raise awarness about World Aids Day. Elton John is involved in editing the paper today and as Gary is one of his favourite artists, it’s no surprise that he asked him to produce a piece of work for the cover.
Gary is also producing a limited edition of 100 prints of the front-page image, signed by the artist and Elton John, on sale for £1,000. But if your pockets are feeling the pinch, you can easily get your own piece of work by Gary Hume in the form of a lovely John Moores 2010 enamel badge! Read more…
19 November 2010 by Karen
You might have already seen that on Thursday night (25 November) the 2010 John Moores Painting Prize winner, Keith Coventry, will be discussing his work with previous juror and independent art critic Sacha Craddock.
Both Keith and Sacha have kindly agreed to do a signing session after the event. Keith will signing copies of the JM2010 catalogue, and Sacha will be signing copies of the 2008 exhibition catalogue in which she features as a juror. Catalogues cost £9.95 and £5 respectively. Read more…
29 October 2010 by Angela
We’ve got a beautiful new book to give away in our latest competition – I really wouldn’t mind a copy myself.
British Watercolours and Drawings – Lord Leverhulme’s Collection in the Lady Lever Art Gallery is more than 250 pages of wonderful images from the collection at Lady Lever. It includes work by Ford Madox Brown, Burne-Jones, Constable, Turner, Landseer, Millais, Rossetti and Reynolds, and is truly a celebration of British drawings and watercolours at their finest.
If you’d like to get your hands on your very own copy – and it would make a fab Christmas present if you decided not to keep it – just answer this question. Read more…
18 August 2010 by Lisa
Here’s Marketing Officer, Andrew Winder, to tell us about an interesting visitor to the Walker Art Gallery recently…
I joined artist David Hoyle last week on a walk-around of the Walker in preparation for his event there in November. Curator of Fine Art at the Walker, Charlotte Keenan accompanied us along with Kenn Taylor from Communities, Visitor Host, Emma Devlin and Gary Everett, Director of Liverpool’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender arts festival, Homotopia.
David’s event at the Walker, on Sunday 7 November, will form part of this year’s Homotopia festival, which runs from 1 – 25 November. He was enthralled by the two Lowry paintings currently on display, proclaiming that the artist is as important as Picasso. Sadly, they won’t form part of David’s tour as they’ll temporarily be replaced with other artworks. Look out for more information on the event here or on Homotopia’s website coming soon.
2 June 2010 by stepheng
I was fascinated to get close to LS Lowry’s remarkable painting, ‘Waterloo Docks’, now on a long loan at the Walker Art Gallery. This is a great work of art but when you try to analyse the picture’s qualities they are difficult to pin down. It is like a walk in the fields on a beautiful May day when colours and landscape become perfect for a passing moment.
Look at ‘Waterloo Docks’ as a complete entity and it forms a compelling whole but individual components seem no more than children’s doodles. This is the brilliant essence of its charm. Lowry, as his life studies prove, was a skilful draughtsman who developed his uniquely simple matchstick men style during years of painstaking study. ‘Waterloo Docks’ was painted on a visit to Liverpool in 1962, towards the end of Lowry’s painting career. It has been hung next to the gallery’s ‘Fever Van’, painted in 1935 – it is interesting to compare the two. Read more…
12 May 2010 by davidl
Accordionist Helen Maher brought some distinctive French style to the Walker Art Gallery today as filming took place for an item on tonight’s edition of BBC North-West Tonight (or ‘Nord-ouest ce soir’ if you like) for the upcoming exhibition High Kicks and Low Life: Toulouse-Lautrec prints, which opens this Friday.
Helen will be just one of the many musicians taking part in a special Musicians’ Gallery as part of Art à la Carte, the Walker Art Gallery’s event as part of Liverpool Light Night 2010.
The French-themed event will also include the band Deadbelgian with tributes to Jacques Brel, jazz from Snake Oil Jass, and the Liverpool Guitar Society with music by the quintessential French composers Debussy, Satie and Ravel.
Visitors to Light Night at the Walker will be amongst the first to see the new Toulouse-Lautrec exhibition, along with being able to browse all of the Walker’s galleries, go on gallery tours, listen to French and English poetry readings and have French food in the Walker café. Download the full programme (pdf).
The gallery will be open until 10.30pm and admission is free. Vous y voir! Read more…
6 May 2010 by Sam
Following the recent founding of the John Moore’s painting prize in Shanghai, representatives from Liverpool and Shanghai caught up yesterday to discuss art in the UK and China and the running of the John Moore competitions.
From the Walker Art Gallery, participants in Liverpool were able to talk face to face to those in China via a live video conference link.
Angela Samata, Project Manager for the John Moores 2010 shares her thoughts on the video meeting:
I wasn’t really sure what to expect from a live video conference as I entered the empty gallery yesterday. I’ve used video conferencing before, but only within the UK, so the chance to link live with Shanghai was really exciting, but also a little bit nerve-wracking. Read more…
23 April 2010 by Sam
Paintings conservator Beth Courtney sent me this great picture showing the incredible transformation of one of the paintings in her care. I’ll let her explain:
“‘RMS Oropesa’ by Arthur Burgess came into the paintings studio to be conserved before going on display in the new Museum of Liverpool. The reason it needed treating was obvious: it was covered in an extremely discoloured varnish that was distorting the appearance of the colours.
Our eyes and brains work together to make sense of things and often a slightly yellow varnish doesn’t make much difference to how we perceive the relationships between colours so we can still tell which areas are white, blue or green. But when a varnish becomes very discoloured our brains can’t remove enough yellow to compensate for the discolouration. Although we know that sky is probably a shade of blue, it becomes difficult to tell whether it ought to be bright or stormy. Read more…
19 April 2010 by Lisa
Excitement is mounting as we’re now starting the first stage of judging for the John Moores Contemporary Painting Prize 2010! With a first prize of £25,000 and four further prizes of £2500 on the table, there is certainly plenty to get excited about. We’ve already seen some entries featuring canvasses smeared in beeswax and one daubed with coffee, so we know there will be plenty of variety and innovation for the judges to get their teeth into. Read more…
Unless you are from Mars, you are probably aware that Valentines Day is coming up and to mark it I’ve chosen perhaps a slightly anti-romantic image for this month’s competition! Well things do get a bit too sickly-sweet this time of year don’t they?
So let’s go against all of that with this painting by Robert Walker Macbeth, called ‘Our first tiff’, which hangs in the Walker Art Gallery.
To enter the competition, post a comment below to tell us what you think the caption should be for this image. The caption we think is funniest/quirkiest/most inventive will win this month’s prize! Read more…