So, you would like to see the artistic works of Banksy? Well, I can tell you where not to go. I wouldn’t bother with the National Gallery, and don’t even waste your time looking for them in the Tate. What makes Banksy such an intriguing artist, is the fact that you don’t quite know where to find his art. They simply just crop up at different locations around the city, so those of you that haven’t given Banksy’s works a thought this morning, may just encounter one on your commute to work, or whilst dropping the kids off to school. They may just unexpectedly make your day.
Banksy’s stencil graffiti of a woman and her shopping trolley plummeting from a great height can be seen on the side of this abandoned building in upmarket Mayfair, London.
It is this unknowing that makes his art so exciting. Those of you that are lucky enough to encounter one in person are left pondering…”What is it? Advertising? Or…could it possibly be a Banksy? It looks like a Banksy, but why here? A billboard on the side of a building in East India Dock Road?
Banksy’s sharp attack on consumer culture took pride of place on the side of this abandoned building in East India Dock Road, Poplar -just outside of London’s financial district. It has since been removed.
What makes a glimpse of a Banksy an artistic experience like no other, is that it’s an experience that you more than likely have lucked into to and an experience that you may not encounter again. For instance, those of you that may have glanced at the ironic attack on consumer culture that reads “Sorry! The lifestyle you ordered is currently out of stock”, will never get to relive the experience, as it has been scrubbed off the East India billboard already.
Banksy’s addition to this ‘No Stopping’ sign in London is perhaps his commentary on the fast paced rat race that takes place in the Capital every day.
Banksy’s un-institutionalised view on art is what separates his contemporary works from the likes of the two previous Brit-art heavyweights, Damien Hirst and Tracy Emin. Although he could quite easily hold major sell-out exhibitions at the likes of the Tate Modern (as Hirst plans to), it would defy the point of his art entirely. To contain his art to the walls of a gallery would destroy the Banksy experience. What makes his art so spectacular is that you don’t set out to find it. Instead, by chance, you stumble upon it in the most unlikeliest of places so the artistic experience takes place when you least expect it.
Artist Steven Townsend News - releases 1st limited edition Border Collie print in 3 years - set in Deepdale Hause, Lake DistrictFebruary 15, 2012 on 2:07 pm | In Dog Art, New Releases, Photorealism, Steven Townsend | No Comments
Steven Townsend is famous in the UK & overseas for his artwork and his limited edition paintings of Border Collie sheep dogs. Many that follow his work & his photo realistic style, know his art is often mistaken for photography & ‘Ready To Start’ is no exception
For the first time in 3 years, in fact almost exactly 3 years, Steven has released a brand new border collie limited edition called ‘Ready To Start’ & the dog Victor is pictured in between some very famous landmarks in the Lake District in the UK. Just how many landmarks and tourist areas Victor was standing in between, was a surprise…
We caught up with Steven Townsend and he talks us through the Lake District backdrop in ‘Ready To Start’:
“This is one of my favourite collies to paint & it features the dog ‘Victor’ the same dog who is in the paintings ‘Victor’ and ‘Tommy’ (’Tommy’ features Victor but I choose the name Tommy for the painting!) & the dog is about 4-5 years old
This is a very popular walker’s area in the Lake District, the area is called ‘Deepdale Hause.’ Victor is actually on the cross roads & you can access this spot from so many different areas.
Original post on: ‘Tommy’ & ‘Victor’
At the back we you can see ‘Grisedale Tarn’ (‘tarn’ is a mountain lake or pool) & just off at the left of the picture, behind the first mountain you can see ‘Seat Sandle’ behind it, another very famous landmark.
Now looks at Victor’s mouth and directly where the pink part of his mouth points, can you see the small mountain path? that is ‘Falcon Crag.’
Victor himself is looking towards the ‘Grisedale Valley.’ (not pictured)
Above Victor’s ears in the far distance (and quite greyed out) is ‘Buttemere Range’, or ‘Scarfell Range’ an absolutely massive area (‘Scafell Pike’ is the highest mountain in England)
Lastly, the hill to the left of the picture, showing in shadow, if you go up that it leads to Fairfield.
Geologically this painting is spot on, rock for rock. (i.e. its 100% accurate) I thoroughly enjoyed photographing Victor for this new painting and it was a pleasure to be in ‘Deepdale Hause.’ (Steven goes out and takes 100s of photographs, then comes back to his studio and paints from them) There are lots of sheep up there all around (not pictured) and as it moves into the evening, you can look out and see scores of white eyes all around in the fields, as the sheep sit down and move around.” (Steve chuckles)
We hope you enjoyed this & below is our largest ever set of links from Fine Art Blog to the areas Steven Townsend mentioned:
Grisedale Tarn from Deepdale Hause
We have just heard that a brand new Rolf Harris portfolio of works, simply called ‘The Collection 2012’ will be released in the next few weeks and the trade (picture galleries who sell to the public) will be viewing these new pieces for the first time on Tuesday 7th February 2012.
an untitled image from the new collection
Limited Edition by Rolf Harris
I have heard there will be 13 limited edition print images & these which will appear as on paper & on canvas editions & some of these will also appear as ‘deluxe’ canvas, which are larger that the regular canvas.
We have heard there will be: a tiger image, an image of Uluru, aka ‘Ayers Rock,’ a beach scene & a London scene, likely Big Ben or Parliament, amongst others.
Rolf’s collection is eagerly anticipated every year and the excitement is building once again.
Gallery owners will get a chance to meet and speak with Rolf Harris on the 7th February and to hear about his latest inspirations. The buying public will be able to purchase/pre-order early to mid February.
Manchester International Festival 2011: Opera ‘Dr Dee’ proved a hit for Blur front man, Damon AlbarnJanuary 14, 2012 on 1:24 am | In Famous People, Musicians, Opera | No Comments
Some articles at Fineartblog.co.uk where written but never posted & here we delve into the archives & publish articles we think our viewers will find interesting. Here’s a gem from June 2011:
We have just heard that English born singer-song writer and record producer, Damon Albarn, in collaboration with theatre director Rufus Norris, has written and is set to premier his brand new opera ‘Doctor Dee’, on the 1st of July 2011 at the Manchester International Festival. It is an exciting adaptation of the life of Dr. John Dee, the Elizabethan astrologer, courtier, alchemist and spy.
Albarn who is arguably most famous for front lining the world wide renowned bands Blur and Gorillaz, has written about 4 opera’s now, showcasing his incredible, natural talents as a musician, singer, writer and general all round, world class entertainer.
‘Dr Dee’ was inspired by Damon Albarn’s long years of interest in ‘questions of Englishness and the occult and things that up to now I have felt a bit closeted about expressing publicly.’
Rufus Norris, who Damon is collaborating with on this project, is a theatre and opera director whose portfolio includes many West End and Broadway shows, such as: Cabaret, Don Giovanni, Festen, Les Liaisons Dangereuses and Vernon God Little.
This should be an incredible performance, not only with amazing music but a fabulous cast too. Don’t forget to check it out at the Manchester International Festival – on now!!