A Visit to The Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Last night we were privileged to be invited to The Yorkshire Sculpture Park for the opening and a dinner for Ursula Von Rydingsvard. She is an American Sculptor who makes extraordinary sculptures from wood which are sometimes converted into bronze and other materials. At this exhibition she was showing quite large and extremely complicated items that were as dramatic as they were  quite stunning.  The Yorkshire Sculpture Park is quite magnificent and worth a visit at any time. It is situated of the M1 close to Wakefield in West Yorkshire. It is set in 500 acres of beautiful historic parkland.It has work by Henry Moore. Barbara Hepworth, Anthony Gormley,Elizabeth Fink etc etc. It also has a fantastic shop with many products relating to artists showing in the museum.

Ursula Von Rydingsvard giving her speach

One of Ursula's pieces

Another of her works which are all in cedarwood

extraordinary shapes which must take month of work

This shows the scale of her work

Her work on fabric

Looking through the sensational gallery

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Allen Jones at the Royal Academy 12/11/2014

Allen Jones the painter/sculptor had his opening at the Royal Academy last night. It was a retrospective and it was wonderful. The amount of work and his progression through the years is quite sensational. I have always been a great admirer of Allen’s work , i love his technical skills and amazing love of colour.This is an exhibition which  is a must to see it is pure joy. I know Allen is always quoted for his erotic “seats” and “tables” but my goodness they almost shrink against his other work. He is a complete master of colour,style and technique.

Allen giving his speech at the opening

A beautiful small model

One of Allen's paintings

An early Allen Jones

one of Allen's sculptures

A painting and sculpture

one of the life size figures

A figure with Kate Moss in the background

Kate Moss

Interesting people attended Grayson Perry

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White Cube and IWM

Visited the White Cube in Bermondsey to see Tracy Emin’s show. To cheer myself up went to the IWM to see WW1 paintings and engravings. See below! I am also very concerned about the revamp of the IWM by Foster and Partners. It seems to me to be an Architectural display rather than a display of the museums wonderful artefacts. I would like to hear any other comments. There seems to be far less on display than before ,now maybe it was thought there was to much of a jumble but i am sure people love to see lots of items and now there is little room for them. I gather lots of items have been removed to Duxford which is fine if you can get there.

The new interior of the Imperial War Museum

Another shot of the main hall

A wonderful Paul Nash poster

An engraving by CRW Nevinson

Another engraving by Nevinson

A painting by William Orpen

A very young pilot by William Orpen

A small section of a Stanley Spencer

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Natalie Gibson

Natalie is an acclaimed textile designer and tutor at Central St Martins. She has taught hundreds of fashion students over the years and the Central would be a lesser place without her. At the moment she is showing and selling some of her work at a wonderful store in Hoxton called PITFIELD in Pitfield street. The store has an eclectic  array of goods from the 50s to the present day and is owned by Paul Brewer. The store also combines a great little cafe .It is well worth a visit to see Natalie’s work and to have

A rather blurred and moody photo of Natalie

Some of Natalie's cushions (She is rather well known for hearts and cats)

Another cushion

a good look around the store. www.pitfieldlondon.com

One of her prints

A view within the store

One of Nat's tea towles

another print

A night view outside PITFIELD

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Little bits of aircraft

A Tigermoth at rest

The sister of the Tigermoth

The nice logo of the Hornet Moth

The wind driven Speedometer!

and another nice propellor logo

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A few nice images! Oct 2014

More fairground 'Art'

fairground art

Fairground art

Fairground art

fairground art

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Cressida Bell

If you have not heard of this designer please go to her website and learn more about her. She is the daughter of Quentin Bell and Vanessa Bell of the Bloomsbury group was her grandmother. She produces the most stunning work of which i have produced below.

Her cakes are unbelievable!!Cressida's book on cake design

Lampshades by Cressida

Silk Scarves by Cressida

And one of her rugs

Some of Cressida's cakes

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A beautiful Carthusian Monastery near Pisa

The exterior of the monastery

A door in the monastery

We visited,in July, a very beautiful monastery in Calci which is 12 miles east of Pisa. The monastery is now a museum and open for visits. It is a stunning building and well worth a visit. The floors are also stunning with many different patterns in the marble tiles. The monastery is called Certosa di Calci. Built in the 11th century ,founded in 1399 and updated in the 17th century.

one of the beautiful ceilings

one of the tiled marble floors

another floor

another floor

A view showing different floor patterns. Each room was different

More floors!

Beautiful hallways

The beautiful Cloisters

Painted corridors

This is pure 17th century Trompe L'oeil

The Certosa di Calci at night

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A Belated Spanish Trip

We spent 5 days in Spain at the end of May this year and visited,for the first time, Madrid and Seville. Each time i visit Spain i am more and more excited by the architecture, old buildings, shop signs,markets and food. For anyone who has not visited these two cities they are a must. Not just for the obvious museums, churches and Cathedrals but for the small streets of fascinating old shop fronts and wonderful signs that mostly seem to be produced on tiles. I have, below, included a series of signs that i photographed while walking around. As we were there for such a short time there must be far more. Anyway enjoy! and look at LRWs latest design work.

A Barbers shop in Madrid

Rather interesting decoration made with 'coat hangars'!

A rather nice painting in a street market,not sure if it was old

Great store signs

A sensational tiled store front

The wonderful food market in Madrid

another view of the market

Wonderful Advertising sign in an antique typewriter store

another great ad

an interesting old store front

A shop sign for 'Bath's'

This is quite a famous one

I hope this is not for demolition!!

So many!!

Signs above a gun shop

another nice sign

Tile street names!

more street names

Another famous tiled ad

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Corsham, Wiltshire

Just a couple of photos of this beautiful town between Bath and Chippenham. There had been a film crew filming a new ‘Poldark’ all week hence the shop window. The photos are of Flemish weavers cottages at the northern end of the town.

Looking along the Flemish Cottages

A shop window dressed up for 'Poldark'

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