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All Too Human - Tate Gallery, London

I took this photograph a few months ago at Tate Britain in the All Too Human: Bacon, Freud and a Century of Painting Life exhibition. I work in a gallery and see this all the time; people glued to their mobile/cell phones. I don’t mean the casual look to check the time or a new text message but prolonged scrolling and viewing. It saddens me, especially in an art gallery where you should be observing great works in a meditative atmosphere.

Apparently, using smart phones diminishes thinking and focus so maybe we should be worried?

Frank Auerbach - To The Studio (docmentary still)

I watched an amazing documentary last night – Frank Auerbach - To The Studio - gave me goose bumps!

It opens a rare window into his secret, obsessive but brilliant world. Fascinating and compelling, Auerbach’s work is fiercely original, disquieting and yet beautiful.

I saw Head of Gerda Boehm at Bowie the Collector, Sotheby’s, London in November 2016. Bowie said of this painting he owned:

“My God, yeah! I want to sound like that looks; it will give spiritual weight to my angst. Some mornings I’ll look at it and go, ‘Oh, God, yeah! I know!’ But that same painting, on a different day, can produce in me an incredible feeling of the triumph of trying to express myself as an artist.”

Oh to have an Auerbach to wake up to. I’ll content myself with the postcards I got from Tate Britain!

Auerbach once said: “What I’m trying to make is a stonking, independent, coherent image that has never been seen before … that stalks into the world like a new monster”.

I love scary monsters . . .

Artists At Work, Scottish National Gallery

I currently have a painting on display at the Scottish National Gallery as part of the Artists at Work exhibition (12 May – September 2018).

Artists at Work shows 74 works by members of staff from across the entire organisation. It is a varied and inspiring selection created by, amongst others, gallery attendants, conservators, retail team members and volunteers. All the staff are driven by a keen passion for visual arts, and many of them are artists themselves.

My painting, A Face Of Silk Everyday (number 51) is in the 3rd column from right to left and is the 2nd one down in the photograph above. So, please visit and then enjoy a view of Princes Street Gardens from the café!

Here are some recent comments left in the visitors book:

Thoroughly enjoyed visiting and seeing the originals of much loved favourites – found some new ones! Loved the Artists at Work!!

Hey, that’s pretty good
Japan

So wonderful to see such an array of work by the ‘Behind the scenes Gang! Really fascinating to read their histories. Thank you.
Lincolnshire

Brilliant – such talent and great to see it on display. Well done!
Edinburgh

Beautiful especially liked no. 30. Interesting textures and shades
Edinburgh

Incredible!
USA

What a brilliant idea! and fascinating insight. Great variety. Make it annual!!
Glasgow

Loved it!
USA

Excellent idea, amazing skill level and variety of media, subjects etc. This should be an annual fixture.
What a great idea to showcase the talent of the staff. I love the cockerel. So simple. So good.
Durham

This is a really lovely idea. I think, all of you should be more famous for what you do
Germany

Terrific idea – lovely work
Dublin

What a great idea! Super inspiring and impressive to see the art of the gallery staff! Would love to see more!
London