Paintings

Interview: Olga Gouskova Talks about the Female Form

[caption]Incognito II by Olga Gouskova[/caption] Sometimes artists are not very comfortable with interviews and one them is Russian-born Belgium-based artist Olga Gouskova. She told me she was a better painter than a writer*and in a sense, was probably reluctant to explain her art through words.* The good…

Just to Feel Normal: A Last Look at the Top Three Winners of the BP Portrait Awards 2011

With Lucien Freud’s death, whoever attempts to become the next best figurative painter of the 21st century has got some huge shoes to fill. Not to say there aren’t any good  figurative portrait painters around today, but only a handful has something unique to say, especially in an…

Interview: Melissa Hardwick Talks about Freespace Gallery and Iraqui Artist Emad Altaay

I have a long-standing date to meet Mel and visit her gallery, Freespace, in the Kentish Town Health Centre in North London. Freespace gallery  aims to promote under-represented artists and advocate art as a vehicle for social change. I normally feature artists and current exhibits, but I am also interested…

Two Stories of Death: Goodbye Lucian Freud and Amy Winehouse

[caption]Amy Winehouse. Photo by NPR P3[/caption] We mourn when someone close to us die but we also mourn for people we hardly know.  But in a way, both Lucian Freud and Amy Winehouse have been more than our acquaintances.  One a painter and another a musician,  they have…

I´m A Creep: The Uncanny and Ida Applebroog at Hauser & Wirth

After checking out Lisson gallery, my new friend Barbara and I went to see American artist Ida Applebroog´s exhibit at Hauser & Wirth in Saville Row.  We were still high from meeting Angela de la Cruz and needed something as intense. This was my second time to see the…