Visual Arts

Visual Arts

"What do you think an artist is? He’s a political being, constantly alive to heartrending, fiery, or happy events, to which he responds in every way. No, painting is not done to decorate apartments. It is an instrument of war, for attack and defense against the enemy."

Pablo Picasso

Leonardo da Vinci
Wednesday, 13 April 2022 08:20

Leonardo da Vinci

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Leonardo da Vinci, the great Italian painter, engineer, inventor, and scientist was born 570 years ago, on 15 April 1452. He embodied in many ways the High Renaissance, one of the most progressive periods in history, of which Engels said, "it was the greatest progressive revolution that humanity has so…
Robert Ballagh's 'The Thirtieth of January' and Bloody Sunday, 1972
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Monday, 24 January 2022 11:02

Robert Ballagh's 'The Thirtieth of January' and Bloody Sunday, 1972

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Jenny Farrell gives the background to Robert Ballagh's new painting, marking the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday When Robert Ballagh, the outstanding contemporary Irish painter, found a growing need to mark the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday, he felt more and more drawn to paintings that had impacted on him…
The revolutionary realism of Caravaggio
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Tuesday, 14 September 2021 10:10

The revolutionary realism of Caravaggio

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Jenny Farrell discusses the work of Caravaggio, who revolutionised European art. Image above: Judith Beheading Holofernes Born 450 years ago, on 29 September 1571, Caravaggio lived and worked in Rome. The development of the new middle class of traders, merchants, artisans – the bourgeoisie – brought with it the dawn…
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Tuesday, 06 July 2021 14:17

Statues, Context and Historical Narrative: Statues Glorifying Colonialism are a Bad Idea!

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Stuart Cartland discusses the recent attacks on statues in Canada The toppling of the statues of British monarchs in Canada recently is a hugely symbolic moment of reflection on the legacy of British colonialism. It is also feeding a wider anti-woke backlash from the right. Following on from the toppling,…
The Colescott Chronicles Part I: breaking free of the shackles of colour blindness and abstract art
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Thursday, 17 June 2021 11:58

The Colescott Chronicles Part I: breaking free of the shackles of colour blindness and abstract art

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Dennis Broe presents the first of a two-part topical study of Robert Colescott, whose politically committed art tackled issues of unequal racial and gender representation, and the history of racial exploitation and domination in the U.S. One of the founding members of New Black Art just reaped the rewards of…
Albrecht Dürer – Champion of the Peasants
Saturday, 15 May 2021 13:23

Albrecht Dürer – Champion of the Peasants

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Jenny Farrell writes about Albrecht Dürer, who made art in supported of the democratic movements of his time Albrecht Dürer was born 550 years ago, on 21 May 1471, during the Renaissance, a time of upheaval that rang in the early modern age. With improved production methods, industry and trade…
The radical imagery of William Blake
Tuesday, 02 March 2021 13:10

The radical imagery of William Blake

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Caroline Anjali Ritchie discusses William Blake, trees, and 18th-century radicalism. Image above: The Divine Image, from Songs of Innocence and of Experience Poet and artist William Blake was energetically engaged with the political thought of his day. His ties to the radical publisher Joseph Johnson and associated figures such as…
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