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The Unswept Floor

The Unswept Floor

For the mosaic class assignment at the London School of Mosaic this week we’ve been asked to produce our own responses to the Unswept Floor. For the uninitiated, such as me, the Unswept Floor is arguably the most famous mosaic of the ancient world.   Why?  First, it was described by Pliny, who uniquely also […]

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Mosiacism

Mosiacism

Where do you begin with mosaics?   Impossible.   But perhaps at the Zeugma Mosaic Museum in Gazientep, Turkey.   The stunning, purpose-built museum displays the mosaics dramatically rescued from a huge Roman site being flooded by the rising  waters of a dam. The museum took the so-called Gipsy Girl as it’s figurehead.   The […]

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Miniature Mosaic

Miniature Mosaic

Browsing the stands at the Winter Art & Antiques Fair at Olympia in November I came across this magnificent Italian marble table at Burton Antiques.    The fine variety  of the cut marble with geometric black inlay lines is combined with a mesmerising  set of micro mosaics.   The centre piece shows St Peter’s Square, […]

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Friend of Peter:  Andrew Cranston

Friend of Peter: Andrew Cranston

The Hawick painter Andrew Cranston, 50, was for twenty years a lecturer at Gray’s art college in Aberdeen, until 2017.    Three or four years ago dealer Richard Ingleby visited his Glasgow studio and was stunned by what he found.     A book on him has got glowing words from Peter Doig, the Scots […]

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Double Uppers  on the Fringe

Double Uppers on the Fringe

Leafing through the Edinburgh Fringe programme as one does I got interested by the numbers of performers  running two or even more shows in the festival – comedians, in particular. One develops a nerdy appetite for possible phenomena like these – are there more of these double-uppers?  Is it something forced on performers by rising […]

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London Art Fair

London Art Fair

IF ART sales need confident buyers it was not the most auspicious week for the London Art Fair.    Theresa May’s Brexit speech was reverberating during the VIP opening while Friday brings the strange new world of President Donald Trump. Soaring  rents and rates in central London have seen two important  venues for Scottish art close their doors in the past year, amid […]

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Fly 2016 – Visual Art Scotland

Fly 2016 – Visual Art Scotland

There is no longer an art college in Scotland that teaches a dedicated ceramics degree.   Which  makes the ceramics on show at this year’s Visual Art Scotland winter exhibition more emphatically interesting. Susan O’Byrne graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in design and applied art in 1999.   Her wall of fantastical animal heads in the […]

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Coburg House Christmas Open Studios

Coburg House Christmas Open Studios

So there’s a simple joy,  and the hope of a  certain Scottish parsimony,  in buying Christmas gifts direct from the maker. Nowhere better to start this weekend than at Coburg House studios in Leith, whose denizens have a refreshingly engaged attitude to the whole enterprise and where artists’ egos, and sensibilities, are disarmingly lacking. “I work in wood […]

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Shocked – 2016 Fringe

Shocked – 2016 Fringe

In the front row of an intimate Fringe venue on Saturday night audience a young woman kept turning around to look at me,  and others  behind her,  with her eyes open wide, her expression clearly asking – what is going on here?  How am I meant to react?  What am I watching? In show I witnessed in my […]

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Art Festival Fringe contd

Art Festival Fringe contd

Scotland’s oldest private art gallery says it may seek a festival listing next year – in the Fringe programme. The Scottish Gallery is one of three major  galleries on Dundas Street, centre of Edinburgh’s art trade, that are out of the Edinburgh Art Festival this year.   The Fine Art Society is another grand dame of the Scottish trade, […]

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Art Festival Fringe

Art Festival Fringe

Call it ‘beyond the art festival’, or the Edinburgh Art Festival Fringe. Within Edinburgh, there are several  private galleries with significant exhibitions, particularly for the collector in various budget ranges,   that  are not in the line-up of this year’s festival. Outwith the city, there are also several promising shows, perhaps for mid-August, when you need a […]

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ReUnion

ReUnion

Union Gallery – Reunion When Alison Auldjo began converting a former charity shop into the second incarnation of the Union Gallery, removing a lowered ceiling and turning a pokey back storage room into a well-lit stairwell, she knew exactly the picture she wanted in the space. It was Phil Braham’s Ophelia Bathing, a painting she had […]

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Surreal Encounters:  Collecting the Marvellous at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

Surreal Encounters: Collecting the Marvellous at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

Technically speaking, Surreal Encounters is what I’d call a stunner.    In particular the middle room on the ground floor of the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, where they are showing Salvador Dali’s vast Landscape with a Girl Skipping Rope. I’m no expert on the Surrealists but in terms of Scottish gallery exhibitions this is […]

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Scottish Arts Club

Scottish Arts Club

Edinburgh is going wild for Britart until May but spare a thought and a short walk to three artists exhibiting in the Scottish Arts Club. The club exudes an old Edinburgh charm with a cast of characters to match; it has tottered  on from crise to crise over the years, and can be a difficult space to stage a show with much impact, […]

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