Hamba kahle, Harry. 

HAROLD VOIGT, SOUTH AFRICAN PAINTER 1st May 1939 – 9th October 2022 by Leigh Voigt How does one give an unbiased, honest appraisal of one’s own husband and have the gall to call it an obituary? Does one resort to clichés? Borrow words from the pens of others? No, one hones in on an aspect […]

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Photographs through an art filter

Experiments with photo art applications, in particular the PRISMA application. by Philip Hall Passing photos through ready-made filters hasn’t really taught me much about how paintings and drawings are made, but doing this for a decade has taught me how important it is to have an artist’s eye and how the artist’s eye – even […]

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Coarse Art

By Paul Halas The democratisation of the image Art is everywhere, whether it’s highbrow gallery art, pulp, throwaway art, or the vast array of moving images available to us. Perhaps because my parents excelled in the production of animated films – possessing talents I sadly didn’t inherit – I was always fascinated by the incredible […]

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Depression: episode 31

By Dan Pearce Dan Pearce has done editorial work for many magazines and newspapers including New Society, Honey, 19, Oz, The Observer, The Times and Sunday Times, Mayfair and Penthouse. Dan has created book and record covers, political cartoons, comic strips and caricatures and he has written two graphic novels: ‘Critical Mess’ (against the nuclear industry) and ‘Oscar: The […]

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I create the stars as I go…

Making keepsakes with pyrography By Gill Rippingale I’ve been making Keepsakes for a number of years now, and have posted pictures of various pieces on my blog, on Instagram, Etsy, Pinterest, and on my Facebook page, Hug-the-Tree Pyrography, together with descriptions, but of course the information can get buried quickly! So perhaps a recap of […]

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What will it take for the British to reach a tipping point and realise they are being shafted by this bunch of Eton inbreds?

…and ban plastic grass! Zombie Apocalypse, 05th Aug 2021 By Gordon Liddle As miserable weather continues with more miserable weather, the crop from the garden is poor this year. Polytunnel is miles behind last year and even the potatoes outside have been poor. If we had to survive on what we grow we would have […]

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Gill Rippingale’s Forest of Dreams

I utterly need Green around me! I am experiencing a kind of lack of it at the moment, as I moved to the seaside. The sea is wonderful, but I am hankering after Forest… I’ve never been really drawn to deserts, although my eldest son really wants to experience a desert, but he wants to go to the Atacama.

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Science is the Servant

Science and technology are only the means to an end, and that end is art. By Phil Hall Richard Serra’s response to the architecture of Frank Gehry was that it wasn’t art. Well, if we accept Serra’s statement then Oscar Wilde is right, art is useless. If we agree with Serra then there is no […]

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Vive les BDs!

Bandes dessinees (comics) – the French do it so much better. Most of my working life was spent churning out comics scripts for the Disney characters, but much of my comics background was shaped by a culture on the other side of the Atlantic from “the evil empire”. I read and was influenced by French […]

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British Artists in Mexico

England is, as far as colours go, fairly subdued and uniform. Mexico is the opposite By Simon Brewster Although I have lived and worked in Mexico for almost 40 years, my first impressions of the country are still very vivid. After landing in Mexico after a stopover in the Bahamas, as we drove into the […]

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They drew the 20th Century

By Paul Halas Cartoons that were art. Growing up in a family that was immersed in the visual arts – chiefly in the form of animated films – it’s little wonder I had access to all kinds of books filled with the most wonderful illustrations. From children’s illustrated books, to old “Punch” almanacs, ditto New […]

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Animation with a social conscience

Halas & Batchelor Cartoon Films 1940 – 1995 By Vivien Halas This year marks the 80th year since my parents, John Halas and Joy Batchelor founded Halas & Batchelor Cartoons, in its day a household name responsible for over 2000 animated films.  Their best-known film Animal Farm (1954) was the first animated feature to be […]

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Photo-essay: Holi, Holi, Holi

Celebrations in the streets of Dharavi, Mumbai By Andy Hall The principle practice in street photography, and why I love it, is the immersive experience. That’s the only way you’re going to snatch those serendipitous, split-second moments you long for, as you wade through the river of human activity around you; all the time not asking, […]

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