The end of 2015 calls for reminiscing! I know, it is as original as making New Year’s resolutions, but I don’t think there is anything wrong with looking back once in a while. I must admit I am not a looking-back type of person (I can’t even remember what I had for dinner last night, let alone what I was doing last year) but it can’t hurt to count your blessings now and then. So what has 2015 meant for me? Lets take stock.
Most Popular Blog Post
I have always loved blogging but this year I have tried to up the game even more by writing regularly about everything arty that interests me and hopefully you. I hope to write for fellow artists as well as collectors and other art lovers. Do let me know what you enjoy most and what you would like me to write about in 2016! In 2015 my most popular blog posts were:
Best Art Exhibition I have Seen
I only visit London a few times a year but that is where usually the best (and/or blockbuster) exhibitions are. So I don’t get to see them all as I choose carefully for which exhibitions I make the journey. Very much worth it was Savage Beauty at the V&A Museum: an overview of the work of fashion designer Alexander McQueen. This exhibition was so theatrical and visually spectacular it simply blew me away. It was a shame there were no souvenirs to take home that oozed the same atmosphere as the show. I would have loved a catalogue featuring pictures of the exhibition in all its dramatic glory instead of the monologue that was on offer. Ah well, memories.
Best Art Exhibition featuring my Work
Out of the 8 exhibitions in which one or more of my paintings were hung in 2015 I must, of course, count the Self-Portrait exhibition at Manchester Art Gallery as one of the highlights of the year. My self portrait (with ruff) was hung in a small exhibition featuring not only major contemporary artists such as Grayson Perry and Sarah Lucas but even more excitingly the likes of Angelica Kaufmann, William Hogarth and Anthony van Dyck. Wow.
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Another exhibition highlight did not start in 2015 but came to an end. The BP Portrait Award 2014 exhibition tour ended in Wales in May after being on the road for nearly a year. My 10 paintings have seen all corners of the country and 2015 saw the closure of an amazing chapter in my painting career.
Best Painting Highlight
Although I have worked on many paintings throughout the year some do stand out for me. I have had a few private commissions but the public commission for Wycliffe College was such a pleasure and honour to work on. I am very proud that my portrait of their retiring headmistress is now on their walls.
Another highlight was my painting The Moon Rises, which sold at Lime Tree Gallery’s Faces and Places exhibition even before the exhibition opened. The collector saw the painting in the catalogue and immediately purchased it!
General Art News Highlights
2015 saw the appointment of a new director for the National Portrait Gallery (you might forgive me for feeling a particularly bond with this museum). Dr Nicholas Cullinan takes over from Sandy Nairne who had been in charge for 13 years. In 2015 the world lost art critic Brian Sewell - love him or hate him, he certainly made waves - and historian Lisa Jardine; expert on Dutch and British 17th century cultural history. I watched and enjoyed BBC's Wolf Hall along with many other tudor lovers, smiled at Grayson Perry’s ‘House for Essex’ and never got round to admire the new Whitworth Art Gallery which is amazing I have no doubt. The BP Portrait Award made a short list of blue paintings this year and again showed its love for hyper realism (will they be swamped with blue submissions from hopeful artists in 2016 I wonder?), while the prize winning portraits in the show of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters were very beautiful, interesting and varied indeed.
What a year it was! I hope you, dear reader, have had an interesting and good 2015 as well (as you can see I only focus on the good bits -as I did not mention the loss of my gorgeous dog - I am a forever optimist). I would love to hear your highlights!!
2016 promises to be very exciting as well with my duo-show coming up at Catto Gallery in March and a show at Harley Gallery later in the year. I am very grateful you made it to the end of this blog post - I am sorry it is so long- and to all my readers, collectors, friends and fans who help and support me along my painterly way!
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