Friday, 31 October 2014

The sculptor François Pompon

François Pompon (Bronze) by Henri Martinet (1893 – 1965) - Musée La Piscine

The sculptor François Pompon (9 May 1855 – 6 May 1933) was a French sculptor and animalier. His style is based on very fluid and pure forms.

The White Bear (Marble) by François Pompon – Orsay Museum, Paris [Source: Wikimedia]

"The White Bear" (also known as "Polar Bear in Stride ") is Pompon’s most famous sculpture. The original is located at the Musée d'Orsay in Paris and several reproductions exist, like the one below in the Valencienne museum.

The White Bear (Cast in polished plaster dated 1939) by François Pompon (Fine Arts Museum Valenciennes, France)

The Museum La Piscine in Roubaix holds several sculptures by Pompon, including a small version in plaster of The White Bear and a life-size bronze of a deer.

The White Bear (plaster) – On loan from the Saint-Omer museum

The Big Deer – 1929 (bronze) – Musée La Piscine, on loan from the Orsay Museum

Related resources

Musée La Piscine
23 Rue de l'Espérance, 59100 Roubaix, France

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

It would have been Niki de Saint Phalle’s 84th birthday

Today, Google Doodle celebrates the French Sculptor Niki de Saint Phalle.

The French sculptor was born on 29 October 1930 and died on 21 May 2002. She is better known for her curvaceous women figures (les “Nanas”).

Purely by coincidence, I saw yesterday a beautiful vase by Niki de Saint Phalle at the Musée la Piscine in Roubaix (France).

Poisson – Vase (Fish – Vase) by Niki de Saint-Phalle – Painted Polyester and metal

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Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Eaton Footbridge - oil painting

Here is a painting of Eaton Footbridge along the River Thames.

Eaton Footbridge - Oil painting (14" x 18") by Benoit Philippe

You can see the reference photo I shot in August in my earlier post Painting spots along the Thames.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Visit to Pat Elmore's studio - Swindon Open Studios 2014

I really enjoyed my visit to Pat Elmore’s studio and landscaped sculpture garden. The weather was good and Pat took the time to talk around the gallery, the garden and the workshop. It was a real privilege.

Pat started sculpting in 1980, is a member of the Royal Society of British Artists and has exhibited around the world. She kindly allowed me to take photographs, so that you can enjoy a virtual visit, if you cannot make the trip to Oxfordshire.

Pat takes part is different Open Studios events and Art Weeks and this is a good way to discover her studio and see the sculptures in the garden. If you miss these, Pat receives visitors by Appointment throughout the year (contact her through her website

Pat also runs sculpture courses at Nutford Lodge on Tuesdays from 10am until 2pm.

Sculpture in progress

Practical details

Nutford Lodge
Oxon SN7 7TW

Nutford Lodge is next to King & Queen pub.

Related resources

Pat Elmore’s biography on the site of the Royal Society of British Artists 

A video of Pat Elmore at Swindon ViewPoint 

An interview of Pat Elmore for the Swindon Open Studios 2009 

Swindon Open Studios 2014

Swindon Open Studios will continue next week-end, 13th/14th of September 2014.

If you live in Swindon or the South West of England, you have a chance to see great artists and discuss their art with them. See the list of venues and opening times on the website of the Swindon Open Studios.

Friday, 5 September 2014

Swindon Open Studios 2014 starting this week-end

The Swindon Open Studios 2014 are starting this week-end 6th/7th of September and next week-end,13th/14th of September.

This year, I am not taking part, but I will enjoy visiting some of the studios.

Below is a short promotional video for the event:

If you cannot see the embedded video, you can watch it on YouTube.

For more information on venues in and around Swindon, visit the Swindon Open Studios website: