Wednesday, 1 June 2016

The mountains of Thermopylae by Edward Lear



The mountains of Thermopylae - Oil on canvas (68.4 x 135 cm) by Edward Lear - Bristol Museum & Art Gallery

Edward Lear (1812–1888) first visited Greece and saw the Thermopylae, in northern Greece, in the summer of 1848. 

He painted this landscape a few years later, while he was studying under William Holman Hunt, one of the Pre-Raphaelite painters. The influence of the genre is obvious, with the bright colours, the use of purple, and the extremely fine brushwork.


The mountains of Thermopylae - Detail

The mountains of Thermopylae - Detail

The mountains of Thermopylae - Detail of the foreground on the left

The mountains of Thermopylae - Detail of the mountains in the background


The mountains of Thermopylae - Detail of the mountains in the background


Bristol Museum & Art Gallery

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Bristol BS8 1RL
England

Monday, 30 May 2016

Riot of irises - Oil on canvas

Riot of irises - Oil on canvas (14" x 18") by Benoit Philippe

After the yellow ones, some pale blue irises are now in bloom in the garden...

Thursday, 26 May 2016

Beetle sculpture by Nicola Hicks - Bristol, England


Beetle (2000) bronze by Nicola Hicks, @Bristol, Bristol (England)



A massive bronze of a beetle inspired by the Rhinoceros Beetle. It seats just outside the Bristol Aquarium, near the @Bristol centre (Bristol – England).

Its long thin antennae have been broken off by vandals and the artist, Nicola Hicks, has agreed to the casting of replacement screw-in antennae that are used on special occasions.

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Monday, 23 May 2016

Yellow irises - oil painting

Making the most of the good weather we had last week-end, I painted these yellow irises that are in bloom in our back garden.

Yellow irises - Oil on canvas panel (6" x 8") by Benoit Philippe

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Coat of Arms (Bristol) by Nick Walker

Coat of Arms has been painted by Nick Walker on 71a Park Street - Bristol (England).


(Click on the photo to see a larger version)

... above Vincenzo's Pizza Place.



This is not a Banksy… but a piece of graffiti art by Nick Walker, another famous Bristolian. Walker started in the 80's and was actually one of the people who inspired Banksy. You can find more information about this artist on his website.

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