Artist of the month – Frederic Edwin Church

Dramatic light, realisitc imagery, and panoramic views - become a pioneer and travel across Frederic Edwin Church's idyllic America.It was a simpler time. An era of cowboys, adventure and discovery, where nature reigned supreme. Waterfalls, mountains, palm trees, sunsets - there is a richness to Church's paintings that feels Romantic, and almost biblical. A central…

Bridget Riley at the Hayward

An optical eye sore in a good way...Bridget Riley's illusions are celebrated in this significant and impressive retrospect.Visiting this show on a Friday night after a long week at work is not something I would recommend. Only fresh eyes can withstand the optical and rythmic paintings of Bridget Riley. This retrospective gives us a powerful…

Artist deadlines – December

It's almost Christmas, and as a treat I've listed the few remaining opportunities of 2019. Goodluck! The highlight this month is the Visual Art Open Prize, due 10 December: The Visual Art Open competition is a not-for-profit event open to both amateur and professional artists based in the UK and internationally. The aim is to give artists the…

Artist deadlines – September

The end of Summer may be nigh but the creative opportunities are still flowing. The highlight opportunity this month is the Open Call for the Process Gallery Exhibition. To coincide with the opening of the Turner Prize 2019 at Turner Contemporary, the Gallery is encouraging applications from artists and creatives with a strong focus on…

RA’s Summer Exhibition

From an eclectic menagerie of animals to political and controversial creative statements, there's never a dull moment at the Royal Academy's Summer Exhibition. Following Grayson Perry's curated record-breaking 250th Summer show, you might be right in thinking that anything that follows would dull in comparison, but you'd be wrong! This exhibition never fails to disappoint.…

Artist of the month – Harald Sohlberg

Escape into the enchanted forests, celestial landscapes and blissful sunsets of Norwegian Master Harald Sohlberg There is a haunting aura that shrouds the Norwegian landscape. Step too closely or linger too long and you might not escape. But maybe you don't want to?! Sohlberg's most accomplished and much loved 'Fisherman's Cottage' (below) is an odd…

10 Must see Summer shows 2019

Jump head first into the wave of awesome art exhibitions hitting London this Summer. Soak up Spanish Impressionism, question what it means to be human in the digital age and experience a room full of rainbows. Where do I start?!   1. Sorolla: Spanish Master of Light - The National Gallery This is the first…

Artist deadlines – June

Big opportunities coming up in June that you won't want to miss! If you're into watercolours then The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition is a no brainer. One of the largest and most prestigious watercolour competitions in the UK, it celebrates skill and originality. Deadline is 17 June. Another highlight is the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize.…

The Colour of Memory

A colourfully charming retrospect of an Impressionist who's dividing opinions at Tate Modern.Stepping into the 'The Colour of Memory', a retrospective of Pierre Bonnard at Tate Modern, I felt a little lackluster and uninspired by the paintings I saw in Room 1. But realising I had 12 more rooms to trudge though, I tried to…

'In the Wild North', 1891, Ivan Shishkin

The wildness of Winter – 6 snowy art scenes

Stormy snow drifts, shards of blue ice, changing landscapes dusted and draped in shimmering white. These are just a few of my favourite things when I take in the views of a fresh Winter landscape! To spread the season joy and collective hope of a white Christmas, I have brought together 6 Winter scenes to…