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Celebrating Abstraction – Colour Field Painting

Color Field painting is a style of abstract painting that emerged in New York City during the 1940s and 1950s. It was inspired by European modernism<> and closely related to Abstract Expressionism<>, while many of its notable early proponents were among the pioneering Abstract Expressionists. Color Field is characterized primarily by large fields of flat, solid color<> spread across or stained into the canvas creating areas of unbroken surface and a flat picture plane. The movement places less emphasis on gesture, brushstrokes and action in favour of an overall consistency of form and process. In color field painting “color is freed from objective context and becomes the subject in itself.”[1]<>
During the late 1950s and 1960s, Color field painters emerged in Great Britain, Canada, Washington, D.C. and the West Coast of the United States using formats of stripes, targets, simple geometric patterns and references to landscape imagery and to nature.[2]<>


St Barbe Open Exhibition – Coastal Gallery Prize

St Barbe Open Exhibition 2019
Exhibition Starts: March 23 – 10:00am Ends: June 2 – 4:00pm
SCROLL DOWN for submissions opening: Saturday 2 February 2019 Deadline for submissions: Sunday 24 February 2019
Notification of successful submissions published on website: Thursday 7 March 2019. In 2018 the St Barbe 19th Open made a very successful transition to the new gallery spaces and a new online entry method with the largest ever submission and just under a hundred works exhibited. The resulting exhibition was the best yet and we hope that this year’s exhibition will prove even more popular. Since it was established in 2000 the Open has become one the highlights of the local arts calendar, drawing artists from Hampshire, Dorset and beyond.
The exhibition is open to paintings, prints, drawings and three-dimensional works and is selected by a panel of professional artists and curators. A host of prizes and a chance to exhibit in the new galleries are drawing more and more entries. The stiff competition for selection means that the standard gets higher every year, providing a treat for our visitors and a chance to buy high quality affordable art. This is a selling exhibition.
This year’s prizes include:
• Specsavers, Lymington People’s Choice Award (£250)
• The Blake Morgan Award for best painting (£250)
• The Mary and John Symons Memorial Award for best print (£250)
• The Coastal Gallery Award for best contemporary abstract work (£100)
• The Ted Marsh Award for best work by an artist aged 18-21 (£100)
• The Beaulieu Fine Arts Award for best work by a non-professional artist (£50 of framing)



Atom Gallery 127 Green Lanes London N16 9DA
2nd February to 23rd February 2019 Wednesday to Saturday | 11 am to 6 pm
Atom Gallery<> is proud to present “Instant Mash” a solo exhibition of new and recent work by Hackney-based pop-artist Carl Stimpson – a mash-up of Muses, Murals and Music
Carl Stimpson’s work mixes carefully painted portraits of icons from the worlds of music and film with cartoon imagery and techniques, and classic but obscure advertising logos. So far, so pop-art, but where his work diverges is in his treatment of this classic material – his use of the ‘ligne-claire’ technique, the imposition and projection of his mash-ups onto suburban and urban walls as fictional murals, a slight twist in some of the lovingly painted portraits.
Having trained initially as a painter – he studied Fine Art at The Arts Institute of Bournemouth (now Arts University College Bournemouth) – the recent addition of screenprinting to his painting techniques has allowed Stimpson to introduce an element of mass-production to his work, producing beautifully varied editions where the flatness of a screenprinted black ink layer contrasts with the softer hand-painted elements.
Stimpson currently lives and works in Hackney.



These are the biggest art exhibitions in London in 2019.
For a full-on art attack, London has you covered. Below, we’ve rounded up all the current and upcoming art exhibitions from London’s major galleries and brilliant museums<>, from Tate Britain and Tate Modern to Somerset House, the V&A and the National Gallery.
Art exhibitions you can visit today come first; keep scrolling for those opening later in 2019. (Prices quoted are generally for adults in advance, walk-up tickets will be a few pounds more, while students and other concessionary fares may be less. Notably, under-25s can visit all Tate exhibitions for £5 when they join the free ‘Collective.’<>)
Art exhibitions in London open now
These art exhibitions are already here, so go check ’em out!
2. Tate Britain: Turner Prize (until Jan 6, 2019)
[Turner Prize 2018 Exhibition]
Four artists, shortlisted for this year’s Turner Prize, will exhibit their work at the Tate Britain.£12.50. More info<>.
3. Whitechapel Gallery: Surreal Science – Loudon Collection with Salvatore Arancio (until Jan 6, 2019)
[Whitechapel Gallery Exhibition Surreal Science]
This free exhibition in east London pairs scientific curios amassed by the Dutch collector George Loudon with colourful, plant-like ceramic pieces from contemporary artist Salvatore Arancio. Free! Find out more<>.
4. Hayward Gallery: Space Shifters (until Jan 9, 2019)
[Art Exhibition at Hayward Gallery]
Shift your perceptions at this new exhibition at the Hayward Gallery. A collection of 20 minimal artworks use reflective and translucent materials to distort and disturb the brutalist space – a clever-clever house of mirrors for cultured types. £16.50. Find out more<>.
5. V&A Museum: Fashioned from Nature (until Jan 19, 2019)
[Fashion exhibitions London]
The V&A investigates sustainability and fashion in this new exhibition, which pairs garments with specimens from the natural world. Groovy. £12. More info<>.
6. British Museum: I object (until Jan 20, 2019)
[British museum exhibition]
Ian Hislop has curated this exhibition of historical artifacts that each, in their own way, protest, dissent, and stick a middle finger up at the prevailing norms of the day. Ancient graffiti, satirical posters and suffragette coins are among the items on display. £12. Find out more<>.
7. Tate Modern: Christian Marclay – The Clock (until Jan 20, 2019)
[Tate Modern Clock Art]
This acclaimed installation splices together film clips from thousands of films, each of which happen to depict the time on screen, then cuts them together so they tell the real time. It’ll be installed in the public galleries, so it is, blessedly… Free! More info<>.
8. Saatchi Gallery: Black Mirror – Art As Social Satire (until Jan 27, 2019) [Black Mirror Exhibition London]Alejandra Prieto, ‘Coal Mirror’.
There’s no official connection with Charlie Brooker’s dystopian Netflix<> anthology; but nonetheless this exhibition riffs off similar themes of alienation, political discontent and 21st-century angst via satirical works from 25 contemporary artists. Free! More information here<>.
9. National Gallery: Mantegna and Bellini (until Jan 27, 2019)
[National Gallery 2018 Exhibition]
‘Mantegna and Bellini’ compares the work of two Italian artists from the 15th-century Renaissance, who also happened to be related by marriage. From £14. More info<>.
10. Dulwich Picture Gallery: Ribera – Art of Violence (until Jan 27, 2019)
[London art gallery exhibitions Ribera]
Suffering! That’s the theme behind these 45 paintings from the Spanish Baroque composer, and also the theme behind life, let’s face it. £16.50. More info<>.
11. Barbican: Modern Couples (until Jan 27, 2019)
[Modern Couples Barbican]
You and your boo might consider a Sunday Netflix marathon time well-spent, but these artistic couples are distinguished by their creative synergy and acclaimed joint output. In the process, they ‘they forged new kinds of art and ways of living, while challenging gender stereotypes’, which is something else you probably haven’t got around to yet. £16. More info<>.
12. Tate Britain: Art Now – Jesse Darling: The Ballad of Saint Jerome (until Feb 24, 2019)
[Jesse Darling The Lion]
This newly produced work from Jesse Darling revisits the legend of St Jerome and the Lion, invoking an ambivalent love story charged with new meanings. Free! Find out more<>.
13. V&A Museum: Videogames – Design/Play/Disrupt (until Feb 24, 2019)
[Exhibitions in London Victoria Albert]
Taking a look behind the scenes of video games from the past ten years, the V&A will be exhibiting concept art, early sketches, prototypes and other artefacts from the development of the games we’re all addicted to. £18. More info<>.
14. Tate Britain: Edward Burne-Jones (until Feb 24, 2019) [Exhibitions art gallery tate britain]Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones Love among the Ruins 1870-1873 Private Collection
150 works from ‘pioneer of the Symbolist movement Burne-Jones’, including painting, stained glass and tapestry. £19.50. More info<>.
15. Tate Britain Winter Commission: Monster Chetwynd (until Feb 28, 2019) [Art exhibitions]Photo: @seangy<>
Festive slugs are currently leaving LED light trails all over Tate Britain, and we’re weirdly into it. The illuminated critters are guarding the gallery until February, so you’ll catch them no matter how slow you move. Free! More info<>.
16. Good Grief, Charlie Brown! (until Mar 3, 2019) [Art exhibitions]Photo: @somersethouse<>
An endearing and insightful look into the Peanuts cartoons, with original artwork and responses from contemporary artists. Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, and the whole gang await you at Somerset House.£14. More info here<>.
17. Museum of London: Votes for Women (until Mar 10, 2019)
[Votes for Women exhibition]
A display which curates items from the Museum of London’s suffragette archive, commemorating 100 years since women won their fight for the right to vote. Free! More info<>.
18. Staging Jackson Pollock (until Mar 24, 2019) [Art exhibitions]Photo: @whitechapelgallery<>
Whitechapel Gallery is akin to the spiritual home of Jackson Pollock in the UK, having hosted the London premiere of his work. Sixty years later, Pollock’s Summertime 9A has returned – and best of all, it’s free. More info<>.
19. Tate Modern: Tania Bruguera: 10,143,898 (until Mar 30, 2019) [Art exhibitions]Photo: @tate<>
The swings<> are gone, and the Tate Modern’s cathedral-like Turbine Hall is now filled with curiosities from Cuban artist Tania Bruguera. A heat-sensitive floor, subsonic sound waves, and a room that makes you cry are some of the delights here, aiming to evoke empathy for our fellow humans.Free! More info<>.
PS: Once this exhibit ends, another Hyundai Commission will arrive later in 2019 – October 2nd is the date for your diaries!
20. Magic Realism: Art in Weimar Germany 1919-33 (until July 14, 2019) [Art exhibitions]Photo: @bafineartnorthbrookmet<>
The Weimar Republic was a rich source of art, especially in the realm of magic realism (before Garcia Marquez & co took it to the next level). See the best of it at Tate Britain. Free. More info<>.
Art exhibitions in London opening later in 2019
Culture vultures rejoice, for these ace art exhibitions are coming later in the year!
21. Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams (opens Feb 2, 2019) [Art exhibitions]Photo: @vamuseum<>
Legendary couturier Christian Dior was a noted Anglophile, which is why the V&A Museum are looking into the growth of his fashion house with the odd insight into his relationship with Britain. From £20.More info<>.
22. Don McCullin (opens Feb 5, 2019, until May 6, 2019) [Art exhibitions]Photo: @tate<>
Acclaimed British photographer Don McCullin has had a storied career, making his name as a war photographer in Vietnam, Northern Ireland, and Syria. Those haunting images combine with moody industrial shots and rural landscapes in the Tate’s major retrospective. £16. More info<>.
23. Harald Sohlberg: Painting Norway (opens Feb 13, 2019, until June 2, 2019) [Art exhibitions]



Both prolific, both revolutionary, both dead at 28: Schiele and Basquiat, working at opposite ends of the C20th, single handily changed the course of art history.
Both artists sought to obliterate tradition, expectation and historical representations of human identity. Both sought to express the distress of human existence with aggressive distortions of the body. For both artists, line became the symbolic border between life and death and loss and trauma.
To mark the centenary of Schiele’s death and the 30th anniversary of Basquiat’s death, the Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, presents a major comparative showcase of their work. With many pieces never seen before in Europe, this artistic extravaganza (2 Oct 18 – 14 Jan 19) certainly merits a trip to Paris.


Small Business Saturday 1st December

Saturday 1st December is Small Business Saturday. This annual government-backed national campaign highlights our wonderful local, small businesses. NFDC town carparks will be free of charge all day. Car parks will also be free of charge on 23 and 24 December to encourage Christmas shoppers to stay local and support the New Forest’s many independent businesses, producers and artisans.
Councillor Heron said: “By offering free parking in our car parks on four days in the run up to the festive period, we are aiming to encourage residents and visitors to make the most of the wide range of quality, independent retailers and makers that we have in our district. This is one of the ways the council, and consumers, can continue to support a vibrant, resilient local economy.”
We really are fortunate in Lymington to have a great range of small, independent shops who stock a brilliant range of products at highly reasonable prices. Let us all support them in the run up to Christmas!


Saatchi Gallery – December 6-13

Head to Chelsea’s Saatchi Gallery between December 6 – 13 for an exhibition of contemporary abstract and photo-realist artworks. Many of the artists showcased are recent graduates from the UK, whose work will be up for auction following the exhibition. Saatchi Gallery, December 6 – 13, entry is free. The auction will then take place on December 13 from 6-9 pm.<>


Atalier E.B – Serpentine’s Sackler Gallery

The ultimate art-retail experience is currently on offer in Serpentine’s Sackler Gallery courtesy of Atelier E.B, the collaborative enterprise of artist Lucy McKenzie and designer Beca Lipscombe. For the deeper of pocket the atelier’s latest collection of artisan-made, artist-designed togs—which goes under the title Jasperwear and fuses Neo-Classical, Amazonian and Scythian themes—can be ordered from an elegant bespoke showroom. As well as being artfully arranged in a chic display and a facsimile shop window, these multi-referential (and eminently wearable) garments are also set within a wider environment devoted to the history of display in consumer culture, ranging from historic sculptures, archive photographs and classic mannequins made by the designer Adel Rootstein (including one of the singer and actress Elaine Paige). There are also a number of striking artistic collaborations—look out for a tapestry of Marc Camille Chaimowicz made by Elizabeth Radcliffe, Lipscombe’s mother. For those on a more limited budget there’s also a diffusion range available in the gallery shop for the entire run of the show.


Annie Albers Review – Tate Modern until Jan 27th 2019

Despite its name, modernism sure had some old school failings. When Anni Albers got through her first year at experimental German art school the Bauhaus in 1923, she was kept away from disciplines like painting and sculpture and was shoved roughly towards something more suitable for a woman: weaving.
But Albers took her shitty stick and ran with it, diving into the world of textiles to create a body of work that totally changed what the use of fabric meant. In her long life of abstract geometric innovation, Albers may just have become the most modern of all modernists. Her work here isn’t restricted to just painting or sculpture, and it’s not ‘merely’ decorative fabric. It’s all of these things: it’s handmade but industrially designed, unique but replicable.
The show opens with a loom, so you know, immediately, that what comes next is the result of a relationship between human and machine. Lots of Albers’s work, especially the early pieces, have a purpose: they’re not ‘just’ art. One piece is a sound proof fabric for an auditorium which glistens and reflects. Other designs, all exploiting the loom’s knack for near geometric perfection with criss-crossing perpendicular lines, are intended to become bags, bedspreads or wall hangings.
By the time Anni and her husband – the great painter Josef – fled the Nazis for the USA, she’d started to conceive of purely ‘pictorial’ weavings: fabrics as art and art alone. Now the lines and shapes start to loop and dip, they raise out of the surface like keloid scars, judder like static across the fabric. This is Albers in free flight and it’s gorgeous. Then come prints – including an awesome set of white impressions – moving religious memorials, designs for dorm rooms, swirling carpets and knotty drawings.
Yeah, the show can feel a lot like walking through Habitat, but maybe that says more about the impact of Albers’s designs than anything else.
Because what you see here in these rooms is walls being knocked down. Art, sculpture, textile, craft, industrialisation, ancient traditions, modern methods: each piece you see chips away at the distinctions between all of these things. Hers was a fight against restrictions and restraints: being forced into weaving, having to work within the narrow lines of the loom, living in the shadow of her husband. And at every turn, she weaved her own magic and triumphed.


NEW ! – The Perfumer’s Story by Azzi

Along with the hugely successful launch of her personalised fragrance concept, ‘The Perfumer’s Story by Azzi’, the award-winning perfumer Azzi Glasser launched her fragranced candles, opening a new window on the sensory ‘Perfumed Architecture’ of home living. Azzi – who has collaborated with some of the world’s leading hotels, galleries and A-listers – has created a unique five-piece candle range designed to bring unique character & style to the different interiors and living experiences around the home. Perfectly tailored to match scent personality with living space. Each candle emits specific moods of warmth, richness or sheer decadence, transforming each room with a fresh identity and ambiance. Since October 2016, a collection of five candles have been available. Customers have been able to choose from the sensual dark flora of Fever 54, the intimate leather of erotic Tuscan Suede, the violet bohemian floral of Twisted Iris or the magnetic and welcoming patchouli and oud of Black Moss, together with the appetising and enticing Fig Ambrette. These sit alongside the 11 unique perfumes that make up The Perfumer’s Story. Commenting on the candle collection, The Perfumer’s Story founder Azzi Glasser explains: “I love being able to create art through the sense of smell. One of my earliest memories is the scent of an electrifying tropical rain storm where warm rain splashed on hot steamy pavements. My fragrances are all based around ‘Character and Style’ each with its own artistic story and reference, so it was a natural progression to want to extend this to the home – after all, home is a reflection of your personality, style and is therefore intensely personal”