Thursday, 19 August 2010

City Pride

Lions of Bath (Click on photo for full image size)

Stopping off for lunch in the beautiful city of Bath, it was plain to see that something was afoot. This summer, over 100 life-size lion sculptures have been specially commissioned and now, while prowling around the elegant Georgian crescents and terraces, you can bag your own big cat (with camera only!). Each one is sponsored by a business or community and individually decorated. They all form an impressive piece of public art and are great fun to either happen across by chance or to go on a lion safari across the city. At the end of the summer they will be auctioned off for charity and so you have until mid-September to see them in situ. Visit the Lions Of Bath website for more information and a full list of lions.

The Bath Lion, sponsored by Longleat

King of Fudge, sponsored by The San Francisco Fudge Factory

Big Game? sponsored by Walker/Jansseune

Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Art in Bristol, Summer 2010

Art from the New World
There is still time to catch the 'Art from the New World' exhibition at Bristol Museum and Art Gallery as it runs till Sunday 22th August.
There are 49 pieces in the exhibition ranging from sculpture, painting, photography and print by the best of the contemporary American art scene. The show is curated by Corey Helford Gallery, LA and the most of the works have been made for the show.
The artists themselves are often self-taught and their work builds on the pop art movement from the end of the last century, appealing to the mainstream market and trying to take art beyond the constrains of elitism within the industry.
Look out for the gorgeous silver/pink graphic immediacy of Buff Monster, who started out as a street artist and illustrator Luke Chueh's moving painting 'Pin Cushion'. Sas Christian's 'Fever' and the gloriously macabre 'Silent Partner' pick up on pop culture and glamour themes that run throughout the show. There is an undercurrent of bleak humour and unease with modern culture, picking up in places on body image, sexuality, fantasy and the decadence of a post-war America that makes this showcase a brilliant, thought-provoking snapshot of the current American art scene.

Near and Far, RWA Artists
Running till the 5th of September at the Royal West of England Academy, Near and Far is an exploration of travel and place by RWA artists. Over sixty artists are showing work.

David Hockney 'Grimm's Fairy Tales'
Also at the RWA is a series of etchings based on six of the Brother Grimm's fairy tales. All produced in 1969 while a student at the RCA, they feature quirky moments chosen from the stories and show off Hockney's sparse, graphic style beautifully in monochrome.