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'Art is difficult, it's not entertainment.'

Art often requires something, if only our curiosity and some reflection, to work effectively and there is no shame in feeling that you should have done some homework. It is one of the few arenas of culture that refuses to talk down to us and for that we should be grateful.

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Jerwood Drawing Prize 2014

Drawing might be particularly hard to pin down as it lies at the root of much creative practice and serves as a place for working out ideas. It is often economically viable when all other options are closed and the works in this show demonstrate that material simplicity need not be a hindrance to the curious artist.

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Found Paintings and Sculptures

I started noticing things on the street that looked like art. The first ‘piece’ was by a bus stop where someone had folded dozens of crisp packets and wedged them into fence. I liked the absurdity of the act. I also thought it looked good. Soon after I noticed that graffiti is sometimes painted out with hard edged geometric shapes. All of this was grist to my mill and I started keeping an eye out for what I called ‘found paintings and sculptures’.

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Manchester Study Visit: Ryan Gander

Join Bryan Eccleshall to deliberate on the work of Ryan Gander

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A Sketchbook Walk

A Sketchbook Walk, found at the Recording Britain study visit.

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The densest things we ever see…

Seeing works of art close-up can be overwhelming and disorientating…

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Psycho: Hitchcock and Hopper

Alfred Hitchcock’s use of Edward Hopper’s House By The Railroad (1927) as the specific visual precursor for Norman Bates’ home in Psycho (1960) might be the most celebrated crossover from painting to cinema, but I think the artist’s influence goes much further than that.

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Surface Tension – Restoring Rothko

Tate Modern has recently completed the work needed to restore Mark Rothko’s 1958 painting Maroon and Black after it was vandalised in October 2012. This fascinating video from the Tate website documents the task’s process and complexity and the care with which it was undertaken. While I wouldn’t argue for any other course of action, it does […]

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Vivienne Bolton in Bath Society of Artists Show

Bryan talks to drawing student Vivienne Bolton

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The Pansy Project

In 2005 Paul Harfleet planted a pansy on a street in Manchester…

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