Category Archives: Artists

Shape of Light at Tate Modern

I often enjoy going to exhibitions unprepared as that can give me a cleaner sensory experience than having read reviews; such was the case for The Shape of Light at Tate Modern.

There is something about Minimalism that resonates deeply and here are some of the pieces that stood out for me: part of  Alison Rossiter’s  expired photography paper seriesPhoto by Caroline Banks Photo by Caroline BanksBarbara Kasten’s cyanotypes Photo by Caroline Banks Photo by Caroline Banks Edward Ruscha’s parking lot photos next to Carl Andre’s Steel Zinc PlainPhoto by Caroline Banks

Black by Inge Dick  (the people and shapes are all reflections)Photo by Caroline BanksOne of Jay Defeo’s Untitled pieces Photo by Caroline BanksJohn Hilliard’s Seven Representations of White (with more reflections)Photo by Caroline Banksand, seen at the end, Thomas Ruff’s massively scaled virtual photogramsPhoto by Caroline Banks Photo by Caroline Banks


Tacita Dean – Landscape at the Royal Academy

The inaugural exhibition in the new Gabrielle Jungels-Winkler Galleries at the Royal Academy is LANDSCAPE, one of the three concurrent London exhibitions by Tacita Dean. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect but was really impressed by the scale and sensitivity of the work shown. Zooming in and out is an essential part of the experience (I use those terms deliberately).

Here’s a view through to The Montafon Letter, a huge chalk drawing on blackboard of a mountain (there’s a bit more to it than just that).  Photo by Caroline BanksMajesty, one of a series of works on paper from 2016Photo by Caroline Banks

Cloud drawings, also from 2016,  in front of her collection of round stones.Photo by Caroline BanksI really liked the contrast of jade reflected in the glass frame of this massive print Quarantania.Photo by Caroline BanksHer film Antigone is also on show – I wasn’t able to see all of it so will complete the experience on my next visit.

Raw Materials at the Nunnery Gallery, Bow Arts.

East London has a rich and varied textile history for manufacturing and  innovation which this exhibition, at The Nunnery Gallery, Bow Arts,  examines.

Photo by Caroline BanksThe invention of the first synthetic dye, mauveine, by William Perkin took place at his family home in Shadwell  and brought the colour purple to the masses Photo by Caroline Banksand wood block printing by R.E. Littler for Liberty of London took place in the Lea Valley.Photo by Caroline BanksContemporary creativity still abounds in the East End with current work by artists and designers including London College of Fashion student Isabella Dunne’s “Raw Pressed” digital printPhoto by Caroline Banksand Sarah Desmarais’ fashion prints as well as Photo by Caroline Banks Photo by Caroline Banks Freya Gabie’s Chatham rope and spun golden thread piece  90,000 miles across the sunPhoto by Caroline BanksPhoto by Caroline Banks

Back to the history, I just had to include the compact spinning wheel Mahatma Gandhi brought for his 3 month trip to England in 1931 during which time he was based in Bromley by Bow. 
Photo by Caroline Banks

Art wherever you look in King’s Place

I sometimes feel envious of the workers at King’s Place as they are surrounded by a constantly changing display of art by artists represented by Pangolin Gallery, housed in the same building. I came across this selection of work when I popped in the other evening between two private views.

William Tucker’s charcoal drawings from the human form and his bronze sculptures exude powerPhoto by Caroline Banks Photo by Caroline Banks Photo by Caroline Banks

Looking Glass by Abigail Fallis is a beautifully crafted piece, something important to her in making work and encompasses such a multitude of associations I’d go over my time limit if I listed them.

Photo by Caroline Banks

Photo by Caroline Banks

The career of Zachary Eastwood-Bloom has taken off since I first met him at his RCA degree show in 2010. I have to confess though that I thought this was a Tony Cragg from a distance, an impression soon corrected once I got closer.

Photo by Caroline BanksPhoto by Caroline Banks Photo by Caroline Banks

Artists at the Affordable Art Fair in Hampstead

There’s always a lot to see at The Affordable Art Fair; as I’d missed the Battersea one earlier this year due to pressure of deadlines I made sure I got to the Hampstead show.

Four Walls Gallery from Brighton is always worth visiting; Sam Lock’s paintings always make my heart sing.Photo by Caroline Banks Photo by Caroline Banks Photo by Caroline BanksIona House Gallery presented Claire Burke’s sophisticated and timeless pieces; I’ve featured her work here before but these more sculptural pieces were new to me. Photo by Caroline Banks Photo by Caroline Banks

A couple of the artists showing at Roy’s People Art Fair

My participation in the second Roy’s People Art Fair, which took place at The Bargehouse, OXO Tower in London, is the last (for a few weeks at least) of a blur of constant creative and commercial activity this year.

Photo by Caroline Banks

“The Merry Wives of Windsor” published 1910

Robert Robinson is popular on the art fair circuit exhibiting his books and cut-outs, with subjects including superheros and Alice in Wonderland. He was my neighbour at the recent The Other Art Fair but we never had the chance to talk as were so busy.Photo by Caroline Banks In complete contrast, Lucy Stevens combines sound and imagery in ongoing explorations into, as her website says, “the acoustic ecology of the natural environment”, specifically birdsong.

I didn’t have the chance to listen to her recordings but found the imagery intriguing so please visit her website to learn more.  Photo by Caroline BanksPhoto by Caroline Banks

I’m now looking forward to slowing down a little for a while.

Breathe: A Green Lung – installation at the Barbican

There is always more to see than anticipated when visiting the Barbican  and this was exactly the case whilst on my way from Yto Barrada’s Agadir in The Curve to Another Kind of Life: Photography on the Margins in the gallery.

I came across this small installation tucked into a corner called Breathe: A Green Lung, devised by Cityscapes with Heywood & Condie  in which a stained glass greenhouse is enclosed within two green walls.       Photo by Caroline Banks

Photo by Caroline Banks

Photo by Caroline Banks

Increasing greenery within an urban environment is preaching to the choir here; what really appealed to me creatively was the stained glass greenhouse Photo by Caroline Banks with its amended imagery. To see more of their stained glass work click on this link.Photo by Caroline Banks

Artists discovered at The Other Art Fair at Victoria House, London. Post 2 of 2

I never had enough time in the mornings before the fair opened to look around properly but enjoyed finding these artists, all previously unknown to me.

Ian Rayer-Smith’s lush abstracts seduced me with their colour and the energy of mark-making; they also come across as rich in meaning. I see myths and legends with the gods battling in epic skyscapes…Photo by Caroline BanksPhoto by Caroline Banksthis one evokes Leda and the swan for me but don’t let that stop you from a different  interpretation.Photo by Caroline BanksDutch artist Peter Bezuijen is also concerned with colour but in a very different way with pattern and repetition. His background in illustration and graphics is evident and I enjoy his infinite variations within quite a regimented format.   Photo by Caroline Banks Rajvi Dedhia Unadkat’s paintings combine both elements mentioned above: gestural mark-making and structural composition, seen in the layering and contrasts within a piece.Photo by Caroline Banks Photo by Caroline Banks

Artists discovered at The Other Art Fair at Victoria House, London. Post 1 of 2

It’s pretty obvious that I’m a rabid fan of The Other Art Fair, both as exhibitor and visitor with the recent event no different.

I love the exciting environment as well as the supportive community of artists and that you can see and buy fabulous art directly from the creators themselves. I really enjoy getting to know the artists and having that personal connection with the maker of whatever it is I admire or have bought. Anyway, I’ll stop eulogising and show you some photos of work I fell in love with  this time.

Just round the corner from my stand was South Korean artist Cheolyu Kim who brought everything over in one suitcase. His fantastical and unsettling compositions are rooted in his childhood close to the border with North Korea.

Photo by Caroline Banks Photo by Caroline Banks Photo by Caroline Banks Photo by Caroline Banks

Hildegard Pax ‘s dichroic glass sculptures are fresh and delicate yet powerful, influencing the space around them, Photo by Caroline Banks Photo by Caroline Banks even this small piece with paper.Photo by Caroline Banks

More to follow in my next post.

Depicting the female body – art by Caroline Walls

As already mentioned, I’ve been hard at work in the studio these past few months, occasionally opening a few newsletters, including design blog Yatzer,  where I discovered the work of painter Caroline Walls.

These images connected to a recent discussion I had with a figurative painter about the minefield that can be the contemporary female nude painted by a woman. We are bombarded every day with so many images of nubile, conventionally beautiful and “perfect” bodies with overwhelming connotations of the male erotic gaze that I, and many others, find disturbingly exploitative.

I was struck by Caroline Walls’ work which depicts an abstracted view of the female form with sensuality and honesty. She’s part of a group of artists challenging this hegemony and celebrates the female body in an inclusive, non-didactic manner. The flat, print-like silhouettes are given depth by the application of many layers of colour.
All photos are from either Yatzer or from Caroline’s website