November 9, 2007
I discovered this artist in London and since then have been fascinated ever since. Although Autistic he has been drawing since a tender age and some of his work is even drawn from memory, a brilliant artist with a very interesting story. Take a look at his website.
October 19, 2007
If you are familiar with the streets of Shoreditch you will no doubt have seen the work Eine.
Eine is one of London’s most prolific and original street artists having started his career
over twenty five years ago as a common vandal he has toned and developed his unique
style into something which has been described as “the Fiona Rae of graffiti and spray
Eine specialises in producing huge letters on shop fronts across London. A “Writer”
who has close associations with Banksy, it has recently been said that “Eine is doing for
letters of the alphabet what Banksy did for rats and smiley Policeman”.
Eine is a renowned London based “Writer” who specialises in the central element of all
graffiti, the letter. From single letters to complex and wry combinations, Eine’s alphabet
can be found throughout London. Huge individual letters on shop shutters, in a style he
has made his own. Originality, a distinctive style and a clear profile that sets his or her
letters apart from all others is a key goal for any “Writer”. Eine’s letters transgress the
usual stylised image devised to depict form and emotion, and through a combination of
colour, placement and size, become fully formed and unique personalities in their own
July 13, 2007
The 113th BBC Proms – live on BBC R3/(BBC4) for 2 months – enjoy (without the mud!)
July 12, 2007
Inspired by nature, Algue, French for “algae,” are individual plastic elements that can be joined to create personalised interior design elements, from screens to room dividers. Because you put the pieces together yourself, each ‘art work’ is unique. I can’t wait to put mine together!
Algue can be bought from Utility Design.
January 10, 2007
I have just finished reading the long-anticipated biography of the English composer Gerald Finzi, by Diana McVeagh – ‘Gerald Finzi: his life and music’ – a fascinating insight into the life of one of my musical heroes (1901-1956).
The above is my shot of a section of the small but wonderful etched porch window of St James’ Church, Ashmansworth (near Newbury), just across from the Finzi’s home. It displays the initials of fifty English composers with their dates of birth emanating from a tree’s roots (in this image, those of Sir Edward Elgar – ‘EE 1857’ – can be seen, along with Delius, Vaughan Williams and Holst just above, and Stanford below). It was created by the artist Laurence Whistler, a friend of the Finzi family.
Finzi’s devoted wife, Joy, was a talented portrait artist, some of her works having appeared in the National Portrait Gallery.
Laurence Whistler’s artist brother, Rex, produced the huge and impressive mural in the dining room of Plas Newydd, Anglesey, North Wales.