Review: Lucian Freud: The Self-Portraits @ The Royal Academy of Arts

This winter the Royal Academy of Arts has exhibited Lucian Freud: The Self-portraits. The collection of portraits ranges from his early career in 1940, to his most recent work in 2001. This masterfully curated exhibition focuses on the self and demonstrates how Freud’s painting style has changed and matured over time. The exhibition progresses from his early surrealist painting, to his later brutally realist work, exposing the frailty of his aged body. The style of his portraits is striking and contradictory as Freud resists being exposed and “known”, he hides in his paintings, yet also maintains intrigue as the subject of the portrait. Continue reading Review: Lucian Freud: The Self-Portraits @ The Royal Academy of Arts

Exhibition Review: Young in Hong ‘The Moon’s Trick’

Young in Hong is a Bristol-based artist whose work is inspired by South Korea’s recent political and cultural history. Her latest solo exhibition, The Moon’s Trick, is on display now at the Exeter Phoenix. Her work is a mixture of embroidery and sound installation which takes inspiration from found photography of urban scenes, events and protests in a post-war Korea. The three room exhibition begins … Continue reading Exhibition Review: Young in Hong ‘The Moon’s Trick’

Exhibition Review: Simon Bayliss ‘Kangaroo Beach’

Based in St Ives but raised in Devon and the Bahamas, contemporary artist Simon Bayliss’ newest exhibition fits perfectly with the Exeter Phoenix, our city’s thriving cultural arts centre. Often exploring the conflicting feelings of respect and irreverence in a place steeped with proud artistic and cultural history, Bayliss’ relationship with the Cornish landscape features strongly in his work. This latest exhibition kicks off an … Continue reading Exhibition Review: Simon Bayliss ‘Kangaroo Beach’