Scene at Sumburgh Airfield at Shetland Museum & Archives in Shetland

In this episode, we’ll be visiting Scene at Sumburgh Airfield (painted in 1989 and signed Edmund Miller) at the Shetland Museum & Archives in Shetland. Welcome to Art, Culture & Books with me, Anthony King. Sumburgh Airport is the main airport serving Shetland in Scotland. This painting commemorates it’s first air service in 1936. Venturing up to the Shetland Isles was quite the wild ride! My journey kicked off with a ferry ride from Aberdeen, lasting a solid 12-13 hours – talk about an adventure! Despite the lengthy voyage, it was filled with memorable moments. Upon reaching Shetland, one spot not to miss is the Shetland Museum & Archives. The staff there were fantastic, adding to the charm of the experience. And let me tell

Children at Play by Edward Atkinson Hornel at the Inverness Museum and Art Gallery in Scotland

In this episode, we’ll be visiting Children at Play by Edward Atkinson Hornel at the Inverness Museum and Art Gallery in Scotland. Welcome to Art, Culture & Books with me, Anthony King. We’ve previously visited another of Edward Atkinson Hornel’s paintings on the other side of Scotland at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow called “The Dance of Spring”. I described that one as “a standout and bizarre, beautiful and peculiar all at the same time”. Now, this painting, Children at Play from 1893 has a magnetism! The Museum tell us that he “become drawn to the symbolism of religious and Celtic motifs. His technique favoured thick ‘impasto paint and rich colour that emphasised pattern and texture. Children at Play, depicting madcap children

The Riders of the Sidhe By John Duncan at The McManus Dundee’s Art Gallery & Museum in Dundee, Scotland

In this episode, we’ll be visiting The Riders of the Sidhe By John Duncan at The McManus Dundee’s Art Gallery & Museum in Dundee, Scotland. Welcome to Art, Culture & Books with me, Anthony King. John Duncan was born in Dundee, Scotland in 1866 and painted The Riders of the Sidhe in 1911 with Tempera on canvas. Tempera, also called egg tempera, is a long-lasting paint that dries quickly. It’s made by mixing pigments with a water-soluble binder, often egg yolk. Interestingly, although this is spelt S-I-D-H-E it’s actually pronounced “Shee”. In Celtic mythology the Sidhe are the mystical fairies. The museum tells us that the name is known locally in the Sidlaws or ‘Fairy Hills’. On the frame we read; “The riders of the

Claude Monet’s The Seine at Bougival

In this episode, we’ll be taking a quick look at Claude Monet’s The Seine at Bougival. Welcome to Art, Culture & Books with me, Anthony King. We usually only catch glimpses of these pieces in old books or a private place, if we’re lucky. By Anthony King (c)

Head of a Woman (Fernande) by Pablo Picasso at the Tate Modern in London

In this episode, we’ll be visiting Head of a Woman (Fernande) by Pablo Picasso at the Tate Modern in London. Welcome to Art, Culture & Books with me, Anthony King. The Tate tell us; “This sculpture is of Fernande Olivier, an artist and model. Olivier and Picasso were in a relationship for seven years after meeting in Paris in 1904. A number of works Picasso made during this time were inspired by Olivier. The flat, squared surface of Head of a Woman reflects the cubist style he explored from 1907-09. Cubism involved presenting different views in the same picture. The result was images that appeared abstract and fragmented. Picasso made two plaster casts of this work, from which at least sixteen bronze sculptures were made”.

The Desperate Dan Statue in Dundee, Scotland

In this episode, we’ll be visiting The Desperate Dan Statue in Dundee, Scotland. Welcome to Art, Culture & Books with me, Anthony King. In Dundee’s City Square, stand two quirky bronze statues, a nod to comic heroes. Revealed in 2001 by local kids, they honour the creators of Desperate Dan and Minnie the Minx. These characters, imagined by Leo Baxendale and Dudley D Watkins, once called Dundee home while crafting comics. Towering at 2.5m (8 feet), Desperate Dan is the main character from The Dandy, a Scottish comic. He’s a tough cowboy and the magazines mascot, famous for his super strength – he can lift a cow with ease! These statues are a blast from the past and a must-see for comic fans! By Anthony

Peasant Wedding by Tone Kralj at National Gallery of Modern Art Ljubljana in Slovenia

In this episode, we’ll be visiting Peasant Wedding by Tone Kralj at National Gallery of Modern Art Ljubljana in Slovenia. Welcome to Art, Culture & Books with me, Anthony King. The museum across the road inside a beautiful park right at the top of the hill; the National Museum of Slovenia tell us: “Tone Kralj was a true Renaissance man as he worked in the techniques of painting, sculpture, printmaking, and drawing, and was also skilled in architectural planning and interior design. Over time, however, he introduced a more vibrant colour palette, the shapes of both subjects and objects became more concrete, and his expression, with its socially critical themes, moved closer to the style of New Objectivity. His figures thus became increasingly monumental and

After the War by Lucien Simon at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow, Scotland

In this episode, we’ll be visiting After the War by Lucien Simon at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow, Scotland. Welcome to Art, Culture & Books with me, Anthony King. This oil on canvas was painted around 1920-22 by Lucien Joseph Simon. He was born in 1861 and died in 1945 in Paris, France. After the War is described by the Kelvingrove; “This is a jubilant image of the French army parading through the flag-strewn streets of Paris at the end of the war. Soldiers march with guns, backpacks and bugles, waved on by women and children. The strong diagonal lines created by striding legs, guns and flags give the work energy and convey the feeling of triumph.” I encourage you to take

The Toilet by Spencer Gore at The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

In this episode, we’ll be visiting The Toilet by Spencer Gore at The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. Welcome to Art, Culture & Books with me, Anthony King. Spencer Frederick Gore was born in Surrey, England in 1878. I particularly like this Oil on canvas, “The Toilet”. The museum tell us of the piece: “Gore was a contemporary of Augustus John and William Orpen at the Slade School of Art (1896-99) and went on to become a key figure in Fitzroy Street, Camden Town and London Artists’ groups. He was especially close to Sickert, whose series of nudes in shabby interiors strongly influenced this picture. Gore was also inspired by the example of Sickert’s older friend, Degas, whose own paintings and pastels frequently show women quietly engaged

The Village of Lavacourt by Claude Monet

In this episode, we’ll be taking a quick look at Claude Monet’s The Village of Lavacourt. Welcome to Art, Culture & Books with me, Anthony King. We usually only catch glimpses of these pieces in old books or a private place, if we’re lucky. By Anthony King (c)