This afternoon I went to see this small, but wonderful exhibition at the Salisbury Museum. It closes on 9th May. Rush to see it if you have a chance. I don’t know why they used this black and white photo as part of the advertising – it does not reflect the sunny nature of most of his work
John Craxton ‘A Poetic Eye’:A life in art from Cranborne Chase to Crete
John Craxton working on Pastoral for P.W., 1948 Photograph by Felix Man
Saturday, January 30, 2016 to Saturday, May 7, 2016
Curated by Ian Collins, this is an exhibition exploring the colourful life of artist John Craxton and his incredible emotional, physical and creative journey from Cranborne Chase to Crete. From an early age Craxton lived with artists Cecil and Amy Waller near Farnham, a short walk from the Pitt-Rivers Museum, where he was inspired by art, archaeology and the landscape of Dorset. This exhibition shows his art as it changes from dark to light and as he moves across Europe to Crete, but the strength and importance of line in his work remains constant.
My friend, Grace Everett, has developed a really useful and interesting app for your phone. Next time you wander around the City of Westminster see how many sculptural works you see placed in parks, squares, in front of buildings – everywhere. You can search by location, or by sculptor, discovering the history of the piece and the biography of its maker.
Below is the description of the app she sent to me. I have the app on my phone. Give it a go .
It’s based within The City of Westminster, which is filled with works by the most illustrious sculptors of the day, both nationally and internationally. It includes sculptors from 24 countries, 15 past Presidents/Masters from within the Royal Academy, the Royal British Society of Sculptors, the Society of Portrait Sculptors and/or the Art Workers’ Guild. The App has over 350 sculptures, over 200 sculptors and over 1,200 photographs. The oldest sculpture dates back to 1681 (King Charles II by Caius Gabriel Cibber) and 334 years later Mahatma Gandhi (by Philip Jackson) and Relief: Figure Emerging to EL (by Stephen Cox) were both unveiled last year.
There’s a huge diversity in sculptural style, subject matter and materials used in the creation of the sculptures in the City of Westminster and the app gives the opportunity to not only see the sculptures, find out where they are located, but also to learn about the sculptors who created them. For example, if you want to see works by Henry Moore, click on his name and his 4 sculptures in the City of Westminster will be shown with photographs, their location and Moore’s biography. The App works worldwide, but if you’re in London and either walking, in a bus/taxi, StatueFindr map will recognise where you are and will provide the name of the sculpture and accompanying biography for the sculptor responsible. If the sculpture is of an individual, for example, Winston Churchill, a biography will be provided for both Winston Churchill and the sculptor (Ivor Roberts-Jones).
It’s now been translated into French, Italian, German, Spanish, Russian and Mandarin. I just thought there may be people who attend your art classes who perhaps might be interested in hearing about it?