Magic Realism: Art in Weimar Germany 1919-1933

Albert Birkle, The Acrobat Schulz V 1921
Tate Modern explores the art of the Weimar Republic (1919-33) in a year-long, free display, drawing upon the rich holdings of The George Economou Collection. This presentation of around seventy paintings and works on paper addresses the complex paradoxes of the Weimar era, in which liberalisation and anti-militarism flourished in tandem with political and economic uncertainty. 30 July 2018 – 14 July 2019

Check out Lucy Willis’ forthcoming exhibition if you’re heading off towards Somerset in September.

Her website has lots of her beautiful work.
Somerset Open Studios 15th-30th September 2018
Exhibition of Lucy Willis’s paintings and prints: Venue 25 at Moorland House, Burrowbridge, TA70RG

Our new, local and really lovely art gallery – the Canwood Gallery, Checkley, Herefordshire, has some super exhibitions coming up over the next three months – details below – worth having a look:
Experiences of Nature: Anthony Whishaw RA featuring work by Nicole Farhi
1st July – 29th July 2018…/…/…/herefordshire-farm-canwood-ar…
Main Gallery: Empathy: Angela and Caroline Summerfield
3rd August – 2nd September 2018
Turbine Hall: In the Middle of Somewhere – A GROUP OF ARTISTS
4th – 31st August 2018
H.Art: Canwood – An Art Showcase in collaboration with St Michael’s Hospice
8th September – 16th September 2018

A wonderful new discovery!  

Have a look at the work of this fabulous artist.


Olga Suvorova, graduated from the Academy of Arts of Ilya Repin in 1988 in St Petersburg. She has created her own style of painting lifestyle portraits of costumed characters in the interiors of different epochs. Her work is a nostalgia for the St Petersburg ‘World of Art’ movement with its retrospective and love of the 18th century. Nowadays Olga is an accomplished artist, a well recognized master, possessing her own inimitable, easily recognizable style, and a member of the Union of Artists of Russia.

Painters-Online the website for Leisure Painter and The Artist magazines

Grayson Perry was his usual colourful, fun self as he guided us around the Press View of the RA Summer Exhibition earlier today.









12th June – 19th August 2018

This summer, Grayson Perry RA coordinates the biggest, brightest and most colourful Summer Exhibition yet, in our 250th annual celebration of “art made now”.


Each summer, our galleries are jam-packed with contemporary art made by artists from all walks of life. A world-famous show unlike any other, the Summer Exhibition draws together works by internationally renowned artists, exciting new talent and first-time exhibitors.
In its 250th year, the show will be the cultural highlight of the season, spilling out of the RA and onto the streets of London’s West End. An art extravaganza, there’ll be a monumental sculpture in our courtyard and artworks in an array of mediums throughout our galleries, all handpicked by a committee led by Grayson Perry RA. With over 1,200 works on display, you’ll see art you love, art you hate, art that leaves you thinking and art that simply puts a smile on your face.

Powis Castle, Welshpool, Powys, SY21 8RF

Some of these works of art feature kings, emperors and maharajas but the overwhelming majority of these pictures depict men, women and children of the Herbert family who have lived at Powis for over four centuries.  This year the National Trust’s ‘House of Portraits’ exhibition will delve beneath the surface of works by prominent artists such as Joshua Reynolds, John Singer Sargent and Thomas Gainsborough to uncover the hidden meanings within them. The centrepiece of the exhibition is one of the National Trust’s recently acquired treasures – a Jacobean miniature portrait by Isaac Oliver (1565-1617).

The miniature features Edward Herbert, 1st Baron Herbert of Chirbury, a statesman, poet, diplomat, musician and knight.   During his life, he commissioned numerous portraits of himself from the most fashionable portrait artists of the day, some of which are at Powis Castle; not least this exquisite miniature by Isaac Oliver, Royal Miniaturist, and Herbert’s friend.

In the portrait handsome Lord Herbert adopts a relaxed pose, lying in the woods, following a joust, while gazing directly at the painter, attempting to woo admirers. But who was the painting intended for, what was its purpose, and what is the significance of his shield with its inscription Magica Sympathiae?


Tate Britain – March 27th – August 11th

This major exhibition brings together 40 works by Vincent van Gogh’s to show how he was inspired by Britain and how he inspired British artists
Van Gogh and Britain presents the largest collection of Van Gogh’s paintings on show in the UK for nearly a decade. Some of his most famous works will be brought together from around the world – including Shoes, Starry Night on the Rhône, L’Arlésienne, and two works he made while a patient at the Saint-Paul Asylum, At Eternity’s Gate and Prisoners Exercising. They will be joined by the very rarely lent Sunflowers from London’s National Gallery.
Van Gogh lived in England as a young man for several crucial years. He walked the streets alone, dreaming of the future. He fell in love with British culture, especially the novels of Charles Dickens and George Eliot. And he was inspired by the art he saw here, including paintings by Constable and Millais which are featured in the exhibition. They affected his paintings throughout his career.
The exhibition also looks at the British artists who were inspired by Van Gogh, including Francis Bacon, David Bomberg, and the young Camden Town painters. It shows how his vision set British artists on the road to modern art.

The Watts Gallery, Down Lane, Compton, Nr. Guildford, Surrey

6th March – 3rd June 2018

This ‘forgotten’ collection, belonging to the Hammersmith and Fulham Council, brings to Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village an array of later Pre-Raphaelite paintings and drawings, including important works by Frederic Leighton, Lawrence Alma-Tadema, John William Waterhouse, Edward Burne-Jones and Albert Moore. This will be the Collection’s first museum showing since Watts Gallery Trust undertook its conservation in 2017/2018.