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Manet, the Folies Bergere and a Carnival (10.24)

Manet captured the essence of late 19th-century Paris in this portrayal of a young woman serving behind a bar. My own work aims to be as lively and atmospheric as Manet's - in this case at the scene of the Notting Hill carnival.

Pieter Bruegel, A Wedding Feast

...and a Quiet Night In (9.30)

Pieter Bruegel the Elder painted The Peasant Wedding over 450 years ago, yet its vibrant style and sheer entertainment value make it just as appealing today. My own offering is a little quieter: two Book Lovers.


Constable's Countryside (4.06)

John Constable’s ‘Flatford Mill (Scene on a Navigable River)’ presents us with a beautiful and tranquil rural setting, seemingly a million miles from the dark satanic mills of the Industrial Revolution. Was life in 19th century Suffolk really so idyllic?


Johnson’s Dockers (4.14)

Les Johnson’s sculpture ‘Landed’ shows 3 dock workers unloading a palette of goods at the dockside. It’s a tribute to the men and women who worked at the Royal Docks between 1855 and 1983, and their communities.


Gris’ Guitar Solo (0.59)

When we talk about Cubism, Pablo Picasso is the name that usually springs to mind, possibly followed by Georges Braque. But a number of great artists were drawn to this movement including Jean Metzinger, Albert Gleizes, Robert Delauney, Fernand Leger and the subject of this short video, Juan Gris.


The Clarity of Clara (0.59)

Clara Peeters was born in the late 16th century, worked in Flanders and the Dutch Republic and had a very successful career as an artist. She specialised in beautiful, highly detailed (almost photorealist) still life paintings described as ‘breakfast pieces’ and ‘banquet pieces’.


Gormley on Thames (3.49)

Antony Gormley’s ‘Quantum Cloud’ stands on a platform in the Thames at Greenwich. The figure (which isn’t solid) appears and disappears depending on your angle of viewing, the light, the weather, your eyesight and maybe your imagination.


Plastic Waste (0.59)

Fills our oceans, fills our wallets, fills our lives...


Lazy Sunday Afternoon (0.59)

Seurat was a contemporary of the Impressionists and developed the method of painting we call Pointillism – creating images out of tiny dots of colour which are then blended by the eye of the viewer.



Peter Keene's Carvings (3.49)

Peter Keene was a sculptor who carved solid limestone into beautiful abstract shapes. His stone came from the toppled spires of a bomb-damaged church in Camberwell, South London. Let his artwork lift your spirits to lofty heights!


A Walk in the Woods (0.58)

Undaunted, the ill-prepared hikers dig out their torches and GPS devices and forge ahead through the gloom, thankful for the moonlight and banking on their shaky navigation skills. 


Rodin’s Heroic Hostages (0.59)

In 1347 the English King Edward III besieged Calais for almost a year. To avoid a bloodbath, six prominent citizens (or burghers) are said to have offered themselves as hostages – prepared to die as they walked to captivity with nooses around their necks and carrying the keys to the city. Truth or fiction, the story has a happy ending as Edward’s wife Queen Philippa apparently persuaded him to spare the hostages’ lives.


Sowing Seeds (0.59)

The parable of The Sower has been portrayed by many great artists – Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Jean-Francois Millet, Vincent Van Gogh and John Everett Millais to name a few.