Category : Yeadon’s Art Lessons

Lesson 55

6 months, 2 weeks ago Yeadon's Art Lessons 0

Reflections on National Identity National identity is propped up by a false yet reassuring sense of the continuity of tradition. Our traditions are rarely as old or as ethnically harmonious as ‘tradition’ might imply. With terms such as Frog, Kraut, Macaronis and Roast Beef, we see food used as  derogatory nicknames for stereotypes of national identity and even of regionally identity, as in terms such as Scouse. Food is central to our understanding of National Identity, as with the ‘national […]

Lesson 54

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It’s a Joke As a title ‘It’s a Joke‘ has the capacity to subvert the meaning of any image. ‘It’s a Joke’ is ambivalent, it is contradictory as a statement. It can be taken at face value but the reading is more evidently ironic. Take any image, a still life, a photo of Margret Thatcher or the Queen, and image of a nuclear bomb, the Houses of Parliament, a map of any country, any image, anything and title it – […]

Lesson 53

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Style is a frock Dave Hickey.          

Lesson 52

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The Queen’s Fanny   Henry Moore had a dignified, conservative and down to earth image, and he spoke about his work straightforwardly with measure. For many, his work has an erotic dimension, yet Moore always resisted talking about his sculpture and sexuality, saying only that his work obviously did relate to sex as both were about ‘form‘. In 1978 on an BBC Arena television programme, Henry Moore talked about the Leonardo anatomical drawings in the Queen’s Gallery, part of the […]

Lesson 51

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To Frame or Not To Frame. The Window on the World and the Object.   “Works of art make rules; rules do not make works of art.” Claude Debussy   Conventions are too readily observed without question and also discarded without understanding what they do or why they were employed in the first place. There is nothing wrong with breaking the rules but you need to know what the rules are before you break them and you also need to be […]

Lesson 50

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An Alternative Art and Art History. In the 1980s I put forward on an alternative art history. This was alternative to an academic/Courtaulds or a Kenneth Clarke art history which tends to see art history as purely the history of styles and forms. We see in Alfred Barrs flow chart of MoMA a similar linear attitude, art exclusively coming from art. However, history is not linear. With Barrs there is no reference to the First World War or the Russian […]

Lesson 49

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Boy Revolutionary   In painting, warm colours come forward and cold colours recede. Putting red in the foreground, green in the middle and blue in the distance was Joshua Reynolds’ rules for creating illusionistic space in painting. Essentially a crude and simplified form of aerial perspective. Gainsborough painted the Blue Boy in part as a snub to Reynolds. By putting blue in the foreground Gainsborough broke these academic rules. This brush-off to Reynolds showed that it could be done and […]

Lesson 48

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    Take an object, Do something to it, Do something else to it, Do something else to it.   Jasper Johns 1964                  

Lesson 47

6 months, 4 weeks ago Yeadon's Art Lessons 0

Originality   Nothing is original, everything has a history. Nothing comes from nothing.   [Thumbnail images - click to view]    In 1990 I began to photograph backs of heads. It was my way into photographing the body. Photography has always had a role for me in the process of making paintings, but only as a means to an end, information collection, a sort of snapshot sketchbook. This Back of Heads series was my first use of photography as a […]

Lesson 46

8 months, 2 weeks ago Yeadon's Art Lessons 0

Elements A student was working with the elements; earth, water, air and fire, but said that she no longer was working with fire as one of the lecturers said that fire was not an element. I said “neither are any of the f…ing others elements!” I reminded her of the Periodic Table which she must have encountered in science at school. When you go to art school you do not have to ignore science and embrace the irrational or fantasy. Science and Art are not […]