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Lauren Baker and the Creative Impulse: An Artist in Lockdown

Like many other artists, London-based Lauren Baker, leading ‘light artist’ and creator of spectacular large-scale public artworks, is having to adjust to life under lockdown, with events cancelled, collaborations made challenging and the day-to-day practicalities of an artist’s working method made difficult. So Arts & Collections asked Lauren Baker how the creative mind responds, both artistically and practically, to working during the coronavirus lockdown. (Header photo – credit Neil Collins) Q. What’s your usual working...

Shortlist for BP Portrait Award 2020 Announced

The shortlist for BP Portrait Award 2020 has been announced. Selected from 1,981 entries by artists from 69 countries around the world, the BP Portrait Award 2020 represents the very best in contemporary portrait painting. The Portrait Award is an annual event aimed at encouraging artists to focus on and develop the theme of portraiture in their work. The competition is open to everyone aged eighteen and over, in recognition of the outstanding and innovative...

World Photography Organisation Announces Sony Open Competition Winners

The World Photography Organisation has announced the category winners and shortlist in the Open competition of the Sony World Photography Awards 2020. Recognising the best single images from 2019, more than 100 photographers were shortlisted in the 2020 competition alongside ten category winners. Each winner receives the latest digital imaging equipment from Sony to develop their vision and will go on to compete for the prestigious Open Photographer of the Year title and a $5,000...

The Other Art Fair Launches Online Studios With Saatchi Art

The leading international artist fair, The Other Art Fair, has launched a series of ‘Online Studios’ to spotlight artists across the globe currently affected by the coronavirus lockdown. In partnership with global online art gallery Saatchi Art, The Other Art Fair aims to bring its postponed Spring fairs to life online. The first Guest Artist announced for 2020 is Noel Fielding. Debuting on Wednesday, April 8th, Online Studios gives art lovers around the world the...
David Hockney Shares New Art From Isolation in Normandy

Art FocusDavid Hockney Shares New Art From Isolation in Normandy

David Hockney has shared new iPad art from lockdown in his house in Normandy from where he has been writing to BBC arts correspondent Will Gompertz. In isolation with his dog Ruby and two of his long-standing assistants, JP and Jonathan, David Hockney has been drawing the spring awakening, and has shared 10 new images an an animation with the BBC. Attracted to Normandy after the success of his paintings of Spring in Yorkshire ten...
Outsider Art: Bill Traylor and the ‘Art Brut’ Imagination

Art FocusLuxury TravelOutsider Art: Bill Traylor and the ‘Art Brut’ Imagination

The hammer spoke. On January 17th, 2020 – 35 years after the death of Jean Dubuffet, a work by Bill Traylor, born into slavery in 1853 – was sold for $507,000. The auction record for the artist was set for Man on White, Woman on Red/Man with Black Dog (above) by the African-American artist Bill Traylor, a two-sided piece that Steven Spielberg gifted to Alice Waters in 1985 after the shooting of The Colour Purple...
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