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Sky Arts’ Portrait Artist of the Year has returned to our screens. The first episode was broadcast on Tuesday, 12th February 2019 on Sky Arts and NOW TV, with presenters Joan Bakewell, and, taking over from Frank Skinner, actor and art-lover Stephen Mangan. Over the course of eight heats we will meet 24 celebrity sitters from the world of film, television, music and sport. The first episode featured Matthew Goode, Geraldine James and Andi Oliver....

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Sporting legends feature in John Nicholson’s fine art auction on February 27th, 2019. Stephen Doig (b.1964) is well known for his masterful pencil drawings and coloured sketches in pastels of royals, sporting heroes and other celebrities. As the winner of The Fine Art Guilds Artist of the Year in 1997, he has built up a formidable reputation, especially as a contemporary sporting artist. Now a selection of 57 of his works, including a signed composite...

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Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf & Spa, has announced details of its artist-in-residence programme, taking place throughout 2019. The historic five-star hotel on the Hertfordshire/Bedfordshire border will host four events, from March to October, with renowned landscape artist Tim Scott Bolton. The events will explore Tim’s Capability Brown-style landscape drawings in the 1,065 acre Brown-landscaped gardens of Luton Hoo, with a special insight into the historical context and artistic appreciation of the 18th century garden architect....

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Klimt was the master of symbolism, but was his personal life as scandalous as his paintings? Born on July 14 1862 in Baumgarten, Austria, Gustav Klimt was the son of a struggling gold engraver. Klimt was the second of seven children and lived in poverty while he studied architectural painting at Vienna’s School of Applied Arts. All three of the Klimt boys displayed early artistic talent—as a member of the ‘Company of Artists’ (a group...

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Fortunately for us but unfortunately for lobsters, they are delicious to eat. However, a recent exhibition of paintings entitled Les Homards D’Abord in the port of Audierne, Brittany, presents these crustaceans as inspirational art forms rather than as the more usual bisque or thermidor. The painter, Tim Phillips, is currently gaining local and international interest in his flamboyant depiction of lobsters in particular and Breton seaside life in general. His colours are bold and his style is vigorous,...

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