Category Archives: Making work

Into the Inferno – Eric Armusik’s paintings of Dante’s Inferno.

I interviewed painter Eric Armusik about his series of paintings inspired by the Inferno, which he hopes to complete in time for the 700th anniversary of Dante’s death next year. The result was a gothic profile piece that I really … Continue reading

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The Slow Evolution of Chinese Representational Art

I reviewed the 13th National Exhibition of Fine Arts, at the National Art Museum, Beijing, which closed mid-January, just before the Covid-19 virus hit Wuhan. The show included many paintings of an impressively high standard, although the range of ideas … Continue reading

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Why Art Matters

I wrote an article for the Martin Center for Academic Renewal about why art should matter more to conservatives. It got a mention on the National Review website. From the article: “What do conservatives want to conserve? Clearly, conservatives everywhere … Continue reading

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Goddess in Oils. New works by Nick Alm and Brad Kunkle

My article “Goddess in Oils” was published in the March / April 2020 issue of Fine Art Connoisseur describing two shows of new paintings created by the exemplary figurative artists, Nick Alm (b. 1985) and Brad Kunkle (b. 1978). Both … Continue reading

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My Review of the LA Art Show

Although I wrote a scathing review of the LA Art Show, with its hypocritical theme of social justice at this extravagantly capitalist event, there were some great pieces of work there, which were really enjoyable. You can read the review … Continue reading

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Party Pooper

A response to the success of the latest art world darling, Nicolas Party, whose work has as much depth as a shallow puddle. Here’s the whole story, which we gave an honest title: Kicking Kittens. Maybe we should have called it “Pity Party.”

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Odd, Odder, Odd Nerdrum

Getting to know Odd Nerdrum has been one of the most extraordinary experiences of my life. I first met him in 2014, when he came to The Representational Art Conference, and I had the remarkable pleasure of moderating a conversation … Continue reading

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Adrienne Stein, Pre-Raphaelite Reborn 

Writing this profile piece was really fun – Adrienne was a wonderful person to talk to, and it was a real pleasure to get to know her world a little better. I took a little longer than usual over producing … Continue reading

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Guy Kinnear and the Golem Paintings

This is a profile piece about Guy Kinnear, who lives and works on the Californian countryside, where he models and paints humanoid figures on the backdrop of local landscapes. Both his work and life speak of the relationship of humans … Continue reading

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A Soldier’s Journey

I thoroughly enjoyed talking to sculptor Sabin Howard about his fabulous World War 1 memorial project. My father’s entire family served in World War 2, and just after it, and I thoroughly admire and respect our military forces. A Soldier’s … Continue reading

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