I met Hilaire Belloc’s great grandson in the New Year to look at an extant bust of Belloc, with a view to seeing whether there was ‘room’ for a posthumous bust or sculpture which tries to convey the emotive power … Continue reading Belloc sleuthing – and the discovery of a lost sculptor
Artists need to have access to the best resources possible. For work from life, that means exactly that: do not resort to photographs when someone is alive. It demeans the sitter not experiencing them in the flesh. When the subject is … Continue reading The posthumous bust: portrait or sculpture?
Worthing Museum had an interesting sculpture exhibition on in 2011/12, featuring the Latvian-born Dora Gordin (1895-1991) – she later changed this to Gordine – who settled in London after studying music and art in Paris. It is co-curated with Dorich House, where the artist lived and where the Gordine archive continues to reside in the care of Kingston University’s Brenda Martin. I’ve got a soft spot for Worthing’s permanent collection and visiting after a year’s gap since exhibiting there, it was lovely to see the work of one artist in the top gallery space. Gordine’s portrait heads sometimes seem to have … Continue reading Portrait sculpture – conscious, subconscious, unconscious?