Ok not a widely recognised celebration but when I was rummaging in a discount book store and I came across a great book on Friedensreich Regentag Dunkelbunt Hundertwasser, an Austrian born artist and architect who I’d never heard of previously. And coincidently he was born on this date in 1928. His art and architect is really distinctive – organic shapes and structures and really vivid bright … Continue reading Happy Hundertwasser Day!
Sharing a birthday with one of my favourite artists – Lucian Freud, French artist Albert Gleizes was born on this date in 1881. I stumbled on this painting he made of Brooklyn Bridge which seems typical of his cubist style. In fact he actually wrote a treatise on Cubism with Jean Metzinger and is recognised as playing an important role in making America aware of … Continue reading Albert Gleizes
I’ve been trying to expand my knowledge of artists beyond my usual favourites and found a book on the Belgian artist James Ensor in a discount bookstore. He died on this date in 1949 which is amazing when you look at how contemporary his work is, his paintings are grossly distorted and just damn right bizarre so its isn’t surprising that he was such a … Continue reading James Ensor
The UK premiere of The Shining took place on 7th November 1980 Considered one of the greatest horror movies of all time by many, Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 film based on Stephen Kings is hated by the original author, but remains one of the most quoted and referenced films made. Whether it’s Johnny hacking through a door with an axe, Danny encountering the twins, or the … Continue reading The Shining
Fun fairs have always placed a part in the life of the Rag Tags- growing up in the North East close to Whitley Bay’s Spanish City, immortalized in Dire Straights ‘Tunnel of Love‘, visiting the annual Hoppings at Newcastle’s Town Moor, or working a summer job next door to Blackpool’s Pleasure Beach. So on a visit to New York a few years ago, having been to … Continue reading Coney Island, Baby!
Day of the Dead (Día de Muertos or sometimes known as Día de los Muertos) is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout the country, but also in other countries around the world, in particular the US. It is a three day celebration of past families and friends, beginning on October 31st, and ending on November 2nd. On All Hallows Eve, children make an altar to invite … Continue reading Day of The Dead
On this day in 1772 English poet, philosopher and theologian Samuel Taylor Coleridge was born. I remember reading his famous poem Kubla Khan in English lessons at school and whilst I wasn’t a huge fan of the works of the other Romantic poets this one did stick with me….. Kubla Khan In Xanadu did Kubla Khan A stately pleasure-dome decree: Where Alph, the sacred river, … Continue reading In Xanadu did Kubla Khan…..
On 16th October 1854 Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde entered the world in Dublin. Better known as Oscar Wilde, Wilde was educated at Trinity College, Dublin and Magdalen College, Oxford and went on to be a leading light in literature. Famed for his novel The Picture of Dorian Gray published in 1891, many believe his greatest talent was writing plays, and he went on to … Continue reading Oscar Wilde
The last blog on the Ashington Group this time looking at the work of Jimmy Floyd. As with the other posts, you can find out more about the Pitmen Painters here Continue reading Pitman Painter – Jimmy Floyd
Another celebration of the work of the Pitman Painters, this time Harry Wilson Anyone wanting to see some of the work in the flesh as it were can visit Woodhorn in Northumberland – http://www.experiencewoodhorn.com/the-pitman-painters/ You can also find a very good overview of the Pitmen Painters here Continue reading Pitman Painter – Harry Wilson