John David Wissler Paints Italy

italian landscape paintings

Everywhere I look lately I seem to come across amazing landscape paintings. The landscapes I love the most are those that can’t be mistaken for anything other than a painting. If it looks like a photograph of a landscape it’s probably better off being a photograph. John David Wissler’s landscape paintings are wonderful little painterly gems. They’re the sort of work I want to have around me at the moment as I need as much calm and beauty as I can find. I can’t afford to buy a Wissler landscape but I have one as my computer desktop at the moment ;-) Continue Reading

Chris Langlois Landscapes at Olsen Irwin

seascape painting by chris langlois

Weather Systems by Chris Langlois opens at the Olsen Irwin gallery in Sydney on the 20th of this month. I like his large realist works of the sea and clouds, they’re minimalist and make you ponder, just as the sea itself does. But I like his smaller, much looser landscape sketches much more. They’re so much more free and alive. I know which works would have been more fun to paint! Continue Reading

Paul Bremer Art

paul bremer painting

I’m starting to think that the conscience of those who blew the shit out of the country of Iraq might be keeping them awake at night. George W Bush has taken to painting and so has the man dubbed the American dictator of Iraq, Paul Bremer. He was head of the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq for about a year and was involved in a whole bunch of controversial decisions which can be found online if you’re into that sort of thing. Continue Reading

Philip Wolfhagen at Newcastle Art Gallery

Australian painter Philip Wolfhagen

Illumination The art of Philip Wolfhagen at the Newcastle Art Gallery was well worth the visit. Everything else about my trip into Newcastle today was a disaster, but the exhibition was nice. I had hyped it up in my head before I saw it as I really do love the way Wolfhagen uses paint, so I went in there expecting to be totally blown away! And a few paintings did blow me away, but overall it was just a very good exhibition of landscape paintings rather than the religious experience or art orgasm I had expected.Continue Reading

David Hockney’s Big Trees Painting

David Hockney has given the Tate his largest painting (he has painted some big ones) to date. “Bigger Trees near Warter” is about 40 feet by 15 feet or 5 meters by 12 meters and is made up of 50 panels. Also, I’m told that “Warter” is an actual place, so it’s not a misspelling of “water” like I thought it was.

Hockney said “I thought if I’m going to give something to the Tate I want to give them something really good. It’s going to be here for a while. I don’t want to give things I’m not too proud of.”Continue Reading