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The Shadow of Sensitivity

Contemporary Academic Painting by Isabel Garmon

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The Contemporary Academic Art of Isabel Garmon….

There are certain paintings and drawings one seems to remember forever, etched into memory not only for the visual ingenuity but the way in which a singular piece of art stirred something within, something deeper, an enduring admiration of sorts, often lasting a lifetime.

Portraiture in particular can have this effect. Within the sensitivity of form, one can read the breathing thinking being in charcoal drawing or layers of oil — this is a sensed yet invisible animation.

Artists reveal their breakthrough work | Matthew Quick

  Painting by Matthew Quick OBJECT OF BEAUTY

Painting by Matthew Quick OBJECT OF BEAUTY

Invariably when I try to plan a series it turns out to be unsustainable. Maybe the idea is too thin to be expanded across many pictures, or sometimes its simply not enjoyable enough to want to continue. So for me a series begins simply with a picture I want to paint. I don’t know if it has legs. I just want to do it. Over the first few pictures the idea is being refined and gradually I write a brief for myself that becomes tighter in concept and visual language.

Spaces Left Behind: Paintings by Zsofia Schweger

Zsofia Schweger is a Hungarian artist who currently lives and works in London. Her still life paintings of empty interior spaces talk subtly about the people who inhabited them and then left them behind. In her series Sandorfalva, Hungary (2015-17), the subject is inspired by Schweger’s own experience as a Hungarian living elsewhere and coming back to her hometown, Sandorfalva, to find the domestic spaces where she once belonged suspended in their emptiness.

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