ART or ~ NOT ART?
Can propaganda be ART? When I think of propaganda in art, I immediately think of art from countries with very repressive regimes. On the right, we have the Russian worker proudly producing bombs for the defence of the country. The art is so often in praise of the values which the government wants to promote […]
SPIRITUALITY ~ in the ARTS
We hear lots of talk about spirituality but what is it—really? Probably everyone has some definition—so here is mine just for me. Of course, it’s yours if you like it. Spirituality is that search for something I can rarely see. But somehow I’m convinced that a hint of something meaningful lies beneath, beyond or behind […]
Art: The Painter and the Psychiatrist.
I’ve always loved the paintings of Edward Hopper. I remember seeing a major retrospective of his work at the MoMA a number of years ago. When I sat before Night Hawks for perhaps twenty minutes, my daughter asked me, “What are you seeing?” What a terrific question! For a long time, I’ve wondered if my […]
The American Dream
Welcome to The Gallery of the Imagination which is featuring the American Dream. I’m Alexander Wainwright, a landscape artist from London and I love to wander through all sorts of art galleries. You’ll see in my gallery today the work of two very different artists—Norman Rockwell and Edward Hopper. Each of them has his own […]
Hopper’s Paintings: Capturing Private, Solitary Moments
Can a painting inspire a novelist? I certainly think so. Automat by Edward Hopper certainly inspired me. I have a fascination with his paintings. Somehow— whether by technique, imagination or subject matter—he is able to create the most compelling and evocative scenes which all tell a story. One of my favourites is Automat an […]