Wednesday, 24 September 2008

The Now, The Here...

"The now, the here,
Through which all future
plunges to the past."

- Jame Joyce, 1922. (Irish Writer).

Captured in Playa del Ingles, Gran Canaria. Spain.

- Domesticated Ape

Saturday, 13 September 2008

Francis Bacon

I am very new to the work of Francis Bacon, but in the last few weeks I have noticed and have become fascinated by his paintings, he is fast becoming my favorite artist.

Three Figures in a Room - 1964

Head VI - 1949

Bacon is well known for his nightmarish paintings of people and animals, often distorted with splatters of paint. His paintings leave me feeling haunted and a bit weirded out but you also can't help but think what led Bacon to paint each image. Many of his painting have explanations or at least a clear concept which help us understand the painting as well as the painter.

George Dyer

I have not seen any of Francis Bacon original work as yet. However, on 11th September Tate Britain opened an exhibition showing his most famous works, including The Pope Innocent X and Three Studies for a Crucifixion. This exhibition has priority on my to do list before it moves on to New York early next year.

Two Figures - 1953

Francis Bacon 1909 - 1992

"My painting is a representation of life, my own life above all,
which has been very difficult. So perhaps my painting is very violent,
but this is natural to me."

- Francis Bacon

The Francis Bacon exhibition is now showing at Tate Britain up until 4th January 2009. Visit Tate Britain for more info or to learn more about the man himself.

- Domesticated Ape

Friday, 12 September 2008

The Sleeping Beauties

"Your skin like dawn,
Mine like dusk,
One paints the beginning
of a certain end.
The other, the end
of a sure beginning."

- Maya Angelou, 1986. (U.S. Writer)

Captured in Topshop, Basement. Southampton.

- Domesticated Ape

Sunday, 7 September 2008

Hôtel Des Invalides

“If the doors of perception were cleansed
every thing would appear to man as it is, infinite.”

- William Blake, 1793. (British poet, painter & mystic)

Captured in Paris, France.

These are the doors to Hôtel Des Invalides in Paris which was once a veterans home. The building also contains Napoleon’s tomb.

- Domesticated Ape

Monday, 1 September 2008

Meet Wynter...

“The mind of a cat is an inscrutable mystery, beyond human reach, the least human of all creatures and, at the same time, as any cat-owner will attest, the most intelligent.”

- Lewis Thomas, 1974. (Physician & Writer)

Captured in Stratford, East London.

Wynter is the newest feline member of 40 Chobham Road in East London. She was taken in after being found wandering aimlessly around Stratford High Street. She is now living in a lively house with two other cats, Sabin and Shelton.

- Domesticated Ape