Rachel Feinstein Sculptor of Fairy Tales and Something Else

Rachael Feinstein
Sculptor 1971 –

Rachael Feinstein Puritans Delight

Feinstein’s mediums include oil paint on glass and sculptures made of plaster and carved wood.
Her work has been described as rococo with  baroque flourishes and  disneyesque and fairy tale themes. For me the sculpture above is some how deflated and a bit like a ransacked fairy tale

I like that she seems to follow an historical person, image or time down a sort of rabbit hole.
As well as sculpture there is much paper work and painting.
Reading about her has taken ages because of all the terribly interesting sideshoots.
Like likey like like.

Rachel Feinstein collage

This journey through her studio is a real inspiration too.



Maggie Hambling

Maggies Hambling North Sea

Maggie Hambling
Born October 23 1945
Suffolk England

Sculptor and Painter
This woman looks you right in the eye.
Bloody oath she does.
Maggie Hambling 01

Love the North Sea paintings. They wash about you with a tireless wild energy
makes your hair blow in the wind and your nose prickle with salt.
Also would love to see The Scallop up close. First impressions of the Oscar Wild
sculpture is that it looks a bit melty, or decompostey which is just a tiny bit off putting, but
probably quite intentional.

Well worth checking this lady out.
An interview with Maggie Hambling



ArtReview’s Power 100 list 2015

Yayoi Kusama

Check here to see the top 100 people of influence in the art world.
An interesting bunch of people who live in a totally different sphere.
Their tag lines are inspiring. Here are 7 artists who feature on the list to
inspire you.

Jeff Koons

8. Marina Abramovic – Performance-artist-turned-celebrity-inspirer-and- admirer
11. Wolfgang Tillmans – The most significant artist photographer working today
14. Jeff Koons – Omnipresent neoliberal pop artist and “balloon dog millionaire”
27. Gerhard Richter – Still one of the most important painters of our times
29. Pierre Huyghe – Cerebral conceptual artist
53. Yayoi Kusama – Red, white and instantly recognizable: the highest earning living female artist.
89. Rick Lowe –  Social Sculpture pioneer

Dan- Wolfgang Tillmans





Fiona Pardington


Tui Wing and Organic Strawberry Ripiro Beach. 2012 Fiona Pardington.

I have been using this image recently  as a bit of a reference for the large tui painting I’m working on.
If you were in the room with this photograph it’s likely you would want to get up close and then range around to see it from all angles and distances.
It’s over sized and immaculately printed.
I kind of want to get around the back of it and see what is propping up the wing.
The strawberry is over ripe, I can almost taste it and certainly smell it.
The gloom gobbles up the sad whiff of the (imagined) tui meat.
There is likely to be a stack of symbolism in this thing, historical, cultural and personal, but for me just now it is simply hauntingly and beautifully elegant, if a little pungent.
What is it for you?

Get ye to Wellington
A Beautiful Hesitation runs from August 22 to November 22 at Wellington’s City Gallery.
Over a 100 of Fiona’s works, spanning 30 years.

More interesting stuff about one of New Zealand’s most celebrated photographers




Woman in Art – why have there been no great woman artists?

artnews women in the artworld

Need some  art reading for June
here’s a good place to start
Women in the Art World

Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?
This essay written by Linda Nochlin  appeared in ArtNews in 1971
and is a good place to start in on feminist art history and art theory.
And will certainly give cause for thought and hopefully discussion and further


“What is important is that women face up to the reality of their history and of their present situation, without making excuses or puffing mediocrity. Disadvantage may indeed be an excuse; it is not, however, an intellectual position. Rather, using as a vantage point their situation as underdogs in the realm of grandeur, and outsiders in that of ideology, women can reveal institutional and intellectual weaknesses in general, and, at the same time that they destroy false consciousness, take part in the creation of institutions in which clear thought—and true greatness—are challenges open to anyone, man or woman, courageous enough to take the necessary risk, the leap into the unknown.”

Define Great
40 years on has anything changed?
What should I read next? Oh this Then and Now


33 Artists in 3 Acts – Sarah Thornton

33 artists in 3 acts Sarah Thornton

This looks like an interesting  read
not all the reviews a glowing, but I’m happy to judge for myself.
Have requested it from the library (they don’t have it yet)
as well as Seven Days in the Art World also by Sarah Thornton

And whether the book has legs or not I win, because Ive just spent an interesting
half a hour down an art hole, which is always good for the soul.
original source


More art reads here

‘It’s about time a transvestite potter won the Turner ’

If you haven’t already heard of him, Grayson Perry is an interesting character.
Firmly part of the British art establishment and for us always engendering long, intense,
often nostalgic conversations. I suspect this is because he draws a lot on his childhood in his representations, he has a refreshing and candid way of looking at the how and why of people.

When the Essex-born artist won the Turner Prize in 2003, he memorably stood on the stage in a pink Little Bo Peep dress, shiny red Dorothy shoes and a bow in his hair.
‘It’s about time a transvestite potter won the Turner,’ he said

Below are some links for you to explore his work further

Conversation with Ocula magazine

Playing to the Gallery: Helping Contemporary Art in its Struggle to be Understood is
his latest book to be published..  a good read short but good.


‘A lot of my work has always had a guerrilla tactic, a stealth tactic. I want to make something that lives with the eye as a beautiful piece of art, but on closer inspection, a polemic or an ideology will come out of it’. Grayson Perry

grayson perry ceramics


Resurgence of Political Art

This  caught my eye this morning

Police killings prompt a resurgence in political art
which led to
Street artists protest police brutality

Guernica sprung to mind and then some how I ended up here at

 Well now – I could happily play in this sand pit for a very very long time

Art speaks Action is a blog about NZ political art seems like it was somebodies journalist school assignment but its a start.
very much looking forward to further reading.

Emily Karaka Te Uri O Te Ao 1995