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.
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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



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




Lady Butler – Scotland Forever-Battle of Waterloo

The work above is called “Scotland Forever” and it was painted by Lady Elizabeth Butler in the year 1881.
Lady  Elizabeth Thompson Butler (3 November 1846 – 2 October 1933) was a rock star painter of English military events.
To get a good look at the detail of this work check in here and for more information about the
artist who was a master of capturing the mood of conflict, camaraderie and patriotism
jump here.

This painting is recreated in the 1970 movie Waterloo

This is a link to the scene recreating the painting from the 1970 movie “Waterloo”
The Battle of Waterloo saw the end of decades of warfare and unrest in continental Europe, beginning with the French Revolutionary wars in 1792 and continuing with the Napoleonic Wars from 1803. .The Battle of Waterloo was fought on Sunday, 18 June 1815, near Waterloo in present-day Belgium, then part of the United Kingdom of the Netherlands. A French army under the command of Napoleon was defeated by an Anglo-allied army under the command of the Duke of Wellington combined with a Prussian army under the command of Gebhard von Blücher. Every generation in Europe, up to the outbreak of the First World War, looked back at Waterloo as the turning point that dictated the course of subsequent world history. In retrospect, it was seen as the event that ushered in an era characterized by relative peace, material prosperity and technological progress.

And just for fun





The Inspirational Natalia Goncharova

Natalia Goncharova by M

Born June 4 1881 Russia– October 17 1962 France
Russian avant-garde artist, painter, costume designer, writer, illustrator, and set designer
She worked through Cubism, Modern art, Der Blaue Reiter, Moscow Futurists

She was prolific, experimental and controversial and well worth reading about.

In 1910, Goncharova was put on trial for pornography for some nude life studies in one of her exhibitions, but was acquitted.
Founding member of the Jack or Diamonds, Donkeys Tail and the Rayonists

Goncharova was hit by arthritis in her hands, leaving her to paint by tying paint brushes to her wrists.

Natalia Goncharova Picking Apples
On June 18, 2007, Goncharova’s 1909 painting Picking Apples was auctioned at Christie’s for $9.8 million, setting a record for any female artist. She achieved the distinction again the following year, when “The Flowers” (1912) sold for $10.8 million.



Artist Jacqueline Fahey responds to the life and art of Russian avant-guarde painter Natalia Goncharova


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


Remedios Varo Embroidering the Earths Mantle

Remedios Varo 1908 – 1968
Remedios Varo, considered one of the greatest surrealist painters of the 20th century,   so obscure to most Americans that when Dr. Alan Friedman, a physicist and director of the New York Hall of Science,came across mention of her in a Thomas Pynchon novel years ago,a colleague assured him that Pynchon had made her up.

Definitely worth  further investigation.

Interesting writings  here and here

And a nice video clip of her work here

A book of her life
Unexpected Journeys: The Art and Life of Remedios Varo by Janet A. Kaplan

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