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Alain de Botton

Alain de Botton

First published in The Guardian, 28 May, 2014.   Alain de Botton is a mix of philosopher and self-help guru. A clever, busy guy, he has written books like “How Proust Can Change Your Life”, “The Consolations of Philosophy” and ‘Status Anxiety”; made TV shows based on his books and is a founder of The [...]

HEAD

HEAD

Here’s a short 8 minute film I made with a few friends some years ago called Head.  In case you are unaware, you click on the blue word to see it – this is called a link! (this is assuming you have already clicked “continue reading”. Go on, click it.). The film has nothing to do [...]

The Raft of Medusa

The Raft of Medusa

First published in The Guardian, 14 May, 2014.   147 people climbed onto a raft to escape The Medusa, a French frigate which had run aground on a reef off Senegal in 1816. Thirteen days later the survivors were picked up by another ship which had stumbled across them. There were just 15 left. In [...]

Contrapposto

Contrapposto

First published in The Guardian, 30 April, 2014.   The more I think about it, the more it seems to me that the development of contrapposto was one of the most important events in the history of art. There was already a few thousand years of stiff, static figures in art, so it was by [...]

True Romance

True Romance

First published in The Guardian, 16 April 2014   Cinderella’s life story is a  true rags to riches fairytale. She went from nothing to ultimately marrying the most desirable man in the kingdom. Prince Charming was ridiculously good looking – a fortunate genetic accident that partially compensated for his extreme stupidity. By asking every single woman [...]

Wankers

Wankers

First published in The Guardian, 2 April, 2014. Manet was a radical artist in many different ways. His painting technique was not the standard polished perfection of the time but had visible brushstrokes that veered between sketchy and thick and creamy. He created stark juxtapositions of light and dark, often doing away with mid tones altogether. [...]

Art Crime

Art Crime

First published in The Guardian, 19 March, 2014   I found this page of old police mugshots in my sock drawer. No idea how it got there but it meant I didn’t have to think up a new cartoon, which was a relief.  This may be cheating but morality isn’t my strong suit.   Occasionally, [...]

Marge Giaconda

Marge Giaconda

One of my artoons (this one) has just been published in a terrific new book by Prestel – “Mona Lisa to Marge: How the World’s Greatest Artworks Entered Popular Culture”. Originally published by the very classy Lazy Dog Press in Milan, it has a preface by the Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan, he of La Nona Ora (The Ninth Hour) [...]

D.I.Y.

D.I.Y.

First published in The Guardian, 14 February, 2014

A light yet bulbous moment

A light yet bulbous moment

First published in The Guardian, 5 February, 2014   Work No. 227: The lights going on and off , by Martin Creed, is exactly what the title says – a light in a ceiling in a room, switching on and off at 5 second intervals. That’s it.  It has been described as the first important artwork of the [...]