I am an art and architectural historian, arts & travel writer, with features in magazines and newspapers, and many books published, on art movements, and artists, including Hieronymus Bosch, Vermeer, Vincent van Gogh and Rembrandt, Leonardo da Vinci, Paul Gauguin, William Morris, Egon Schiele and Edward Hopper.
Vermeer & The Dutch Masters, published by Flame Tree Publishing 30 August 2018
I am based in London. I joined Kingston University as a visiting lecturer 2002-12 teaching art, architecture and design history. I write for consumer and academic publications, with books on art for several publishers. I write travel features too, and when possible, visit places that hold my interest, from Kalkan to Den Bosch, Penrith to Puglia, Newcastle to Naples. On other pages, you will find information on commissioned books and selected interviews.
OCTOBER 2018 - some of the places I have been this month
Roubaix, France La Piscine, the 1927-32 Art Deco swimming pool, transformed into a museum dedicated to arts and industry, has a new extension, designed by architect Jean-Paul Philippon (pictured above on carousel). It is beautiful and worth a trip on Eurostar to see it: get off at Lille, and take a taxi to Roubaix (20 minutes).
London: Tate Britain: Are you a fan of Game of Thrones, or reader of Tolkein's trilogy? Seek the source at Tate Britain, in its new exhibition 'Edward Burne-Jones'. opens 24th October. Simply stunning.
Amsterdam: 'Gauguin and Laval in Martinique', if you needed a reason to visit the Van Gogh museum this is it. The show is on until 13 January 2019. Pairings of paintings by French artists Paul Gauguin and Charles Laval show artistic similariites and differences. Their lives in Martinque are explored. Exhibition, co-curated by Maite van Dijk and Joost van der Hoeven, (who were lucky enough to undertake part of their research in Martinque). Catalogue Gauguin and Laval in Martinique, with contributions by the curators. Worth having for the new research if you can't get to the exhibition. (Detail of Gauguin painting on caroussel)
Amsterdam: Rijksmuseum - to look again at paintings by Rembrandt, including 'The Nightwatch', in preparation for Rembrandt350 in 2019, to be celebrated worldwide.
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Spotted Vermeer & the Dutch Masters, on sale in Rijksmuseum bookshop.
Artists & Illustrators December issue, out November, features interview with Alison Smith, co-curator of 'Edward Burne-Jones' exh. (Tate Britain).
October issue of Artists & Illustrators (out now), my interview with Ashley Boon, award winning wildlife artist.
Writing features for Italia! magazine.
Checking and editing my book text on Hans Holbein the Younger.
Interviewed for BBC History podcast - on Arts & Crafts Movement click to hear