Rosalind Ormiston

I am an art and architectural historian. I write features for art magazines and newspapers, with many books published, on art movements, and artists, including Hieronymus Bosch, Vincent van Gogh and Rembrandt, William Morris, Egon Schiele and Edward Hopper.

I live in London and Cumbria. I joined Kingston University as a visiting lecturer in 2002/3, teaching art, architecture and design history.  I write for commercial 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 the Cotswolds to Casablanca; Den Bosch to Dublin, Penrith to Portmeirion.

 

On the following pages you will find information on commissioned books, and interviews.

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Interviewed for a Podcast for BBC History - on Arts & Crafts Movement click to hear

CUMBRIA LIFE   'CULTURE AWARDS 2017'

 

As a Cumbria Life 'Culture Awards 2017' judge, I attended the Awards at the Theatre by the Lake, Keswick, Cumbria.It was a brilliant night, attended by the CEO, and the Chairman of the Arts Council.  Cumbria Life honoured an amazing group of people, for poetry, writing, music, art, design, theatre, one-off culture events, plus special awards for outstanding achievements. Cumbria has such talented people.

 

November highlights in Cumbria

So many fabulous exhibitions to choose from, here are three...

PERCY KELLY  LINE OF BEAUTY RETROSPECTIVE

Curated by Chris Wadsworth (see carousel photo), this exhibition is a rare chance to see drawings, watercolours and oil paintings by the highly collectable, reclusive Cumbrian artist Percy Kelly who died in 1993.

 

Tullie House Art Gallery and Museum, Carlisle,  until 26 January 2018

 

 

ALAN STONES 'Clearing'

 

The exhibition brings together for the first time four major series of paintings made over the last decade.

 

At UPFRONT Gallery, near Penrith, Cumbria

 

until 12 November, 2017

 

LAND/SEA/LIFE

20 October, 2017 - until 17 February 2018

 

'Land/Sea/Life: A British Art Collection, brings together a sublime group of artists, including David Bomberg, Frank Auerbach, Laura Knight, John Piper, Lynn Chadwick, Mary Fedden, Henry Moore, Graham Sutherland... 

November Highlights in London

From Soutine and Modigliani, to Dali and Duchamp ....

SOUTINE'S PORTRAITS

The Courtauld has put together a fabulous display of twenty-one portraits by Russian-born, rags-to-riches Parisian artist Chaim Soutine (1893-1943)

Soutine's best friend was Amedeo Modigliani.  See >

 

 

MODIGLIANI

At last, a comprehensive retrospective of the sublime portraitist, the Italian-born, Paris-based artist Amedeo Modigliani. Best friend of Chaim Soutine, it's brilliant to have both artists on show in London at the same time. 

 

On show at Tate Modern, from 23 November 2017

 

 

 

Duchamp and Dali

Marcel Duchamp, and larger-than-life Surrealist Salvador Dalí. This is the first exhibition to throw light on their surprising relationship and its influence on the work of both artists.

 

Contact

You can contact me at

rormst@aol.com

 

 

Find me on academia.edu

 

I am on twitter again. I got a bit fed-up with a lot of anonymous people, pushing their opinions at me, nothing to do with art. Ditched them all, to rejoin as @rosalindorm 

Join me if you love to discuss and share art-e-facts.

NOVEMBER 2017

 

IMPRESSIONISTS IN LONDON: FRENCH ARTISTS IN EXILE 1871-1904

Opening 2 Nov, at Tate Britain, From Tissot's chilling scene-setter 'The Execution of Communards by French Government Forces at Fortifications in the Bois de Boulogne', 1871, to Derain's colour-drenched views of London, c1906, (details from the paintings shown on carousel), it's an historical overview that plods a bit until Pissarro, Monet, and Derain.

 

BOMBERG

Just opened, at Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, until 4 February 2018, a superb retrospective of British modernist David Bomberg. Over 70 works of art, from public and private collections.

http://pallant.org.uk/exhibitions/current-exhibitions/main-galleries/bomberg/bomberg

 

PERCY KELLY RETROSPECTIVE

I am writing about this stunning exhibiton for Artists & Illustrators mag. SeeOctober highlights right >

 

JAN MARSHALL, artist

C-ART CUMBRIAN ARTIST OF THE YEAR exhibition at Rheged, Penrith, Cumbria (until 5 November, 2017) features work by one of Cumbria's most original artists' Jan Marshall.(see her studio photo on carousel above).  Here is a link to YouTube film, to find out more about her

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fOnILF3vyv4&feature=youtu.be

 

DEGAS: DRAWN IN COLOUR

At National Gallery, London, an excellent show, 'Degas: Drawn in Colour', displays pastel drawings by French artist Edgar Degas, on loan from the Burrell Collection, Glasgow.

 

TRACEY EMIN & JMW.TURNER

At Turner Contemporary, Margate,  Just opened, an interesting comparison created between English artists J.M.W. Turner, and Tracey Emin.

On display, Margate-born Emin's 'My Bed', 1998, spotlit in a large gallery space. On the walls are three sea paintings, in oils, plus a selection of watercolours, all dating 1830-40s by Turner, who favoured Margate as a location for painting. Favourite for me was seeing the two suitcases Emin uses to carry the 'My Bed' accessories in. Until 14 Jan, 2018

(see carousel)