Work of the Week 39: Talos by Michael Ayrton

Work of the Week 39: Talos by Michael Ayrton

bronze, 1963 Talos was a giant figure who guarded the island of Crete by throwing stones at the ships of any unwelcome interloper. Ayrton wrote of the character of Talos: ‘a certain tranquillity lies in his stupid presence, a certain comfort. He has no brains and no...
Work of the Week 38: Cat & Windmill by Sheila Robinson

Work of the Week 38: Cat & Windmill by Sheila Robinson

linocut, undated Here is a model Great Bardfield lithograph by Robinson. A domestic interior is linked to a rural scene by the gaze of a cat. Sentimentality is held at bay by the economy of means and the stringent design. It reminds me of Matisse’s The Blue...
Work of the Week 37: House on Rocks by George Chapman

Work of the Week 37: House on Rocks by George Chapman

aquatint/etching, 1951 George Chapman was famous for documenting the industrial life of South Wales and House on Rocks is no exception. The mill wheel and chimney are placed next to a small house, with hills or even slag heaps in the distance. The technique is of...