Thursday, 26 February 2015
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Thursday, 12 February 2015
Anthony Charles Lynton ‘TONY’ BLAIR 1953 —
There’s a huge ‘warts and all’ portrait of this former UK Prime Minister in the National Portrait Gallery’s current exhibition. It’s by Alastair Adams and it’s overwhelming.
One of history’s political connundrum’s, Tony Blair gets full marks for being: a brilliant left wing party strategist, a Churchillian parliamentary debater, a master of the press conference, a key negotiater and peacemaker in Northern Irelandand and one of those very rare politicians who had the ability to make millions love him unconditionally. But then many astute and well advised observers say he warrents: a dunce’s hat for his porkies to Parliament — which led directly to the invasion of Iraq — and the mess the world is in today.
Anyway, I decided to hace a crack at Tony Blair’s amazing face — but on a much smaller scale.
Here it is.
Posted by Ray Johnstone at 19:54
The amazing technical dexterity of the pre-raphelites has always amazed me — and, because several of them leaned towards agnosticism and even athesism, so has their choice of biblical subject matter. Their religious paintings can therefore have had only one raison d’etre: to generate the millions of pounds they so often did — no mean feat for living artists in the late nineteenth century.
Anyway, all that aside, I thought I’d have a crack at a religious portrait. And here it is — probably subliminally influenced by Johannes Grunewald’s paingings — and available at a peppercorn price.
Posted by Ray Johnstone at 19:41