Tag Archives: Art

Bye Bye, Banksy

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By Naomi Morris Omori

As seen in Pegasus Pages (Summer 2014)

Update: The Banksy mural remains on the wall and has not been taken to a museum; however, the piece has been vandalised more than once and has therefore been covered up for protection. Its fate remains unclear.

It has been reported that the Banksy piece which was sprayed onto the wall of a house in Cheltenham is being sold for £1 million and will be displayed in a museum in London. This sale has sparked controversy amongst Cheltenham’s residents who have grown extremely fond of this piece of statement artwork.

Flower Power

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Sasha Gill tells us about her latest photography project on Instagram.

I always imagined myself as a cactus. Prickly and awkward and always very thirsty. In Australian slang, cactus means ‘spaced out’, which seems oddly fitting. Cacti (note my proper use of grammar) are my favourite flower. Yes, cacti do flower.

Whiffs of Farewell and Fresh Paint in the Art Department

Mr Ellis

By Naomi Morris Omori

As seen in the Gloucestershire Echo (21.06.13) and in Pegasus Pages (June 2013).

Earlier this month, Jonathan Ellis, the Head of Art at the Cheltenham Ladies’ College, held an exhibition open to girls, members of staff, and the public at the Parabola Arts Centre, displaying the work which he produced during his sabbatical term. This summer term is his last before moving on to St. Paul’s Girls’ School.

Controversy in Art or the Art of Controversy?

How Ya Like Me Now - Hammonds

By Ellie Clarke

As seen in Pegasus Pages (December 2012).

Much of the art that, in the past, has sparked outrage has been a product of the artist’s interpretation of an outrageous period of history. For David Hammons in 1988, his work was a response to the Civil Rights Movement. Having received a commission from the Washington Project of the Arts to create a piece of work appropriate for their exhibition on black culture and modernism, Hammons took a central figure of the movement, Jesse Jackson, and manipulated his billboard painting to feature Jackson as white, blond-haired, blue-eyed, and juxtaposed with the rap slogan ‘How Ya Like Me Now?’ by iconic eighties rapper, Kool Moe Dee.

The Life and Work of Cezanne

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By Ellie Clarke

During the transition from Impressionism to post-Impressionism, there is no doubt that Cezanne was a critical figure. Alex Danchev, who recently delivered an insightful lecture at the Cheltenham Literature Festival, considers the legacy of an artist who was ahead of his time in his new biography, ‘Cezanne: A life.’

Why is Tracey Emin’s Unmade Bed Art and Yours Isn’t?

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By Ellie Clarke

Upon loitering into the gallery room where Tracy Emin’s unmade bed stands, I wonder if you would pay any second thought as to the complexity of the sculpture (if you would call it that). Perhaps, instead, you might find the dirty sheets, sprawled over the mattress and laced with vodka bottles, condoms, and panty hose, a little on the repulsive side. For many people, the notion that art can be an expression, as opposed to something that took a strenuous amount of effort and skill with paint or marble, has not yet been fully explored.

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