The Wednesday Painting

A new painting – Brusho paint and ink.

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This is actually a colour version of the acrylic/ink painting below:

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I use chance methods to create my drawings and paintings – I’d love to hear from others who do the same!

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The Fantastic Bridget Bate Tichenor

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Let’s have a look at the work of Mexican Surrealist (yes, another one!) painter Bridget Bate Tichenor (1917-1990). If you had shown me the painting above before I knew about this artist, I definitely would have thought it was a Leonora Carrington piece.

Knowing that it is in fact by Bridget Bate Tichenor, the main difference between the two artists’ work for me is the spiritual feeling of their pieces. Both artists produced work with a profound spiritual presence, but Leonora’s seems more personal and delicate, whilst Bridget’s is comparatively universal and bold.

Needless to say, I love both! I really must go to Mexico one day – it clearly brings out the artist in a woman. I just need to figure out the coldest part and time of year…

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Above: Portrait of Bridget Bate Tichenor by George Platt Lynes, New York 1945.

Education Slade School of Fine Art, École des Beaux Arts, Art Students League of New York
Known for Painting, Fashion editor
Movement Surrealism, magic realism

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Born in France and of British descent, she later embraced Mexico as her home… She was the daughter of the Virginia born American NBC, World War I correspondent Frederick Blantford Bate and Sarah (Vera) Gertrude Arkwright Bate Lombardi, who were married after Bridget’s birth in 1919. Chisholm Gallery

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Bridget Tichenor’s mother, who was reputedly a well-connected descendant of George III, was the public relations liaison to the royal families of Europe for Coco Chanel. After an arranged marriage Tichenor moved to New York, where she attended the Art Students League of New York. In 1945, after the divorce from her first husband, she married Jonathan Tichenor, an assistant of photographer George Platt Lynes. Huffington Post

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She was among a group of surrealist and magic realist female artists who came to live in Mexico in the late 1940s and early 1950s. Her introduction to Mexico was through a cousin she had first met in Paris in the 1930s: Edward James, the British surrealist art collector and sponsor of the magazine Minotaure. James lived in Las Pozas, San Luis Potosí, and his home in Mexico had an enormous surrealist sculpture garden with natural waterfalls, pools and surrealist sculptures in concrete. In 1947, James invited her to visit him again at his home Xilitia, near Tampico in the rich Black Olmec culture of the Gulf Coast. Good old Wikipedia

The Monday Poem – Corinna

This week’s Monday poem is Thomas Campion‘s Corinna. I hope you like it!

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    By Thomas Campion


    When to her lute Corinna sings,
Her voice revives the leaden strings,
And doth in highest notes appear
As any challenged echo clear.
But when she doth of mourning speak,
Even with her sighs the strings do break.

And as her lute doth live or die;
Led by her passion, so must I.
For when of pleasure she doth sing,
My thoughts enjoy a sudden spring;
But if she doth of sorrow speak,
Even from my heart the strings do break.

The Wednesday Painting – Horses

This week’s Wednesday Painting is my own Horses. I hope you like it!

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Ink on canvas. 2016. People and horses from the past are returning to me and I speak of it to you over those closest to me. People under the sea can find each other and be happy.

This painting is based on a drawing that I created a couple of years ago. The original drawing was made using chance operations.

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The original drawing. Artist pens on watercolour paper.

The Wednesday Painting – Fragment of a Crucifixion by Francis Bacon

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This week’s Wednesday Painting is Francis Bacon’s Fragment of a Crucifixion.

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Its two distressed figures are at the end of a bloody struggle, with one positioned at the point of kill. The dying animal’s scream forms the centerpiece of the work. Although the painting’s title contains religious connotations, Bacon was an atheist, and there is no hope divinity in the work. Wikipedia