Writer, artist and educator Professor Colin Rhodes is an expert on Outsider Art. The author of Outsider Art: Spontaneous Alternatives, here he lends his historical and authoritative knowledge to help demystify the medium and discuss its origins.
We sat down with LA based artist Alex Israel inside his new show "Always On My Mind" at the Gagosian in London.
We unearthed lost tapes from outsider artist Donald Pass. Here he describes the experiences which inspired the angels and resurrected souls who populate his art.
We met with potter, painter and tapestry maker Grayson Perry in his London studio to hear how his worked changed from 2005-2015. The artist explained his journey from art to television and why he chooses to work with clay and weaving.
Contemporary artist and visionary Marc Quinn has, quite literally, shed blood for his art. Perhaps his most well-known work, Self, creates a cast of his head with ten pints of his own blood, and is remade every five years. Discussing his entrance into the world of art, permanence and impermanence in his work, and his interest in how ‘art makes itself’, Quinn looks over the years 1981-91 for our ‘Decades’ series.
Henry Boxer is one of the finest British experts and dealers of outsider art. His gallery – The Henry Boxer Outsider Art Gallery – is the leading gallery of its kind in the UK, representing the works of over 120 artists. There are, therefore, few people better-placed to discuss this particular artistic sphere as part of our ‘Outsider Art’ series.
Portrait artist Ania Hobson is gaining all the plaudits for her work, leading most notably to her winning the Young Artist BP Portrait Award last year. With a degree in fine art, as well as having studied Portraiture at the Florence Academy of Art and at the Princes Drawing School, there’s no limit to what Hobson can achieve.
‘I’ve just worked on my own’: the succinct words of Albert Louden, used to sum up his colorful, creative and solo pursuit in the art world. Here he shares his thoughts with whynow as part of our ‘Outsider Art’ series.
Tracey Emin needs no introduction. After leaving school with no qualifications at thirteen, Emin went on to become one of the leading figures of Britart. Here she discusses her growth through the 80s and her adoration for art.
Vivienne Roberts, curator at The College of Psychic Studies in South Kensington, began her journey into the spirit art through her interest in the visionary Madge Gill. Here Roberts discuss Gill’s cryptic work as well as other pieces in The College’s archive.
Alex May Hughes is a sign painter hooked on glass leaf, which she uses for her bright and bold designs. For our ‘Up Next’ series she talks us through her technique, the importance of signs and her love for The Simpsons.
Savant and former Cold War spy George Widener has turned his fascination with calendars into an artistic pursuit. He is now an internationally-renowned artist and speaks to whynow about his craft, calculating chaos and predicting the future for our ‘Outsider Art’ series.
Ivor Braka has established himself as a leading London based art dealer specialising in major works from the likes of Picasso, Francis Bacon and Paula Rego.
Richard C Smith is a self-taught Outsider Artist, represented by the Henry Boxer Gallery in London. From the sixties to nineties, Smith led a turbulent life due to drug dependency, spending time in prison and working as a grave digger.
Alexis Self reviews 'British Baroque: Power and Illusion' exhibition, which is currently showing at Tate Britain. This exhibition is billed as Tate's first exploration of baroque art in Britain and runs until 19th April.
'The algorithmic art of the Islamic world with its minarets, carpets, and calligraphic patterns, or the sand Mandalas of the Buddhists, or the mosaics of the Jews – one thing binds them together. Institutions with money, historically religious, can afford to make these beautiful things.'
‘Brushstrokes for an airbrushed era’ – Radical Figures at Whitechapel Gallery Part Two: Troubled Identities
Painting has undergone many identity crises; now here are the artists innovating for a sense of ourselves.
The memory of the London Mithraeum made Arts Editor Raphael Tiffou more appreciative of the bankers, the buses, and the birds, than frustrated that he would not meet Samuel Pepys or the Kray twins as he ascended from the depths.
Drawing from a wide range of sources, Staff cites the ways in which history, technology, capitalism and the law have fundamentally transformed the social constitution of our bodies today, with a focus on gender, debility and biopolitics.
Tate Modern presents the first survey of Steve McQueen’s work in the UK in over 20 years, during which time he won the Turner Prize, an Oscar for 12 Years a Slave, and was given a knighthood. The act of looking is central to McQueen’s work, which is resolute, heavy-hitting, grounded, and beautiful. But our review explores the reasons why, at times, it might be hard to look.
Why figurative painting? Why now? And why do so many of the paintings at Whitechapel’s new exhibition feature the sea?
After winning the Sky Academy Arts Scholarship at the tender of age of 22, James Lomax has continued to create bold and thought-provoking work. Ahead of the Royal Academy School's Premiums show, in which Lomax's work will be on display, whynow spoke to the young talent about his latest work.
Alexander James is a multimedia artist whose work spans across the forms of painting, sculpture, video and installation. In his most recent show, ‘One More Slope’, whynow was invited to step into his grandparent’s living room and, metaphorically, into his childhood.
Central Saint Martins graduate Holly Gibbs catches up with six of her fellow former students to see how the artistic life was going after leaving "the comfortable, encouraging parameters of art school".
Imagine being accepted into one of the world’s most prestigious art schools to find yourself locked in a room, where no one would speak to you. This is exactly what happened to 27 students at St Martin’s School of Art.
Split-screen, split personalities… Stan Douglas’ video installation draws us into a world of doubles, when an astronaut is confronted with her alien twin.
Joey Yu is turning heads in the world of illustration, with clients already including The New York Times, Tate and The Guardian. She herself is illustrative of a blossoming artist experimenting as she grows.
Nocturnal wanderings, saunas, strangers and disco balls. Shot in Soho captures the unique spirit of London’s most rebellious district through the lenses of seven photographers.
Christine Rebet’s animations run on intuition, igniting with surprising connections. At her first UK solo show, and Parasol Unit’s last in London, we took a tour of her hallucinatory oeuvre.
In a globalised world — one in which movement is inevitable, yet in which borders are fought for more fiercely than ever — aren’t we all hybrids of some kind or another?
‘Blood follows blood, a ship is never the last to chart its particular path’ – Fiona Banner at Frith Street Gallery
For her exhibition PERIOD at Frith Street gallery, Fiona Banner has diligently added full-stops, each titled for their particular font, on top of the subjects of found genre paintings – images made by hobbyists, perhaps, or nautical enthusiasts.
In Art Feeds The Soul we look to several pieces of art in permanent collections around London that are not necessarily easy to see, but that may be today’s apothecary for our existential needs...
On more than 600 billboards and across all 33 of London’s boroughs, the Year 3 Project sheds light on a school year considered a milestone in a child’s development, when kids aged 7–8 years old become more conscious of the world beyond their immediate family.
The most comprehensive retrospective of Dora Maar is on at Tate Modern until 15th March. whynow reviewed the celebrated photomontages amongst this exhibition, which capture her multitudes as an individual and an artist.'
Esther Teichmann creates imagined worlds within exhibition spaces to tell a story that flows between the autobiographical and fantasy. Caroline Louis Hamar went to speak to the internationally-known, German-American artist.
In the studio of artist Amélie Barnathan, the tumbling of dreams are taped to the walls around her desk. These sketches, paintings and images are all the product of her unconscious mind. But, above all, they're beautiful.
Glen Baxter is a veteran of British humour and draughtsmanship. His absurdist and witty "proto-memes", Alexis Self finds, "offer a lacquered life raft among a sea of lol cats." Baxter's work is currently on display at London's Flowers Gallery until 1st Feb.
Mario Klingemann was the artist in residence at the Google Arts & Culture Lab. As a pioneer in AI art, Klingemann uses algorithms and artificial intelligence to explore artistic systems. His artwork, underpinned by these mathematical processes, is therefore as vibrant as it is original.
"My strongest feeling when it comes to walks is never to walk back on yourself. And bring snacks. And have a coffee. And pet a dog, but ask the owner." - Vilde Valerie Bjerke Torset
"When Doyle started painting, his focus was simply on the things that he was surrounded by, what he was looking at, the people he hung out with and the Guinness he was drinking. No one else can do that because no one else is living his life."
Conner was one of the foremost American artists of the twentieth century, whose transformative work addressed facets of post-war American society, from a rising consumer culture to the dread of nuclear apocalypse. Conner created photography, collage and graphic work alongside hybrids of painting and sculpture, film and performance.
South African painter Peter Mammes presents his audience with beautifully rendered works that depict the grotesque ugliness of war and death, with a particular focus on WWI imagery.
Since swapping architecture for art, Alfredo Jaar has had a flawless career, breaking social and idealistic grounds through his photography and installations. His show ’25 Years Later’ is on until January, and is utterly worth a visit.
"Christmas is a time to relax and be strange, and that's always inspiring. I love festive folklore in its scariest iterations - the nights are dark right now, so let's get properly weird." - Kirsten Irving
"The sense of modernity in the work of this ancient painter is both a technical feat, but also emotionally freeing - entirely recognisable for anguished minds."
"Rothko’s art constantly tried to negate any evidence of the painting process - in his opinion it was crucial that a viewer notice the painting, but not indulge in the intention of the painter."
‘Creating new life forms whilst neglecting existing ones’ – an interview with RA Eco Visionaries artist and Somerset House resident, Dr. Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg.
In Mark Bradford's first exhibition at London's Hauser & Wirth, the LA-based artist's work has extended across the gallery walls, creating a 'shared desire to sucked into it'.
David Zwirner gallery presents Jockum Nordstöm's 'part fantasy, part dream, and entirely analog' The Anchor Hits The Sand.
The work of seven artists have been gathered to show different artistic interpretations of the angel, for a current exhibition at The James Freeman Gallery. The philosophical psychotherapist Iain Andrews is one of them.
Curated by Jefferson Hack and featuring artists such as Doug Aitken, Donna Huanca and Lawrence Lek, Transformer: Rebirth of a Wonder considers how we can make the world a better place.
"I love the moment when I step off the train at Paddington and the spot where I stand and feel the speed of the city around me." - Sarah Cave
"Euphoria, just like sunsets, just like drunken celebrations, just like first kisses, are fleeting experiences. But we should be happy to have had them, even for just that one minute."
“No matter where you are in the world, when you say you’re from London, people tell you they’ve been there or that they would love to visit one day.”
"As an ex sex-worker I know the art of teasing a man until he collapses. London knows it too. I wouldn’t live anywhere else." - Serge Ψ Neptune
"Turner’s Jason, with its silent serpent secreted in his secluded cave, is our call to arms." Can art make you feel better? Can it make you think better? Yes.
"I started to write poetry on the number 9 bus, from Hammersmith to Hyde Park. I once saw Richard E. Grant on this bus." - Simona Nastac
Johnny Morant's new exhibition 'Grounded' runs from today and, through the use of astronautical figures, explores the contrast between humans and our environment.
Rebecca Gilpin's exhibition starts today. Inspired by the Cream album 'Disraeli Gears', Strange Brew typifies Gilpin's music-obsessed approach to art.
"The most enjoyable and memorable readings I've been to have been in and around London, mainly through the wonderful events of SJ Fowler." - David Spittle
Through challenging advertising, consumerism, pop culture and perfection through her art, Jess Cochrane has cultivated a strong following.
Atom Gallery presents an exhibition presenting works from 50 artists on pizza boxes to raise much-needed funds for Hackney Foodbank.
"This endless city that changes as quick as the minds that hide from it is the only place that has ever been my home." - SJ Fowler
After her first show My Man was picked up by The New York Times, Mary Stephenson decided to venture once more into the surreal with Egg Roll Play.
The veteran artist, who pioneered the use of TV and video in art, is deservedly displayed in a mesmerising riot of sights and sounds at the Tate.
Here is everything in the world, sprung from something else. This is a Danh Vo exhibition.
"I'm considered a bit of an outcast for writing poetry in English since I have no heritable ties to the language - my family doesn't speak it and I grew up hearing Dutch." - Nadia de Vries
"My experiences of London, its joys, anxieties, how my life here contrasts with my closeted adolescence in Athens, all form an integral part of my writing" - Kostya Tsolákis
Collector Peter Adler peddles mesmeric tribal-inspired jewellery influenced by his travels around the globe. He invited us to get lost in his labyrinthine home.
Inspired by Alexis Harding and Neal Rock, Chapman is a poignant example of an accessible creative turning depression into extraordinary works of art.
Lisa Brice approaches the female nude and the colour blue via an all-together new narrative. With the male gaze countered by the artist’s own, audiences find themselves more ‘seen’ than ‘seer’.
Tate Britain’s galleries are transformed by Mark Leckey with a life-size replica of a motorway bridge on the M53 on the Wirral, Merseyside.
The Canadian creative takes us through her unique method - enjoying herself.
'I always find my heart still longing elsewhere, for simpler, purer surroundings' - Jade Cuttle.
Slade graduate Jonathan Small creates extraordinary, larger-than-life Japanese fans, used to convey hidden messaged within their designs.
Tasha Marks's scented installations at the Wellcome Collection's Being Human exhibition conjure fond memories of motherhood and newborn babies.
With video, sculpture and performance, American artist Shana Moulton develops a distinctive psychic and aesthetic realm anchored around her alter ego, Cynthia.
The first to paint the Berlin Wall, Noir's art now breathes life onto London's streets. Approaching the 40th anniversary since 'Der Mauer' was demolished, we spoke to the iconic street artist about his life’s work.
Doug Aitken leads us into an arena where time, space and memory are bountifully fluid concepts. Aitken edits together frenetic and unique models of contemporary experience to create a new landscape.
The largest show of one of Britain's, and London's, most iconic artists comes to Tate Britain. William Blake is rediscovered as a visual artist for the 21st Century.