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Artists & Illustrators February 2017

Artists & Illustrators is the UK’s best-selling magazine for artists and art lovers, providing advice and inspiration every month. Published for almost 25 years, each issue of Artists & Illustrators contains a colourful palette of profiles and features, together with valuable practical ideas, expert technical advice and useful product tests. Whether you favour oils or watercolours, portraits or landscapes, abstract art or botanical illustration, Artists & Illustrators brings a refreshing blend of creativity and advice every four weeks throughout the year.

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1 min.
all about those oils

Since joining Artists & Illustrators magazine, I have met more than my share of oil painters, and the one thing they all have in common is a categorical love for their paint of choice. Oils simultaneously demand direct action and great patience; in its purest, thickest, most stubborn form, it hangs on the canvas, waiting for its handler to make a decision. Oils can be intimidating, and so it helps to understand their anatomy. This issue, head of Norfolk Painting School Martin Kinnear takes us on an A to Z tour of the medium on page 53. As we discovered last month when we tasked a [very patient] watercolourist with creating an oil artwork, this paint is not to everyone’s taste, so if you’re a watercolour fan, head to page 62 where…

2 min.
your letters

DIGITAL PAINTING I find myself relying more and more on the iPad, and I appreciate your articles and letters on the subject as they show its current relevance as an artistic tool in its own right. I am certain there is a potential for artistic development as yet undiscovered and I look forward to seeing how it evolves further. It has logical limitations but it fills an intriguing gap in artistic expression. I only use it for quick sketching so far, but I’m hoping to gain confidence and move forward. Maria Santos, via email EVERYDAY DRAWING I am a very keen amateur artist and have been all my life, I suffer from very severe Rheumatoid Arthritis and holding my graphite and pastel pencils is becoming more difficult each day. I go to an art class, and the…

3 min.
9 artistic things to do in february

1 RWS SECRET POSTCARD SALE Challenge your artistic eye at the Royal Watercolour Society (RWS) anonymous art sale at Bankside Gallery, London (9 February). The event offers a chance to buy postcard-sized paintings by RWS members for £60, a fraction of their normal worth. But there’s a catch – none of the works will be labelled, so you’ll have to take your chances. There will also be a raffle and silent auction of RWS paintings. All proceeds of the postcard sales will go towards the RWS Contemporary Watercolour Competition prizes. www.royalwatercoloursociety.co.uk 2 LEARN The Watts Portrait Painting Course Discover the versatile nature of oil paint with artist Jane Allison’s six-week portrait painting course at the Clore Learning Studio in Watts Gallery, Surrey (23 February to 30 March). Jane previously trained at the Slade School,…

5 min.

LONDON David Hockney 9 February to 29 May 2017 A celebration of the artist’s paintings, drawings, prints, photography and video across six decades. Tate Britain.www.tate.org.uk Revolution: Russian Art 1917-1932 11 February to 17 April 2017 100 years on, discover the art that thrived during the Russian Revolution, including work from Kandinsky, Malevich, Chagall and the Socialist Realism movement. Royal Academy of Arts.www.royalacademy.org.uk Painters’ Painters Until 28 February 2017 A selection of contemporary artists with an individualistic and nonconformist approach to painting. Saatchi Gallery.www.saatchigallery.com War in Sunshine 13 January to 19 March 2017 A selection of 75 rarely shown drawings and photographs revealing the little-known role of British forces in Italy during the First World War. Estorick Collection.www.estorickcollection.com Sussex Modernism: Retreat and Rebellion 28 January to 23 April A look at why radical artists and writers were drawn to the hills, seaside resorts and villages of…

6 min.
fresh paint

DAMIAN ELWES There are many moments in the life of Santa Monica-based painter Damian Elwes that would sit comfortably in a film script, but if the plot were to focus on his path into art, it would open with his introduction to artist Keith Haring. The two met not long after Damian graduated from Harvard, where he studied playwriting and poetry, before landing a job working on a film set in New York City. “One day during the filming, I found myself in charge of crowd control at a subway station on 34th Street. As I let the crowd out of the station, there stood Keith Haring painting on posters. I said to him, ‘your job looks a lot more fun than mine’. He invited me to pick up some markers and help,…

3 min.
seeing red

The stirrings of revolution in Russia surfaced in its capital Petrograd (St Petersburg) in January 1917, when strikes were called by 140,000 workers to mark the 1905 ‘Bloody Sunday’ revolution. The February Revolution, a further uprising on International Women’s Day, with strikes by female textile workers among 128,000 strikers, was in protest to the burden of war against Germany. This brought down the Tsarist government, and the abdication in March of Tsar Nicholas II. A summer of unrest followed, culminating in the October storming of the Winter Palace, by soldiers and citizens, and overthrow of the Provisional Government, thus giving power to the leader of the Bolsheviks, Vladimir Lenin (1870-1924), and birth to communist rule. John Milner, professor of Russian Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art, and co-curator of the landmark…