Tom Hume obituary

Tom Hume, who has died of a cardiac arrest at age 81, was an inspirational head of art at Middlesbrough High School from 1971 until 1990, the happiest years of his teaching career. Past pupils, of whom I was one, talk of the unconventional atmosphere he created in the art […]

Maggi Hambling interview

When I see the car number plate ending in “GAY,” I know I’m in the right place. Pulling up to a pretty cottage in rural Suffolk, the statement two-tone Chrysler on the gravel driveway is a tell-tale sign that the owner is artist Maggi Hambling. She duly emerges from her […]

Mbongeni Buthelezi returns

The South African artist turning plastic into portraits. While other artists might use watercolours or oil paints, Mbongeni Buthelezi uses waste plastics to create highly textured portraits at his studio in Booysens, Johannesburg. His medium is the plastic litter he collects from local rubbish dumps and city streets. “Animals are […]

Brian Barnes obituary

He was born in Farnborough, Kent, and raised in nearby St Paul’s Cray, the first child of William Barnes, chief executive of the Mullard electrical components company, and his wife, Eileen (nee Hiley), a seamstress at Morphy Richards. His parents supported him in everything and he had a happy childhood. […]

Chuck Close Dies at 81

Chuck Close, a Photorealist painter who earned acclaim for his incisive portraits and more recently faced criticism after multiple women accused him of sexual harassment, has died at 81. Pace Gallery, which represents him, said on Thursday that he had died after a congestive heart failure resulting from a long […]

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