Category Index
Books About Big Art
  • A Life of Picasso: The Triumphant Years, 1917-1932
    A Life of Picasso: The Triumphant Years, 1917-1932
    by John Richardson
  • Sarah Lucas: A Catalog Raisonné
    Sarah Lucas: A Catalog Raisonné
    by Yilmaz Dziewior, Sarah Lucas
  • Grayson Perry
    Grayson Perry
    by Jacky Klein
  • Hendrik Kerstens (English and Dutch Edition)
    Hendrik Kerstens (English and Dutch Edition)
    by Pim Milo, Kathy Ryan
  • David Hockney: A Bigger Picture
    David Hockney: A Bigger Picture
    by Marco Livingstone, Margaret Drabble, Tim Barringer, Xavier Salomon, Stuart Comer, Martin Gayford
  • Vernon Ah Kee: Born in this Skin
    Vernon Ah Kee: Born in this Skin
    by Robert Leonard, Anthony Gardner, Aileen Moreton-Robinson, Blair French, Glenn Barkley
  • Yayoi Kusama
    Yayoi Kusama
    by Midori Yamamura, Jo Applin, Yayoi Kusama
  • Henry Moore: From the Inside Out; Plasters, Carvings, Drawings
    Henry Moore: From the Inside Out; Plasters, Carvings, Drawings
    Prestel Publishing
  • Wall and Piece
    Wall and Piece
    by Banksy
  • Mark Rothko
    Mark Rothko
    by Mr. Jeffrey Weiss
  • Louise Bourgeois
    Louise Bourgeois
    by Robert Storr, Paulo Herkenhoff
  • Damien Hirst
    Damien Hirst
    by Ann Gallagher
Join the Big Picture

A blog that aims to spark thoughts and inspire by seeking out and sharing works of art

Historically, artists have always worked big, and nowadays those boundaries are being pushed to the limits.

Large-scale art, whether in the form of photos from the Hubble space telescope, sharks floating in tanks of formaldehyde, rooms full of dots, concrete sculptures cast from Victorian buildings or hand knitted blankets wrapped around trees, large-scale art is all around us. Join the Big Picture aims to spark thoughts and inspire by seeking out and sharing these works.

All content by Karla Thompson, an ex-pat Aussie living in East London. When not working on Join the Big Picture she is part of the backbone to the Leonhard Pfeifer brand.

Read an interview about Join the Big Picture here.

 

Karla Thompson
Creative Partner

www.leonhardpfeifer.com
www.jointhebigpicture.com

 

 

 

Detail of Yarn Bombing UK

Wednesday
Oct222014

Aleah Chapin - Maiden, Mother, Child & Crone

Aleah Chapin - Maiden, Mother, Child & Crone

I recently went to a viewing of Aleah Chapin’s highly anticipated new paintings – Maiden, Mother, Child & Crone at Flowers Cork street gallery, with my 6 year old daughter. She was mesmerised by the painting The air was full, and thought it was wonderful to see a group of ‘nana’s’ playing out in the open air. She wondered for a while weather they one on her knees was pretending to be wolf. (We are a bit fixated with wolves at the moment, as autumn approaches and the shadows are dancing on the streets in the early evening.)

Aleah Chapin When the Pattern Switched Places, Oil on Linen, 2014
Flowers Gallery, Cork Street, London - flowersgallery.com

 

Known for her ongoing ‘Aunties Project’ which comprises figural depictions of a group of the same women she has known all her life, capturing them unashamedly nude with a playful, exaggerated and Rubenesque figural style. Her new exhibition is centred around a theme that derives from several schools of thought, but predominately Neopaganism, where each stage in a women’s life cycle is symbolised.

Well worth a visit, the exhibition is a wonderful set of images for young girls to see – to help counterbalance all the ‘barbie’ styled advertising that bombards them.

Showing at Flowers Cork street gallery until 8 November


Aleah Chapin It was the Sound of their Feet, Oil on Linen, 2014
Flowers Gallery, Cork Street, London - flowersgallery.com

Aleah Chapin Jumanji and Gwen, Oil on Linen, 2014
Flowers Gallery, Cork Street, London - flowersgallery.com

Aleah Chapin Lucy and Laszlo 1, Oil on Linen, 2014
Flowers Gallery, Cork Street, London - flowersgallery.com

Aleah Chapin Lucy and Laszlo 2, Oil on Linen, 2014
Flowers Gallery, Cork Street, London - flowersgallery.com

Aleah Chapin The Air was Full, Oil on Linen, 2014
Flowers Gallery, Cork Street, London - flowersgallery.com

Thursday
Oct162014

SAKI B

Saki B (aka Saki and Bitches) is a pretty busy lady around this part of town and her work is everywhere at the moment. Not normally an artist I would point out to my 6 year old –I think she has time to discover erotica and soft porn a little bit later on in her life – her wooden dolls have popped up on our school corner.

Luckily, Saki B has made them more child friendly on our street (thanks), taken the bitches out of her name and kept them with just a little bit of cheeky. Lucky for us parents as they are a huge hit with the kids and my daughter cannot walk past them without twisting each section around to put them in order. This city kid is slightly obsessive about her street art!

Saki B Wooden dolls on Columbia Road, not ordered

Saki B Wooden dolls on Columbia Road, re-organised (though not quite the right legs!)

Saki B Wooden dolls on Columbia Road

Saki B Wooden dolls on Columbia Road

Saki B Wooden dolls on Columbia Road.

And again on Whitecross Street.

Saki B Wooden dolls on Whitecross Street

Saki B Wooden dolls on Whitecross Street

Saki B Wooden dolls on Whitecross Street - the catlady is our favourite so far.

Saki B Wooden dolls on Whitecross Street

We will be looking out for more of these treasures in our area in the Autumn.

 

Thursday
Oct022014

Out an about on the streets


Some local street art that caught our eye during our early Autumn meanderings...

Beautiful Sperm whale by French graphic artist LilyMixe

Tribute to Charile Burns on Bacon Street, off Brick Lane.
Repton Boxing Club’s president and the ‘king of Bacon Street’ in London’s East End, who died in April 2014, aged 96.

Some random 'hands-down-pants-action'. Sadly, I forget where I saw this.

Wednesday
Jun042014

Timo Nasseri - One and One #34

Timo Nasseri One and One #34, 2013
White in on silkscreened paper

Details of One and One #34

"Thinking about the meditative quality of repetition came when I started working on the Muqarnas series. I realised that the construction of these ornamental patterns follows certain rhythmical repetitions and the act of drawing them becomes a meditation. The drawings are a good example. They are very geometrical and very clear and I know where I have to go. One thing I have to explain about the drawings is that they're made from a combination of triangles; in fact it's only four different triangles, which are always repeating all the time and can carry on forever. The end of the drawing is only determined by the piece of paper. All of the One and One drawings could continue endlessly. This is why the lines don't go to the end of the paper and I'm leaving a bit of black, so it's clear there is the possibility for more. Aesthetics is very much linked to repetition. There is a mathematician called Scott Rickard who tried to compose the worst piece of music ever written by repeating nothing, neither the length of a note, nor a single note itself. He used all the 88 keys on the piano and by not repeating the length of a note, there was no rhythm left. Repetition is very important when it comes to a normal aesthetic. If you listen to a song without repetition, it would just sound very odd. Rhythm is itself repetition. Little changes, variations in this repetition, can make things interesting."

Taken in part from an interview with Timo Nasseri from http://www.ibraaz.org/interviews/38

Thursday
May152014

Where the wild things grow

Mentmore Tce, London Fields

Inspired by the exhibition starting today at Oh! Oxford House in Bethnal Green as part of the 'Where the wild things growChelsea Fringe, I saw this little bit of wilderness pushing it's way through the concrete and brickwork towards the sunshine this morning.

The wildlings’ exhibition at Oh!

'... From English dictionary “Wildling… a plant sown by natural agency”.  However much we try to tame our cities, to bound our flora between concrete and tarmac, to house them in flower beds or pots, they escape.  

Photography Exhibition
May 15 until June 14, 2014.
Monday to Friday 9am-10pm.
Weekends 10am-2pm.

Oxford House
Derbyshire Street,
Bethnal Green,
London E2 6HG
UK