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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




Detail of Yarn Bombing UK


Lady Eve Ltd

Spotted this on my walk to my studio this morning. Love the building so much. Lady Eve Ltd.

Lovely London. x


Adele Underwood

Adele Underwood 2007/08

I first saw Adele Underwood’s work on display at Spitalfields in 2007-08. I was pregnant with my daughter and this work sang to me from across the crowded market place. A beautiful mixture of colour, whimsy and reality; her work for me was an image of both strength and fragility mixed together.

A friend recently had a discussion about the use of the word feminine, and how it is used to describe fragility and beauty, when it should be used to describe power and strength.

I think Adele Underwood’s work is the perfect example of the word feminine – strong, unique, powerful, animalistic, fragile – all contained within and a perfect example of natural beauty. Not magazine beauty, but beauty with depth and substance.




Vik Muniz - Wasteland

Pictures of Magazine 2
Symphony in White, No. 1: White Girl, after James Whistler

Vik Muniz, 2013

I saw Vik Muniz’s work last year at Frieze London 2013 and was instantly attracted to it – the torn magazine layers and individual pieces of discarded plastic objects that recreated classical artworks and compositions appealed to me immensely. The size and duality of the pieces were impressive.

However it is his work for the movie Wasteland that has floored me. A documentary tracing his journey from NYC back to Brazil and the world's largest garbage dump, Jardim Gramacho, located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro.

Whilst there Muniz, along with the film’s director and production team, form personal relationships with key figures from the garbage dump community. Referred to as ‘Catadores’, they are a group of people who collect and sell on any recyclable elements from the garbage dump. Some of whom have been collecting garbage since they were children.

Muniz’s portraits from the movie are amazing and the whole process of making this film inspirational.

Final Magna photographic print entitled “The Gypsy Magna–Pictures of Garbage”
Photograph by Vik Muniz, courtesy of Vik Muniz Studio

 Review quote from Los Angeles Times

 “…Vik Muniz on a singularly ambitious project: going to Jardim Gramacho, a vast landfill established in 1970 north of Rio de Janeiro, photographing its catadores, pickers of recyclable materials, and then collaborating with them in transforming these photos into portraits created with recyclable materials. His purpose is to inspire his pickers to see themselves in a new way and even to re-imagine their lives

The land fill site was closed in 2012 after 34 years of operation.


Tile-covered stoves at Kadriorg Palace, Tallinn

Tile-covered stoves decorated with blue drawings in Dutch-style.
Kadriorg Art Museum 2013

On a recent trip to Estonia I was blown away by these beautifully decorative tile covered stoves at the Kadriorg Art Musuem in Tallinn. Tallinn is a beautiful city benefiting from sandy beaches and lushly landscaped parks. The most impressive was the park surrounding the Kadriorg palace; both garden and palace commissioned by the Russian Czar Peter the Great.

There is a small collection of art within the palace. However the architecture and glorious interiors are most impressive and in every room of the palace, tucked neatly into a corner were these stunning tile covered stoves painted with cobalt-blue detailed landscape motifs. Made in St. Petersburg in the early 18th century the stoves were brought to Tallinn specifically for Peter the Great’s summer residence.


Brett Whiteley - Australia

Brett Whiteley, Australia NSW 1939-92
Self portrait – showing seven incarnations

1970, Queensland Art Gallery
Oil, photographs, gold, cicada on composition board with glass front

He has always been a bit of favourite of mine, the lovely, talented, charming but sadly self destructive Mr Brett Whiteley. I found him particularly intriguing during my angst filled teenage years and poured through his books studying his glorious ink drawings and beachscapes. It was a very one-sided infatuation during the 90’s

Walking around the recent ‘Australia’ exhibition with a dear friend at the Royal Academy, she says… ‘You know I used to hang with Brett in Sydney for awhile… he was a friend of mine…’ Gulp.

Oh yes, he was a friend of mine too...

Happy Australia Day.

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