An insight into the world of Art and Architecture

A collection of reviews, thoughts and discoveries focused on exploring the art world and how it shapes us.

by Natalie Soghomonian

“Creativity is contagious, pass it on”

– Albert Einstein

Exhibition Articles

Lucien Freud – The self portraits exhibition in the Royal Academy of Arts 

Lucian Freud – The self portraits exhibition in the Royal Academy of Arts   Exhibition dates : 27 October 2019- 26 January 2020  Lucian Freud can be seen as one of the foremost 20th century portraitists who is known for his figurative style that evolved through his years of practice . He is the grandson of … read more

Pre – Raphaelite Sisters at the National Portrait Gallery

The National Portrait Gallery’s exhibition on the Pre-Raphaelite Sisters pushes the focus that has for decades been dominated by the men of the brotherhood and of the movement to the more obvious and pressing matter of the story behind the sitter: the women. What many have overlooked … read more

Sensing Spaces: Architecture Reimagined

“To hear a sound is to see a space”  From a young age I’ve always been frightened of caves. The thought of entering a large, dark and rocky space terrifies me. Although I’ve questioned and criticized these rather odd feelings, I’ve come to terms that these odd feelings are actually something to embrace … read more

“The idea that something is neither ‘dead nor living’ epitomises the essence of Bacon’s work as a whole but primarily his piece Three Studies for Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion. His work, in a way, thrives under this idea as he tries to depict a part within himself that is so distant from the conscious mind and normality in society. Therefore, these parts rarely can be compared to life and are closer to something dead or something somewhere in-between- like a psychological purgatory. ”

Leonardo Da Vinci

Painting is poetry seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen”

Susan Sontag

“One doesn’t need to know the artist’s private intentions. The work tells all”

Francis Bacon

“If you can talk about it, why paint it?”

“Architecture , to me, is something I feel that is often overlooked. We live in spaces dominated by architecture and we often ignore the impact these spaces have on us. Therefore putting architectural design from the real world and into the gallery was something I feel was essential to understand and respect the power it has. ‘Sensing Spaces: Architecture Reimagined’ has allowed the viewer to look at architecture in a new light. Much like the abnormal feelings I feel when entering a cave, the exhibition has aimed to change these once known spaces into something redesigned to allow new and abnormal feelings to judge the experience. It helps the viewer to disregard familiarity of architecture in order to experience architecture in its rightful way – with all senses ”

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