Maudie’s Nova Scotia: exploring the landscapes that inspired Maud Lewis

With the Canadian artist’s joyful work celebrated in a new film, Maudie, a road trip around dramatic coast and picturesque villages reveals the area she loved to paint

GF Watts: the Victorian painter who inspired Obama

Paintings by GF Watts have influenced figures as diverse as EM Forster and Barack Obama. Two hundred years after his birth, he stands out as one of the most distinctive – and elusive – painters of his times

16th century ‘zoological goldmine’ discovered – in pictures

It was one of those moments historians dream of. In 2012, Florike Egmond discovered an enthralling collection of 16th-century drawings and watercolours of animals collected by the founding father of zoology Conrad Gessner and his fellow Swiss successor Felix Platter hidden away in the Amsterdam University Library.

Katsushika Hokusai’s later life to feature in British Museum show

Museum announces details of first UK exhibition to explore last decades of 19th-century Japanese artist’s life and work

Pablo’s people: the truth about Picasso’s portraits

Picasso has been accused of remaking the world in his own image, but a new exhibition reveals art that captures the idiosyncrasies of each of his subjects

Travel 2016 – Tip 20 – France – Niaux

This travel tip is not so difficult to understand. The 13,000-year old cave paintings in the Grotte de Niaux, about two miles from Tariscon-sur-Ariege are unmissable. Tarascon is worth a look around for 1.5 hours with its clock tower, which provides views over the local valleys, the church of St Michel, and the old town.Continue reading “Travel 2016 – Tip 20 – France – Niaux”

Street Artist extraordinaire

London-based street artist Phlegm has painted his distinctive, fantastical murals in London, Sheffield and beyond. Here is a selection of his best works. http://www.theguardian.com/travel/gallery/2014/feb/10/street-artist-phlegms-murals-from-around-the-world#/?picture=429180215&index=5