Alfred Kubin used art to delve into the human condition and found sparks to light the darkness, to bring meaning into the void

Alfred Kubin was a troubled artist who expressed his dark imaginings to help him deal with them in an ongoing quest to rekindle his awe for the world. He recognised that there were sparks of light in the darkness. Like stars in the night sky. Like moments of sparkling joy that break through dark despair. He wrestled with depression and dark compulsions all his life. To him, the darkness was an all-consuming, daunting void. Yet a little light could lend it meaning, and sometimes a fierce beauty.

What, at first glance, appears to be a dark abstract, or a Turner-esque…

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A discontented New York family woman, called unexpectedly to Tuscany to execute her estranged mother’s Will, confronts a spectral “Lady in Red”…

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In a realm known as Kumandra, a re-imagined Earth inhabited by an ancient civilization, a warrior named Raya is determined to find the last dragon.

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Elin Hughes on ‘Patterns of Self’

Many of us have emotional connections to ceramic objects in our homes. Perhaps a particular souvenir reminds us of a holiday abroad, an inherited set of china may evoke the memory of loved ones or it may simply be a favourite mug that holds just the right amount of tea. I am a sucker for collecting handmade pottery but my most treasured pot was likely made in a factory in China and is of completely sentimental value. It is a ceramic cup I painted at Narberth Creative Café when I was four or five…

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Research artists Revital Cohen and Tuur Van Balen court controversy with concepts that blend medical science with radical art.

In 2008, Revital Cohen, working with Tuur Van Balen, crossed the boundaries between Art, Design, Engineering and Medicine with a series of linked works titled Life Support. The work raises debate about the comparative values of life and our relationship with nature, each other and biological processes.

‘Respiratory Dog’ — from a series of photographs produced for ‘Life Support’ (2008) by Revital Cohen and Tuur Van Balen *

In Life Support, Cohen and Van Balen expressed through photographed installations how domestic animals could have new medical applications. The duo proposed a method of using retired racing greyhounds as respiratory assistants for people who have difficulty breathing. The dog walks a treadmill and the flexing of its spine operates the oxygen pump…

How three generations of one family defined the Gothic Revival and changed the face of nineteenth-century Britain and beyond.

The name of Pugin has become synonymous with the revival of the Gothic style in the late-eighteenth and early-nineteenth-century, although he didn’t start it… and was more than one person! I’ve often read in the accompanying literature for a stately home or grand public building that a certain feature was ‘a Pugin’. It’s always proudly proclaimed, though it’s often unclear which Pugin they refer to… I find it helps to think of the Pugins as one of the earliest ‘design houses’.

The Palace of Westminster as shown on an Edwardian Postcard [view license]

Probably, the most famous of the design dynasty was Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin, famed for his Gothic restyling of…

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A streetwise young man becomes a bodyguard to score quick cash, befriending a disillusioned mercenary…

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A doctor, scientist, organist, and Biblical scholar, Anton Phibes, seeks revenge on the nine doctors he considers responsible for his wife’s death.

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