Author: Phillip Mott

Editor 2015-2016 Arts & Culture Editor 2015

David Hockney has launched a new body of work in LA featuring portraiture and experimental photography. The “3D photographs without the glasses”, as the 77-year old puts it, are a marked departure from the Yorkshire landscapes he has painted for the last decade. Turner prize winner Grayson Perry has donated his sketch of a troubled mind to a struggling mental health support group. The artist has frequently been public about his experiences with depression and is a prominent advocate of therapy. An exhibition of “elemental” photography has opened in LA. The displays features fragments of smoke, electricity, and even semen…

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Rare fragments of a 14th century stained glass window removed from Heckington’s St Andrews Church in Lincolnshire in 1946 are to be returned. The floor plan for 1 Facebook Way, Mark Zuckerberg’s new engineering HQ, was revealed. The 430,000 sq. ft (40,000 sq. m) space features a real-life Facebook wall and a rollerblade fun park and is expected to become the largest open plan space in the world. Six paintings by French impressionist Claude Monet recovered from private collectors could fetch up to $110m (£73m) during NYC’s spring auction collection. Two sketches by Cezanne have been found during conservation work…

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It’s all graffiti to me. A big tag written across a wall or a really talented piece of work or stencil. It’s not that I believe it is all just vandalism; it’s that I think it is all Street Art. No matter how unimaginative or rude, it all has a place in our cities because it reflects our culture. Belfast city is an excellent example of the importance of each mark on the landscape of our home streets. Back in September, an event called Culture Night Belfast popped up for one evening across the whole city. Dancers, actors, and musicians…

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Graffiti can be seen before its cultural rise in the 1990s. It was particularly big during the Roman period, when drawings of the like seen in public bathrooms today could be seen throughout the streets. Many examples of these, including some jokes that probably shouldn’t be retold in Seren, have been preserved in Pompeii and can be seen to describe gladiator fights as well as jokes about people in the community. A section in the Edinburgh’s National Museum of Scotland also contains a brick with the engraving of a… certain body part. It is thought that this was the craftsman’s…

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Banksy is the pseudonym of an infamous graffiti artist, political activist, film director, and painter. Although his identity has not been proven, sources claim he is Robert Gunningham, a former public schoolboy from Bristol Cathedral Choir School. His career started in the early 90s as a freehand graffiti artist. From 1990–1994 he was a member of Bristol’s DryBreadZ Crew (DBZ), with two other members, Kato and Tes. His work eventually became known to be part of the Bristol underground scene—drum and bass music and graffiti typical of urban culture in the city. One of the founding members of the English…

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