Category Archives: Arts

Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Comic-Con 2015 Reel

The Star Wars Hall H panel at Comic Con—arguably the biggest of the con—is over, and its attendees are off enjoying a surprise concert behind the convention center. (J.J. Abrams surprised the crowd by telling them to follow the Stormtroopers.) … Continue reading

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First look at the Sherlock Special

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Vitruvian Man

vitruvian man

The Vitruvian Man is a world-renowned drawing created by Leonardo da Vinci around the year 1487. It is accompanied by notes based on the work of the famed architect, Vitruvius. The drawing, which is in pen and ink on paper, depicts a male figure in … Continue reading

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Interstellar – Building A Black Hole

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James Turrell’s Roden Crater

Where geology meets art: Roden Crater

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Christopher Lee, 1922-2015

British actor Sir Christopher Lee is photographed before his interview with APTN, at the AP office in north London, Friday March 5, 2010 (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)

Remembering British actor Christopher Lee, who brought gravitas to screen villains from Dracula to Count Dooku, who died at the age of 93. (June 12)

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Ron Moody dies aged 91

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Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel

For my friend Phil Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel MAKE ME SMILE, Royal Albert Hall, 28/06/2014

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Featured Artworks – The Legend of Briar Rose – Edward Burne-Jones


The Legend of Briar Rose is the title of a series of paintings by the Pre-Raphaelite artist Edward Burne-Jones which were completed between 1885 and 1890. The four original paintings – The Briar Wood, The Council Chamber, The Garden Court … Continue reading

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Injury means Jack Vettriano is ‘unable to paint’

Jack Vettriano

Scottish artist Jack Vettriano has announced he is giving up painting for the foreseeable future due to a recent accident. He has released a statement saying that he has dislocated his shoulder and is facing a long recovery period. Mr … Continue reading

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Lambert & Stamp: The men who made The Who

One was the son of a composer, the other was a movie star’s brother. Together Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp discovered, filmed, inspired and pushed The Who to ever greater heights. Alastair McKay considers their mercurial careers and a new … Continue reading

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The Attention Test

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Featured Artworks – An Experiment on a Bird in an Air Pump – Joseph Wright


An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump is a 1768 oil-on-canvas painting by Joseph Wright of Derby, one of a number of candlelit scenes that Wright painted during the 1760s. The painting departed from convention of the time … Continue reading

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The Deskarati Helmet Wiper!

I was watching the Barcelona Grand Prix at the weekend and saw McLaren had to retire Ferdinand Alonso early. Well today I find out that Alonso’s race was ruined by one of his visor tear off strips getting into his brake … Continue reading

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Picasso’s Women of Algiers smashes auction record

Picasso’s Women of Algiers has become the most expensive painting to sell at auction, going for $160m (£102.6m) at Christie’s in New York. Eleven minutes of prolonged bidding from telephone buyers preceded the final sale – for much more than … Continue reading

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Drawing a realistic Glass of Water

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Featured Artworks – Self Portrait – Eugene Delacroix


Considered the leader of the French Romantic school of painting, Eugene Delacroix was a prolific artist, producing over 9,000 works during his lifetime, ranging from paintings, to watercolors, pastels and drawings. His work both shaped the Impressionist artists and inspired … Continue reading

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Politicians discussing global warming!

Politicians discussing global warming. A sculpture in Berlin by Issac Cordal.

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How dangerous are magnetic items near an MRI magnet?

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Rediscovered Francis Bacon portraits up for auction


Two self-portraits by Francis Bacon are going on public display for the first time after being rediscovered in a private collection, before being sold. Although experts knew the works by the late painter existed, they had no idea who had … Continue reading

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