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Art Culture

Alison Watt’s A Portrait Without Likeness

Alison Watt’s A Portrait Without Likeness is a new exhibition that feels uniquely contemporary while simultaneously drawing inspiration from Allan Ramsay’s famous eighteenth century portraits of his wives and series of sketches of women’s hands. This fusion of past and present creates a discombobulating yet intriguing experience. Although the exhibition has its weaknesses, the paintings […]

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Art Culture

In Conversation with an Edinburgh College of Art Student: Ruthella Dafnis

With a name like Ruthella Love Dafnis you cannot deny this woman was born to be a great artist. Ruth grew up in a hippie-alternative family where she was encouraged to take part in creative practises like art, drama, dance, and even circus classes from a young age. She often found herself working behind the […]

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Voices

‘The Fruit Family’: a series on wealth and power in a modern context

Until I went to secondary school, art was of no real importance to me.  There were no artists in my family, and being a part of a huge Indian network meant that we had way too many family gatherings for my parents to take the time out to take me to a local art gallery. […]

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Features

The vanishing visibility of physical culture and what this means

The technological advancements of the 20th century brought with them an overhaul in the way culture was created, received and distributed, with change being marked in very visible tangible ways. Different decades are immediately synonymous with specific objects of culture: vinyl records, VHS tapes, MP3 players each act as the icons of its era’s cultural […]

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Film Reviews

Loving Vincent

Loving Vincent: a film seven years in the making; a film that may never happen again; a film endeavouring to talk about one of the most famous artists ever to exist. In a way, however, this is Vincent Van Gogh in his own words – or rather, in his own work – as the filmmakers […]

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Art Culture

William Gillies and John Maxwell at City Art Centre

The current exhibition on at the City Arts Centre is the collected works of Scottish artist’s William Gillies and John Maxwell. While the two men were distinctively different in style and story, their friendship and somewhat paralleling lifestyles provide an interesting and often overlooked angle on two names that have become so embedded in the […]

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Art Culture

Inspiring Impressionism

The National Gallery on the Mound: Run Until 2nd October Edinburgh’s National Gallery on the Mound has been host to the hugely popular Inspiring Impressionism exhibition this summer that was host to flocks of visitors during the Fringe. The exhibition is described as an “ambitious display”, encompassing over one hundred key artworks by the three […]

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Art Culture

Bridget Riley

Modern One: Until 16th April 2017 Bridget Riley is widely lauded as the most influential British artist of the 20th century. She is well known for her mind-bending geometric paintings that capture all the disconcerting sensations of vertigo or a powerful LSD trip. The most famous of Riley’s work was created in the so-called Swinging […]