Art Readers an Viewers

A collection of drawings from visits to art galleries, where viewers look at artworks, read about them and their context.

Slide Show followed by individual digital drawings made on an iPad, with Apple Pencil and ProCreate.A

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Having come across Alain de Botton’s Religion for Atheists by chance (my daughter brought it on holiday ) I did two things. 1 read the contents and noted a chapter titled: Art and secondly reviewed the index for reference to non Christian religions. There were a number, but no reference to the faith of Islam was included. Further reading of the author’s motivations to write the book clarified his personal and philosophical atheist rational.

Chapter VIII: Art includes observations on museums, art galleries and the presentation of religious and contemporary art which is relevant to the series of drawings in collected in this online gallery.

‘A series of images by the German photographer Thomas Struth which shows us tourists making their way around some of the world’s great museums.  Patently unable to draw much sustenance from their surroundings, they stand bemused in front of annunciations and crucifixions, dutifully consulting their catalogues, perhaps taking in the date of a work or the artist’s name, while before them a line of crimson blood trickles down the muscular leg of the son of god or a dove hovers in cerulean sky. They appear to want to be transformed by art, but the lightning bolts they are waiting for never appear. They resemble the disappointed participants in a failed seance. The puzzlement shared by CM goers only increases when we turn to the art of our own area. We look at a neon wall version of the alphabet. We take innovative gelatins water in with sheets of aluminium fixed to automatically swing back and forth to the amplified sound of a human heartbeat. We watch a film of an elderly woman slicing an apple, into a cup with footage of a lion running across the Savannah. And we think to ourselves only an idiot or a reactionary would dare to ask what all this could mean. The only certainty is that neither the artist nor the museum is going to help us: wall texts are kept to minimum; catalogues are enigmatically written. It would take a brave soul to raise a hand.’

The collection of ongoing pictures included here are of visitors to art galleries looking to enhance their understanding of the art they are witnessing.


Andrew Jackson, From a small island, MAC Birmingham

Gursky Hayward


Munch. British Museum


Moon and Stars @Mac: Brave-Kate Holt


Dundee V&A 2019


National Gallery Scotland Bridget Riley. Room 2. Black and White

Roses. Gursky Bahrain Circuit – Hayward

Gordon Parkes smartphone Frieze london


Rauschenberg. Metal Tate
Miro. Centre Botin, Santander 2018

Trish Murtha Photographers Gallery. London.

Michael Armitage at Edin MoA
Michael Armitage. Scottish Museum of Modern Art
Victorian Giants. National Portrait Gallery

The National Collection Dean Gallery

The Barber Institute Observations Of Conflict And Aftermath
Arnold Newman. Louisiana
Ashmoleum Viewing  ‘odol’ by stuart davis 1924


Size 8: Orange. 1996. Wylie, Rose.  Women Power Protest.  Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery


Madoura. Louisiana Denmark.
NPG – hand holding spectacles
Wolverhampton Art Gallery Singh Twins
Tall American. All to Human -TATE Britain

Manhanna Ashmoleum Oxford
Lorenzo Lotto Portraits National Gallery 2018
Cave of Altamira and Paleolithic Cave Art Santander 2018
RA Drawing Gustav Klimt 2018
Rachel Maclean’s ‘Too Cute’ Film @ BMAG 2019
PORTRAITS. Klimt Schiele RA 2018
Warhol. Dean Gallery Edinburgh 2018
WOWI Bacteriology Illustrated:Book Dress:
Susie Freeman Royal College of General Practioners. 2019
China Posters. William morris Gallery 2019
Moseley School of Art. Illyas esq
David Owen Esq, Kate Holt Introduction @MAC
Impact Santander. Women Printmakers

Viewing hanging written artwork. West Bromwich Blast Festival 2019

Tall Guy. HOME, Manchester. David Lynch.
Leonardo. BMAG 2019

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