Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Re-examining Rodin

Rodin was in every sentence in our first year of lectures. He was Alan's hero, he could do no wrong, he made no mistakes. We were told to hold our breath and wonder.

The RA had an exhibition back in 2009 where he took world centre stage. Room after room of nakedness, thick ankles, mould lines and lookalike warts tempted us to gradually accelerate through the exhibition chambers. Yes it was a great exhibition, like no other. I am re-examining Rodin. I wonder how I will view him?


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Monday, December 29, 2014

Frosty Bronze Princess

"I thought you might like to see how mystical she looks on a frosty morning."
My client sent me these great photos of his Arthurian Princess with these words in an email which I was delighted to receive.

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Friday, December 12, 2014

Seasons of sculpture

Here is a very early work. It reminds me of summer. 
And this to remind us of what may come this winter.
Autumn, Hey Look At Me.

(Spring will be added when my new website becomes live.)

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

A Garden Treasure in the Henry Moore Foundation

I came across this quite by accident and wonder if Chicago would be interested in it? Chris mentioned that he hoped some Art would come to him. Seriously though, this is in the garden at Perry Green, home of the Henry Moore Foundation with the following description:

 Bronzefrau Nr 3 recalls Moore's iconic reclining female forms - the figure is life-sized, cast in bronze and placed on a pedestal in the open-air. Yet here, the body is contorted and even mutilated. Schütte abandons Moore's optimistic humanism, presenting the human condition as both nostalgic and dystopian.

As a work of "Art" it is well executed, the concept - frightening and the pedestal looks rather uncomfortable.

This is a wonderful organisation for Sculptors and interested followers of Sculpture should not pass it by.


Friday, December 05, 2014

Brugge Again

The wooden pulpit is just amazing, the detail and composition is somewhat complex to say the least. It would take a month to give this town's art some justice.

If you happen to visit mainland Europe then don't miss out on Brugge, the Architecture is worth seeing of course, chocolate excellent and the Art worthy of considerable attention. Here is a tiny glimpse. Go in winter as you may find fewer people around. (There is also some more contemporary sculpture worthy on note, one of which I have shown below in a previous post on Berlin.

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Installation of Princess Helizabel (Arthurian)

Someone asked about installation of bronzes. This looks simple but actually not so easy at all.

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Tristram's Death Bed" by Harry R Mileham FRSA

This painting has been wrongly attributed to Ms Stokes by Christopher Wood who admitted to have "miss guessed" the monogram signature. Robert Mileham

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Sunday, November 02, 2014

Tower of London Poppy Flow 14-18 War

I photographed this amazing sight from London's tallest building, The Shard. A striking reminder of the loss of so many in War, (World War 1914 to 1918). The sun caught the Tower with a river of red poppys which seem to flow out towards the Thames.

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Thursday, October 02, 2014

Ideal Beauty

Did I really write this seven years ago? How time flies.

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Berlin Again, Helmut Otto Exhibition

We made a short visit to Berlin in Germany to see an exhibition of a renowned water colourist Helmut Otto in the Galerie Forun Berlin, Kollwitzstrassa 54. His paintings will no doubt appear on Artprice in due course as there were some significant sales. His attention to composition and colour balance has yet to be bettered. The range of subject matter was a delight and the expression of atmosphere in each work was extraordinarily effective. I wish I could afford him!

These pictures of the gallery do not give it justice but it was a delight and the presentation of the paintings could not have been better.

Enroute we stayed in Brugge, thankfully short on tourists, and a joy to see in the September sunshine. This work caught my eye, interesting signature.

(Driving to Berlin seems a daunting prospect but strangely enough it was very easy and a great deal greener than if we had flown by air. Speeds on Motorways/ Autoroutes/Autobahns had to be seen to be believed. 130 kph is quite fast by English standards but in places Germany does not seem to have speed limits, quite 'hairy' if you are not used to it.)

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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Arthurian Princess

HRH arrived home recently. My latest bronze work is now installed in my client's garden. The mould was considered one of the most difficult ever done by the foundry and the amount of skilled work to bring her to this was very considerable. It was fun to do.

The goblet's contents may have the answer to her enigmatic smile and her right hand the inner tensions.

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Devon Dolphins and a Puffin

This little chap turns out to be a Puffin, dressed for work, the breeding season is over so he has adapted a less flamboyant dress code. We were quite surprised to see him or her on their own off the coast of Devon. I had been photographing a pod of Common Dolphins engaged in fish ing on a beautiful mid summers day. 


Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Killer Whales off the Devon Coast

Yesterday we saw a pod of Killer Whales (orca) off the Devon Coast, they were in a hurry and took little notice of us as we sailed by. They had an amazing presence which I felt quite in awe of. Powerful wild animals forging past us no more than 20 yards away and the camera was down below in the cabin. Another magic moment at sea I shall never forget.

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Thursday, January 02, 2014

Moody 27

A great first boat.

Gone West.


Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Stirring The Christmas Pudding Harry R Mileham

A very Happy Christmas and New Year to all my e friends.

This little oil sketch features my father and his two older siblings. Where this picture is and who owns I do not know. There are wood cut versions too but this one does not look as if it has been finished; painted by my grandfather Harry R Mileham FRSA about a hundred years ago to the day! My aunt can be seen dropping a silver sixpence in and my uncle about to taste a bit of the raw mixture!

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Friday, November 29, 2013

Armed Forces Arts Society

I am launching a blog for the Armed Forces Arts Society.

Thursday, September 05, 2013

Famous Paintings In Unusual Places

So? No prizes for guessing where I have been!

My host knew exactly what I was talking about and so we visited her enfamillie the next day. Here is the Pub’s spin on her
I think I read the true account of her very sad story which seems to have been erased from the internet so I will have to look elsewhere and get back to you.

“Chloe” by
Jules Joseph Lefebvre 1836-1911
Oil on canvas – 260 x 139cm, 1875.

“Complete works” see:

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Saturday, June 29, 2013

Paul Otto

Paul has been staying with us and showing me how easy it is to sculpt in marble! I only had a small piece which he has quickly turned into a seal, amazing. Paul lives and works in Berlin in Germany, sculpting in a whole variety of stone and other materials. I look forward to posting some of his work here in the future when he sends me some photos.

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