Half an acquisition

One by-product of living with an Art Student is that works of art proliferate around the house. Some are produced by the AS herself, some given to her, and some we buy. Our latest acquisition, which we bought jointly with another Art Student couple, is this photograph:


It’s Figs, by Janet Tavener, from her recent exhibition at the Brenda May Gallery. The Art Student wanted to hang it over our bed, but it’s the middle of winter and the bed is generally cold enough to get into without having a huge photograph of melting ice sculptures hanging over it. So it has pride of place in the dining room, and the Art Student’s bright portrayal of the poppy’s life cycle keeps its place in the bedroom.

Incidentally, when we dropped in to pick up the photo today, we spent a good time enjoying Brenda May’s current exhibition, Mighty Small.

2 responses to “Half an acquisition

  1. Stunning photo – but agree that it is best designed for cooling reflections in warmer times. Reminds me of some stunning photos from photographer cousin (Hobart) Doug THOST – of ice in Antarctica – where he spent several years on and off as a geologist. My wife takes them down and puts up some of my own works – (persimmons hanging, drying – or a cat upon a wabi-sabi temple verandah) – as more appropriate to this present season. Checked your Brenda May reference – saw works by two old friends: Peter TILLEY & Lezlie TILLEY. We have a Lezlie TILLEY on our walls – an original from a children’s picture book she illustrated over 25 years ago: my wife’s gift to me: teddy bear sits in front of opened reference book – its back propped against other books piled randomly in the foreground. I notice that Peter TILLEY has had several entries over the past few years in the Sculptures-by-the-Sea.


    • Hi Jim. The Antarctic / iceberg resonances are what drew us to the photo. The whole exhibition was a response to global warming and I guess we’ve now got a constant reminder on our wall. Peter Tilley was one of the artists how helped out with he Art Petition last year, contributing a beautiful soapstone ‘seal’.


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