Richard Warren

20thc British art and poetry (mainly), plus bits of my own – "Clearly I tap to you clearly along the plumbing of the world" (W S Graham)

Monthly Archives: October 2012

Valley of the dolls

I’m not really in the business of lifting stuff wholesale from other sites, but I can’t resist passing on some personal favourites from Uneek Doll Designs, as offered by creator Debbie Ritter of Cullman Alabama, on the Etsy shopping site. Tucked in alongside Prince Harry, Santa and the Sock Monkey is a fine range of home made poetical, literary and artistic figures, with the odd psychoanalyst thrown in …. I think Ms Kahlo would definitely have approved of Debbie’s version of The Two Fridas. Click and enjoy!

Albrecht Durer

The Two Fridas

Andy Warhol

Jackson Pollock

Sigmund Freud

Carl Jung

Edgar Allen Poe

George Orwell

Aldous Huxley

Anne Sexton

James Joyce

W H Auden

The Joyce and Auden dolls are rather wonderful, but best of all have to be Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath – stunning!

Sylvia and Ted

In Manchester with The Roberts

A quick pointer to a new post on The Two Roberts – Colquhoun and MacBryde – on the site of Mark Finney, who has been burrowing in the vaults at Manchester Art Gallery. A good shot of Colquhoun’s late painting (1958) Mater Dolorosa – very spare and monumental. Plus a begging telegram from Colquhoun and a nice letter of 1947 from MacBryde to David Baxandall, then Director of Manchester City Art Galleries. All good stuff!

Preview night at The Burslem Boys

Video of opening night of The Burslem Boys show at Barewall gallery, Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, on Friday, courtesy of Mark Finney. Some great work by John Shelton, Arthur Berry and Norman Cope, of whom much, much more on Mark’s site.

The shows runs till Saturday 27th.