Fei Wang London

Alfons Schilling – Rotationsbilder

I wanted not only that the painter moves, but also the painting“. – Alfons Schillings.

In the 1960’s, the Swiss born, Vienna based painter Schilling, influenced by American “action painting”, became one of the first artists interested in ‘Rotationsbilder’ (spin-paintings); paintings produced on large vertical discs, turning at speeds up to 3 times a second. This technique has been used since by many artists including Damien Hirst

Alfons Schilling in studio, 1962

Happy International Jazz Day!

Today is International Jazz Day! Here are 10 of my favourite Jazz musicians throughout the decades.  I hope you joins in the celebrations!

Thelonious Monk

John Coltrane

Dizzy Gillespie

Wes Montgmery 

Miles Davies

Chet Baker

Art Blakey Quintet 

Charles Mingus

Horace Silver

Cannoball Adderley




John Deakin

John Deakin was an English photographer, best known for his work centered around members of Francis Bacon’s Soho inner circle at the legendary private members’ club, The Colony Room.

Francis Bacon, 1952

William Turnbull, 1951

Keith Vaughan, 1951

Barbara Hepworth, 1952

Oliver Bernard, 1952

The Colony Room School. L-R: Timothy Behrens, Lucien Freud, Francis Bacon, Frank Auerbach, Michael Andrews at Wheeler’s, 1962

George Dyer, 1964

John Deakin: Bruce Bernard, Jeffrey Bernard

Francis Bacon and George Dyer, 1960s

Girl in Cafe, late 1950s

Tony Abbro, Abbro and Varriano, newsagents, Dean Street, Soho, 1961

Roger Mayne, 1957

J.P. Donleavy, 1950s

Under the Influence: John Deakin and the Lure of Soho, the exhibition currently on show at The Photographer’s Gallery, will give you a glimpse of Soho’s streets and bohemian characters in the 1950s and early 1960s.

Images via  The Photographer’s Gallery and  http://www.filmsnotdead.com/

Inside Bankside Power Station

Bankside Power Station is a former oil-fired power station, designed by Giles Gilbert Scott. It generated electricity from 1952 to 1981. Since 2000, this amazing industrial structure has been used to house the Tate Modern art museum.

Bankside Power Station in the late 1950s.

The interior of Bankside Power Station, now Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall

Topshop Unique A/W14

The Topshop’s Unique Autumn/Winter 2014 show, staged in the Turbine Hall of Tate Modern at London Fashion Week has been a huge success!  I love the mix between English heritage and attitude.  This is, by far, my favorite collection from Unique. It’s also really good to see Topshop’s new focus on making clothes for grown-ups.  I’m certainly looking forward to next winter.

Lost City Shi Cheng Found Underwater In China

The ancient city Shi Cheng (Lion City) has been buried beneath Qiandao Lake (Thousand Island Lake), the man-made lake for 53 years.  Shi Cheng was built more than 1300 years ago but was submerged underwater in 1959, when the new hydroelectric power station and reservoir was built.  The lost city was ‘rediscovered’ in 2001 and it’s now suggested that the underwater city be opened up for tourist.

Qiandao Lake

A restoration picture of Shi Cheng city