Mrs Lowry & Son Timothy Spall & Vanessa Redgrave star in a new film about the life of LS Lowry and his relationship with his mother. Like Ruskin, Lowry was a Royal Academician. He became one of the most famous British artists of his time. Ruskin painted a portrait of Lowry in 1976 for the Royal Academy Summer [...]

A new book on Ruskin’s work

Dr Tanya Harrod has been commissioned by the Francis Bacon Estate to write a study of the work of Ruskin Spear. The book will be published by Thames & Hudson in 2021. She would be grateful to hear from any owners of work by Spear. Complete confidentiality will be maintained. She can be contacted on [...]

Pierre Bonnard – exhibition at Tate Modern Tate Modern is exhibiting a retrospective of the work of Pierre Bonnard. Ruskin has cited Bonnard as a key influence, and many parallels can be drawn between both artists work. Pierre Bonnard - "Coffee" 1915 Spear, Ruskin; The Tea Table; Merthyr Tydfil Leisure Trust Read more about the Bonnard exhibition

Discovered: Strawberry Mousse, 1959

It was great to discover recently the location of one of my personal favourite paintings,  "Strawberry Mousse". As a child I loved this irreverent work depicting a well-to-do lady shovelling down her dessert. So I was delighted to find its location purely by chance on Instagram. The painting currently hangs behind the bar at Wilton's, [...]

David Hockney exhibition at Tate Britain

Tate Britain presents it's extensive retrospective exhibition of David Hockney's work this week. Ruskin was one of Hockney's tutors during his time at the Royal College of Art. This 1961 portrait of Carel Weight cheekily includes a copy of one of Hockney's early works in the background. View the Tate Gallery Exhibition page Hockney at [...]