Sunday, 15 December 2013

'The best paintings are in my head'

How are you?

     Today I'd like to talk to you about one of the greatest figurative artists of the century, and one of my favourite artists of all time, Andrew Vicari, once christened ''King of Painters, Painter of Kings'' by Pierre Galante after becoming European artist of the year. He is recognized as one of the worlds most powerful painters and was discovered at the prestigious Slade school of fine art. In portraiture, his works cover the whole gamut of society from Kings, Princesses and nobles to soldiers, cops, scientists and people from all walks of life. If you haven't happened to have heard of Vicari already, that's probably because almost all his works go to Saudi Arabia; where they sell for millions. He recently celebrated his 75th (April 20) year of a very interesting life which you can read all about in his full biography here which I definitely recommend.

Here are just three out of my many favourite compositions from Vicari:

Apocalypse at Paper Mill Lock - The Red Rope. 2003

''This scene of Paper Mill Lock on the Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation, long used by pleasure craft and families at leisure, is Vicari's 'tip of the hat' to Rouault and European Expressionism, a metaphor of Vicari's symbolism, as exemplified with his tug of war of life, Vicari questions who is leading who, the watchers in the boat or a working horse walking the towpath, where both are attached by a symbolic red rope.''

Le Champ de Pavots. 1970-1982

"This painting took me 12 years to complete. I never finish my pictures, but, like all cowards I abandon them, but I never ever forget them."

Augustus John 1960-1961

"It was only when Augustus John agreed to sit for his portrait at his house in Fordingbrige, and at his demand that I draw and not paint him, that I began to draw once more. I had only concentrated on oil painting at Francis Bacon's insistence, since leaving the Slade. And it was to be, between many sessions of 'shove halfpenny' with John that I rediscovered my ability as draughtsman. For this , I have only Augustus John to thank."

Wow, huh?!
''King of Painters, Painter of Kings''
I think that's quite fitting.

  If anyone was wondering whom is Augustus John, I'll be posting about him very soon. He was a wonderful bohemian artist from Wales, in fact, the most successful portrait artist of his generation, but enough for now; that's for another post!

I hope you found this post interesting, I hope even more that you found it inspiring. 

Until next time,


  1. These are so beautiful! I always hope to learn more about art and artists so this has been really great, thank you! :)
    Jess from xx

  2. Wow, this is so interesting! Love the blog re-design as well..... sorry haven't been on for a while haha

    1. awee thank you, I'm so glad. I'm actually having it re-designed again haha!
      Thanks so much for stopping by! L xo

  3. I love Le champ de Pavots..beautiful x nikki

    1. isn't it just? :) I'm glad you love it too.
      Thank you so much for stopping by!
      L xo


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