In the company of two giants
Today it was such a pleasure to receive a hard copy of last Wednesday's Wall Street Journal and to find myself, or rather my watercolour painting, at the top of Page D5 in the company of two giants in music and art: violinist Yehudi Menuhin and painter William Turner. Of course, my ego is sunbathing in the reflected light of those headlines "Rediscovering a Maestro" (Menuhin) and "A Leviathan Talent" (Turner)!
But seriously, both of these great men have illuminated my life and work. Turner firstly through his paintings in the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery (just across the street from my art college), then through his luminous watercolours in the London Tate Gallery. And Yehudi as a dear friend and an inspiration for many musical watercolours that led me towards my kinetic paintings of transparent colour.
Only last Tuesday could that intrepid WSJ Arts Editor Eric Gibson track me down on vacation in Portugal, to get permission to crop my painting of Yehudi as a visual header for the thoughtful article by David Mermelstein - and voilà - by Wednesday morning it was in the Journal! And subsequently in the Weekend Arts Journal.
On that same Wednesday evening Daniel Hope was playing a concert in Birmingham Town Hall as an Homage to Yehudi Menuhin - in the very same hall where I, as an art student, got my first taste of classical music at free lunch-time concerts. A mere stone's throw from those Turners.
Talk about serendipity! And hey, over two million viewers/readers is rather more than I usually get at an exhibition. Here's the WSJ link to Mr Mermelstein's fine article: Rediscovering a Maestro and to my un-cropped painting. Thank you, Eric Gibson.