catch the William Eggleston photographs at the national portrait gallery – Eggleston was one of the first to experiment with colour and his vivid images are highly memorable. also see the portraits for the BP portrait award – i am amazed at the talent and technical ability of some painters – some so lifelike, they look like photographs. an interesting exhibition on dandyism and black masculinity is on at the photographers gallery, alongside the hugely recognisable 60’s fashion shots and black and white portraits by Terence Donovan. i love the photographers gallery – right in the middle of oxford street, its a perfect haven to enjoy some culture and a coffee – especially if you have had enough of shopping. the book shop has a good collection of photography books and if you are looking for a unique gift, why not buy a print from their extensive archive.
david hockney has painted 82 portraits and a still life – all in the same style, on the same chair – but using different poses; painted in his typical bright palette of colours, it demonstrates an amazing energy and enthusiasm for painting at such a late stage of his life – hockney is nearly 80 years old. it started with a few of his close friends, but the subjects vary in age and include people from all walks of his life. i must admit, i am not a great hockney fan, but he definitely captures their characters with his definitive style. the annual summer exhibition throws up masses of varying artworks, from relatively unknown artists to renowned favourites – its quite good just walking around and enjoying the works, hung in their rows and rows, but after a while, you do succumb to finding out whose piece is whose!