Art fettered, fetters the human race

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Poetry fettered, fetters the human race. Nations are destroyed or flourish in proportion as their poetry, painting, and music are destroyed or flourish.

 

William Blake

 

 

London Fine Art Studios, based in Battersea, is part of a long history of atelier training and has an on-going commitment to classical art courses and the figurative tradition.

 

London Fine Art Studios is the sum of many talented teacher-artists, all trained at the school and represented nationally and abroad.

 

From Foundation through to full time courses across a range of genres, including figure, portrait, still life, landscape and sculpture, students of all backgrounds and levels are catered for. Each receives clear instruction as well as the support of their peers.

 

Over time, students develop the skills to forge their own particular path as artists. Some will remain within a representational lineage; others will transition into the world of animation, Matissegraphic design, concept art – even body art.

 

London Fine Art Studios artists have successfully found their niche across the creative industries and as individuals.

 

In keeping with this ethos the Studios have embarked on myriad projects with organisations from across the arts. As a London atelier it would seem contrary to do otherwise for the city is home to a rich and diverse artistic community that constantly offers up new and exciting possibilities. In the words of Samuel Johnson: when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life.

 

This week Griselda Murray Brown, Commissioning Editor for the FT Arts Desk, explores the synergy of art forms with specific reference to the representation of music in art. Cross-pollination is hardly a new idea the European Masters were long ago looking to their brothers in arms for inspiration.

 

Music to their Eyes originally took the form of an article written by Griselda and featured in the Art Quarterly magazine. She now takes up and develops the theme further, playing extracts of music and soundscapes originally commissioned and now generously shared with us by the National Gallery. The evening will be punctuated by an exquisite selection of images drawn form across the history of art and bringing us right up to the present day.

 

Nocturne: Blue and Silver - Chelsea 1871 James Abbott McNeill Whistler 1834-1903 Bequeathed by Miss Rachel and Miss Jean Alexander 1972 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/T01571

London Fine Art Studios maybe a south London institution, nestled on Lavender Hill, but it reaches well beyond its physical boundaries bringing learning and opportunity to all those with a love of fine art and a desire to broaden their horizons.

 

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