Alexandra Drysdale Artist



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Let There Be Light: the art and science of light in paintings
Out of the Blue: the story of blue in art
Red Vibrations: the story of red in art
Journey of the River from the Source to the Sea, in the company of artists
Air, Angels and Aeroplanes
Down to Earth: depictions of earthly delights
On the Way to the Wedding: depictions of love in art
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: German Art 1900-1940

Study Days:
Pulling Pictures Apart
Cardinal Colours: red, yellow and blue
Painting the Elements: earth, water, air and fire
Let there be Light: the art and science of Light in Paintings
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: German Art 1900-1940

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Down to Earth: depictions of earthly delights

This lecture takes the form of a mythical journey into the heart of matter from the surface of the earth down into the dark depths of its core. Artists from the past and present will be our guides. This is a downward journey into the Earth and our own mortality, using painting and sculpture to enlighten us. We begin by making comparisons between Prehistoric Celtic earth monuments such as Silbury Hill, the phenomena of crop circles, and the art of contemporary land artists such as Richard Long and Andy Goldsworthy. From burial mounds dedicated to the Earth Goddess to art made with an ecological conscience.

Some artists go down into the earth such as Tom McGuiness, a County Durham miner and artist, and Henry Moore went down into the London Underground during the Blitz.
The earthy pleasures of food and sex are painted with delight and horror, for example the contrasts in attitude between Hogarth and Renoir, Soutine and Francis Bacon.

Childbirth, illness and the aging process relate to the Earth element. Edvard Munch and Frida Kahlo explore this theme.

Rembrandt’s self portraits record with honesty and compassion his own descent into old age and his painting of the “Anatomy Lesson” is a graphic reminder of how we all will end up, lying horizontal on a cold slab!

I hope this lecture will not have that effect on you!