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FridayQ: Art

This week it’s an artistic FridayQ:

FQ1: Who is your favorite artist? What is it about their work that you find so appealing?

David Hockney. I’m not entirely sure why I like him (I’m not really an art person) but I do find his work more vibrant, colourful and interesting than others. His photomontages are quite cool too.

FQ2: What is your favorite work of art? What makes you like it so much?

Erm, unsure. Probably something by Hockney. His paintings of his dogs are quite good.

FQ3: Where is your favorite place for art? What does this location have that makes it so great?

Again, not really sure. The Louvre in Paris is always worth a visit, but I do also like Salts Mill (Hockney, again…). They have a very nice restaurant too.

FQ ARTISTIC: Create a quick piece of art for us…

Well, you did say quick:
A quick piece of art


  1. Excellent! Sublime! Wonderful! The best piece of art I’ve ever seen!!!
    *Nominates Neil Turner’s “Well, you did say quick…” for the Turner Prize*

  2. That is one hell of a sun flower, reminds me of that competition blue peter used to do every year to find the countries tallest.
    I visited saltaire pretty recently, fascinating place and quite a collection they have. The highlight for me though has to be the furnishing/ kitchenware/ art/ nick-nacks type shop. I was so close to going mad and buying everything they have.

  3. I have to say… I rather like your drawing!
    Though, now I am really curious as to what motivated the artist for this particular work. Is this the scene out his window? A childhood memory perhaps? Does the artist fear sheep, and that’s why the sunflower towers above it? The sheep is rendered a bit haughty and seems to have a superior attitude… could this be some kind of political commentary on the ruling class? Perhaps the sunflower represents death, and this is an abstract representation of man’s mortality? Or maybe the sheep represents man’s independence since he has strayed from the flock, yet also portrays man’s folly since the sheep is looking away from the beauty of the sunflower which is made so obvious to the viewer. I also note that there are no leaves on the sunflower… does this signify anything of importance?
    Brilliant and thought-provoking. The Tate Gallery should be contacting you in short order.