There will be an exhibition of painting by famous Brighton artist Dan Woods who died on 7th January this year on the weekends from May 4th to 26th at ‘The Church of the Good Shepherd’, Dyke Rd, Brighton BN1 5AE. It is part of the Artists Open Houses for the May festival in Brighton. Dan Woods exhibited there over the last couple of years and had full intended to display his work this year as well so his family and friends felt it was the right thing to do that on his behalf. His closest friend in Brighton, Mel Owens, is mainly looking after the arrangements. More info about the exhibition of Dan Woods paintings and other artwork can be found here. The section of Dan Woods art prints at Artists UK can be found here.
The Walker gallery in Liverpool are currently hosting an Alphonse Mucha art exhibition and for the sum of £7 (£5 cons.) you can pop in and have a look around. It also includes a 5 minute video by his great grandaughter actress Tamsin Omond.
However, if you’re expecting to find a treasure trove of Alphonse Mucha original paintings in this art exhibition you will be sorely disappointed as most of what is on display are just prints, large prints maybe, but still prints, not the originals. The four originals included are three rough sketches and a study, hardly a collection worthy of such a great artist as Alphonse Mucha. The Alphonse Mucha exhibition is not massively large and clearly they ran out of prints, let alone originals, since a massive Burns Jones adorns much of the last part of the far wall … and there’s a Mackintosh artbook on the bench for some reason. Oh I see, that’s Art Nouveau as well so let’s throw it in. I was really very surprised to find a major art gallery hosting an exhibition by a famous artist like Alphonse Mucha with so little original work on display. The prints may be old but they are barely antiques by anyone’s standards and one or two have seen better days too.
Clearly it is all about making money nowadays and if we can get the public to pay for looking at a load of art prints why bother trying to get an exhibition of original artwork together? Pleasant enough to look at but ultimately rather disappointing and disillusioning. I think the Walker Gallery should really have done better than this. In fact, you’d probably be better off spending your money on an art print you can keep forever by looking here.