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Hugh Andrew
Edinburgh's New town – when silence is not golden

Edinburgh's New town – when silence is not golden

TWO HUNDRED and fifty years ago in 1767 something extraordinary began in Scotland. The foundation stone of James Craig’s New Town of Edinburgh was laid. From that simple act flowed a city that is both ...

Charles Harris
The lost secrets of Classical Art: Sir Henry Raeburn and portraiture

The lost secrets of Classical Art: Sir Henry Raeburn and portraiture

Dear Readers,

LAST WEEK I began with an introduction to this new series of The Lost Secrets of Classical Art and presented an important first secret. For, in those words of a ...

Vivian Linacre
The long interval

The long interval

THE INTERVAL at any theatrical performance is usually marked by the fall of a curtain, to be raised again at the start of the next act. Nothing of note occurs during the interval, which is merely a ...

Charles Harris
Lost secrets of classical art and the subsequent failure of modern art

Lost secrets of classical art and the subsequent failure of modern art

AS WITH ALL SECRETS, to have value they have to be respected. So I will begin this new series with an introduction to provide background before we go next to study a famous Raeburn portrait ...

David Hoey
Taxi for Ireland! It's make your mind up time on #IRExit for the Irish Republic

Taxi for Ireland! It's make your mind up time on #IRExit for the Irish Republic

THERE IS a good case to be made for welcoming the opportunities that Brexit offers Northern Ireland business. Down South, the mood has changed from believing Brexit would never happen, to seeing it ...

Charles Harris
An artists's diary: Winter in the wild

An artists's diary: Winter in the wild

THE SUN arose that morning blazing above the overnight snow, all afire under a layer of thick purple cloud. 

At first the glowing sun spread low, turning the edges of that lower cloud ...

Charles Harris
Art that denies reason defies reality – and denies life

Art that denies reason defies reality – and denies life

DEAR READERS, Thank you for your enthusiastic responses. This time I thought I would enclose a number of them with my thanks and hope I have presented the best of everybody's ideas accordingly. Personally, I do ...

Iain McGill
Diving for Puffin: My Valentine's trip to Iceland

Diving for Puffin: My Valentine's trip to Iceland

HOW WAS your Valentine's Day? I spent mine on EasyJet. I had a hot date alright. In Iceland. In winter. Underwater. And just about the only reasonably priced thing about Iceland was the EasyJet flights. ...

Charles Harris
Public art requires a revolution in approach

Public art requires a revolution in approach

THE MAJOR PROBLEM with Art today is that two different contradicting roads exist within its meaning. One road leads to a proven conventional view. This allows the viewer to see for themselves the reality, power ...

Charles Harris
An artist’s running diary: The subtleties of light.

An artist’s running diary: The subtleties of light.

FRIDAY: A little yellow sun arose this morning amid white foaming clouds, staining them with light brown, like marks on a clean table cloth. Appearing a hint darker in apparent creases, the stain found new patterns, ...

Charles Harris
Help support essential change in art

Help support essential change in art

I AM a classical painter. I was fortunate to train at the Royal Academy in London under the late Peter Greenham OBE, at a time when the art world was being swamped by an obsession ...

Hugh Andrew
A requiem for independent retailers

A requiem for independent retailers

IN ALL THE SOUND and fury of Donald Trump, Brexit, referenda and so on in which, what passes for our press, so delight, a small and poignant event will arrive unnoticed. At the beginning of ...