Life drawing with David Cockney

The acid test of artistic ability – life drawing sorts the wheat from the chaff, the men from the boys and the boys from the girls. Life drawing…

Losing our marbles by Alan Dedman

There has been much ado in the media over recent efforts by the Greek government and Amal Clooney to retrieve the Elgin Marbles from the British Museum in…

David Cockney by Alan Dedman

David Cockney was born within the sound of Bow bells and passionately believes Bromley (by-Bow) is where it’s at – not Bradford. His father wanted him to become…

Hotwells Sunset by Alan Dedman

Bristol has a wealth of industrial architecture. During the 90s when Britain began it’s material make-over I spent time drawing and painting the remains of the old gas…

St. Martins: fact and fable by Alan Dedman

I was in conversation with people at a garden party, one of whom is a clergyman. We were talking about education. I said I attended St. Martin’s School…

Studio Dedman by Alan Dedman

Studio Dedman. It goes on, in spite of everything. Studio – dubious term really. Pertaining to small property for first time buyers and middle class pretensions about ‘creativity’….

African & White by Alan Dedman

African & White: a song by China Crisis from the 80s. Apt title for this current blog. Growing up in rural East Anglia (as I did) we had…

African Art in Glasgow by Alan Dedman

African Art in Glasgow is happening! At Hidden Lane Gallery there will be a show of contemporary African Art, opening on Friday the 10th of January, 2020 running…

The Doll’s House by Alan Dedman

Whilst a student at St. Martin’s I had to earn money for living expenses. The first job I got was working at ‘The Doll’s House’, a strip-joint in…

Academy Fools: the Fortnum & Mason Fart

At the time when this event occurred, we had no idea of it’s Art-historical significance. With natural flair, Dedman put the F into Art and changed the character…