Friday, 27 January 2012

Mark Demsteader Figurative Artist

Mark Demsteader
A British figurative artist born in 1963 in Manchester
This week 25th Jan 12 my art classes (David Ochiltree Art Classes) used stirring, Mark Demsteader image, as an inspiration this week making their own artwork using charcoal.
Born in Manchester in 1963, Mark’s formative years were spent in Manchester’s meat market at  his father’s family butchery and  meat-packing business. Mark learnt about the structure of sinew, bone, and flesh at the butchery business.
Mark completed two foundation courses: at Oldham and then Rochdale Colleges of Art. With no prospects as a figurative painter, Mark returned to work at his father’s wholesale butchery, Mark continued to attend life classes throughout the next ten years.
In the early 1990s the family business went into recession and Mark was decided to find a commercial outlet for his artwork. He took a job as an art technician at an Oldham grammar school for ten years whilst building his art portfolio. During a short course at the Slade School of Fine Art Slade School of Fine Art he toured the London galleries with his art portfolio, but with Brit Art in the ascendency he found drawing out of favour. Eventually, a gallery in Greenwich offered him space in a mixed show where he sold six art works.
In 1997 he became a founder member of the Neomodern Art Group founded by Guy Denning Guy Denning.. He has held an annual solo exhibition with Panter & Hall in the West End of London since 2004. He is now represented in Daikanyama, Japan by Art Obsession.
He has recently produced 34 paintings of Harry Potter Harry Potter actress Emma Watson Emma Watson..

Thursday, 26 January 2012

Travel to London from Gloucester

Budget Travel to London, from Gloucester:

I am often asked by my art students the cheapest or best way to go the  London art galleries from Gloucestershire.

Undoubtedly Megabus (which is owned by Stagecoach) is the cheapest  way to travel.  Buses leave Cheltenham at 07:45 and Gloucester everyday at 08:10 hours, the journey takes about three hours and arrives at London Victoria bus station at 11:00. The return journey leaves Victoria bus station at 20:00 hours. Fares start at £1 per journey. I have never managed to get a trip for a pound but I know people  who have. We usually travel from Gloucester,  we park in the Bruton Way multi-story car park GL1 1DG. My wife Jane is always pleased when we return to find no attendant on duty at the car park so we don’t have to pay a parking fee! There is nothing smart about the buses but if you don’t mind a basic service it is okay. The biggest problems we've had: a Megabus without heating, a Megabus where the heating wouldn’t turn off, a Megabus with the lavatory out of order,  a Megabus arriving very late on a Friday evening, a Megabus not turning up at all, it was a very snow night.

National Express also runs a coach service from Gloucester and Cheltenham.  This is a superior service, coaches run about every hour so much more flexible but usually more expensive.  The National Express coaches are more modern and comfortable.

Both if these services terminate at Victoria Coach Station, Victoria Underground  are about a 5 min walk away along Buckingham Palace Road.

All of my pupils will know I am a great Costa coffee lover and there is a branch of Costa in the:
Victoria Place Shopping Centre
115 Buckingham Palace Road, Victoria
London, SW1W 9SJ

There are some cheap train tickets to be had too often similar prices to National Express Coaches

Before you go to London buy an oyster card from  queues  for onward travel tickets can be very long at Victoria Underground. 
You will also find an excellent  journey planner  at ‘TFL’ for getting around London using public transport.

If you decide to use the car we find travelling to:
Gerrards Cross Station
Station Approach
Gerrards Cross
The best option you can park in the Gerrards Cross station car park for a reasonable amount of money it was £4 per day when we last parked there. Buy a combined train and underground ticket to London Marylebone. There are about three trains every hour.
We always take a packed lunch with us, there is usually somewhere to eat it in the galleries and we also take a packed breakfast to eat on the bus and then save our money to eat in a restaurant before our return trip. Alternatively there is a Sainsbury’s local near to Victoria underground
Victoria Place Shopping Centre
115 Buckingham Palace Road,
So you could have another meal on the bus on your return journey!

Have a good day.

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Edward Seago Artist
This week my art classes are working with Edward Seago.

Edward Seago
Edward Brian (Ted) Seago 1910 –1974 an English artist who painted in oils and water colour.
The  son of a coal merchant Seago was  born in Norwich, he was a self-taught artist, (although he received advice from Sir Alfred Munnings and Bernard Priestman),
At fourteen, he won an award from the Royal Drawing Society, he then knew what career he wanted to pursue, his parents' initially disapproved.
At the age of eighteen, Seago joined Bevin's Travelling Show and subsequently toured with circuses in Britain and throughout Europe.
Seago had a wide range of admirers including the British Royal family, the Aga Khan as well the general public.
Heart problems were diagnosed when he was seven; this affected him throughout his life. He resorted to dishonesty to join the army at the outbreak of the Second World War. He was commissioned as a Major in the Royal Engineers, he advised on camouflage techniques for Field Marshal Auchinleck, with whom he had a lifelong friendship.
His works are classified as Post-Impressionist and include landscapes, seascapes, skyscapes, street scenes, flowers and portraits.
He liked to paint English landscapes, particularly Norfolk, but also painted scenes from abroad
He was a member of the Royal Society of British Artists from 1946, and of the Royal Watercolours Society from 1959.
He exhibited in London, Glasgow, New York, Toronto, Montreal, Los Angeles, Oslo and Brussels.
His work was very popular and individuals who wished to buy one of his paintings had to queue at his various annual exhibitions around the world.
"The Queen Mother bought so many paintings that  Seago, gave her two a year – one on her birthday and one at Christmas.
Prince Philip invited Seago on a tour of the Antarctic in 1956, and the subsequent paintings, considered to be among his finest, hang at Balmoral.”
Seago died of a brain tumour in London on 19th January 1974. In his will he requested that one third of his paintings from his estate were to be destroyed. There remain about 19,000 water colors and 300 oil paintings remaining worldwide.

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Disabled Access: Tate Modern

Tate Modern Access & Facilities

There are nine accessible parking spaces at Tate Modern. Please book in advance, giving at least 24 hours’ notice:

•Call +44 (0)20 7887 8888 (Monday–Friday, 10.00–17.00)
Drop off points
A drop off/pick up point is situated on Holland Street, near the Main entrance.

Entrances to Tate Modern
There are two entrances to the gallery:

•Main Entrance on Holland Street
There is a ramp into Level 1 of the gallery. A flight of steps with a handrail runs alongside the length of the ramp. From here, there is escalator, lift and stair access to all floors.
•River Entrance on Queen's Walk
This entrance is situated either side of the chimney. It provides access directly to Level 2, from here there are lifts and staircase to all floors.
There is an additional entrance to the Café, which is next to the Main Entrance on Holland Street. Entry for wheelchairs, prams and buggies is via the River Entrance or next to the Main Entrance.

Wheelchair and mobility scooter provision
There are ten wheelchairs and two electric scooters at the gallery. To reserve one, please contact us in advance, giving at least 24 hours’ notice:

•Call +44 (0)20 7887 8888 (Monday–Friday, 10.00–17.00)
•Textphone: 020 7887 8687


Facilities at Tate Modern
Information Desks
The Information Desks are located near the Main and River Entrances. Staff are happy to help with any questions you have.

Fully accessible toilets are located on each floor. The toilet on Level 1 is a Changing Places toilet which offers:

•Plenty of room for carers
•Full room coverage electric hoist equipment
•Height adjustable changing bench
•Paper roll
•Height adjustable wash hand basin
•Non-slip floor
•Privacy screen

There are four lifts which are situated by the main stairs of each floor. These provide access to all levels.

Disabled Access: Tate Britain

Tate Britain Access and Facilities

There are parking spaces for blue badge holders near Tate Britain:

•Three spaces on Atterbury Street, by a dropped kerb
•Two spaces on Millbank
There are also 10 free accessible parking spaces on John Islip Street, near the North Entrance. Please book these spaces in advance, giving at least 24 hours’ notice:

•Call +44 (0)20 7887 8888 (Monday–Friday, 10.00–17.00)
Drop off points
There are two drop off points on Atterbury Street and John Islip Street. These are both near level entrances to the gallery.

Entrances to Tate Britain
There are four entrances to the gallery:

•Manton Entrance on Atterbury Street
There is a ramp or steps down, with central handrails, to the entrance. There are automatic sliding doors at the entrance. This takes you to Level 1 of the gallery with level access to the Linbury Galleries, the Hyman Kreitman Research Centre, Restaurant, Café, telephone, toilets and baby care room. From here there is lift and stair access to the main gallery areas on
Level 2.
•Millbank Entrance
There are 20 steps up to this entrance. The first 18 steps are unmarked, and the last two are wider marked steps. There are handrails at either side of the main flight of steps. There is a revolving door and two side doors at the entrance. This entrance takes you to Level 2 and the main gallery areas.
•North Entrance on John Islip Street
There is ramp access and parking for disabled visitors which must be booked in advance. It is at the back of the gallery. This entrance takes you to Level 1.
•Clore Gallery Entrance on Millbank
There is level access to the Auditorium, toilets and baby care room on Level 1. From here there is lift access to the main gallery areas on Level 2.
Wheelchair and mobility scooter provision
Five wheelchairs and two mobility scooters are available at the gallery. You can either book them in advance, or ask a member of staff on arrival. You need to have driven a mobility scooter before if you want to use one at Tate Britain. To book:


Facilities at Tate Britain
Information Desks
Information Desks are located near the Manton, Millbank and Clore Gallery entrances. Staff are happy to help with any questions you have.

Accessible and standard toilets are located on Level 1 and in the foyer of the Clore Gallery.

Disabled Access: Royal Academy London

Royal Academy

Access guide
Contact information
General enquiries 020 7300 8000
Disabled parking and wheelchair booking 020 7300 8028
Disability access enquiries (limited service) 020 7300 5732

Access for people with mobility impairment
Disabled parking
We have two disabled parking spaces available for badge holders. The available time slots are 10am to 2pm, 2pm to 6pm and 6pm to 10pm. Please telephone 020 7300 8028 or email to book a parking space, giving your name, vehicle registration number and a contact telephone number. We recommend that you book at least one week in advance of your visit as spaces are limited.

We have five regular size manual wheelchairs available for hire at the Royal Academy. Please telephone 020 7300 8028 or email to book a wheelchair.
Wheelchair escorts
If you need someone to assist you in a wheelchair, or lend a supporting arm, you may wish to contact the organisation Access2Art regarding their ‘Meet You There’ service. Email or telephone 020 8761 4875. Please note this is an external organisation which has no connection with the Royal Academy of Arts.

Accessible toilet
A unisex accessible toilet is available on the right-hand side of the staircase in the Front Hall as you take the entrance towards the gentlemen’s toilets.

Seating: portable stools
Black portable folding stools are available from racks outside he Sackler Wing of Galleries and the Main Galleries. Please return the stools to the racks after use.

Permanent seating
There is currently extra permanent seating in the following areas:
■Black wooden window seats in the Front Hall
■Black wooden bench on the far right in the Front Hall
■Single seats in the Fine Rooms
■Benches and seating in the exhibitions (variable for each exhibition)
■A stone bench on the far side of the Sackler Wing, in front of Michelangelo’s Taddei Tondo.
General disability access information
Alternative routes

If the lift is out of order, there is a goods lift to the first floor but not to the Sackler Wing of Galleries. Please ask a security guard in the Front Hall to escort you.

There are two red telephone boxes under the arch in the courtyard. Disabled visitors can use the phone at the Information Desk to ring for a taxi.