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  • Tate St Ives wins 2018 Art Fund Museum of the Year


Art Fund director and Chair of the Judges Stephen Deuchar described the new extention to the museum as 'Deeply inteligent and breathtakingly beautiful'...


  •  Having its toes in the gushing waters of the river Calder, Wakefield's Art Gallery is a superb choice for a cultural day out.   It was also  a well deserved WINNER of the Art Fund Museum of the Year last year,  2017..


 An art fund card will earn a good discount for purchases here,  and there are some other treats not too far away also!


  • We are delighted that,  following last years  December  Flood,  our favourite North London Gallery, James Freeman are open and once more thrilling us with some outrageously imaginative works.

 From 8th to 28th March 2018,  another show not to miss from James Freeman was  'Makers of Marks'


Drawing and printmaking have much shared history and enjoy a deeply interwoven relationship, but even so, contemporary artists still find new ways of making them play off each other. In 'Makers of Marks' the gallery present three artists who experiment with this relationship against a background of classical references: Daniel Hosego, Sam Branton and Jon Braley. 


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THE LAST EXIT, By Robert Oxley is at Castle Fine Art, London from 7th July and can be found in our own 'Man & Beast' section
Salone Del Mobile 2018 was certainly worth a visit, especially at Hall 10, stand F22, where Kennith Cobonpue showed off the delightful ZOEY Recliner. ZOEY is perfect for lounging in extreme comfort in the living room or by the pool.
Award - winning Hampton in vintage rose & Scots grey, from Masterclass Kitchens.

Fill your kitchen with catwalk colours

Just when you thought kitchens would stay neutral for good, colour is making a comeback with 2018 set to be bold and beautiful.

While the trend for grey lives on, this year's must have colours provide the perfect contrast, giving the space a sense of character and drawing the eye to a particular feature.

Colours are hot news on the kitchen catwalk – from soft pastel-inspired Vintage Rose, to deep and meaningful Mulberry – teamed with a grey or white colour palette it is a shade that works in any setting. Blending feminine style with cutting edge design, pink and purple are the perfect hues for creating a warm, welcoming environment where everyone can feel at home.

Sparkling at Venice Biennale

Pluridisciplinary Lebanese  Composer and visual artist Zad Moultaka  represents Lebanon at the 57th International Contemporary Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale with a most powerful looking  monumental piece,  'SamaS',  pictured above.. 

The Lebanese Pavilion is especially popular this year...  

 Curated by Art Historian Emanuel Dayde, the sparkling work  is said to  'combine musical invention with visual research,  in a radical approach in which technology is born from the archaic...'


Diana dancing with John Travolta  at the White House in her famous Victor Edelstein gown.

While awaiting news of the chosen artist to sculpt Princess Diana's memorial sculpture for Kensington gardens,  let's trace Diana's style journey right now,  at the very special exhibition of her outfits before and after her marriage to the Prince of Wales.

White Garden

Visitors to the Kensington Palace exhibition from April 2017 to 2018  are also in for a treat this spring and summer, with a stunning  White Garden,  which celebrates how Princess Diana loved the garden and was always talking to the gardners and encouraging them in the splended work they did.

 Spring 2017

Complimenting the palace’s exhibition, Diana: Her Fashion Story, the garden  was planted with flowers and foliage inspired by memories of the Princess’s life, image and style. Spring planting  included an elegant palette of tulips and scented narcisii through a carpet of 'forget me nots'. In the summer, pots of classic English white roses surrounding the reflective pool in the centre of the garden and the planting became more exuberant, with glowing ornamental grasses weaving through Cosmos daisies and billows of graceful Gaura.

Sounds heavenly!


Editor Linda Whichelow & her Egyptian Cat Sculpture


Art of the Editor

Most writers at AMETHYSTINE - Global Arts Review  are also makers or painters and we adore giving them space for

their own creative works.



'To be or not to be' by the immensely gifted Czech Painter / Sculptor Anna Chromy. Exhibiting from 8th June at the Puccini Festival, in Tuscany, Italy.
Well AMETHYSTINE adore this golden floor .... perfect for displaying bronze or black sculptures in our homes or galleries!

"A gold floor at home? Not many people would go for it but, because of the luxury trend, I wanted to do something with a touch of gold," explains Quick-Step's Design Director Oke Nollet. "We chose a design with a warm brown colour and added some subtle gold details to the grain—just enough to fit in with the trend, but still stylish and timeless enough to work in any interior". 
Quick-Step's new additions go beyond imitation more than ever before. The originals are copied with unsurpassed accuracy and literally become better than an imitation: the planks or tiles all stand out in terms of aesthetics and functionality. 

Photomurals by KOMAR, in Germany, Celebrating 50 year Anniversary


As the nights get warmer, how delightful to remember our vacations. Whether  a tropical island with its paradisiac sandy beaches,  or a city sightseeing trip  in London, Paris or New York,  or perhaps a relaxed time-out in the mountains amidst  scenic, untouched nature?

No matter what kind of vacation-type you are – photomurals with beaches, metropolises or landscapes bring a feeling of holiday to everyone's own home, even throughout the year!

'Carousel' By David Walker
Elizabeth (eye) By David Walker


David Walker

With a popular solo  show, 'Half a world passed me by',  at Lawrence Alkin Gallery London David explains:

"I’m drawn towards the idea of making something beautiful out of what could be classed as lo-brow materials and methods. I don’t use brushes because I want the pieces to raise a question about graffiti and traditional painting as there can be strong preconceived ideas about both." - David Walker

Working in portraiture, painting freehand, using only spray paint and without the aid of brushes, David Walker has developed a signature, multi-layered, style.

Marilyn's little red dress £120,000

Among the million objects listed daily for sale on Barnebys search engine, provided by some 2,000 auction houses globally, there is a significant and growing amount of so-called celebrity memorabilia.


This area of collecting is seeing a huge growth in prices paid. Take just one item, the little gingham dress worn by Judy Garland as 'Dorothy' in the Wizard of Oz. In 2012 it sold for $490,000 and just two years later this plain simple little blue gingham dress worn by Judy Garland in the 1939 movie sold for $1.56m at auction in New York.

Tiger - Diamond Dust by Dave White. This stunning Giclee Print with Diamond Dust is available from Laurence Alkin Gallery.
Coming soon is our extended feature on 'ART IN THE WHITE HOUSE', but for now let's appreciate just one of the artists whose work hangs there - Sri Lankan artist Senaka Senanayake
Eagerly awaited DAVID HOCKNEY 10th Nov to 25th Feb at the Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain, with '82 Portraits and 1 Still Life.'

Keep visiting  ..... Lots more on this coming soon..

Inspired by magic . The new LEVITATING BED, by Levitas Designs UK was an absolute Star at this years Grand Designs Show, Excel, London. AMETHYSTINE see multiple space saving applications too, for your home, hotel or even film set..
Wolf pillow by Jean Luc Guerin, for Midsummer Milano.

Ever been with a wolf in sheeps clothing?  Too many times?  Well ....  get over it by snuggling up to this irresistable wolf pillow by French designer Jean Luc Guerin,  for MIDSUMMER Milano.  Read more in the  'Man & Beast'  and  'Best Guest Bed'  section of AMETHYSTINE - Global Arts Review.

AMETHYSTINE - Global Design Awards

 If you'd care to nominate your own highly favoured piece of design or craftsmanship, then do let us know by email.  It's always such a pleasure hearing from you ...

Isabelle Huppert and British Blue Cat in French film ELLE
Ghost in a shell

Top Films

*French Film ELLE is one to watch multiple times....  From Basic Instinct and Robocop's Dutch film director Paul Verhoeven. Receiving a well deserved 10 minute standing ovation at Cannes Film Festival, it's outstanding.  Superb intricate plots, never once a dull moment and the most unbelievably good acting throughout from French actress Isabelle Huppert and others... British Blue cat,  like my own pet,  watches on passively...


*Many favoured a Chinese actress for the role, but Scarlet Johansson's robot characters never disappoint, and her sad portrayal in GHOST IN A SHELL - only smiling when meeting cats and dogs - is the latest must  see.


* Jordan Peele's debut directing role in GET OUT  is a huge success..   Totally unexpected stuff happens.  If not  Cineworld Premiere Unlimited we might have missed this one.  Just didn't seem my cup of tea.  How wrong I was.  As the credits appeared in an unusual,  artistic way before it started, I guessed I might be in for a treat.  WOW

Get Out
'Girl & Cat' By Sadiq Tomar


Man & Beast


Sadiq Toma represents the relationship we have with our cats so well.  See the blissful feline's expression.  One never tires of this one..






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