The Painter Who Changed My Mind: Helene Schjerfbeck


“My routine and by now automatic dismissal of portraiture was over.” Mike Pinnington on Helene Schjerfbeck, the painter that changed his mind… In my late-ish teens, I bought a postcard reproduction of Francis...

Mondrian in his Paris studio in 1933 with Lozenge Composition with Four Yellow Lines, 1933 and Composition with Double Lines and Yellow, 1933. Photo by Charles Karsten.

Piet Mondrian: High Prophet of Modernism


A new exhibition at Madrid’s Reina Sofia puts Piet Mondrian’s contribution to a new art front and centre. Mike Pinnington explores his evolution from Dutch landscape painter to Modernist fulcrum, who perfected composition...

Liz West, A Familiar Variant, 2020 © Jussi Tiainen, Hyvinkää Art Museum

“I am in love with colour”: In Physical Reality With Liz West


Currently enjoying her first solo exhibition in Finland, artist Liz West talks to Laura Robertson about being deeply in love with colour: on creating vivid sensations through hue and saturation, and the technical...


Ghost Town: A Liverpool Shadowplay – A Conversation with Jeff Young


“I think the city is a book and we can read it and re-read it.” Mike Pinnington spoke with author Jeff Young about his memoir, Ghost Town: A Liverpool Shadowplay, our philosophical attachment...

Sean Edwards - Undo Things Done - The Bluecoat 2020 (November) © Rob Battersby 20-web

Undo Things Done: Sean Edwards


“I was thinking about what a working-class voice looks like in visual art.” As his Wales in Venice show arrives at Liverpool’s Bluecoat, artist Sean Edwards speaks with Mike Pinnington… “The estate stayed...


Kicking Down The Barriers – On Invigorating and Diversifying Museum Displays


Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery’s South Asian collection was trailblazing in its day, but opening the conversation up to new generations and stories has long been required, finds Emma Sumner…  Tucked into the...


“Objects can be used to explore contrasts or boundaries”
A Conversation With Artist Charlotte Dawson


“It was good to get the two sides of Blackpool.” Mike Pinnington speaks to artist Charlotte Dawson about her Work/Leisure residency with the seaside town-based Abingdon Studios…  What really strikes me about Charlotte...

Early shift, West Hartlepool steelworks, County Durham 1963 © Don McCullin

Bearing Witness: Don McCullin at Tate Liverpool – Reviewed


Don McCullin’s career, celebrated in Tate Liverpool’s retrospective exhibition, reads like a document of key 20th Century events. Armed with her Student Art Pass, granting 50% off major exhibitions, Hazel Maria trains her...

Stephen Clarke Rear view mirror-banner

Over My Shoulder – Hollywood and the Photographs of Stephen Clarke


A new exhibition of photographs by Stephen Clarke reveals Hollywood’s lingering afterimage on all our psyches, says Mike Pinnington… A nerve-wracking encounter that sometimes gets forgotten owing to the early crescendo of the...