Illustrated Exhibition and Video review of Georgia O’Keeffe Exhibition at Tate Modern

Hello, my Friends! How I missed you.

I’d thought I switch it up, and show you my video of Georgia O’Keeffe exhibition at Tate Modern. The film is a chance to show you the flavours of this show, and how it inspires me as an Illustrator.


Illustration portrait of Georgia O’Keeffe


Firstly, I’ll tell you how I stumbled about Georgia O’Keeffe. We rarely studied female artists at High school. Frida Kahlo was on the surrealist curriculum, but Georgia O’Keeffe was part of my credits for my arts exam to graduate. Yes, I was fascinated by her flower and skull paintings, I saw them as first and foremost as beautiful natural forms. Bear in mind, doing homework during the age of dial-ups internet connection was painful…

Did you study Georgia O’Keeffe at High School?

My husband’s sniggers when he sees a flower painting of Georgia O’Keeffe – I look at him eyes piercing sideways and sigh heavily. He can’t help it, nor can anyone for the matter. I think that’s the problematic and notoriety of O’Keeffe’s work. Put down upon as vulgar or subversive sexual tones, or an icon of female sexuality, this is what she is famous for. Is she purely defined by her flower paintings only? No.

It’s been over 20 years since an exhibition of Georgia O’Keeffe in the UK. Never before has any galleries in the UK has an O’Keeffe artwork acquired for public viewing, so this exhibition I can safely tell you is incredibly rare.With over 100 major works, ranging from charcoal, photography and drawings, this exhibition is beautifully and respectfully curated. I wasn’t aware she did charcoal drawings nor cityscapes.

Marking the centenary of O’Keeffe’s artist debut at the ‘291’ Gallery in New York in 1916; the exhibition welcomes you to that art scene. The exhibition at ‘291’ Gallery was curated by avant-garde photographer Alfred Stieglitz – whom she later married.
Sold at Sotheby’s auction for £28 million became the record for the most expensive painting by a female artist ever sold.Recognised as a founding icon of American Modernism, O’Keeffe quietly breaks boundaries and claimed as a pioneer by female artists of the 1970s.

There’s lots of profound themes and concepts  in her work: nature, manmade, death, life, mortality, birth.Her influences with Kandinsky shows in the ethereal reverie and chroma quality to her work. She was a keen intellect and her relationship with Alfred Stieglitz considers to the key to her development in avant-garde art. It was a fruitful relationship and you can tell from the selection of photographs shot by Stieglitz. Photos modelled by O’Keeffe, you can see each artists’ influences on one another;the macro shots of fruit, hands, and landscapes.

This was a relationship of equal beauty and intellect, yet fraught with conflict at times.The last rooms of the exhibition show O’Keeffe’s profound inspiration for the landscapes of New Mexico. You can sense as her eyesight’s deteriorated, the eerily motif of death and mortality in her abstract work.

Top Tip: I highly recommend getting the Audio guide for this exhibition for the freedom to move around each room. There is plenty of useful information and commentary that is not on the wall captions.

I wished I had the opportunity to take the audioguide to be frankly honest, it would have added impact to my experience. The wall captions are scarce, which I believe is incredibly refreshing to have the freedom to move at your own pace.
This is well-thought, cohesive exhibition and the clever curatorial decision to remove the cliché of O’Keeffe’s work. If you’re expecting lots of floral painting depicting ‘genitalia’ you’ll be disappointed. In conclusion, you should be.


Men put me down as the best woman painter…
…I think I’m one of the best painters.Georgia O’Keeffe

Who is this Exhibition for? Especially those who: 
- Enjoy Modernist paintings 
- Wishes to learn about Georgia O'Keeffe 
- Studying American Modernism
- Likes Modern art

 What are your thoughts about Georgia O’Keeffe? Tweet me your comments, I love to hear them

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Ticket Information

Opens 6 July – 30 October 2016

Tate Modern opens daily 10.00 – 18.00 and until 22.00 on Friday and Saturday

Admissions: (concessions available). Members go free.

Adult £19 (without donation £17.20) Concession £17 (without donation £15.40) Under 12s FREE (up to four per family adult)

For further ticket information, please visit

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Pick Me Up Exhibition 2016 Highlights and {Closed} ticket Giveaway!

entrance to pick me up exhibitionHello my friends!
Pick Me Up exhibition returns again to Somerset House, and every year I have seen the curatorial transformation and upcoming artists and designers flourish from it. This year’s focus is on traditional processes in printmaking and letterpress with the world renowned designer: Alan Kitching. I will share with you personal highlights of the exhibition, and also, I got an exciting giveaway for you all – stayed tuned!

This year’s Pick Me Up exhibition focuses is on the pioneers of Design. showcasing graphic art, letterforms, 3D Installations, ceramics, and stationery. There are plenty of opportunities to try your hand at any workshops to create your own piece; whether it be ceramics, screen-printing, letterpress cards, and bookbinding. Even though I love traditional techniques of painting, drawing, and processes; I certainly appreciate and love good design. I studied at Shillington College and it opened my eyes about good design principles. In knowing that, it has strengthened the way I present my illustrations.

This is a monochromatic and minimalistic curatorial approach to the exhibition, I think you need to spend more time in the exhibition to truly appreciate the work that goes into it.

You are greeted with this year’s Pick Me Up selects. My personal favourites are Dutch Illustrator Aart-Jan Venema whose crowd detailed illustrations based on African sub-culture and Tourism, bold black brush strokes of Alice Bowsher, Corin Kennington’s combination of traditional signwriting and digital elements, and Jack Sach’s motion graphics and stills of the human body, Charlotte Mei’s humorous and quirky pop culture ceramics. This year, past and present Selects will set up a miniature studio on site where they will create new work live each day of the festival that will be available for purchase.

A Life in Letterpress: Alan Kitching retrospective exhibition

A Life in Letterpress: Alan Kitching retrospective exhibition on the ground floor gallery, en route from the Collective and Galleries. The exhibition will feature over 100 prints, many of which will be for sale, charting his career from his apprenticeship to world-renowned designer. Alan will also bring his letterpress on selected days and will use it to create a utopian-themed print-series over the course of the festival. On 27th April, Alan Kitching will appear in conversation with selected special guests to discuss his life and career as an industry leader.

Collectives, Galleries, and Studios

Upstairs on the Mezzanine level are the Collectives, Galleries, and Studios, creating a unique space to showcase complete projects and range of limited edition prints available to purchase.

To name a few, I’ve enjoyed the pastel colours and positivity beaming from Niki Best gallery, Made North showing works of Anthony Burrill and widely recognisable work of Margaret Calvert British Road Sign prints from their Anniversary Project, and Beach London new project celebrating the weird and wonderful folk traditions of Brtish culture that continues today. I had seen Hato Press go from strength to strength, it’s a delight to see them play a bigger role in the exhibition design and curation. They will be onsite printing and selling zines, booklets and prints with their beloved risograph printer.

Since 2015, BBC show ‘The Great Pottery Throw Down’ there is an emersion of freestyle and illustrated ceramics – could this be a growing trend for next year? Clay Collective consists of illustrators and designers based in East London creating functional and decorative ceramic products with that illustrated flair. They are also holding introductory workshops throughout the festival so you can try it for yourself – pre-booking is highly advised. You can book on this website here.

Exciting news! Enter to win Festival Pass for Pick Me Up

Courtesy of Pick Me Up Graphic Arts Festival; they have been kind and generous to give away a Festival Pass ticket to one lucky reader! The Festival Pass allows you to go to the exhibitions as many days as you want. This is great if you want to drop in the Workshops, special events, talks without buying another day ticket! I will also include an A5 print from my #100DaysofWorldDance, greetings card and a lucky dip – (Bundle worth £15.)

A winner will be picked at random and notified via text message and email. Please leave your contact details easily so I am able to contact you. If no one is able to claim the prize, I will draw another winner at random.

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In summary,  

Who is this Exhibition for? 
- Graphic Design Students 
- Graphic Designers 
- Designers 
- Typographers 
- Visual artists 
- Lovers of Printmaking

Ticket Information

Dates: 21 April 2 May 2016 | Open: Daily 10am-6pm, late night Wednesdays & Thursdays until 9pm

Embankment Galleries, Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 1LA

Admission: £10, concessions £8, Festival pass £17.50

For further information, please click here to go to the Official website.

This is not a paid post whatsoever. I am not being paid writing this review nor for hosting the giveaway. This giveaway is an opportunity for someone to experience the exhibition. Art is accessible for all.