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Peter Howson - the difficulties of painting the St John Ogilvie commission

Peter Howson - the difficulties of painting the St John Ogilvie commission
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Key Info
  • Peter Howson - the difficulties of painting the St John Ogilvie commission
  • Duration: 02:50
  • Contemporary Scottish figurative artist Peter Howson is shown working on his large-scale oil painting of Scottish martyr John Ogilvie, which was commissioned by St Andrew's cathedral in Glasgow. He discusses the difficulties he has had with the piece in a frank manner and is then shown painting over large areas of the work in frustration, obliterating what he has spent months creating. This clip contains some strong language and may not be suitable for viewing by students under 16 years. This is part of a longer documentary following Howson over a difficult two-year period of working on the commission. This clip was first published on the Madness of Peter Howson programme page. Please note this clip is only available in Flash.
  • Subject:

    Art and Design

       Topic:

    Painting

  • Keywords: figurative, painting, commission, oil paint, canvas, Peter Howson, Scottish, painter, contemporary, public art, composition
Ideas for use in class
  • As a focus for discussion on composition, on stages of painting or on the work of contemporary artists.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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