Fourth Plinth Shortlist Exhibition

Arts and culture writer Eddie Saint-Jean visits the National Gallery to check out the current sculpture on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square and the work of the six shortlisted artists. From afar, the current sculpture The End looks like a giant ice cream cone but wander a little closer and you’ll see it’s quite…

West End theatre: open or shut?

Despite theatres reopening in May with reduced capacity, many have remained shut because of the need for full capacity to make it financially viable. 83% of theatres were waiting to reopen on June 21 – and Boris Johnson has now announced a July 19 date. Andrew Lloyd Webber had declared his intention to open on…

The Natural History Museum

Arts and culture writer Eddie Saint-Jean brings you the must-see displays and exhibitions at the Natural History Museum. Museums reopened on May 17 and the Natural History Museum welcomed back visitors with the dinosaur and big mammal collections ever-popular and also new displays such as Our Broken Planet which explores humankind’s relationship with the natural…

Basquiat’s Versus Medici and the Black Renaissance

Eddie Saint-Jean, arts and culture Why did Jean-Michel Basquiat give his painting that title Versus Medici and how is it connected with the current Black Renaissance? Well, here’s some background. The Medici Family: A wealthy family of fifteenth century Florentine merchants who were patrons of artists such as Leonardo Da Vinci and Michelangelo and powered…

ARTIST Denise Wyllie’s ‘Absolutely Cuthbert’ selected for RWA Annual Open

The Royal West of England Academy‘s Annual Open is in its 168th year but every year is a special celebration of undiscovered talent and established artists. Artist Denise Wyllie‘s screen print Cuthbert is amongst the 600 selected works, which include photography, printmaking, sculpture, drawing, painting, installation and mixed media. It’s been a memorable spring 2021…

EXHIBITION Vertigo – The Black Gaze

Vertigo, a 1958 movie by Alfred Hitchcock is considered a classic but did you know it’s the first movie to be considered art? Artist and filmmaker Eddie Saint-Jean has now taken the next step in turning this movie into art. He went to an East End rooftop car park to recreate and rework the Vertigo…

BLACKOUT Video Installation Selected for IAVPOA 1st International Video Art Festival

Eddie Saint-Jean is an artist working in moving image and photography. His work is influenced by Freudian theories of the Uncanny (Unheimlich) which refers to how homely, everyday items and subjects have unhomely, eerie or uncanny elements. His ‘Blackout Uncanny’ video installation has official selection for the 2021 IAVPOA 1st International Video Art Festival curated…

INTERVIEW – Depression In Christ author Norah Edgar

UK author Norah Edgar’s first book Depression In Christ is inspired by her own experiences with depression and her religious faith, which provided invaluable support during troubled periods of her life. In this interview she talks about her journey to become a first-time author and the importance of Christ in her life. What inspired you…

INTERVIEW – Hurricane Strap Inventor Augustine St.Jean

Where low pressure forms around warm ocean currents in the Caribbean and South Atlantic, tropical waves can soon become full-blown hurricanes. 58-year-old construction worker Augustine St.Jean was born in Dominica in the Eastern Caribbean and has used his technical skills to invent a strap that helps keep galvanized steel and iron roofing secured to homes…

PETRICHOR – Is it theatre? Is it a film? Is it a VR video game?

PETRICHOR Theatre Royal Stratford East, Gerry Raffles Square, London E15 1BN 8th – 12th December 2020 A theatre has stood on this East End site since 1884 so it has survived two world wars and the Spanish Flu Pandemic of 1918, therefore the coronavirus is unlikely to disturb its ongoing cultural and historic legacy. The…

EDDIE SAINT-JEAN – Art Of Isolation Exhibition

Eddie Saint-Jean’s Uncanny2 photograph was amongst the works on show at the Art Of Isolation exhibition at the Espacio Gallery in Shoreditch, London. Curated by Adam Lucy, it features work by a selection of artists on the isolation of Covid 19 lockdown. The event was well attended despite Covid-19 restrictions. The artistic community was determined…

OTHELLO DE SOUZA-HARTLEY – Cataloguing Emotions Exhibition

This solo show by Othello De Souza-Hartley is notable amongst the Covid 19 era London exhibitions because of the body and architecture connection, poignant at a time when there is global focus on the relationship between the self and surrounding constructs. However, De Souza’s work brings together concepts he had developed well before the coronavirus…