Writing and Painting

The issue raised at the John Golding conference yesterday was whether or not it was possible to be taken seriously as a writer and a painter with the presumption that if, like John, one was very successful as a writer, then one’s standing as a painter would suffer.   Then I thought Lawrence Gowing was a brilliant writer.   Maybe people didn’t rate him later as a painter.   Ian McKeever is a very thoughtful writer.   I think it has only enhanced an understanding of his painting.   Tim Hyman is a significant historian of Sienese painting.   Does it mean that people undervalue his painting ?  Michael Craig-Martin has just published a volume of essays.   Have we become more tolerant of painter’s writing ?  Or is it that deep down Golding himself suffered anxieties about his painting, like Cartier Bresson devoting the second half of his life to drawing.


9 thoughts on “Writing and Painting

  1. Paul Boucher says:

    Denton Welch created a very touching body of painting and writing during his very short life. I hope he is still remembered.

  2. William Blake was pretty good at both; Wyndham Lewis even better… Samuel Butler praps not up to either as painter…? Golding’s chum, R.B. Kitaj, still a greatly under-rated painter and author/intellectual. I didn’t feel like attending Brian Sewell’s memorial largely cos of his 1994 Kitaj-bashing and don’t spose I’ll be attending Anal Andy’s nor Dormant Dick’s for the same reason… (all credit for such nicknames, as also Dame Brian’s, to Kitaj’s unpublished diaries, as quoted in http://emajartjournal.com/2013/11/30/edward-chaney-r-b-kitaj-1932-2007-warburgian-artist/

  3. Robert Forbes Perkins says:

    I enjoy the writing of David Jones as much as his painting. At this point, I’d say his paintings, engravings, and watercolors are more valued than his poetry.

  4. pbmum says:

    Hadn’t realised, until an exhibition in the King’s College London bit of Somerset House, that Beryl Bainbridge was an accomplished artist as well as a writer. And, of course, some of the best writing of the last few years has come from visual artist Marion Coutts in her memoir of her husband Tom Lubbock’s death.


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