TAG 4. Tubes Artists Gallery - new issue on line now.

Tubes Artists Galleries special issue. (Tag #4) Abstract paintings by eleven contemporary artists:
Liz Doyle, David Eastens, Shahin De Heart, Riccardo Vitiello, Myfanwy Williams, Ian Fallace, Liz Cleaves, Paul McCloskey, Volker Mayr,Kelvin Harvey Peter Murray. Great new issue with the superb article "Whats so special about Abstract?" by Spike from painters TUBES magazine. read it free online -


ON LINE FOR ALL DEVICES we recommend you view the images on iphones, androids - hwever please read TAG #4 on ipads, slate, laptops or desktops.

Tubes Artists Gallery - issue 4 - printed copy

PRINTED ISSUE - NOW SOLD OUTthe new issue features 11 abstract artists. Liz Doyle, David Eastens, Shahin De Heart, Riccado Vitiello, Myfaney Williams, Ian Fallace, Liz Cleaves, Paul McCloskey, Volker Mayr, Kelvin Havey and Peter Murray. 
44 pages of contemporary abstract paintings.  + "what's so good about abstract painting ?"  extensive article by resident critic 'Spike'

TUBES Latest issue now on line

issue #14 available to read on all devices


TAG -tubes artists gallery-issue 3

TAG (Tubes Artist Gallery) -supplement to painters TUBES magazine - all art is selected from the TUBES Artists Group on Facebook. Join the group FaceBook- @painterstubes

Artists participating in TAG#3 
Anthony Barrow, Arwyn Quick, Cherie Grist, Claire McCarthy, Claudia Araceli, David Bez, Jocelyn Roberts, Malcolm Dobbins, Martin Davis and Ron Etherington.
info and websites below 
Click here to view  TAG #3 (44 pages)

Anthony Barrow The 'portrait' paintings shown in TAG#3 are immediately attractive to the viewing public at large and have proved this with the interest generated by the social media on the TUBES platforms over the last few weeks in October. These are accomplished works which have a unique approach to application ofthe chosen medium, skilfully applied onto a flat surface. Anthony's artistic concern goes beyond the image and explores the representational using memory as much as references. The artists subject matter is not restricted to 'human figures' and in…

can artists write about art far better than art critics?

As the Editor of painters Tubes magazine and a *full time artist for 30 years (*from 1986), I have found that writing about other artists (in my case painters) gives me a sort of insider knowledge of how artists process their work, from both intellectual and physical angles. When interviewing other artists this special understanding forms the basis of our conversation(s) and helps me to get to the ‘pip-of- the-poodle’, as they say in Sweden. Little time is wasted on talking about the contingencies of painting- say, the choice of paint, the type of base preferred (board, canvas etc). Nor do I waste interview-time making a list of their education background, academic or art competition gongs, or any other ‘list’ that are usually intended to impress prospective buyers or potential representation of galleries. I find that four to five hours is required to fully examine and get to the bottom line of the artists real reasons for living life an artist. What it is that drives them and provides…

painters TUBES magazine issue #12

The new 52 page painters TUBES magazine (issue #12) is now on line.
Features include a 12 page article by Colin Taylor (UK painter) musings about Landscape whilst wandering about the mountains in Chile.
David Tycho (Canadian painter) writes about the 100 years grudge that has ensued between figurative and abstract art. Tubes Editor Denis Taylor, gives an intimate preview of Richard Fitton's new show at the Whitaker Art Museum in early May. Dean Entwistle (painter who specialises in Tempera) is taken with the purest sensational work of Elaine Preece Stanley (UK artist) André Chahil, asks if you think "is this a real Van Gogh?" and our resident critic 'Spike' goes on a rant about Photography and painting.
click the link here to read on - iPad, Android Slate, laptop or desktop.

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there is no money in Art

resident art critic for painters TUBES magazine 'SPIKE' talks about money and art...

A very wise man once said to me (back in 1982) “..there is no money in Art..” 

“..Showing paintings on line is now the main stream for the dissemination of an artists work, of that there can be no doubt.  Even though real life exhibitions are still relevant for many artists, an on  line presence is essential (if only for street cred).  That old bone we once chewed “painting is dead” has faded away as fast as padded  shoulders did in the middle 1980’s. There has  been a major change in attitude towards painting in  the last few years by artists and galleries. In part, this may be entirely due to the need for the high street galleries to survive the  various financial crisis that we seem to need to have in the western civilisation (just to keep us on our toes, or in chains I’m not sure). The big  money f’kd up crisis started in earnest in 2007 and is still having an effect now. Not to mention …

surpassing reality...with contemporary classical realism

The theoretical musings of a whole battalion of academics, art critics and curators over the last five decades or so, have successfully weaned young artists off the concept of developing 'skill' or 'talent' as the prime tools for art creation. They argued (at one time) that, emotionally content and abstract application, was the essential thing to hold dear. After that dogma of the early 20th century it became usurped by the intellect or rather that it was the 'idea' of the art, that was even more important. And whoever created the 'Art' itself was irrelevant or unimportant. Which is pretty much what was presented by and in the shape of the 'stars' of the then contemporary Art world in the latter half of the 20th century. We now call this Art - Post Modernism. However, there has been a seismic change in Art viewpoints of late.
The www has, in a relative short period of time, democratised visual art and freed it to a large extent. We now witness, on a…