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Art in Nice: Ben, Blues and a Repurposed Abattoir

Art has long enriched the image of the South of France (photographers may be as inspired by the light and colours of Provence as painters) but does a contemporary art scene thrive here today? Or, with so many of its art museums devoted to past masters such as Renoir, Picasso and Matisse, does the French Riviera rest on its laurels? Stern recently came to write a travel feature on art in Nice. The artworks that I saw and people that I photographed during two days in Nice with the writer were all a far cry from the painters normally associated with Provence. Continue reading…

Photograph of an old TV in a garden with 'Faux' ['False'] painted on the screen

In the footsteps of painters

It is said that it was the quality of the light that brought Renoir, Matisse and Picasso to the South of France. I’m sure the quantity – and warmth – of the sunshine in Provence helped too. They were not alone: over the last century or so, a host of artists have, through their paintings, immortalised countless scenes of the French Riviera.

Curious to revisit the spots where some of these painters had set up canvases, I recently shot a set of images to put their art back onto the street, and bring their scenes to life today, from a photographer’s point of view. Continue reading…

A couple walks past a blank easel on Quai Amiral Courbet, Villefranche-sur-Mer, France.

Tower of a Thousand Bottles

Well, 1,200 bottles actually. After the festive period of over-excess, this 2.5 metre high representation of alcohol consumption could be an interesting January reminder to anyone who has been struggling with New Year’s drink-less or drink-never resolutions. Continue reading…

Artist Mike Marshall with his Bottle Tower at dusk

Ultra’s World

Salvador Dali’s muse. One of Andy Warhol’s chosen ‘superstars’. Ultra Violet, now well into her seventies, still has a steely gaze and the considerable charisma that you might expect of her. I took her portrait at the residence in Nice, France. Continue reading…

Portrait of artist Ultra Violet