Six theories about art

'Six theories about ART' by Colin Ruffell ‘What it means and what to do about it’ This blog post, concerning six possible theories about art, is based on...
St Marks Venice

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abstract painting by Colin Ruffell

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Lasceaux cave painting

Cave Paintings at Lascaux

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Uffington White Horseearly example of animals in art

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London Skyline by Colin Ruffell

Five things about London

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BIG BEN at Westminster

The Importance of Power and Politics in Art.

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MEMES and SCHEMES

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How to publish prints and why How to publish prints and why? That is the big question for artists nowadays. It is big because there...
Golden rectangle

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