Andrea Watson
  • It’s summertime in winter as museums reopen Best art on show this winter September 10, 2020
  • How Outsider Art became big business How Outsider Art has become big business May 3, 2020
  • Gardening guru Randle Siddeley and his edible Chelsea designs ANDREA MARECHAL WATSON on the work of garden designer Randle Siddeley In his 45 year career as a garden designer Randle Siddeley has seen most outdoor fashion come and many go. One of the newer trends is that of roof gardens – any area larger than a table cloth must now ideally be greened up […] March 12, 2020
  • An Alice in Wonderland home Skeel Library, Hampstead Manor From its literary origins as a school for young Edwardian ladies, there’s a touch of Alice in Wonderland in the newly restored Skeel Library, a Grade II-listed building that forms part of Mount Anvil’s award winning Hampstead Manor complex. Two years ago, Mount Anvil dived down the rabbit hole to begin […] February 2, 2020
  • Pick of the spring art shows in 2020 Andrea Marechal Watson takes a look at spring shows from London, Cambridge, Bonn, Vienna and, Washington DC and enters the magical world of the new Story Museum in Oxford Picasso and Paper Forgive a tiny quibble but this magnificent exhibition is far more than works on paper by Picasso and perhaps it’s why the show […] January 30, 2020
  • Creativity? It’s a rainbow pack of plastic toys Grayson Perry: The Pre-Therapy Years has just opened at the Holburne Museum, Bath. The exhibition has instantly put this little known art collection on the international map as Andrea Marechal Watson discovers. Claire in a bus stop, courtesy of Andrew Gibson There are quite a lot of words and phrases that Grayson Perry doesn’t like. […] January 27, 2020
  • The mural maze – graffiti, art or advertising? Across London, colourful murals in all manner of styles from bright graffiti to verdant jungles are appearing on walls and houses, many painted to order. And it’s not just in the East End. Dover Street Market in Mayfair just celebrated its 15th birthday with a work by the Russian artist Pokras Lampas. Other commemorative murals […] January 2, 2020
  • Seychelles are paradise found for property buyers The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge chose tiny North Island in the Indian Ocean for their honeymoon in 2011. The ripple effect of that visit has been a blessing for property owners in the Seychelles. At the Eden Bleu marina on Mahe, one of the three main islands in the archipelago, some owners have doubled […] December 2, 2019
  • The $12million Mantegna sketch and other 2020 art events A pen and ink sketch by the Renaissance master Andrea Mantegna, currently on tour, is to be offered for sale by Sotheby’s New York on January 29th. The preparatory drawing for a painting in the Triumphs of Caesar series belonging to the Royal Collection and now in Hampton Court Palace, is one of only 20 […] November 28, 2019
  • Food for thought – five of the best autumn art shows Last Supper in Pompeii When Vesuvius erupted in AD 79, the people of Pompeii were doing what Romans loved best – eating, drinking and producing food from the many kitchen gardens and vineyards serving the city. Last Supper in Pompeii explores this ancient Italian love affair through exquisite mosaics, wall paintings, statues and objects, many […] August 11, 2019