William Orpen is currently up for reappraisal and the Imperial War Museum has started to make a name for itself in this way. Firstly, there was the superb Eric Ravilious exhibition last year. Now, Orpen has been rescued from the vaults and we can see full evidence of his remarkable talent. Orpen was born in 1878, into an Anglo-Irish Protestant family in Ireland. In some respects his background was similar to Francis Bacon, but this prodigy lived a generation earlier. The paintings which Orpen executed during the First World War formidably reveal the grit of war. This, coupled with an evident sexual promiscuity, gave Orpen all the motivation he needed to develop as a serious, committed painter.
Linda Kitson: [Mine is] ‘a reactive sort of work – it’s a reaction to, rather than … a preconceived idea …’
Linda Kitson talks about the works in Drawings and Projects, her current exhibition at House of Illustration in London, curated by Quentin Blake, being a war artist during the Falklands crisis, her inspiration and influences, and her latest work using an iPad
Daniel Libeskind: Imperial War Museum at Salford, Manchester
Daniel Libeskind's new building, an adjunct to the Imperial War Museum in Lambeth, South London, is situated beside the Manchester Ship Canal in Salford.