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December 18, 2017

David Bishop (AKA ‘Lord Biro’ and ‘Bus-pass Elvis’)

by General

Described by the BBC as “a serial fringe candidate,” Broxtowe, Nottingham born ‘Lord Biro’ attended the late paedophile Jimmy Savile’s funeral dressed as Elvis. He threw a 99p bunch of flowers into his grave as “a mark of respect.”   A divorced painter and decorator, wacky David Bishop adopted his first moniker (‘Lord Byro’) in … Continue reading “David Bishop (AKA ‘Lord Biro’ and ‘Bus-pass Elvis’)”

September 26, 2017

A Romantic’s Tower

by Matthew Steeples

Tower house on Isle of Man that was home to the Romantic artist John Martin for sale for £3.95 million   Described as “the most sublime and extraordinary pictures in the world” by critic Simon Wilson and “the most popular painter of his day” by fellow artist Sir Thomas Lawrence, English Romantic painter John Martin … Continue reading “A Romantic’s Tower”

September 20, 2017

Pauline Amos – What’s on your mantelpiece?

by Matthew Steeples

A 20-question interview with Liverpool born artist Pauline Amos; one of her works is for sale for £1.3 million   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? Myself.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? “If you hesitate, you’ve lost.”   Kerry … Continue reading “Pauline Amos – What’s on your mantelpiece?”

May 30, 2017

Rotten Rolf

by Matthew Steeples

As convicted paedo Rolf Harris walks free from court and his nutty supporters once again reveal themselves, it must be remembered he is still a convicted abuser of girls as young as eight   Rolf Harris might well have walked free from court on Monday after a jury failed to reach a verdict on historical … Continue reading “Rotten Rolf”

May 14, 2017

Spirit & Speed

by Matthew Steeples

Chelsea studio house built for “spiritual artist” Arild Rosenkrantz and later home to the extremely eccentric lesbian heiress and powerboater ‘Joe’ Carstairs for sale for £8.95 million   “Spiritual seeker” and artist Baron Arild Rosenkrantz (1870 – 1964) was born in Denmark, studied in Rome and married his Scottish cousin, Louise Mackenzie, in 1901. His … Continue reading “Spirit & Speed”

March 31, 2017

A Blank Canvas

by Matthew Steeples

Chelsea “studio with living rooms” built for Augustus John and later owned by Dame Grace Fields DBE available to rent   Though the Pembrokeshire born artist, bohemian and pacifist Augustus John (1878 – 1961) was best known for his portraits of Lawrence of Arabia and Dylan Thomas, he is also said to have fathered as … Continue reading “A Blank Canvas”

March 23, 2017

Painting & Poetry

by Matthew Steeples

North Yorkshire mill house complete with its own valley for sale; Wordsworth waxed lyrical about its setting and Turner painted it   Described as “a delightful and delicious valley” by the Romantic poet William Wordsworth (1770 – 1850) in 1799 in a letter to his friend and fellow poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772 – 1834), … Continue reading “Painting & Poetry”

December 4, 2015

What makes art sell?

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times’ first panel debate at the Library members’ club featured four art experts and the question: “What makes art sell?”

July 28, 2015

Beaten by Bloomberg

by Matthew Steeples

Michael Bloomberg offers £2 million above the £15 million asking price to see off three other bidders and buys George Eliot’s house by the River Thames

July 20, 2015

Debbie Bancroft

by General

Debbie Bancroft spends her days amongst the upper echelons of New York and Southampton yet considers the word “socialite” to be “meaningless”.

June 14, 2015

Repugnant Rolf

by Matthew Steeples

Rolf Harris shows his true colours in a letter to a friend (who happily sold him down the river to the ‘Mail on Sunday’)

April 28, 2015

Professor Ken Howard OBE, RA

by General

London born Ken Howard is renowned as a painter of scenes in London, Cornwall and Venice.

February 22, 2015

Daniel Topolski (1945 – 2015)

by General

The Oxford educated son of the acclaimed painter Felix Topolski, Daniel Topolski was a champion rower and rowing coach.

October 30, 2014

Jon Levy

by Matthew Steeples

This Upper West Side, New York based ‘behaviour expert’ is best known for his Influencers Dinners.

July 26, 2014

Beating his blues

by Matthew Steeples

Conor Mccreedy work sells for £100,000   Aged just 27, South African artist Conor Mccreedy has pulled off an extraordinary coup in selling a painting for just shy of £100,000 (R1.8 million ZAR).

May 12, 2013

Andrew Hancock: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks artist Andrew Hancock: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? “The increasing sense that time is speeding up”.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? “Fearless for Your Love Forever!” – I inscribed … Continue reading “Andrew Hancock: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

May 6, 2013

Morgan Delle Piane: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks experimental disc jockey and background actor Morgan Delle Piane: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? All the virtues.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? Equality and diversity.  

April 22, 2013

Mccreedy’s quintessence

by Thomas "T.J." James

Thomas James chats with artist Conor Mccreedy   The quintessence of any artist is what distinguishes them from others. So, when I met with Conor Mccreedy to ask him about his, he begins by reading me his artistic statement:   “I lose myself in a divine invention, where judgment is laid aside and my experiences in … Continue reading “Mccreedy’s quintessence”

March 8, 2013

Jeremy Blake and Theresa Duncan (1971 – 2007 and 1966 – 2007)

by Matthew Steeples

Their story is a modern day equivalent of that of Romeo and Juliet and Vanity Fair chronicled their deaths as The Golden Suicides. “Handsome” Blake, a digital artist and painter who worked with Malcolm McLaren and Fox Searchlight, and “sexy” Duncan, a writer, game designer and filmmaker best known for the “girl-centric” game Chop Suey, … Continue reading “Jeremy Blake and Theresa Duncan (1971 – 2007 and 1966 – 2007)”

March 4, 2013

Anna-Louise Felstead: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks artist Anna-Louise Felstead: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? My old headmaster Peter Pyemont once said in a Friday assembly: “The more you put into life, the more you get out of it”. I have lived by those words ever since. … Continue reading “Anna-Louise Felstead: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

February 4, 2013

Roubi L’Roubi: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks the Bond Street couturier and Huntsman co-owner Roubi L’Roubi: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom.” What’s your guiding force? “Achieve the ideal”, striving for perfection in my craft. Indeed, I am reminded of this every day, because I am lucky enough to work with the team at … Continue reading “Roubi L’Roubi: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

January 28, 2013

Jess Black

by Matthew Steeples

An abstract artist, former model and animal rights campaigner. Born near Chicago, Black rejected his Jehovah’s Witness upbringing at the age of 17. His 2012 “Leather Bound in Black or Red” collection about his family’s transition away from the religion attracted great interest and collectors of his works number the American footballer Jay Cutler and … Continue reading “Jess Black”

November 17, 2012

Fry’s delight

by General

Andreas Kirchberger captures the atmosphere at a private view of the works of Robert Fry   On Thursday 25th October, Ilona Pacia and Jesper Thomsen of Mews42 Gallery hosted a private view of the works of Robert Fry in Princes Gate, South Kensington.     Andreas Kirchberger was on hand on behalf of The Steeple … Continue reading “Fry’s delight”

June 30, 2012

Steeple Rock

by Matthew Steeples

An outstanding painting by Edward William Cooke   At Masterpiece yesterday, a painting immediately caught my eye on Martyn Gregory’s stand but what intrigued me further was the title attached to it.   Steeple Rock, signed and dated 1873, attracted my interest firstly because of its outstanding quality but equally, as I’d never heard of … Continue reading “Steeple Rock”

May 19, 2012

Erik Wachtmeister

by Matthew Steeples

He founded ASmallWorld.net, “The Facebook for the Few,” in 2004 and has now created his second social network, the Best of All Worlds. This son of a Swedish diplomat and ambassador began his career in investment banking but then moved into the domains of the net with first Viking Internet and then his “MySpace for … Continue reading “Erik Wachtmeister”

May 15, 2012

Peregrine Heathcote

by Matthew Steeples

The youngest ever student at the Heatherly College of Arts, Peregrine Heathcote has morphed from portrait painting to a focus on something a little more Gatsby-esque. He grew up on Cheyne Walk and now lives in the country with his charming wife, Louise. This Old Harrovian’s stunning paintings hang in some of the finest collections … Continue reading “Peregrine Heathcote”

April 29, 2012

Anna-Louise Felstead (AKA Anna Wilson)

by Matthew Steeples

Anna-Louise Felstead jets between Monaco, Pebble Beach and the Nurburgring chronicling cars and those involved in motorsports. She relocated from London to New York in 2013 and appeared with her sister, Binky, in Made in Chelsea New York in September 2014. Exhibited in venues as varied as McLaren’s One Hyde Park showroom and Catherine Walker’s boutique … Continue reading “Anna-Louise Felstead (AKA Anna Wilson)”

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