In the early 1980s, when David Hockney had been concentrating for a number of years on photography, and had been distracted by an intense involvement (...)

 If you’ve (somehow) missed out on all those OITNB premiere parties, now is the time to get queuing

In the olden days, you had to leave your seat every three hours to change the DVD. Now, only the demands of bladder and nutrition need force you up(...)

There are far more fitness fanatics than fatties in corporate boardrooms. Yet the reason is not that extreme exercise causes extreme success, more that both are the result of the same personality defect

Last week I spent some time with an entrepreneur I know. When I last saw him he was training for an Ironman, that inexplicable race in which you swim (...)

Tim’s Vermeer 2:04
Tim’s Vermeer

There are people who regard the suggestion – made by David Hockney, among others – that Johannes Vermeer used optical tools in the creation of (...)

Susan Wood at her exhibition, ‘Close Up’, at City Assembly House, South William Street, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill 1:46

The first photograph Susan Wood remembers taking was a self- portrait. She positioned the camera on a bench or stool, stood back and took the picture.(...)

Doolough Pass: a work of winter theatrical light. Painting: Michael Viney

One day soon I must paint something big and red. Otherwise what were they for, these pricey tubes of alizarin and cadmium red deep? A little alizarin (...)

Life’s work: Miss O’Murphy d’après Boucher, from 1976. Photograph courtesy of the National Gallery of Ireland

Micheal Farrell died in Cardet, in southern France, in 2000. For a long time he’d fought a cruel, exhausting battle with cancer, showing exceptional e(...)

Pat Shortt can be seen in the comedy 'Life’s a Breeze'.
Life is Shortt

Blast Private Eye magazine! The satirical publication recently introduced a column entitled National Treasures dedicated to the promiscuous overuse of(...)

Those who haven’t been to LA disguise their aversion to it with a line of harmless rhetorical questioning, usually concerning the car. Isn’t it ver(...)

British artist David Hockney poses in front of his painting entitled "The Arrival of Spring in Woldgate, East Yorkshire 2011. Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

Police investigating how artist David Hockney ’s assistant died after he was taken ill at the painter’s home are waiting for the results of a p(...)