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Malcolm Culkin is a retired training and development professional having worked in the UK banking sector. Since 2005 he has been a gallery guide and freelance lecturer for major international art galleries in London where he shares his love for and enjoyment of art with visitors.
He holds a Masters Degree in Training and Development and is a member of ICOM (International Council of Museums).
Malcolm lives in North London with his husband. He enjoys travel and exploring art wherever he goes.
Updated - 18/02/2020
Talks Updated 03.07.2020
~ SCANDINAVIAN STARS Series ~
Regional talks on Art and Artists to discover on Scandinavian cruises. Highlights include the 19th Century golden age of art and the Skagen artist colony in Denmark; from Sweden, Carl Larsson’s watercolours of his family's idyllic countryside life that inspired Swedish interior design; the influence of Finnish national mythology on development of a national art; and the most internationally famous artist of Norway, Edvard Munch.
SCANDINAVIAN STARS: NORWAY | SWEDEN
Norwegian and Swedish art came into its own in the 19th century. In Norway the painter J. C. Dahl is considered “the father of Norwegian landscape painting” and Edvard Munch, earns his place among the artistic stars for the world famous Scream. In Sweden the three most well-known 20th century artists, Anders Zorn, Bruno Liljefors and Carl Larsson are known as the ABC artists. Malcolm explores all these and more.
SCANDINAVIAN STARS: SWEDEN | FINLAND
Malcolm considers the work of some of Sweden’s best known artists including Carl Larsson and Anders Zorn and the influence of Finnish national mythology on the development of a national art in Finland including the work of artists Akseli Gallen-Kallela and Helene Schjerfbeck.
ART STORIES FROM DENMARK
Malcolm explores the stories behind some of the major art and artists of Denmark including The Little Mermaid, the masters of the 19thC Golden Age of Danish painting C W Eckersberg and Christen Købke, the quiet interiors and sparse landscapes of Vilhelm Hammershøi, the major Danish Impressionist P.S. Krøyer and the elemental works of Olafur Eliasson.
ART STORIES FROM COPENHAGEN
Copenhagen houses a great collection of Danish and international art on display publicly and in its many museums. Hans Christian Andersen’s tale inspired the iconic Little Mermaid statue. Danish painting ranges from the realism of the 19thC Dutch Golden Age, to the Impressionism of the Northern Danish artist colony in Skagen. Malcolm explores some of the major art and artists to be enjoyed in Copenhagen including C W Eckersberg, Christen Købke, Vilhelm Hammershøi and P.S. Krøyer.
SKAGEN: “AN ELDORADO FOR ARTISTS”
Skagen, the northernmost town in Denmark, attracted artists during the late 19th century from Denmark, Norway and Sweden. They produced a distinctive type of plein air painting, examples of which are in the Skagen Museum, influenced by the fishing community, empty beaches and clear light. Malcolm considers the place and people that drew attention to the attractions of the area.
DISEASE & INSANITY & DEATH THE LIFE AND ART OF EDVARD MUNCH
Brought up in a strongly religious and sickly family, Edvard Munch had to cope with much disease, mental illness, and death throughout his life. But out of that angst and personal misfortune came some of modern art’s most powerful work the most famous of which is his iconic painting, The Scream. Malcolm explores the life and work of this idiosyncratic artist.
TREASURES OF THE STATE HERMITAGE MUSEUM ST PETERSBURG
With 3 million objects in its collection, it could take over 11 years to give each object just 1 minute of your time! So to help you enjoy your time limited visit to this mesmerising cornucopia of delights, Malcolm has selected some key treasures you may encounter.
Dutch art came into its own in the 17th century when artists started exploring the world around them to cater for a new middle class audience. Join Malcolm to explore the works of eminent Dutch artists including Jan van Eyck, Johannes Vermeer, Rembrandt and Vincent van Gogh.
Malcolm looks at the life and work of this great master of light and shadow. Includes an insight into the major collection of the artist’s work in the State Hermitage Museum St Petersburg.
VINCENT: THE ART OF VAN GOGH
Malcolm explores the life and art of Vincent van Gogh. He was a troubled, tragic genius whose paintings developed from a dark, Realist language of everyday life to a vivid, expressive style which includes his, now famous, sunflowers and starry night paintings.
VERMEER: A DELFT TOUCH
Johannes Vermeer (1632–1675) lived his life in Delft, Netherlands and apart from his paintings, very little is known about his life. However, there has been drama and intrigue associated with his work. Malcolm investigates this somewhat enigmatic painter of quiet, light filled interiors.
CLAUDE MONET: INSPIRED BY NATURE
The artist whose work gave Impressionism its name, painted the world around him in a vibrant and immediate way. From his early artistic beginnings in Le Havre to his final years in his garden at Giverney, Malcolm considers Monet’s life and work.
Malcolm traces the origins of this radical new group and some of its key members, including Monet, Degas and Renoir, whose works have had a major influence on art and still remain popular today.
In the 1950s/60s, artists in the UK & USA developed a new art steeped in the imagery of popular culture. Malcolm considers how this change in style emerged.
MISSING: LOST AND STOLEN WORKS OF ART
Where is the most stolen work of art? What has a chocolate cupcake got in common with a Faberge egg? What happened to Tracey Emin’s tent?
Malcolm has the answers.
With no TV or films, Victorians had fun reading the paintings of life & fiction presented for them to consider. Malcolm will help you enjoy them anew.
SEASONS: FULL CIRCLE
Flowers have been used to represent Spring in art. But what about the other seasons? Find out more with Malcolm - and it’s not all pretty!
Artworks can alter over time, accidentally or deliberately. This is a chance to learn more about the fascinating changes some artworks have undergone and consider how they might have looked.
Artistic innovator, Picasso was one of the most prolific and influential artists of the 20th century. Malcolm explores his life, his work and looks at how his style developed, prompting many of his greatest, revolutionary works.
SPAIN: BARCELONA & THREE MAESTROS
Barcelona is a vibrant city, full of public art on the streets and in a variety of museums.
Malcolm provides an insight into art you can discover around the city and highlights the work of three maestros whose work is on show there – Joan Miró, Pablo Picasso and Antoni Gaudi.
FLORENCE AND THE RENAISSANCE
Malcolm explores the development of Renaissance Art from its beginnings in Florence. This talk takes a look at works by famous artists including Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Raphael many of which are on display in the city.
VENICE: COLLECTOR AND MODEL
La Serenissima can be enjoyed though its collections of art and by exploring its influence on many artists through the years. Includes works by Bellini, Titian, Canaletto and Turner.
Matisse expressed the joy of life through brilliant, vibrant colour. Malcolm looks at his life and, arguably, some of the most beautiful images of modern art.
TURNER & VENICE
Turner’s love of light & colour was greatly enhanced by his visits to this beautiful city of canals. Malcolm focuses on this development in his career.
J M W TURNER: SEA AND SKY
Malcolm takes you on an exploration of the breadth of Turner’s achievements, looking at some of his iconic works including ‘The Fighting Temeraire’.
Hockney is probably best known for the sunny Californian vistas and colourful Yorkshire landscapes he has produced. But there is more to his work. Malcolm looks into the life and work of this flamboyant, bohemian and popular artist.
“I NEVER DO A JOLLY PICTURE” THE LIFE & WORK OF l. S. LOWRY
L. S. Lowry is renowned for the “matchstick” figures populating his industrial Northern England scenes. Malcolm considers the life and work of this artist who painted “probably the ugliest regions that ever disfigured the surface of the earth”!
CONSTABLE: ART REBEL
Today Constable’s paintings are considered to typify a lost time of tranquil English rural life. Not so in his lifetime. Malcolm examines his life and works.
HOGARTH: MY PICTURE WAS MY STAGE
William Hogarth captured the sights & people of his native London in prints & paintings. Malcolm explores his life and works.
FESTIVE FUN: SILENT NIGHT TO JINGLE BELLS
The Christmas season is the subject of many artworks from the religious to the everyday including nativity scenes, fun and games and jolly red suited Santa. Malcolm looks into the art this holiday period has inspired.