Columbia Threadneedle Prize 2016
“When I look at figurative art, I want it to be about something. Abstract art can be about itself but figurative art, for me, needs some sort of meaning. A visual description of reality is not enough, and neither is a simple illustration of a conceptual idea.”
“A good figurative painting can convey complex meanings that are hard to capture with a camera or with words. I may not know what those meanings are (and neither may the artist) but my curiosity will be stimulated: I’ll want to know more.”
Laura Gascoigne is a freelance critic and commentator on the visual arts. She reviews regularly for The Spectator, is the art critic of The Tablet and publishes a satirical column in The Jackdaw. She is currently finishing a comic novel about the art world. When not writing, she paints.