Andrea Watson
  • African affairs I realised quite early on that I was never ever going to be a great engineer, so I had to find something which would set me apart. As it happened my return to England coincided with the United Kingdom entering the EEC and as I spoke fluent French, I was always on the lookout for […] January 17, 2022
  • New Year New Passions Andrea Marechal Watson rounds up a selection of winter wonders in the art world Unlocking art Lavishly illustrated, The Secrets of Art by Debra Mancoff, uncovers mysteries and messages underlying some of the world’s best know works of art. Mantoff’s erudite but highly readable texts unlock these stories using many close up details. Leonardo’s famous […] December 9, 2021
  • Best of the autumn arts review Jeff Koons: Shine This latest Koons show at the Palazzo Strozzi brings some of his most celebrated works to the Renaissance heart of Western art – Florence – a blessing for the city as it endeavours to recover from the Covid 19 pandemic. Koons is undeniably a crowd puller. From Wall Street banker (but still […] October 6, 2021
  • Autumn art shows Andrea Marechal Watson rounds up shows in Paris, Bilbao, Basel, London and looks at the new concept of ‘edutainment’ Pissarro Mostly we ‘know’ the works of Camille Pissarro – although it is possible to confuse him with one or another of the Impressionists from time to time. So in fact how well do we know […] August 9, 2021
  • Online shows are the new normal Across the globe, museums have adapted to the new realities posed by the Covid pandemic. In many countries this means new lockdowns as governments battle to control infections. Many museums re-opened in the summer only to be forced to close again – one of the most important shows so affected was Artemisia at the National […] February 4, 2021
  • World’s most creative homes revealed Giverny in Normandy, where Claude Monet lived and painted for 43 years, was until this spring one of the most visited artists’ homes in the world. Up to 2,000 people passed through its brightly coloured rooms and famous gardens every day. Inevitably, this presented a problem as Giverny became a victim of its own success […] November 5, 2020
  • It’s summertime in winter as museums reopen Best art on show this winter September 10, 2020
  • All that glisters…. Andrea Marechal Watson reports on trends in the jewelley trade Early man believed that the strange bright stones they found in mountains and on river beds, created by mysterious underground forces, were somehow godlike. Countless legends spanning the world from ancient Greece to Australia share the idea that jewels are somehow of divine or superhuman […] September 3, 2020
  • How Outsider Art became big business How Outsider Art has become big business May 3, 2020
  • Gardening guru Randle Siddeley and his edible Chelsea designs ANDREA MARECHAL WATSON on the work of garden designer Randle Siddeley In his 45 year career as a garden designer Randle Siddeley has seen most outdoor fashion come and many go. One of the newer trends is that of roof gardens – any area larger than a table cloth must now ideally be greened up […] March 12, 2020