Saturday, June 25, 2011

Your Paintings: The secret artworks ordinary people own

BBC News Magazine - Of the 200,000 paintings owned by British taxpayers, most are in storage, or on walls few see. A new online gallery throws open the vaults so at least digital versions can be seen. Here are five hidden gems in this collection - and a few more familiar works.

There are works by firefighters and by professional artists. By GIs stationed in schools, and by bon vivants daubing paint on canvas. By local landscape painters and by artworld luminaries.

Many of these publicly owned paintings are in well known galleries and museums, but many are in offices, schools and even fire stations.  Read more.

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