This website is supplied as an aid to education.  Noble of me? Well, way back 10 years or so I started this website as kind of joke, a sort of follow-on from BLAST, built for the modern world. But the emails I received tended to be from eager students wanting to know more about the movement itself. They were asking the same questions – what was it, when did it happen, and who did it involve – basic stuff. I realised I had a responsibility to these guys, and provide them with more than just a few frivolous pages. So I decided to make the website more informational, cutting out most of the humour.  If you’ve come to the website with questions, I hope you find the answers right here.

Vorticism was a true movement. It involved several artists working in unison, signing up to a series of common objectives.  What they achieved, during the short time that Vorticism existed, is somewhat breathtaking. I hope I am able to bring a taste of their amazing achievements via this website, and help you to get a fuller understanding of Vorticism. If I’ve achieved that, then it’s been worth it.


Yes, this whole website is copyright by me, VortexMaster, 2013. The images shown in the pages are also
copyright, and the owners are usually listed underneath in the captions. Yes, indeed, owners. It will come as a surprise to some that the paintings, some of which were painted over 100 years ago, will still be subject to copyright, and therefore have current legal owners. This will be the case even if that painting is no longer in existence. And where ownership exists, then these owners have specific rights pertaining to the distribution and/or reproduction of those images. Such images are shown here for study purposes only, so I am greatly obliged to the respective owners in continuing to allowing me to illustrate this story about Vorticism, in order to help visitors reach an understanding about Vorticism. In turn, I would also be greatly obliged if visitors do not copy the images (unless it is for bona-fide non-commercial study purposes), in order to protect the commercial interests of the respective owners of the copyright material.

If you are a copyright holder and want an image removed, or want to reach the website owner for whatever reason, please let me know.

Admin, September 2013

6 Responses to About

  1. Dana says:

    Found this website very helpful! But could you clarify the characteristics of Vorticism? Futurists were obsessed with machines, and focused on power and violence, speed and danger, while rejecting love, beauty, and social traditions (as far as my studies have told me anyways). How do Vorticists compare to Futurists?
    Would be a huge help if you could assist me with this :)

    • admin says:

      It is easier to define what Vorticism was about when comparing it to Futurism – not so easy when taken in isolation. In general it seems that whilst the Futurists were into speed, the Vorticists were interested in the stasis in the middle of the storm, the still centre upon which a vortex of influences revolve – a metaphor that can be taken both on an individual level (an individual’s mind at the centre of a series of pressures), or culturally (for example London being at the centre of a ‘vortex’ of influences). In regard to the paintings, there are a series of simple contrasts; Futurists tended to include blurred lines of force, or speed, whereas the Vorticists were interested in clearly defined edges – something that really was a defining factor of most Vorticist works. The Futurists were interested, as you say, in power and violence, but this is not at all apparent in Vorticism. One area of overlap is an interest in machines. Epstein’s Rock drill, Bomberg’s In The Hold, and the most of the work of Edward Wadsworth all reflect an interest in machines and the landscape of industry, and so this aspect seems to be shared. The Vorticist manifesto is perhaps the best and most authentic source to use when deciding what it was they believed in.

  2. tom says:

    Can you please tell me where I might purchase some original Vorticist paintings..?

    Thanks. Regards, tom

    • admin says:

      They are very rare and consequently very expensive. Most are in national collections like the Tate. Workshop (Lewis, 1914), was found in a Baltimore antique shop. So you never know, you might be lucky.

  3. Nathan Waddell says:

    Hi there,

    Do you have any suggestions for contacting Christian N. Atkinson?

    All best,

    Nathan W.

    • admin says:

      Hi Nathan – thanks for writing in – just send you an email. Christian Atkinson is the grandson of Lawrence Atkinson and is a life-long artist. He has recently produced sculptures inspired by his grandfather’s Vorticist works.

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