Several clues in this puzzle left me scratching my head for the wordplay, especially 1 down. One or two lesser known words, and an artist whose name is not particularly well known made for an awkward puzzle.
There’s nothing too difficult in today’s Cryptic crossword and the clues range from pretty neat to not so good. I’ve followed Big Dave’s convention in providing the answers hidden inside curly brackets (thanks to him for telling me how to achieve this effect). If you can’t work out the answer from my hint you can reveal it by highlighting the white space inside the curly brackets.