Monday 4 June 2012

Painters who love clothes and pattern

I've been busy trying to finish some mixed-media drawings recently, and also been thinking about starting to paint again soon (and have a studio again!) - more on that later, but until then here are some painters I've come across recently which have inspired me - each of them have a special way in dealing with colours, pattern and fabric in their paintings. 

Will post some finished work soon - happy jubilee weekend x 

Michael Carson (For bio and more work click here)

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Malcom Liepke ( for bio and more work click here )

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Milt Kobayashi  (For bio and more work click here)

Gari Melchers (For bio and more work click here)

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Saturday 5 May 2012

Random thoughts...(or my head feels like a Cy Twombly painting)

Been in and out of the 'zone' these last couple of days - which sometimes feels like a precarious place to be - one moment 'eureka!' and you just get 'it', the next amnesia....what was all that fuss about? Who knows, but it's all part of the privilege of being an artist I think.
Cy Twombly - Hero and Leanda (1985) image uploaded from Pinterest - original source unknown.

If I could paint the inside of my head on a good day I would like to think it would look like this Cy Twombly painting. Will upload some work-in-progress soon...happy weekend, A x

Tuesday 1 May 2012

Collections & Obsessions - 'Drawing'

Here's a few of the recent artists whose drawings I have come across lately on the web and been collecting on Pinterest, and some long-time favourites;
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Really loving the beautiful work of Izziyana Suhaimi - a delicate mixture of drawing, watercolour and embroidery. 

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Margherita Manzelli is an intriguing figurative painter whose work I have followed since I came across it unexpectedly at an exhibition in Florence. I really love the delicate line in her drawings (and the slight freakishness!).

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The artist describes this as a painting but I love the delicate mark-making/line drawing in these works; created with ball-point pen on resin.

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Check out more of this Illustrator/Painter Joao Ruas on I love the overlapping and layers within this drawing.

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This drawing is called 'Bunny Up-chuck' and not only does the artist have a great name but thinks up great titles - I especially like it for the physical discomfort it brings to mind juxtaposed with the delicate detail of the drawing.
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One my favourite drawings from Mercedes Helnwein's exhibition 'whistling-past-the-graveyard'(2008)- a collection which comprises of detailed drawings mainly of stylishly dressed women in strange ambiguous scenes. 

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This is a painting by artist Henrik Simonsen but I love the lines within it so I had to include it here - created with oil and charcoal on canvas. 

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George Shaw is one of my favourite painters so I thought I would include one of his drawings. Slightly more fluid than his paintings they capture the moodiness and unexpected beauty in the surroundings.

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Monday 30 April 2012

A little road trip

"Not knowing when the dawn will come, I open every door" Emily Dickinson.

Often it feels like sources of inspiration come from anywhere and everywhere but whilst on one hand they feel random, the images that move me most often link in to each other forming little road-trips into a larger journey of investigation. 
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'Tideland'(Terry Gilliam, 2005)- The opening scenes depict the main character, an enchanting child Jeliza Rose, cooking up heroin for her addict parents - rarely can I watch this film as a whole and often fast forward through various sections but'Tideland' is a visual feast and one in which I found references and connections to some of my favourite artists.
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The painting 'Christina's World' (1948) by Andrew Wyeth is for me one of the most arresting images from the last century. It's filled with emotional intensity created by the vast sense of open space and the ambiguity of the figure 'Christina'. This painting inspired Mitch Cullin who wrote the novel'Tideland'.

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Echoes of the house from Hitchcock's 'Psycho'(1960) appear in 'Tideland' but Hitchcock was directly inspired by the painting above - 'House from the Railroad' by Edward Hopper. 
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Hopper's paintings of figures are rarely of close-ups causing the viewer to be psychologically distanced. His paintings are like film sets with a sense of space and emptiness. Director Todd Haynes translates these characteristics into his film 'Safe' (1995) below.

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Gregory Crewdson photographs are of a cinematic scale and depict American small town scenes with slightly sinsister and ambiguous narratives. He is influenced by film-makers Alfred Hitchcock, David Lynch and Todd Haynes.
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Thursday 19 April 2012

Painting Updates - Paper Doll Series

Progress on the painting front has been slow lately but my struggle with acrylics has continued and here are my first few attempts at some hand-painted patterns;

Playing around with vintage colour schemes

After hours of intricately cutting and piecing together - one almost-finished Paper Doll; 

Wednesday 11 April 2012

Collections & Obsessions - Part 1 'Street Art'

I think I spent too much time over the holiday weekend pinning images on 'Pinterest'. For those who haven't yet discovered this ever-so addictive virtual pinboard it is a godsend for categorizing and collecting images of all kinds. As an artist this is pretty handy as I'm not a naturally organized person and I usually forget many artists/images that I come across, but for some reason when it comes to Pinterest I have suddenly developed some kind of OCD for categorizing. Perhaps I can take this sudden but much awaited for compulsion to good use and start to sort out my not-so-virtual art research collection...

In the meatime a tiny selection of Street Art:

I find myself drawn to more and more street or urban artists without really knowing much about the history or culture behind it. Aside from the aesthetics, I mostly love the scale, how it challenges our sense of [public] space and how we interact with the pieces on a day to day level.

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I discovered the work of Herakut -street artist duo Hera and Akut  (above and below) in a book shop in Covent Garden and fell in love with Hera's drawings but also the combination of the duo's differing styles. Akut spray paints the photo-realist elements which make Hera's drawings even more hard-hitting and raw.

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Swoon's poetic pieces incorporate paper cut outs and wood block prints. The fragility is emphasized further by the delicate and impermanent nature of the medium and it's inevitable exposure to the outside elements.  

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 On a grander scale is the work of French Street Artist and photographer 'JR' - a project in the slums of Rio which involved pasting photos of women throughout the favela. The women's faces portray the stories of their struggles and suffering. 

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Finally, I love the work of Dan Witz's trapped people above. Photos of people behind a grate are then placed in a fake grate giving the impression of someone trapped. Seriously cheeky prankster....check out his website for figurative paintings of mosh pits and other portraits

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Wednesday 4 April 2012

Sunday afternoon sketchbook photos

A visit to the park - flashes of red running through the trees.
Grace just wouldn't remove her bunny head - she even went to sleep in it
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A Sunday afternoon at my mum's house and then the park with my niece Grace. She turned up in a cute little red-cord pinafore with kitty detail on the pockets and this pink bunny hat/head which she refused to remove even for bed - we removed it when she was asleep!