Thursday, 18 September 2014

Alexander Wilson

Today we take a dip into history with the sumptuous observational illustrations of Alexander Wilson a Scottish poet, ornithologist, and naturalist (1766 – 1813). 
Alexander Wilson was apprenticed as a weave,r but his Burns inspired poetry caused offence and after a particular piece of satire against the mill owner Wilson was sentenced to publicly burn his writing and was imprisoned. 
On his release Wilson emigrated to America with his nephew settling in Pennsylvania. Here he met the  famous naturalist William Bartram who encouraged him to follow love of ornithology and painting. During his 20 years in America, Wilson produced 8 volumes of illustrations documenting 268 species of the birds of North America.  Unfortunately Alexander Wilson died aged 47 before completing his intended 9 volumes. 

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Kelly-Anne Cairns

Kelly-Anne Cairns is a figurative artist from Lancaster, who graduated from Gray's Art College Aberdeen in 1999. 
 "I manipulate the figure and its surroundings by exploring the contrasts between the angular shapes surrounding the figure and the soft contours of the body." Kelly-Anne Cairns

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Colin Brown

“My working process involves a range of materials including acrylic and oil paints, collage, glazes and varnishes. The paintings are created on wood panels and utilise more urban colours than the colours of nature. Ultimately they aim to celebrate the spirit of modern culture, the pleasure of finding and using, and the Dada-ist ideal of looking at society in fragments.” 
Colin Brown's art recreates that urban collage of life, hoardings, posters and fliers, ripped and graffitied in an organic, organised chaos.

Monday, 15 September 2014

The week ahead

It is going to be a very difficult week ahead for my adopted country, so many hopes and fears, so many different perspectives and ideas. 
Yesterday I saw some hopes and dreams, in sharing them I hope for a good week.

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Mara Piccione I

Mara Piccione is a Dutch illustrator, graphic designer and printmaker who works in mono and screenprinting. I was extremely taken last week with her interpretation of Roald Dahl's The Minpins because it was so different from the original and I loved the boldness of the design.

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Alejandra Hernandez

This bright and surreal work is by Alejandra Hernandez a Colombian artist who currently lives in Belgium. Her work reminds me of Retablos in their intensity of colour, strange perspective and kleptomaniac gathering of imagery and reference materials.

"Relating, interlacing and finding intersections between reality and fiction has always been crucial for her practice. She often uses life references as well as her own imaginary which comes a result from filtering all sorts of information and inspiration from the environment and interpreting them into her own language." Alejandra Hernandez.

Friday, 12 September 2014

Margaret Woodward III

“A good painting is totally balanced so that everything responds to everything else. Within the immediacy of a relationship you can get a sensation of something else occurring. Within the total thing, however, it has to be a unity.” Margaret Woodward 

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Margaret Woodward II

Margaret Woodward has often drawn musicians, again with charcoal and pastel they are beautiful drawings of concentration, capturing that time when you loose yourself in music.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Margaret Woodward I

Margaret Woodward is a figurative Australian artist who's work shows compassion and warmth of human spirit. In her drawings she often combines the media of charcoal and pastel.

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Yordan Mazhlekov I

 Yordan Mazhlekov's paintings fall between paintings and illustrations, he likes to use oil on paper. They are not easy images, often they are quite disturbing and arresting. 

Monday, 8 September 2014

Elena Schumacher II

How strange that exactly a year on I find myself again posting about the work of Elena Schumacher
Last year when I discovered her work it was more abstract and imagined. Today's portraits drew my eye not only because of the wonderful juxtaposition of colour, the use of line and the scumbled effect, but the cheeky glint in her subjects face a hint of mischief and humor.  

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Magdalena Haras

I love the concept of this book by Magdalena Haras who has taken excerpts from 'The long Walk' by Slawomir Rawicz and made them into a book that is also a pair of shoes. Magdalena's interpretation alludes to secrecy with the information hidden within the soles, the shoes are the perfect vehicle for this story.
'Walking a mile in someone else's shoes' or looking at things from the point of view of others is a strong belief of mine and this illustrates it poetically and perfectly. 

Saturday, 6 September 2014

Irina Vaneeva

I have also started a project with my students called '100 days of me' which can be anything that they want to do, be it self portraits, clothing, dreams etc. Their books are a little too neat as yet and full of pencil. I want them to dive in get messy and less precious, so that some surprise wonders start to leap from the pages. Like this wonderful journal made in an out of date diary by  Irina Vaneeva.

Friday, 5 September 2014

Artem Krepkij I

I am teaching life drawing and basic drawing skills at this time of year and so my eye is being tempted by drawings. 

Artem Krepkij's drawings are difficult to view in some ways due to their extreme perspective, twisting and contorting figures into exaggerated forms to emphasize the emotion and drama of situations. His works remind me of those early works of Vincent Van Gogh where the hands are as expressive and animated as the faces and there is a monotone hardship that prevails through all.