What I love about Scottish artist Mackie‘s artwork is the combination of humour and irony with an incredibly fine, well painted, almost perfect technique.
His new works called “Abandoned Dollhouses” are colourful images and, if you look at them closely, you see mega images of well known pieces of art as part of the “doll house”.
Some of these houses look on the outside like they came out of a Hitchcock movie but are amazingly playful on the inside.
Always amusing the viewer, he achieves perfectly the engagement with the spectator, surprising us almost every time.

In his statement he says:

“As the story goes, Paul McCartney woke up with the song “Yesterday” buzzing about his head. He seemed to have written it entirely during his sleep. On the presumption that he had heard it before he sang it to the rest of the band, who informed him it wasn’t an old song. It was a bloody good new one.

I had a similar experience in that my subconscious helped me with my idea.

Having worked on this idea for five months, it still appeared to be going nowhere. I was stuck on using chiaroscuro toys and iconic horror buildings, like the hotel from “The Shining”, but I couldn’t finalise the idea. Realising that I had become too enamoured by their presence I scrapped the concept. A few days later I woke up, suddenly clear that rather than abandoning the concept, I should in fact abandon the toys and and the horror film locations, leaving an unusually empty, anonymous architecture. A great place to begin.”

Next Exhibitions

Lynn Painter Stainers
Mall Galleries, SW1, London
17- 22 March

Caiger Art
Spring Showcase 2014
The Gallery on the Corner, 155 Battersea Park Rd, SW8 4BU
25-31 March 2014

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I saw this show twice in Buenos Aires as the company is originally from Argentina. The great thing is that they are now performing at London’s Roundhouse. A mixture of circus, acrobatic and interactive theatre is the perfect combination to make Fuerza Bruta a “must see show”. It is live until March 2nd at the Roundhouse.

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If you are a fan of fashion design, you have to see this exhibition. It is at Somerset House and if you don’t already know who Isabella Blow is, then this is a great excuse to go.
She was a fashionista who worked for fashion magazines like Vogue and Tatler. Born into British aristocracy, she had to find a job to survive the decline of the family money. She discovered the amazing talents of Alexander McQueen, Philip Treacy, Hussein Chalayan and Julien Macdonald, amongst others.
The gowns and hats that she owned were amazing. She was a very interesting woman, very sad that she ended her own life. Great curation and extremely inspirational pieces to see. So if you thought Lady Gaga was innovative, it’s because you haven’t met this woman.
On until March 2nd.

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The photographs of Gina Soden are just exquisite. She travels around the world to find these abandoned structures and locations, where she camps and stays the night just for the perfect shoot. I met her at The Other Art Fair in London and I was captivated by her art, we had a nice chat and I decided to make a feature about her work. She explores the boundaries of decay and neglect. But what I love the most is the effort she goes to, to take the perfect picture. I’m sure you will hear more of this rising talent.

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I don’t usually like magical or gothic paintings but these ones captivated me. Tom Bagshaw represents mystery and secrets in his paintings. They are just breath taking.

In his manifesto he says: “For his personal work he has developed a highly rendered digital painting style through which he explores themes of fantasy, beauty and mysticism. While his work deals with imaginative content, it also aims for a strong level of realism in its presentation. Feminine beauty and portraiture play a large role in his work, but the women he depicts are never frail damsels in distress. More often than not they are strong, intriguing characters, with an air of mystery to them.”

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A friend recommended this video to me and I can’t believe it is made by Stop Motion. The main material used is foam, he carved the characters out of it.
It is wonderful.
The story is fab but the characters and the animation are mind blowing. It won a 2011 BAFTA award for Best Short Animation. Enjoy the rare world of Mikey Please.

You can see how it was made in the following video:

Fist of all, apologies for being so quiet lately, November and December were crazy busy, but 2014 is the year, I will definitely write more about all these amazing artists around the world who do awesome stuff. Like Mister Finch.
He lives in Leeds, Yorkshire and he loves animals. So he creates this wonderful creatures in recycled fabrics that he finds and keeps to tell new stories.

In his manifesto he says:” Flowers,insects and birds really fascinate me with their amazing life cycles and extraordinary nests and behaviour.British folklore is also so beautifully rich in fabulous stories and warnings and never ceases to be at the heart of what I make.
Shape shifting witches,moon gazing hares and a smartly dressed devil ready to invite you to stray from the path.
Humanising animals with shoes and boots is something Ive always done and I imagine them to come alive at night. Get dressed and live our their secret night life maybe helping an elderly shoemaker or the tired housewife.

Most of my pieces use recycled materials, not only as an ethical statement, but I believe they add more authenticity and charm. A story sewn in,woven in.
Velvet curtains from an old hotel, a threadbare wedding dress and a vintage apron become birds and beasts, looking for new owners and adventures to have.”

Which is your favourite?
He has a shop on Etsy, which will re-open very soon.

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