I want to tell you about an amazing illustrator who is doing an awesome project called Pequeños Grandes Mundos (Little Big Worlds). His name is Ivanke, and he is Argentinian. I came across his work via Facebook because he is a friend of a friend. He is travelling all over Latin American, staying in tiny little villages, helping kids to draw, and running workshops for free. His paying for all these projects himself and has already been to Argentina, Bolivia, Perú, Ecuador, Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico y Cuba.
There is one simple goal: to create art with children from cities all around the world, reaching boys and girls from different communities in every continent.
550 days, 50 countries drawing with kids. He spent 230 in Latin America and the next stop is Asia. You can see a film about this project here with subtitles.
How can you help? Well, you can buy his illustrations that help to subsidise the last bit of his trip in Asia here or in his online shop where you can buy beautiful framed illustrations. Christmas is coming and you will be a supporting a wonderful project!
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.”
Mark Powell is one of the artist that captivated my eye at “The Other Art Fair”. He draws with biro pen on old papers, envelopes, maps, anything! Amazing portraits.
140 Artists. A great place to see and buy artwork. Painting, illustration, sculpture, ceramics, drawing, photography, all in the same place!
The artist Tang Yau Hoong is again surprising us with stunning illustrations. I knew his work of illusions but these new ones are really fantastic.
We all love comic and one thing that defines them are the Speech bubbles when a character is talking. Well he had a better idea. Tang represents in each illustration a situation using the bubbles as the character, only graphics no words. What a clever boy.
War of Words
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I was walking to the Tate yesterday when an Argentinean flag caught my eye, so I stopped in to the Oxo Gallery on the Southbank to find out why it was there. I discovered a lovely project organised between schools from all over the world called Rivers of the World. The common theme here is the river and students from London are partnered with students in Dubai (United Arab Emirates), Sylhet (Bangladesh), Surakarta (Indonesia), Buenos Aires (Argentina), Derry – Londonderry and Donegal (Ireland) and Seoul (Korea). Together the young people study their, or their partner city’s river as inspiration for producing magnificent artworks for public display.
The resulting artworks are being exhibited at the moment in the gallery. The pieces are really stunning and really worth seeing.
Rivers of the World is Thames Festival Trust’s flagship global art and education project, delivered in partnership with the British Council’s Connecting Classrooms.
You can see more information and download the whole catalogue here
It is on until September 9th.
This idea is fantastic. The Art Co-op House had a great idea to involve artists from all over the world creating “The Sketchbook Project”, a project where you can participate in any way you like. You sign up, they send you a sketchbook and you just fill it with anything you like according to the subject you choose. All these sketchbooks will live forever in the Brooklyn Library. It is amazing to think that you can leave things for the rest of humanity.
I participated in the Limited Edition version. They will release a book with all these works next fall. I am very excited to see how it looks. They will exhibit all this artwork on June 22nd in Brooklyn, New York, and I will be there.
This is the piece I sent. I’m very happy with the results. The pop ups were hard work but worth it in the end.
So if you are an artist, you can participate in “The Sketchbook Project 2013”
Jump From Paper came with this amazing design. They seem like cartoons, but they are real objects.
They are a line of innovative handbags. They are produced from illustrations hand-drawn by Chay and Rika, two Taiwanese designers.
It is fun that there is nothing like them in the market today. After this, I’m sure imitations will start to happen, they are just too good and too original.
This is a unique idea. I never saw anything like this before and it makes me wonder two things.
A. Are they real?
B. How do they work? I need to see how they are, I need to have one. NOW
visit their website here
Oscar Agustín Alejandro Schulz Solari (1887- 1963) was an Argentinian modernist artist.
His painting are colourful, full of symbols, a new language, a new world to discover. You can see the influence of artists like Paul Klee and Kandinsky in his work. Inspired by astrology, Cabala, Buddhism, he tried to create a language. In his own words “I am a master of a writing no one reads yet”. He started drawing the Tarot cards at the beginning of his career. He invented as well a language called NEO CRIOLLO, a fusion between Portuguese and Spanish that he would use to talk to people sometimes. An inventor, a dreamer, a playful character that love to change the way of things.
He was related to Jorge Luis Borges, the famous Argentine writer. He illustrated an edition for him in 1944 of “Un modelo para la muerte” by Bioy Casares and Borges (they wrote together as B. Suarez Lynch, a psudonym).
He and Borges had common interests in German expressionistic poetry, the works of Emanuel Swedenborg, Algernon Charles Swinburne and William Blake, and Eastern philosophy, especially Buddhism and the I Ching.