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.”
Lynn Painter Stainers
Mall Galleries, SW1, London
17- 22 March
Spring Showcase 2014
The Gallery on the Corner, 155 Battersea Park Rd, SW8 4BU
25-31 March 2014
Gunjan Aylawadi is a paper artist from Sydney, Australia.
She loves paper like me, but the thing that i love most of her work is how she uses paper. She came across this amazing technique.
She curled pieces of paper and the she uses that to create patterns and gorgeous artwork.
It look like it is knitted or stitches but it doesn’t look like paper at all. Love it.
Via All about paper cutting
Hazel Mountford is an animal artist. Her current work is focused on the wildlife of Great Britain both past and present and the evolving relationship of space between humans and animals. They are painted life-size in acrylic on angled gesso panels. I love the irregular panels where she paints the animals, they look like they are moving, they give the sensation they are moving. She will be exhibiting in Singapore and at Wimbledon Art Studios at the end of November.
I remember the first time I saw his paintings, I think it was 3 years ago. I fell in love with his art immediately, fascinated by the use of lights and contrast. Alex Rennie can paint the essence of a night out very well and London has a different taste though his eyes. He will be exhibiting at Wimbledon Art Studios from November 21st to the 24th.
My husband was telling me about this project yesterday because the company that he works for is broadcasting this event, and I found it amusing.
Viennese artist Alex Kiessling and Strukt Design studio will embark on a cross-border project that merges art and technology by using industrial robots to simultaneously create large-scale drawings in three european cities. Taking place at an event hosted by the Vienna tourist board on September 26th, 2013, ‘Long Distance Art’ will feed real-time tracking via satellite to the two remote robotic devices, one stationed in Berlin, at Breitscheidplatz, and the other in london, at trafalgar square, and will mirror Kiessling’s movements in real time. the project calls on the use of a prototyping program called vvvv, which facilitates the handling of large media environments with physical interfaces, real-time motion graphics, and audio and video that can interact with many users at the same time. once completed, Kiessling will take all three independent artworks from the various cities and join them together in a triptych.
To see a version of the robot in action, watch the video below:
Via Design Boom
I am not a fan of abstract painting but I love the work of Kjell Folkvord. Originally from Norway, Kjell works in London at the moment.
His paintings are so colourful and full of life that they make me want to sing and dance. They are happy, and I am a happy person so maybe that is why I love them. You can see imaginary little worlds there, they are fantastic
In his artistic statement he says “My paintings are usually colourful. The colours are the letters in my painting’s language. They are syllables more than they represent reality in the world. I usually try to tell a story, and the image I have in my mind or memory, in my emotional layers. And when I do paint and work with a colour, this colour starts asking for a friend of his and I have to find it, or mix it. This is perhaps humanising the colours but that is how I sometimes feel.”
These stunning sculptures are made by Rachel Stevenson. They are made on bronze. In her statement she says about her work ” My work represents the delicate smoke and mirrors between the conscious and the unconscious mind; distorting the fabricated glare of social order for a vague realism where we allow ourselves to be absorbed into the familiar comfort beyond the gloaming; inviting peace through the jolting madness of a lucid mind, where the dreamer can unveil their fears, dreams and desires; the past and present mixed as one, we roam free unbound by the isolation of society or actuality; within our dreams we confess the truth to ourselves. ”
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.
The Other Art Fair starts tomorrow in London. You can see the artwork of 100 unrepresented artists. You can buy the tickets online here. I will be there on Sunday.
140 Artists. A great place to see and buy artwork. Painting, illustration, sculpture, ceramics, drawing, photography, all in the same place!