To mark the opening of Pull&Bear at the Citadium in Paris, the store contacted 4 international artist and asked them to unleash their creative juices on classic VW vans. The Vans were painted white and used as the canvas for each artist to work there magic.
Italian artist Michela Picchi, produces works for magazines, and multiple brands. She draws inspiration from collage works and psychedelia with a modern and sophisticated twist. Picchi is now based in Berlin Germany.
Shoboshobo is a Paris native with a strong link to Japan and Japanese culture. He has worked in a range of disciplines within the field of graphic design as well as the music industry. His work is exhibited in multiple countries and can be seen in galleries through out Europe. His primary style features are a lack of color and a personal universe of half disturbing, half tender figures which he depicts with a pop touch.
Martina Paukova is a Slovakian illustrator living and working out of London. Her career has provided illustrations for a wide range of clients ranging from international magazines, museums, ad agencies, schools and other institutions. Her colorful work is inspired by vintage images and texts.
Kyle Platt is a prolific graphic artist and illustrator based in the UK. His career has taken many turns from entertainer to social critic, but he is primarily known for work he has done for such clients as the New York Times, and Vice. His work reminds me of artist Jim Nutt, and like Nutt’s works you will either love it or hate it, but you definitely won’t be left without an opinion on it.
This video, produced by Monotype features letterpress artist Alan Kitching. Kitching has been working in the field of design and printing most of his life. He is 100 percent analog. Absolutely no computers involved in any way, shape or form. This is a wonderfully shot and edited piece that truly honors the art and craft of letterpress design, and execution.
If I were in New York, or going any time soon, I’d be heading to the JApan SOciety gallery for the fall exhibit which runs from Friday, October 10 through Sunday, January 11. From the video below, this looks pretty damn cool with a blend of traditional and emerging mediums. The narrator does an excelent job of summarizing the show, the artists, and the background of this group exhibition. Now I just have to figure out how I can squeeze in a trip to New York before the show closes in January.
A monster tsunami uproots a city. Modern tough guys lock samurai-style in battle. Candy-colored streams of animals and flowers hyperpixilate. These dramatic visual moments are among many to be encountered this fall in our new exhibition Garden of Unearthly Delights. The featured artists Manabu Ikeda (b. 1973, Saga Prefecture), Hisashi Tenmyouya (b. 1966, Tokyo) and the art and technology collective teamLab (est. 2001) are today’s takumi, or master artisans, taking pride in the execution of dense and precisely detailed works requiring time and contemplation to grasp. Their creative imaginations travel through time, finding inspiration in a range of styles; from medieval Buddhist paintings to contemporary anime and manga. Come stroll through their fantastical visions.
I have posted in the past about the incredible skill and craft involved in creating paper sculpture. It requires patience, and years of practice to become a master at what on the surface seems like an easy task. Calvin Nicholls is an example of a master artist in this medium. His detailed works leap form the surface and fill you with a sense of awe as you take in his incredible 3D paper works of art.
Calvin Nicholls skill with sculpting paper is recognized world wide by galleries that represent him and with good reason. Look at the images on this page and try and grasp how long it takes to create each, and the deft hand and eye required to make a master work like one of these.
All images courtesy of Calvin Nicholls. For more information or to buy one of his works, click here.
Apperently I am getting all in touch with Nature today.
Bryan Nash Gill is a Connecticut artist whose work crosses a number of fields including printmaking. When I came across his website a couple weeks back I meant to post something about a series of images that he created from cross sections of logs through a wood engraving process.The images have a haunting quality to them, and at the same time they are a record of the life of the tree which has been duplicated and editioned through the printing process. Each of these images are created to scale with a number of them sized at more than 48 inches square. Gill, starts with pieces of dead or damaged wood salvaged from his Connecticut area. He then cuts through the wood until he finds a cross section that he finds engaging. Gill then sands the the cross section as smooth as possible and burns and brushes the block to reduce the areas of soft wood between the growth rings, making them more distinct before printing.
Bryan Nash Gill is not simply a naturalist, he is an artist rooted in nature he draws his vocabulary from the world of New England’s woods.
There can be a fine line between “Art” and “Obsession”. The video clip below is rather slow paced, but it is worth watching. Artist Ai Weiwei is using ancient porcelain techniques to create millions of ceramic sunflower seeds that are being used in a series of exhibits. The mass scale, and the intricate manufacturing process really demonstrate the line between art and obsession.