Déjeuner II, (after Manet), 2015

Elise Ansel

Déjeuner II, (after Manet), 2015. Elise Ansel is an artist from NYC whose work is derived from historical Old Master paintings, using a painterly notation and shorthand to translate them into her own contemporary pictorial language. you know that quote from Clueless (of all places)? “She’s a full on Monet – from far away,…

Cornelius Völker

Cornelius Völker

these paintings by German artist Cornelius Völker look good enough to eat, if you can say that about hair… it does make me want to be more dramatic with my hair-dos. a good new year’s resolution? With a distinctive method of handling paint that is simultaneously fluid and precise, German artist Cornelius…

Daniel Heidkamp

Daniel Heidkamp

i have had a folder of work by Brooklyn based artist Daniel Heidkamp on my computer for the longest time, biding my time to post about him till he had a new show on. luckily for me, and anyone in the NY area, he has a new exhibition at Pace Prints running right now…

Matty Roodt: Loop

Matty Roodt: Loop

Matty Roodt is an artist from Cape Town whose first solo exhibition Loop is currently showing at SMITH. i paid it a visit yesterday, and walked away wanting to buy sculpture for the first time in my life. the pieces are feminine and organic, but the story behind them is…

Gigi Mills

Gigi Mills

Gigi Mills grew up in a circus family, travelling with the Mills Bros. Circus as a child and going on to study theatre & dance as an adult. while travelling she spent hours sketching and studying the masters, and 15 years ago decided to pursue her dream of being a full-time…

David Shrigley

David Shrigley

the work of UK artist David Shrigley is something you have probably seen, if not on Pinterest then certainly quoted by a friend, or randomly on Tumblr or Facebook or Instagram or wherever. i have saved a number of my favourite pieces as desktop wallpapers just for my own enjoyment. but maybe you…

Mouni Feddag

Mouni Feddag

i love UK illustrator Mouni Feddag’s work soooooooooooooo much. maybe you think i’m exaggerating, but i actually just said that out loud. soooooooooo. much. you know when you like something so much you’re actually like “ugh! i love it SO much!” yeah, that’s how i feel. you can read an interview with her…

zemer-peled-01

Zemer Peled

remember when you were a kid at the beach, and you wandered around the rock pools searching for treasure – and then you found a sea anemone… and you wanted to, needed to, stick your finger in it? you didn’t know what’s going to happen! but you, like, really really needed to find out. that’s the first…

Fairfield Porter

Fairfield Porter

the funny thing about growing up watching American TV & movies, but not being from that country, is that you are intimately familiar with things that play no part in your actual life. for example, stereotypical things that make up an American high school: cheerleaders, football players, cafeterias, having a locker -…

South African artist Jeanne Gaigher

Jeanne Gaigher

Jeanne Gaigher is an exciting young artist from Cape Town whose debut solo show Club is opening at SMITH gallery this week. i first saw her work at a group exhibition earlier this year, and Anton and i immediately bought a piece: this painting that you can see in our study – our…

Château de Beauvoir

Château de Beauvoir

so there i was going down a google image rabbit hole and i found pictures of this beautiful château filled with flowers, and paintings of flowers, which lead me to French artist Claire Basler – and here we are. she lives and paints in her home Château de Beauvoir, “a natural choice”…

Claire Sherman

Claire Sherman

when i discovered the work of NY based artist Claire Sherman i loved it at first sight – the graphic style & those prominent brush strokes are totally my bag. she actually paints many of these scenes from kitchy nature books. reading more about the story behind her work, she explains… “It is less…

Affordable Art

Affordable Art

above: monstera by seventytree this year i made my first real art purchase. my friend Amy is the curator of Smith, a gallery in central Cape Town – so i am lucky to have a small glimpse into what’s happening in the contemporary South Africa art world. i would love to expand our art collection,…

Ron van der Ende

Ron van der Ende

how amazing are these sculptures by Dutch artist Ron van der Ende! i’ve never been much of a sculpture fan, mostly because i just wouldn’t know where i would put it. and a lot of the stuff you see these days is just weeeeeird. but these are so awesome, and so beautifully made out of…

Brian Calvin

Brian Calvin

i won’t hesitate to say that Brian Calvin is one of my favourite artist discoveries in a while. wow, i love his pieces SO MUCH. i don’t know what it is about them, maybe i see myself in these huge, graphic, goofy looking portraits – some of the girls are almost on the…