Art

Sean Woolsey

i discovered california based furniture designer & artist Sean Woolsey through FvF who did a great profile of his home yesterday. what really intrigued me was his website that showcases his pieces in such a fun way. it’s so normal to see designer furniture in a cold and static setting, but seeing a kid in spiderman costume pouring cereal milk onto the surface of a beautiful table is so rad. i also really love his artwork, which he creates on cold rolled sheet metal & mixed materials including paints, patinas and water based acids.

Wabi-Sabi, a Japanese philosophy, is a large influence on my work and life. It recognizes a beauty of things imperfect which bear the imprint of time. Wabi Sabi is about the minor and the hidden, the tentative and the ephemeral. It finds true beauty in the organic. My art is inspired by my travels and photos that I take while traveling around the world and documenting my adventures. Every art piece comes with a print of the photo that I took that inspired me to make it, whether it be the colors, patterns, textures, or memory.

Sean Woolsey
Sean Woolsey
Sean Woolsey
Sean Woolsey
Sean Woolsey
Sean Woolsey
Sean Woolsey
Sean Woolsey
Sean Woolsey
Sean Woolsey
Sean Woolsey
Sean Woolsey

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Rebekah Miles

my husband just returned from an extended trip to LA and he brought back some lovely gifts, including a ceramic piece by artist Rebekah Miles. she is a new discovery to me (of course some immediate googling ensued) and i really enjoyed delving into her unique ceramic creations as well as her absolutely awesome book covers.

I am primarily a painter using ceramics as my “canvas”. I started teaching myself ceramics as a way of exploring making paintings as functional, sculptural pieces. I love putting my personal touch on the age-old artisanal craft of shaping basic forms from slabs, molds and templates.

I paint one-of-a-kind book jackets on a range of subjects, specific artists, cultural topics, photographers and authors. The selected books are a reference to art history and the art of literature and libraries. This process gives the book a new essence, and restores it to better shape (I try to find used books). It also makes it a functional sculpture/painting.

Rebekah Miles
Rebekah Miles
Rebekah Miles
Rebekah Miles
Rebekah Miles
Rebekah Miles
Rebekah Miles
Rebekah Miles
Rebekah Miles
Rebekah Miles

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Art Scrub

don’t know what it is about Art Scrub, but i spent an inordinate length of time looking through these images of art museums that contain no art (sometimes that infinite scroll on tumblr just sucks you in, ya know?) they are hilarious, silly and occasionally sad to look at. brought to you by the same anonymous genius who does Great Art In Ugly Rooms - which is also worth a lengthy scroll. also check out my Art Appreciation post (which contains actual art)

Art Scrub
Art Scrub
Art Scrub
Art Scrub
Art Scrub
Art Scrub
Art Scrub
Art Scrub
Art Scrub
Art Scrub
Art Scrub
Art Scrub

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Double Tap: Wolf Eyebrows

if you are a long time reader you’ll know Catherine of Wolf Eyebrows, who is a blog pal and fellow Capetonian. Cath has been doing some cool 30 day sketch projects, each with a theme, and documenting them on her instagram. right now she’s busy with “ailments and their plant remedies”. i admire the dedication it takes to stick to a 30 day project. follow along here.

Wolf Eyebrows: ailments and their plant remedies

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Miaow

i should start this post by saying that artistic depictions of cats go back as far as the Egyptians who- bla bla bla, but the point is cats are cool so of course why wouldn’t they appear in art since forever? what i realised after looking around for rad art that featured felines is that there are a lot of nudes + cats. this Picasso being perhaps the most explicit. is it because people tend to strut around their house naked, while their cats look on? i know i always did when my cat was still alive. and then you’d stop and look at the cat, who was looking at you, and you’d think… is it judging me or does it just not care? (a bit of both)

also check out Cats: Some people like them, and some do not.

Andy Warhol, Brown Sam with Orange Eyes, 1954

Andy Warhol, Brown Sam with Orange Eyes, 1954

Bill Vuksanovich, Moonie. (Pencil on Paper)

Bill Vuksanovich, Moonie, 1992. (pencil on paper)

Riña de Gatos, Cats on a Roof

Francisco de Goya, Cats on a Roof, 1786-1787

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Artistin Marcella, 1910

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Artistin Marcella, 1910

Alice Neel, Victoria and the Cat, 1981

Alice Neel, Victoria and the Cat, 1981

Przemek Matecki, Untitled

Przemek Matecki, Untitled, 2013

Jenny Morgan, Venus in Furs

Jenny Morgan, Venus in Furs, 2014

Taisei Yoshimura, Moment of Silence (Coloured Pencil)

Taisei Yoshimura, Moment of Silence, 2012 (coloured pencil)

Yana Movchan, Unexpected Guests

Yana Movchan, Unexpected Guests

Holly Coulis, Snowball

Holly Coulis, Snowball, 2007

Stephen Machey, An Unspeakable Fortune

Stephen Machey, An Unspeakable Fortune, 2013

Yago Partal, Cat

Yago Partal, Cat, 2013

Zinaida Serebriakova, Portrait of Natasha Lancere with a cat, 1924

Zinaida Serebriakova, Portrait of Natasha Lancere with a cat, 1924

Allison Schulnik, Cat Head, 2011

Allison Schulnik, Cat Head, 2011

Gideon Rubin, Black Cat, 2012

Gideon Rubin, Black Cat, 2012

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Ben Johnson for L’MAD

L’MAD Collection is a local fashion brand who creates limited edition collections with south african artists & designers. they have worked with people like Nico Krijno, Daniella Mooney and Michael Taylor amongst other, and their latest colab is with Ben Johnson, a talented graphic designer & creative who, funnily enough, used to work in my office space before we moved in here!

Ben Johnson is a graphic designer, director and photographer based in Cape Town. His original approach to African iconography, inventive layering and “novel nod to MS Paint effects” have been combined to produce a sublime collection for L’MAD.

also check out the cute promo by Michael MacGarry. you can shop the scarves here.

Ben Johnson for L'MAD
Ben Johnson for L'MAD
Ben Johnson for L'MAD
Ben Johnson for L'MAD
Ben Johnson for L'MAD
Ben Johnson for L'MAD
Ben Johnson for L'MAD
Ben Johnson for L'MAD
Ben Johnson for L'MAD
Ben Johnson for L'MAD
Ben Johnson for L'MAD
Ben Johnson for L'MAD

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Raoul Dufy in America

i have a folder of paintings by Raoul Dufy on my mac that i look at every now and then, sometimes i set them as my desktop wallpaper… and then i have to set it back to something else because they are just too bright, beautiful and colourful for me to look at 24/7. i have been wanting to do a post about him for ages but wasn’t sure in what context - until i found these images of an elderly Dufy visiting the USA in 1950, where he was being treated for crippling arthritis. he used to fasten the brush to his hands just so he could continue working.

Raoul Dufy visits America

sadly it is believed that Dufy died as a result of the continuos arthritis treatment he was receiving, due to mixing his medication with aspirin. also, interestingly, it is has been suggested that rheumatoid arthritis was more common in artists of that day who used intensely bright colours due to the heavy metals present in the pigment. it also didn’t help that most of them were smokers. can you imagine a french artist without a cigarette or pipe in their hand?

you can read the Life Magazine article here. photographs by Gjon Mili.

Raoul Dufy in America
Raoul Dufy in America
Raoul Dufy in America
Raoul Dufy in America

“disgusted by the drum majorettes”

Raoul Dufy in America

“Brooklyn Bridge was rapidly sketched from the front seat of a moving car in which Dufy made three slow trips across the bridge”

Raoul Dufy in America
Raoul Dufy in America
Raoul Dufy in America
Raoul Dufy in America
Raoul Dufy in America
Raoul Dufy in America
Raoul Dufy in America
Raoul Dufy in America
Raoul Dufy in America
Raoul Dufy in America
Raoul Dufy in America

above: a portrait of the photographer painted by Dufy.

Raoul Dufy in America
Raoul Dufy in America

here are some of my favourite Raoul Dufy pieces.

Raoul Dufy
Raoul Dufy
Raoul Dufy
Raoul Dufy
Raoul Dufy
Raoul Dufy
Raoul Dufy
Raoul Dufy
Raoul Dufy
Raoul Dufy Self Portrait

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Will Cotton

did you ever read the Faraway Tree series by Enid Blyton? they were possibly my favourite books as a child (except maybe for anything by Roald Dahl) and i was instantly transported back to the Land of Goodies when seeing these paintings by Will Cotton. of course like most children’s books in those days everything wasn’t always sunshine and rainbows - there was always a moral to the story, and if you overindulged you were likely to learn a good lesson. that sinister undercurrent is certainly present in Cotton’s depictions of pin-up models in sugary sweet settings that look like they’re decaying before your eyes.

Cotton starts his process by building maquettes in his New York studio to paint from. These can range from table-top scenery to life-sized sets occupied by models dressed in confectionary costumes that Cotton has created. Constructing these sets allows the artist to see surprising and often unexpected details, enabling him to recreate textures and details in such a way that viewing the works becomes a tactile experience. “Sweetness taken to an extreme degree, as it is in my paintings, becomes cloying, even repulsive and that’s where it gets interesting for me.”

his work is currently showing at the Ronchini Gallery in London, so if you’re in the area go check out the exhibition.

Will Cotton
Will Cotton
Will Cotton
Will Cotton
Will Cotton
Will Cotton
Will Cotton
Will Cotton
Will Cotton
Will Cotton
Will Cotton
Will Cotton

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