Art

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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François Henri Galland

last week i hung some pictures in our apartment. Anton has lived there since 2010 and i moved in a few years ago – and till last week there were hardly any pictures up. which is crazy, right? considering how much i love art and surrounding myself with it. i guess it’s harder when there are two of you, and you have to compromise on what both of you like (and where it should go!) anyway now that those first few pics are up things are starting to snowball, and my thoughts are occupied with filling all the blank spaces.

i want to find something awesome for above our bed – and i’m vacillating between some smaller pictures or one HUGE piece that can fits over the entire headboard. when i saw these images by artist François Henri Galland i thought they would look amazing on a massive scale. they are also just the right amount of  dreamy and unnerving.

François Henri Galland
François Henri Galland
François Henri Galland
François Henri Galland
François Henri Galland
François Henri Galland
François Henri Galland
François Henri Galland
François Henri Galland

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Paintings of the Fens

Fred Ingrams is an artist who after working for many years in London as a painter, graphic designer & art director moved to Norfolk in the late 90s, where he recently became obsessed with painting an area known as The Fens – a marshy, flat region in the east of England. all descriptions of the area sound boring and dreary, but Ingram’s paintings are vibrant and interesting. see his Fens series at his blog and the rest of his work at his website.

The Fens are perhaps the least loved landscape in Britain. For some reason the flatness of this huge area of Eastern England does not capture the heart. It is a landscape that does not fit into the ideal of a rolling “green and pleasant land”. They are, on the other hand as flat as a billiard table and to most people, featureless and grim. The wind blows from from the east and is cold and nagging. The people who live there appear, like the wind, cold and unfriendly. It is for all these reasons I feel so at home painting in the Fens. As I sit and paint here, I am always struck by how few people inhabit this place. I am nearly always alone.

Paintings of the Fens
Paintings of the Fens
Paintings of the Fens
Paintings of the Fens
Paintings of the Fens
Paintings of the Fens
Paintings of the Fens
Paintings of the Fens

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Fly Art

i use tumblr to keep up with a bunch of great art blogs, and this is how i discovered Fly Art. “a homage to the finer things in life: Art and Hip Hop.” you should go and trawl through the pieces, because the new names of the artworks are almost as great as the quotes themselves.

Fly Art
Fly Art
Fly Art
Fly Art
Fly Art
Fly Art
Fly Art
Fly Art
Fly Art
Fly Art
Fly Art
Fly Art
Fly Art
Fly Art
Fly Art

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Alexia Vogel

i love these oil paintings by local artist Alexia Vogel.

Alexia Vogel is a recent Michaelis School of Fine Art graduate. She considers all of her paintings landscapes, even the most abstract ones. She works from old family photographs of landscapes which she feels are imbued with a romantic sentimentality. Her work is very personal, as she considers it the affect of these images, or the memory of them. - via 10and5

Alexia Vogel
Alexia Vogel
Alexia Vogel
Alexia Vogel
Alexia Vogel
Alexia Vogel
Alexia Vogel
Alexia Vogel
Alexia Vogel
Alexia Vogel

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Nail Art History

Nail Art + Art History = Nail Art History. the woman behind the nails – and attached to the nails – is Susi Kenna, an art lover (who actually works for an Art PR firm) who interprets the work of contemporary artists into 10 nail designs and then painstakingly creates these tiny masterpieces with the help of masterful nail artists like Mei Kawajiri and Vanity Projects. all the details of the artists are on her blog.

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Kim McCarty

i love the watercolours of artist Kim McCarty.

Working rapidly, at times using only a single color and at others a haunting, bruise-inspired palette of acid yellows, greens, and browns, McCarty’s portraits evoke the sense of uncertainty, ambivalence, anxiety, and loss with which we view today’s generation.

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Art Socks

you’ve probably spotted Kate Brien’s feet here and there – since she’s been featured on Vogue and, well, who else matters right? Kate is a stylist, and her fashionable feet appear regularly on her tumblr View from the Topp. Vogue recently asked her to style a killer sock collection in honour of the NY Frieze Art Fair last month. the socks in question are by The Sock Drawer – they have an entire range of Art Socks for your feet. i particularly love Frida and Gauguin.

photographs by David Kitz, styling by Kate Brien for Vogue. socks by The Sock Drawer.

Art Socks! styling by Kate Brien for Vogue. socks by The Sock Drawer. photographs by David Kitz.
Art Socks! styling by Kate Brien for Vogue. socks by The Sock Drawer. photographs by David Kitz.
Art Socks! styling by Kate Brien for Vogue. socks by The Sock Drawer. photographs by David Kitz.
Art Socks! styling by Kate Brien for Vogue. socks by The Sock Drawer. photographs by David Kitz.
Art Socks! styling by Kate Brien for Vogue. socks by The Sock Drawer. photographs by David Kitz.
Art Socks! styling by Kate Brien for Vogue. socks by The Sock Drawer. photographs by David Kitz.

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