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 till Christmas eve. you should go check it out, his work is very Hockneyesque and i just love it.
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 even more fascinating. okay, try to stay with me…
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 artist. i can see bits of Chagall and Matisse in her work, and she cites Milton Avery as a major inspiration.
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 don’t know him, or don’t know anything about him, and that’s why i’ve compiled this post. also it just gives me a great reason to look through all of his art that i can possibly find online, which always cheers up my day.
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 here.
oooh boy, do i love me a good lookbook you guys. it’s one thing bringing out a new collection, but showcasing your goods in an interesting way is always a challenge. and i feel like Kristina Krogh hit the nail on the head here with her latest print collection News. it was styled by Sofie Brünner and photographed by Enok Holsegård.
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 thought i had when i saw these intricate ceramic creations by Israeli artist Zemer Peled.
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 – we had none of these things, yet i’m totally familiar with them.
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 first grown up art purchase.