when i first saw the work of Liz Markus i immediately thought of the portraiture of Slim Aarons, known for photographing the lifestyles of the rich and famous. and i wasn’t wrong, many of the paintings reference Aaron’s own photographs. they form part of her collection Town & Country. Markus applies acrylic wash to unprimed canvas, meaning the paint spreads as it dries – an unpredictable method of painting.
birds have gotten a bad rap these past few years, appearing in a cutesy manner on anything and everything from ceramics to dish towels to tote bags (put a bird on it!) at one point i found myself saying, “if i see one more bird…” but Australian designer and illustrator Pete Cromer has made me appreciate our feathered friends once again with his Aussie bird prints. i also love his other prints like this whale head and happy cogs. all available at his online shop.
can we all just take a moment for people who work on one thing for 2 whole months? that is exactly what Cape Town based artist Marsi van de Heuvel does. in her series Dark Matter Marsi explores space. not literally, but with her pen – at seven strokes per second.
illustrator Charlotte Trounce has been doing these amazing illustrative recaps of select SS15 fashion shows on her Instagram account, which certainly deserves a Double Tap (i would triple tap if i could!) i feel like when you look at the seasonal shows everything starts merging into one big fashion rainbow, and sometimes it just takes one talented & creative individual to show you awesome aspects and details you might not have picked up yourself.
i’m in Joburg at the moment on a spontaneous week long trip, and yesterday we visited the Johannesburg Art Gallery. it was quite an eye opening experience for me. JAG is situated in Joubert Park, right in the thick of inner city Joburg. which, to the uninitiated, is quite an intense part of town. it houses one of the largest collections of art in Africa, but only displays 10% of the work at any one time.
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.
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.
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)
if you live in London or you’ve visited there any time in the past 4 months you should already have gone to see the Matisse Cut-Outs exhibition that’s currently showing at the Tate. if you haven’t, then i’m reminding you to. why? because i can’t go. do it for me! take a pic and tag me on Instagram! i would LOVE that. it’s only on for another 2 weeks or so, so you’d better go.
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.
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)