Martin Wehmer is a German artist based in Hong Kong whose paintings are composed of thick brushstrokes. it almost makes me want to take out a brush and swab thick lobs of paint on my face. that’s not weird, right?
this is the third instalment of VISITS, a series in collaboration with Monya Eastman.
walking into Peter Eastman‘s studio on the east side of the city made me realise how many little gems must be hidden all over Cape Town. Peter is actually Monya’s brother-in-law, which made this VISIT a relaxed affair. he showed us the new pieces he was working on for his upcoming exhibition at Smac, and all around the studio were trinkets from by his daughter Jemima – a drawing of a lion, a statue of a cat, rocks collected from the Karoo…
these paintings by American artist Richard Baker remind me of scenes from South African holiday homes all over the country – well used paperback novels and vintage versions of Monopoly (that you still play with your family, every summer). the old copy of Pit made me laugh, a game that Anton introduced me to that his family have played for decades. have you ever played it? it has to be the loudest, most chaotic, funnest card game ever.
please enjoy my highly important research findings of Food in Art. one thing i realised while putting this together is that many artists are completely OBSESSED with donuts. maybe the oozing of the paint reminds them of the oozing of the inside of jam filled donut, but there it is. all images courtesy of Artsy.
i love discovering or meeting people who try their hands at many creative pursuits. such is the case with Cape Town creative Amor Coetzee, who creates simple line drawings and clay pieces inspired by “her mood and favourite places along the ocean and in between the mountains.”
now before you look at these, closely, think about the fact that they are all cut out by hand and illustrated. Canadian artist Morgana Wallace is the talented woman behind these multi-layered creations, made out of paper and finely illustrated with gauche, which she shares on her blog and instagram. i love these characters. i can almost imagine the entire Game of Thrones series illustrated like this, can’t you?
Gisèle Freund was a renowned photographer & photo journalist who fled Nazi Germany and settled in Paris in 1933. she studied at the Sorbonne, worked around the world for Time and Life magazines and took the first colour portraits of numerous writers and artists including Simone de Beauvoir, Virginia Woolf, Matisse, Man Ray and many others – all of which you can see here.
at the moment we don’t have a pet (apartment living, sad face) but maybe i’ll just commission Lorna Scobie to paint my ultimate fantasy pet anyway? because her pet portraits are the best. i actually have a note on my phone that i saved from 2012 on the day that Anton and i figured out our ultimate puppy name. yeah, we’re weirdos. and it’s okay.