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Alan Reid

Alan Reid is an artist based in NYC who works with colour pencils. reading up about him i discovered,

his representational images of heiresses, bored fashionistas and aquiline beauties that have been called provocatively light, with coloring as delicate as his women are elegant. The work invites reasoning, provocation and negotiation of absurdist scenarios involving majestic women in insipid situations.

well, i don’t know about all THAT – but i do love his portraits, and would gladly hang one of his bored heiresses in my home. you can find out more about him, and see more of his work, at Lisa Cooley and Artsy.

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Gisèle

Gisèle d’Ailly van Waterschoot van der Gracht is her full name – and only fitting for a 100 year old artist who grew up in an Austrian castle, studied at the Paris École des Beaux d’Arts (which was interrupted by the financial crisis in Europe  in the thirties & the oncoming war), provided shelter for Jewish Germans in her canal house apartment in Amsterdam during WWII – where she still lives today, rebuilt and lived in a ruined monastery on the island of Paros in Greece with her husband… she sounds like a remarkable woman, and her beautiful eclectic art filled home (she actually owns the entire building now) is a perfect reflection of that. do yourself a favour and read the entire article at Freunde von Freunden. what a treat for a random Tuesday morning.

Photography: Jordi Huisman for Freunde von Freunden

here is a picture of Gisèle during the war – thanks to Francesca Rheannon, whose father was part of the underground artist community that congregated at Gisèle’s home in WWII.

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Lorna Simpson

i absolutely love love love the Gold Head series by American artist Lorna Simpson – which are actually all for sale over at Art.Sy. the pieces are made using ink and embossing powder on paper. so simple & beautiful.

“Lorna Simpson’s works explore the experience of African American women in contemporary society. Simpson’s imagery is culled from both original photographs and those she collects from eBay and flea markets. In order to make her subjects elusive or adaptable to any narrative, Simpson rarely depicts them from the front, and instead shows them from behind or with their faces and eyes obscured or omitted. Placing an emphasis on the social and political implications of African hairstyles and textures, her 1994 piece Wigs (Portfolio) presents an almost scientific study of hairpieces, aiming to underscore the wig as a tool of conformity and agent for physical transformation.”Art.Sy

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Ryan Pickart

i wouldn’t mind being one of Ryan’s girls.

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Kaye Blegvad

Kaye Blegvad is a multi-talented illustrator / designer / thing-maker who is originally from london but now lives & works in brooklyn. she has a jewellery shop, a print shop and a blog that is amusingly called Kaye Blegvad’s Blogvad.

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44 weeks of words

between march 2010 and february 2011 Mikko Kuorinki formed one new text each week on a wall of the Kiasma museum in Helsinki. these are my favourites – see all of them here.

Joe Brainard: Poem (1971)

Aram Saroyan: Electric poems (1972)

David Foster Wallace: Infinite Jest (1996)

Bertol Brecht: Im Dickicht der  Städte (1923)

Gertrude Stein: Tender Buttons (1914)

Aram Saroyan (1968)

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Sophie Duran

i’ve been seeing Sophie Duran‘s work around the internet for a while now, so i was thrilled when she got in touch to tell me about her new print collection Undiscovered Wonders of the World.

Created out of self made photographes, old travel books and minerals, these unknown mysterious worlds are open to multiple interpretations. Inspired by Celtic, Norwegian, Indian and Greek ancient stories, every landscape has a name that gives slightly a clue of where you could explore it. All prints are digitally printed at the Audax Textile Museum Tilburg and CATDigital Glasgow, Scotland. As a material I used silk velvet and crepe de chine. The velvet gives vibrance to the colours and makes the landscapes look three-dimensional. Crepe de chine gives a lightness and sophisticated feeling to the prints. The designs are presented as scarfs (135cm x 135cm), finished with a 925 silver detail.

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Michael Cina

oh! i love this. paintings by designer & artist Michael Cina.

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