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Miaow

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)

also check out Cats: Some people like them, and some do not.

Andy Warhol, Brown Sam with Orange Eyes, 1954

Andy Warhol, Brown Sam with Orange Eyes, 1954

Bill Vuksanovich, Moonie. (Pencil on Paper)

Bill Vuksanovich, Moonie, 1992. (pencil on paper)

Riña de Gatos, Cats on a Roof

Francisco de Goya, Cats on a Roof, 1786-1787

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Artistin Marcella, 1910

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Artistin Marcella, 1910

Alice Neel, Victoria and the Cat, 1981

Alice Neel, Victoria and the Cat, 1981

Przemek Matecki, Untitled

Przemek Matecki, Untitled, 2013

Jenny Morgan, Venus in Furs

Jenny Morgan, Venus in Furs, 2014

Taisei Yoshimura, Moment of Silence (Coloured Pencil)

Taisei Yoshimura, Moment of Silence, 2012 (coloured pencil)

Yana Movchan, Unexpected Guests

Yana Movchan, Unexpected Guests

Holly Coulis, Snowball

Holly Coulis, Snowball, 2007

Stephen Machey, An Unspeakable Fortune

Stephen Machey, An Unspeakable Fortune, 2013

Yago Partal, Cat

Yago Partal, Cat, 2013

Zinaida Serebriakova, Portrait of Natasha Lancere with a cat, 1924

Zinaida Serebriakova, Portrait of Natasha Lancere with a cat, 1924

Allison Schulnik, Cat Head, 2011

Allison Schulnik, Cat Head, 2011

Gideon Rubin, Black Cat, 2012

Gideon Rubin, Black Cat, 2012

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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.

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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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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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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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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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Isca Greenfield-Sanders

Isca Greenfield-Sanders encapsulates summer and nostalgia in her paintings. she finds, scans, edits, and prints vintage photographs, alters them with watercolour and pencil, then mounts details from the images onto tiles before, finally, painting over them in oils.

Her primary interest is the figured landscape and its relationship to memory—how universally recognizable places (beaches, family picnics, poolside scenes) can evoke both deeply personal and communal associations and a sense of foreboding.

all images courtesy of Artsy

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Conrad Jon Godly

it amazes me what some people can do with paint. the feeling of rock and cold and mist and altitude that these pieces by Swiss artist Conrad Jon Godly convey is just unbelievable.

Godly originally studied as a painter at the Basel School of Art in the 80s, and then was a professional photographer for almost 2 decades – until he decided to return to painting. first working from a studio in Vienna, he eventually returned to his home in the Swiss Alps, where he studies the mountains on long walks with his camera.

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Jaclyn Conley

the current exhibition over at Buy Some Damn Art features work by canadian artist Jaclyn Conley. whenever i’m faced with the “what would you do if you had a million dollars?” question i always fantasise about investing in a lot of great art. but, you and i can do that right now – that’s where Buy Some Damn Art comes in. i love these pieces by Jaclyn, i think they would be a fine addition to my imaginary collection. you can read an interview with here.

These paintings are the result of broad paring down in my studio and practice. I’ve challenged myself to present only what it essential in terms of material, image, rendering and scale. Paintings are worked and reworked with a great deal of erasure and reductive building. As I’m painting I’m distilling an image down to a very small moment. This way of working is in some ways more responsive, slow and less predetermined than I’ve done in the past.

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