portraiture

Liz Markus

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.

With her signature drips and washes and an eye for finely calibrated color, Markus thoughtfully renders this elite group of women who, through their innovation and intense ambition, have forever altered the course of American culture. This list includes such luminaries as Babe Paley, Nancy “Slim” Keith, and Aerin Lauder among others. While these women were often casually described as socialites, in reality, they used their position to manage a powerful network of people across the arts, fashion, and beauty industries.

her work is absolutely beautiful. i will just have to forever alter the course of American culture so that i, too, may have my portrait painted.

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Kemi Mai

Kemi Mai is an eighteen year old illustrator from Manchester who i am SUPREMELY JEALOUS OF. this girl can do amazing things with pixels. she makes her art using a tablet and photoshop. she is amazing, check out her work here and here.

My work starts with an idea derived from thoughts or abstract feelings, which I aim to express in a way that also appeals to me atheistically. Colour has become incredibly important to me, it can be so influential in setting the overall tone of the piece. I like to think of the majority of my paintings as visual representations of things that couldn’t exist organically in real life. Whilst an element of realism is important to me, I haven’t ever been interested in depicting a scene that resembles a photograph without a concept. My work isn’t weighted with messages intended to change the world, but it’s something through which I can be honest, and I appreciate that freedom greatly.

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A South African Family Album

Alexia Webster, born in Johannesburg, travels throughout the continent documenting both personal and commissioned stories as a freelance photographer. she has an extensive and beautiful portfolio – be sure to look at this emotional farewell to Mandela and this amazing series of Ghanaian modernist architecture. but it’s her Street Portraits series that i’d like to share with you today, showing a slice of South African life that made me smile.

Tired of a world were photos are so often taken but so rarely given we created free outdoor photo studios on street corners around the country.  The images in this series are from five street studios that were set up in Hillbrow in Johannesburg, Woodstock, Blikkiesdorp, Du Noon and Cape Town city center. We invited passing families, individuals and groups of friends to pose at this temporary studio, and they received a free photograph on site to take home with them for their family album.

all images c/o Alexia Webster

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Ian Grose

Ian Grose is an artist who lives in Cape Town whose focus is painting. he has a tumblr called Small Paintings that are, well, small paintings. and extraordinary ones at that. i simply love his portraiture, but also enjoy the tiny (often quite abstract) landscapes. if you live in Cape Town, or have ever spent any time here at all, you will instantly recognise bits of the city in these small canvases. you can see more of Ian’s work at the Stevenson gallery.












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Ari Gabel

it felt like just the other day that i posted about Ari Gabel’s arresting self portraits – but that was more than two years ago now! i had a long browse through his website and flickr recently, and i am very taken by the new projects he’s working on and his ongoing portraiture photography.

Ari Gabel is a working photographer whose main concentration deals with the documentation of the vanishing faces and stories held within countless individuals across the American landscape. His work is both a balance of research and shear instinct, allowing him to explore the environment around him and establish a common understanding of the land. His use of analog cameras is not due to the rarity of it’s existence in modern times, but for for the quality it posses and the personable connection it creates with the subject.










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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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Mes Dames A/W 12

it goes without saying that i fell in love with the Mes Dames A/W 12 campaign the minute i saw it, since it so beautifully combines my love for classic fashion and art. shot by photographer Anna Malmberg, the campaign takes inspiration from 19th century oil portraits and especially the work of Finnish painter Helene Schjerfbeck. Mes Dames designer Lisa Wikander will be showing her latest collection at Stockholm fashion week this year.

Mes Dames creates women’s wear in the intersection of Nordic minimalism and French sensuality. Using materials of the highest quality combined with fine tailoring, the label aims to provide each wearer with a sense of uniqueness and elegance. Mes Dames collects interesting, characterful women, be they historical heroines, fictional characters or present role models; each collection has its own muse. 

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Crown

Georgian photographer Mariam Sitchinava is oft-covered around these parts, so it’s no surprise that i’m keen to share her lovely new project Crown:

This project expresses my desire of depicting women’s inner colour pallete alongside with their beautifullness with the help of flora. Thirteen Georgian girls aging 17 to 23 had a freedom of making their own crowns.

…you can also buy prints of any of the photographs from the series at her etsy shop.

all photographs by Mariam Sitchinava

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