Phosphorescence by Estefanía Urrutia

do you recognise yourself when you look at these paintings? yes, because this is all of us. Phosphorescence shows a series of paintings that focus on the isolation of the individual in our society. The series reflects situations of absolute intimacy where the subject is totally isolated from all surroundings…

Andel’s Portraits

relevant to my post earlier today – all about Andel’s wedding dress designer Sheila-Madge Bakker – is the work of Andel herself, an artist who i started following on Instagram a while back. Andel lives in Cyprus with her husband, and they just recently had a baby (i was VERY impressed by Instagram stories of Andel working at…

Itamar Freed

I love these painterly portraits by Itamar Freed, an Israeli photographer born in NYC who lives and works in London & Israel. My photographic work draws upon a return to the classic paintings of Art History. Through the use of color, natural illumination at its extremes, open composition and multiple vanishing…

Erik Olson

Erik Olson is a Canadian artist who lives and works in Germany. i am always interested in portraiture, especially when the focus is just someone’s face – how do you keep a subject like that interesting? Olson’s work certainly holds my interest, particularly these black on black portraits: Girl from Aleppo and Boy…

Portraits by Claire Tabouret

i love these portraits by French artist Claire Tabouret, which are actually pretty spooky – perhaps fitting for Halloween… most of these portraits are from a series called ‘Makeup’. “The artist works based on photographs, drawing upon her personal archives as much as anonymous clichés harvested during her research, capturing figures frozen…

Michael Meadors

i just love that first image, above, so much – i had to find our more about the artist Michael Meadors. he creates highly rendered graphite paintings (no, that’s not an old black & white photo – as i first thought!). these are all from his series called Maiden America.

Pieter Hugo: 1994

if you think you aren’t familiar with the work of South African photographic artist Pieter Hugo, you will most certainly recognise his iconic series The Hyena Men. and if not, then his latest exhibition 1994 is a great introduction to his work. 1994 comprises portraits of children born after 1994…

Clara Adolphs

there’s something about Australian artist Clara Adolphs’ work that reminds me of Mad Men – her paintings are almost like very melancholy versions of the famous Carousel scene. she’s represented by MiCK and you can see a nice little studio visit with her here.

TONY GUM, Milked in Africa - Half full, half empty, 2016

Imaginary Curator: The Nude

TONY GUM, Milked in Africa – Half full, half empty, 2016. thanks so much for your enthusiastic response to my first Imaginary Curator post! today’s “show” is all about THE NUDE. i want to save these bums as my desktop background in case someone is ever spying on me working at…

Daniel Coves

Daniel Coves is a Spanish artist who has some prestigious accolades behind his name, including being selected for the BP Portrait award & having his work exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in London (one of my favourite museums in the world). his meticulous figurative paintings capture moments suspended in time, drawing influence…

Katerina Belkina

Katerina Belkina for Van Gogh. Katerina Belkina is a Russian artist, trained in painting and photography, known for her mystical self portraits. i particularly love this series that sees her emulating the masters. Her works essentially focus on female portraiture. The viewer enters the inner world and sees the world of different state…

Overgrowth

you might be one of the 52k people who follow photographer Parker Fitzgerald on Instagram, or you may know his work from extensive collaborations with big names like Kinfolk or perhaps you first discovered him when i featured his work way back in 2010 (mega blog flashback!). over the course of two years Fitzgerald…

Cornelius Völker

these paintings by German artist Cornelius Völker look good enough to eat, if you can say that about hair… it does make me want to be more dramatic with my hair-dos. a good new year’s resolution? With a distinctive method of handling paint that is simultaneously fluid and precise, German artist Cornelius…

Heather Evans Smith

Heather Evans Smith is a photographer whose conceptual series Seen Not Heard explores her multi-faceted relationship with her young daughter. the first image i featured above is just SO amazing! i think it’s so interesting to explore & interpret various stages of your life through such a creative medium. this is going to be…

Brian Calvin

i won’t hesitate to say that Brian Calvin is one of my favourite artist discoveries in a while. wow, i love his pieces SO MUCH. i don’t know what it is about them, maybe i see myself in these huge, graphic, goofy looking portraits – some of the girls are almost on the…