This Just In!
The Writing on the Wall
"Joan of Arc" 2010 by Slavery
"Hand of Doom" 1980 by Seen
There was a really great article in The Arts section of the New York Times yesterday about graffiti. Living in New York City, graffiti begins to fade into the landscape, but the truth is, it's a huge part of the culture. A few weeks ago, the graffiti collective Slavery created a piece entitled "Joan of Arc" on the side of a warehouse along the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn, NY. This piece pays homage to a 1980 work by artist Seen (known as the "Godfather of Graffiti") entitled to "Hand of Doom," that covered an entire number 6 train car. These "historical revival" pieces have been showing up all over Brooklyn and Manhattan-all by different artists honoring those who paved the way for them.
Here are some of my favorite graffiti artists:
British artist Banksy is probably one of the most infamous names in the graffiti world. His work has a sense of dark humour and satire. The above piece is on the Bristol Museum in England.
A disused road tunnel in South London was transformed into "an oasis of beautiful art" after Banksy got a hold of it.
Artist Victor Gastelum creates pieces like the above "Guy With Pin In His Mouth" using spray-paint and stencils on aluminum
Here's another of Gastelum's mixed-media pieces entitled "Nervous Guy"
Photojournalist Martha Cooper is best known for her photographs documenting the New York graffiti scene.
Cooper befriended many of the street artists in the 1970's and 80's.
Itching with Inspiration from LuLu DK!
One of my favorite go-to books for inspiration is LULU by textile designer and artist extraordinare Lulu De Kwiatkowski. It's packed with her amazing collages that depict her magical and worldy childhood and tell a very unique design story from her point of view. In a recent revisit to the book, I was drawn to a specific Bohemian-esque collage and it prompted me to find some pretty fabulous coordinating items to start an inspiration board with...check it out.
A Mellow Monday Morning
how does your garden grow?
With silver bells
and cockle shells
and pretty maids
A Thirst for Hirst-Damien that is!
Our current issue has a resounding spin-art theme. Therefore, I thought it was appropriate to give a little credit to the Spin Art King himself: Damien Hirst. Hirst is one of the most wonderfully controversial artists but also produces such whimsical, beautiful pieces with no sense of anger...go figure! Check out our new slideshow in the MEDIA ROOM to learn more about this amazing artist and to see some of my favorites pieces of his incredible works of art!
When in The Hamptons...I just landed in the Hamptons last week and after all of the dust has settled, and all of the suitcases have been unpacked, I'm finally able to relax a little bit...ahhhh. In my newly settled state, I decided to catch up on my e-mails. I received "The Shout Out" from Center 44 that had a great Massimo Vitali piece. It was like the art gods were speaking to me telling me to be inspired by the beautiful weather, the sand, and the wide open spaces. Off I went to see what I could see. I'm definitely going to take the time to go check out the pieces that are currently being exhibited...in-between catching some rays of course ;)
The above piece: Camp Hero No. 5 by Blair Seagram. I love the progression of the surfboards-so cool!
Anonymous Time Traveler by Eric Zener
This piece is nothing short of spectacular! At 66" x 88", this painting would look amazing at a summer home-or, anywhere for that matter!
Safety Net by Eric Zener
Ok so I may have a mild obsession with this artist but come on, his paintings are amazing and make me want summer to be a year-round season.
Pool 14 by Karine Laval
I love the way this painting feels like a still from a movie. The blues are captivating!
Massimo Vitali Photograph
This is the piece I saw in the Center 44 "Shout Out." I think my favorite part about it is the hat stand-so cute!
Surf's Up by Michael Dweck
A hot blonde on a surfboard that's my absolute favorite color-yellow? How can you go wrong?
Giovinazzo Tuffo by Massimo Vitali
Yet another sensational Vitali photograph. I wonder if these people realize how all of their towels and swimsuits are coming together to create such an incredible visual landscape!
Pool 6 by Karine Laval
I like the abstract feeling of this piece and I adore the hawaiian-printed shorts that the boy is wearing in the upper right!
Michael Dweck Sonya and Board
This is such a classic Dweck piece and I love every aspect of it. I'm not sure it seems so legal but who cares... :)
Michael Dweck Beach 12
Here is probably the most iconic Dweck piece (and the one above)-I think you can see why! The Dweck images can also be found in his book, The End: Montauk.
Worth a Thousand Words
When I was looking for Bedroom Art for the latest issue I stumbled upon one of my favorite sites, www.nonchalantmom.com and I saw her feature on children's portraits. She featured some truly talented artists, like the above Karim Hamid.
I was inspired to put my fingers to the keyboard and see just who else is out there creating awesome children's portraits. I mean, who better to look at when you wake up than your own child?
Here's what I found:
This was one of my absolutely favorite finds! I mean, how cool is it to be able to turn your own kid into a cartoon?? I'm pretty sure they would think it was equally as entertaining.
Those eyes! Those curls! Ok so this little girl is clearly a great subject but artist Tracey Costescu did a beautiful job of capturing her essence.
I'm not surprised that I found this fun custom silhouette on Etsy. It seems like that's where all of the coolest stuff comes from! You can have one made in any color under the sun. My problem would be stopping at just one. :)
Portrait artist Stephen Bennett is clearly handy with a paintbrush. I love the way his portraits all have a prismatic glow, it's like a subtle Warhol effect!