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Erin Flannery’s Lovely Ladies

Fashion illustration meets inky goodness in Erin Flannery’s large scale paintings. She notably works with stencils and dewy ink, pen and paint to create these ethereal pieces. Each of her series are full of equally strong, striking portraits of mysteriously lovely ladies. She’s preparing for her 2nd solo show at Anthea Polson Art which is open July 2-16 2011 ( Shops 18-20 Mariners Cove Seaworld Drive Main Beach QLD 4217 )

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Fiona Rae’s Layered Abstractions

Fiona Rae has developed a complex, powerful and highly individual body of work. Employing a battery of painterly marks, graphic signs and symbols, her paintings explore the profusion of our visual and material culture and take us on an exhilarating ride through the possibilities of paint. In recent work the mood is ambiguous – flowers, hearts and cartoon characters might imply a sweet, almost cloying world, yet Rae’s dark and brooding palette, combined with virtuoso washes and veils of paint, evoke dissolution and decay. The paintings seem to suggest the seductions, contradictions and disappointments of contemporary life and culture.

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90,000 plastic balls transformed into an installation tributing Monet, The Forefather of Impressionism

For the inaugural year of Le Havre’s Contemporary Art BiennaleClaude Cormier + Associés Inc. designed a pop art piece for the City Hall’s grand pergola. Pergola is a tribute to Le Havre-born Monet, forefather of impressionism: 90,000 plastic balls are arranged into an image of the wisteria blooms that figure in many of the artist’s oeuvres. The balls come in five tones – an abstracted impressionist palette – and climb towards the abundant sunlight, creating an exuberant play of color, light and shadows underneath. As with many of the projects by Claude Cormier + Associés Inc., the deliberate insertion of the artificial shakes up preconceived ideas – but the installation also aims, more simply, to delight visitors. (via)

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Fiona Ackerman Faux Mess

I’m loving these faux messy paintings by Fiona Ackerman. I included the above studio shot because it’s actually hard to tell what you’re looking at if you just look at the paintings alone. I can’t tell where real shadows are, what’s collaged (there’s no collage in the work!) and what is painted with a quick stroke of the brush and what parts used a 00 brush and lots of patience!

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Jonathan Bergeron AKA Johnny Crap

Canadian illustrator Jonathan Bergeron who affectionately also goes by Johnny Crap has a portfolio full of my demon skulls, angry vikings, down and out hobos, and a plethora of other dark visions. His ultra detailed pen drawings are extremely well done but his paintings also show his power over the brush.

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Giant Forests Made Out Of Paper

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Brooklyn based artists Wade Kavanaugh and Stephen B. Nguyen have been collaborating since 2005.  Together they create expansive installations that fill gallery spaces.  The installations’ size forces visitors to interact with it.  Made from natural materials such as wood and paper, their work carries an organic atmosphere.    The installations often resemble trees or entire forests, mangled, twisting and growing.  The paper seems to be giving a nod to its origin as an almost ironic choice of material.

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ONEQ’s Japanese Comics Collide With American Pin-Up Girls

Japanese illustrator OneQ brings together East and West in his sexy illustrations. Pulling inspiration from both traditional Japanese comic book art and American pin-up photography, her work simultaneously has the feeling of being vintage yet contemporary through the combination of digital rendering techniques with classic pin-up poses.

 

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El Anatsui Turns Bottles Caps And Tin Lids Into Expansive Morphing Tapestries

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A million little pieces stitched together shapes a large moving tapestry. The waves of the installation, similar to chainmail, create a voluptuous presence. Artist El Anatsui is mesmerizing our senses and attracting our curiosity. He designs from simple materials complex compositions, using all sorts of tools to merge modest means into powerful and impressive pieces. In between sculpture (for the structure) and painting (for the way colors drop from different angles), the delicate and monumental pieces cannot be categorized.

El Anatsui’s work emphasizes the fact that art is a sixth sense, an add-on and a value that’s indescribable. From liquid bottle caps, iron nails, driftwood or cassava graters the artist creates morphing mosaics that are hung up the walls of monuments and museums in major cities. Seen from far away, the meticulously assembled little pieces become an accumulation of gems. Each installation is non fixed and can be moved from one place to another without ever having the same appearance. Just like fabric, the piece is creased, folded and adjusted to its in-situ set.

The artist’s impact on one hand is for the viewer to reflect on obvious key topics such as consumption, waste and environment. The bottle caps or the tin lids that he uses represent simultaneously garbage and manpower, thinking of that while he creates helps him give a spiritual dimension to his art.
On the other hand, the pieces help make a connection between America, Africa and Europe. The fact that the installations are hung questions the part of a wall as sequestration, protection or deprivation from freedom.
“Artists are not dictators”, El Anatsui claims loud and clear next to his pieces. He doesn’t want to impose an idea because everyone’s point of view is valid.

The artist was awarded in April 2015 at the Venice Biennale with a Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement. Watch the video below of one of the greatest artistic influencer amongst two generations of artists working in West Africa.

El Anatsui’s work is currently shown at Jack Shainman Gallery  until September 2015.

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