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Photography

New Feathery Portraits That Peek Inside the Personalities of Cockatoos and Doves

October 4, 2017

Kate Sierzputowski

Superb Fruit Dove

Superb Fruit Dove

Photographer Leila Jeffreys (previously) captures birds outside of their traditional context, taking various breeds into her studio to photograph without distraction. The simple portraits capture the elegance of each bird, bringing a new perspective to the brilliant colors and textures that belong to each cockatoo, dove, or other domestic or exotic species. The works appear as both an unbiased attempts at documenting a set of animals, and a warm depiction of the feathery subjects. Each gives a peek into the personality of the bird on view, with a few casting solemn expressions, and one cockatoo showcasing what appears to be a wry smile.

Jeffreys has an upcoming exhibition of her portraits titled Ornithurae Volume 1 at Olsen Gruin Gallery in New York City on October 13. The exhibition will run through November 12, 2017. You can see more of her photographs on her website and Instagram.

Cyril Moluccan Cockatoo

Cyril Moluccan Cockatoo

Emerald Dove

Emerald Dove

New Guinea Ground Dove

New Guinea Ground Dove

Skye Red-Tailed Black Cockatoo

Skye Red-Tailed Black Cockatoo

 

 



Art Illustration

New Bic Ballpoint Pen Portraits on Vintage Maps and Stationery by Mark Powell

September 25, 2017

Christopher Jobson

Working atop faded street maps, vintage National Geographic magazine covers, and decades-old stationery, London-based artist Mark Powell (previously) draws the wrinkled contours of his subject’s faces with a standard black Bic ballpoint pen. The weathered portraits of both famous and anonymous people reflect his antiquated canvases both in texture and tone as he traces the topographies of their faces across literal street maps or paper materials that have traversed the world. Powell’s drawings have grown in both scale and detail over the years, magnifying the impact and density of each piece. You can see more of his recent work on his website where he sells a number of prints and quite a few originals. (via This Isn’t Happiness)

 

 



Art

Towering Charcoal Portraits of Women by Clio Newton

August 28, 2017

Christopher Jobson

Swiss artist Clio Newton has been hard at work on a series of larger-than-life portraits of women portrayed entirely with compressed charcoal. The towering drawings can reach nearly 8 feet tall and capture near photographic detail of her subject’s faces, hair, and bodies. Several of the new portraits will be on view in an upcoming show at Benjamin Eck Galerie in Munich titled ‘Realism‘ that opens September 14, 2017. You can read an interview with Newton on Quiet Lunch and see more of her recent work and studio photos on Instagram. (via Supersonic Electronic, Gaks Designs)

 

 



Art

Towering New Mixed Media Portraits by Andrew Salgado

July 10, 2017

Kate Sierzputowski

'Sunset (Good Morning Beautiful, I Waited All Night Long)' Oil, oil pastel, spray, and hand-dyed and hand stitched linen on Canvas, 245 x 215 cm

‘Sunset (Good Morning Beautiful, I Waited All Night Long)’ Oil, oil pastel, spray, and hand-dyed and hand stitched linen on Canvas, 245 x 215 cm

Canadian-born artist Andrew Salgado (previously here and here) presents a new body of work composed of towering portraits that span over eight-feet-tall. The mixed media works incorporate materials as diverse as paperback books and miniature cacti—objects that bring even more texture to the cross-hatched oil and pastel faces portrayed on each canvas. The works are included in his solo exhibition A Room With a View of the Ocean which runs through August 20 at Lauba House in Zagreb, Croatia. You can see more of Salgado’s mixed media works on his Facebook and Instagram.

(Detail) 'Soft Cage' Oil, oil pastel, paperback novels, and found objects on Canvas, 225 x 205 cm

(Detail) ‘Soft Cage’ Oil, oil pastel, paperback novels, and found objects on Canvas, 225 x 205 cm

'Soft Cage' Oil, oil pastel, paperback novels, and found objects on Canvas, 225 x 205 cm

‘Soft Cage’ Oil, oil pastel, paperback novels, and found objects on Canvas, 225 x 205 cm

'Ocean (Pretty Boys with Tears Like Grapes)' Oil, oil pastel, spray, collage, mixed-media and hand-dyed and hand stitched linen and paperback copies of The Outsider, A Season in Hell, and Tropic of Cancer on Canvas, 245 x 245 cm

‘Ocean (Pretty Boys with Tears Like Grapes)’ Oil, oil pastel, spray, collage, mixed-media and hand-dyed and hand stitched linen and paperback copies of The Outsider, A Season in Hell, and Tropic of Cancer on Canvas, 245 x 245 cm

'Seven Suns' Oil, oil pastel, spray, and hand-dyed and hand stitched linen, cacti, and paperback copy of The Outsider on Canvas, 245 x 215 cm

‘Seven Suns’ Oil, oil pastel, spray, and hand-dyed and hand stitched linen, cacti, and paperback copy of The Outsider on Canvas, 245 x 215 cm

(Detail) 'Seven Suns' Oil, oil pastel, spray, and hand-dyed and hand stitched linen, cacti, and paperback copy of The Outsider on Canvas, 245 x 215 cm

(Detail) ‘Seven Suns’ Oil, oil pastel, spray, and hand-dyed and hand stitched linen, cacti, and paperback copy of The Outsider on Canvas, 245 x 215 cm

'Morning (Bacchus in Chains)' Oil, oil pastel, collage, ceramic items, thread, wood, mixed media collage, Virgin Mary statues, found book, found objects, postcard, and ocean noises on paper and wallpaper, 106 x 106cm

‘Morning (Bacchus in Chains)’ Oil, oil pastel, collage, ceramic items, thread, wood, mixed media collage, Virgin Mary statues, found book, found objects, postcard, and ocean noises on paper and wallpaper, 106 x 106 cm

'Forever (Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow)' Oil, oil pastel, spray, collage, mixed-media and hand-dyed and hand stitched linen and paperback copy of Slaughterhouse V on Canvas, 245 x 235 cm

‘Forever (Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow)’ Oil, oil pastel, spray, collage, mixed-media and hand-dyed and hand stitched linen and paperback copy of Slaughterhouse V on Canvas, 245 x 235 cm

"A LESSON IN PATIENCE WE ARE THROW HEAD FIRST INTO HELL I CRY HIS FIGERS THRU A SMALL HOLE IN A BRICK WALL BRINGS ME BACK BUT I LEARNED ABOUT HIM ME THE DEPTHS OF MY SOUL AND MY STRENGTH IN THIS UNCATEGORIC JOURNEY A LONG WALK TOWARDS HELL” Oil, oil pastel, collage, plastic skulls, wood, collage, found collages and evil glances on paper and screenprint, 106 x 106 cm

“A LESSON IN PATIENCE WE ARE THROW HEAD FIRST INTO HELL I CRY HIS FIGERS THRU A SMALL HOLE IN A BRICK WALL BRINGS ME BACK BUT I LEARNED ABOUT HIM ME THE DEPTHS OF MY SOUL AND MY STRENGTH IN THIS UNCATEGORIC JOURNEY A LONG WALK TOWARDS HELL” Oil, oil pastel, collage, plastic skulls, wood, collage, found collages and evil glances on paper and screenprint, 106 x 106 cm

Install shot of 'A Room with a View of the Ocean'

Install shot of ‘A Room with a View of the Ocean’

 

 



Art

New Sketchbook-Based Ballpoint Pen Drawings by Nicolas V. Sanchez

June 30, 2017

Kate Sierzputowski

New York City-based artist Nicolas V. Sanchez (previously) creates masterful drawings with only the aid of a few ballpoint pens, rendering unbelievably realistic portraits and still lifes in his many sketchbooks. Due to his precise application of highlights and shadows several of his works seem three-dimensional, such as the fruit bowl seen below which looks placed on the page and not drawn.

Sanchez is also a talented painter, working with oil to create blurred familial scenes on canvas or linen. You can see more of his sketchbook-based ink drawings, and browse his collection of paintings, on his Instagram and Facebook.

 

 



Art History

Portraits of Women Painted on the Handles of Old Paint Brushes by Rebecca Szeto

June 23, 2017

Christopher Jobson

Misako Shirasu. 7″h x 3″w x .75″d · Oil on Carved Paintbrush · 2017.

Drawing inspiration from across centuries, mediums, and cultures, artist Rebecca Szeto (previously) identifies both anonymous and historically significant women to depict atop the carved handles of old used paint brushes. From the first woman to graduate with a degree in architecture from MIT to a Chibok schoolgirl kidnapped by Boko Haram in 2014, or an anonymous face lifted from a 17th century Baroque painting, each portrait presents the face of a woman who has come in and out of focus throughout history.

“I am interested in things that fall between the cracks of place and language,” says Szeto in her artist statement. “Rust, dead bees, beaten up paintbrushes and scrap materials from my immediate surroundings all become a starting point. Play and chance are integral parts of my process; they’re a way for me to detach from preconceived ideas about the materials so I can freely explore their inherent qualities and investigate their deeper implications.”

You can explore the individual stories of all the women featured in the works seen here on Szeto’s website, and she’ll have work on view at Root Division in San Francisco as part of an exhibition titled Bizarre Bizarre curated by Michael Arcega starting in July.

Musical Notation. 7.25″h x 2.5″w x .1″d · Oil, Plaster on Carved Paintbrush · 2016.

Marion Mahony. 8″h x 3″w x 1″d · Oil on Carved Paintbrush · 2015.

Angela Isadora Duncan. 6″h x 2″w x .5″d · Oil on Carved Paintbrush · 2015.

Chibok Girl: Salamatu Bulama Usman. 5.5″h x 3″w x .5″d · Oil on Carved Paintbrush · 2017.

Violet Jessep. 5.25″h x 2.5″w x .5″d · Oil on Carved Paintbrush · 2015.

Emilie du Chatelet (2 for Squared). 8″h x 4″w x .5″d · Oil on Carved Paintbrush · 2015.

Margaret Roper (1500). 7″h x 3.5″w x .5″d · Oil on Carved Paintbrush · 2015.

 

 



Art Illustration

Segmented and Compartmentalized Graphite Portraits by Miles Johnston

June 7, 2017

Christopher Jobson

The female characters inhabiting the world of London-based illustrator Miles Johnston appear to be undergoing near perpetual transformation, their faces or bodies split in half, or their entire form morphing into globby organic forms. Over the past few years he’s examined four specific transformations organized into series titled Deform, Divide, Attract, and Recur. Johnston will have work on view at the upcoming Small Works exhibition at beinArt Gallery and you can also follow him on Instagram. (via Booooooom, Artnau)