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The Secret Life of the Pencil: An Abstract Portrait Series of Today’s Creatives as Seen Through Their Pencils

November 8, 2017

Christopher Jobson

Celia Birtwell

Photographer Mike Tinney and industrial designer Alex Hammond were discussing the current state of technology and creativity when they had an observation: with enormous advances in technology, client demands for speed and quick turnaround often venture into the unreasonable leaving precious little time for thinking, sketching, or ideation. Despite advancements in software, the duo found that pencils remained central to their own process of formulating ideas and began to wonder if this held through across creative industries.

“The pencil and its ability to bridge the gap between hand and paper so effectively makes it exceptionally powerful, and as we’ve found, still much loved amongst the creative heroes of our generation,” shares Hammond. As they reached out to other established artists, designers, and photographers they began to request writing utensils to photograph using a special setup. “For each pencil we art directed the shoot to have a very subtle ‘nod’ to them or their work. When that wasn’t suitable, we let the pencil they had chosen to represent them talk for itself, documenting them in their purest form.”

Tinney and Hammond gathered the pencil portraits together in the new book The Secret Life of the Pencil available worldwide through Laurence King.

William Boyd

Dave Eggers

Tracey Emin

Thomas Heatherwick

Henry Holland

Anish Kapoor

Nick Park

Gerald Scarfe

David Shrigley

 

 



Art Craft Photography

Colorfully Embroidered Vintage Photos of Artists and Cultural Icons by Victoria Villasana

October 27, 2017

Christopher Jobson

Working with appropriated vintage photographs of artists, musicians, and politicians, Mexican textile artist Victoria Villasana applies a colorfully whimsical layer of embroidery atop each image. Criss-crosses of color and bright highlights around the eyes seem to lend a sense of empowerment to the works which often depict feminist icons from singer Nina Simone to artist Frida Kahlo. Villasana also takes her works into the streets and creates hybrid yarn bomb paste-ups from small stickers to entire murals. You can see more of her recent work on Instagram.

 

 



Art

Three-Dimensional Portraits of Suspended Paint Strokes by Chris Dorosz

October 24, 2017

Laura Staugaitis

Rather than considering paint as a liquid medium, San Francisco-based artist Chris Dorosz uses the traditional material as a unit of measure to form anonymous sculptural portraits. At first glance, the three-dimensional paintings read as abstract compilations of shapes, and only once the viewer looks head-on at the portrait does a human figure begin to emerge.

As he writes in his artist statement, Dorosz considers the paint drop to be “a form that takes shape not from a brush or any human-made implement or gesture, but purely from its own viscosity and the air it falls through, as analogous to the building blocks that make up the human body (DNA) or even its mimetic representation (the pixel).”

Dorosz is represented by Scott Richards Contemporary Art. The suite of four busts, entitled Rosh, is on view November 18, 2017 at the Muriel Guépin Gallery in New York.

 

 



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’

 

 

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