I’ve been on this idea of waking perceptions, dreams, and subconscious landscapes for quite some time now. It’s definitely been preoccupying my mind lately, and as always, the more I focus on something, the more it expands. And so, I’ve sought out and come across many great ideas in film, literature and visual art.
One visual artist, presented here, is Robert Hardgrave. Hardgrave’s paintings blow my mind. I don’t really feel as thought I have the proper vocabulary to describe them, but as an attempt, with words borrowed from his website, how about a mash up of contemporary abstraction, mysticism, futurism, and surrealism. Whatever it may be, they definitely evoke an emotional response from me. His work is really impressive and I suggest digging deeper into his art. Check him out!
Schorr’s mind as a child was “… was filled with a constantly shifting and swirling vortex of imagery in unnatural juxtapositions and combinations.” This might begin to scratch the surface of what goes on behind his eyes. Horror, sci-fi, war, cartoon, cowboy, and puppet shows, comic books and styrene plastic models with a splash of National Geographic have all come together to wire this man’s brain to compose beautifully horrific mishmashes of pop culture imagery in surreal environments. Your childhood fairytale and cartoon characters will never be the same. This is a small sample of what Schorr is capable of. Check him out!
A few months ago I set out to explore some new ideas, and try some new techniques on a smaller scale. I didn’t exactly know what I was after, and while it was difficult not to know what it is I was trying to achieve, it also gave me the opportunity to try something new and give attention to some lingering imagery that I had in my mind. The series of paintings maintained a similar feel, mostly dark, mystic, and symbolic. Looking back on it now it seems to me that the paintings are snippets of a visual journal from my subconscious mind. The works spawned from lots of self reflection, and though I didn’t know it at the time, they were attempts at working through and understanding my own mythology and psyche. “Face to Face” is my most recent painting, and may be the last of this little series of work. After completing “Dont’ Trust The Angels, They May Be Devils in Disguise,” I couldn’t understand what it was that I was doing, or where I was going. The content and imagery felt really dark and I was ready to come back to some colour. “Face to Face,” this painting above, was heading in that direction. It was the light at the end of the rabbit hole that I had gone down a few months prior. However, which side of the hole I’m on right now I’m not quite sure, but at least there is enough light for me to see again.
Neil Krug has been on my mind for the past few months. I kept a tab open in my browser of his website for about a month, just so I can keep browsing his images. I adore the colours and the treatment to his film. By using old polaroid film, his photos reveal faded colours and blemishes which I find very seductive with a nostalgic attraction. There is also an aspect of mysticism and symbolism, particularly in the series “Pulp Fiction.” Much of his work involves photos of musicians and bands, many that I so happen to listen to… so what is there not to like? I’m sure his photos has had an influence on my recent body of work.. thanks Neil.
He is presently launching the book, “Pulp Fiction,” that is now available for pre-order. Check him out!
Here is my latest piece. This painting comes from a really loose sketch that I did a couple of months ago. It was a bit of a painful project to carry out in the sense that it didn’t feel as though it was coming together very well as the painting progressed. It also left me in a bit of an existential place, wondering what it is I am trying to achieve, not only in this work, but in my recent direction artistically. I had decided to finish it none the less as I felt the responsibility to the initial idea. I’m still slightly baffled by it and what it could mean, but perhaps there is some power to this ambiguity. So with great hesitation, I present my latest painting, “Don’t trust the Angels, they may be Devils in Disguise.”
This Thursday, the 21st of October, OMEN, Canada’s renown graffiti artist will be having an art opening at Alibi in Montreal. Featured are some new drawings on the theme of horror and some never before seen oil paintings.
OMEN has been painting the streets of Montreal since the late 90s and his high contrast, realistic and surreal portraiture can be found all over the streets of Montreal and Toronto and in art collections around the world. OMEN is a friend of mine and has definitely been an influence of mine since I began painting. Here is what I found on his blog about his upcoming show:
“A small limited occasion that allows you to see & collect some of the works of Montreal artist OMEN.
Due to situation completely within my control we are able to bypass gallery fees this one time and pass the savings on to you! This is the exception not the rule. Works include: horror based watercolours done for the event, drawings, never seen oil paintings, and more.
Come one come all and have the chance to own an OMEN original. This a BYOB event”
The more I look, the more I realize how many incredible artists there are. I think it’s very possible that we all master some sort of artistry, but just don’t nurture it to it’s potential. It seems that somewhere down the line in our evolution art was separated from daily life. It became the work of artists, not the work of everyone. Just as most disciplines and professions became specialized and compartmentalized, art became a profession of sorts. According to Sarah Thornton who wrote “Seven Days in the Art World,” more and more people are devoting their time to the arts in past decade, whether it be becoming artists themselves or seeking out art and and collecting it. There can be several reasons for this shift, but whatever it is, the end result is that it is leading us to becoming more artistically literate and cultured. I’d like to believe that we are the way back to having art as an integrated part of our daily lives again, where everyone will adopt some sort of artistry in their lives.
Kris Lewis is very clearly talented. His technique and capabilities of rendering his subject to a photo realistic degree is gorgeous, but doing this is not always what he sets out to achieve. He incorporates a illustrative element which broadens his appeal. At times there are decorative and graphic elements to his paintings, something that I myself am always drawn to. His colour palette is generally of earth tones, and his composition, although sometimes similar to classic portraitures, are sometime reminiscent of Christian iconography. Did I mention his overwhelming inclination to painting women? I recently came across Lewis’ work, but had I come across his paintings long ago, I would have to admit to it being an influence on my mine. (We also have the same initials ) Check out his site!
John Brophy is a painter based out of Seattle, Washington.
This is what I found on John:
“John Brophy creates paintings that blend artifacts from global cultures and belief systems and juxtaposes them with the overarching affects of western consumer culture. Taking cues from the religious imagery of 15th century Flemish Primitive art, he takes their use of intimate compositions and understated gestures and reworks them using contemporary imagery to create surreal yet immediate new icons for the modern age.”
Icon painters unite!
Brophy’s work is astonishing, his technique kills and is content is very relevant. Check out his site here.
This really happened. The writers from The Simpsons some how tracked down Banksy and worked out a deal for him to create the opening credits for a show to be aired in the UK on October 21st. FOX bashing and Asian outsourcing including Korean film cells, child labour, and cruelty to animals is just some of what his opening credits touches upon. Check out the interview with Al Jean, an executive producer at The Simpsons here. Impressive!
I came across a site featuring the work of David Spriggs. The selection of his pieces are, and I think you’ll agree, immediately captivating. His online images are only a glimpse of what the works must be like in person; some of his installations are enormous, at least one fills a room at 600 inches across, 144 inches high and 84 inches deep.
He paints on multiple planes of transparent film, one placed in from of the other and gorgeously lit, giving his works an incredible depth and and over all ghostly appearance. I think it’s brilliant and ingenious. I checked out Spriggs’ website and to my surprise I found that not only are we the same age, but we live in the same city of Montreal! Can’t wait to see his installations in person. Check him out www.davidspriggs.com.
I’m really just speechless..
A film by Kathryn Ferguson and Andersen M Studio. DAVID DAVID (s/s 08 collection). Directed by Kathryn Ferguson and Andersen M Studio. Cinematography: Mikkel Lundsager Hansen and Andersen M Studio. Editing: Mikkel Lundsager Hansen, Andersen M Studio and Kathryn Ferguson. Stylist: Robbie Spencer. Photography: Sara Ekholm. Set design: Helen McIntyre. Hair Chi Wong / Untitled. Make up Kaori Mitsuyasu. Models Ben Grimes and Joe Walsh / Models 1. Music: 72 Evil / Andersen M Records.
You gotta love stumbleupon. There is just an insane amount of talent and information out there and stumbleupon delivers it to me according to what I’m into .. I love it.
I came across Iain Macarthur this morning. His illustrations mix a highly rendered realistic drawing technique with flatter, decorative line drawing elements, giving his works an almost collage feel, however nothing remains flat. I love the mix of realistic renderings with graphic elements. I want to believe that there is an influence of art nouveau here, but it may be me projecting. I especially love this illustration featured here. Most of his work is high contrast black and white and grey, although he has a few colour pieces in the mix. Check out his Behance portfolio here or his blog here.
I just came across Daniel Sprick’s paintings on facebook and wow. His technique and understanding of colour amazes me. These paintings are loose and at the same time hyper realistic. Some of his paintings resemble caricatures of his subjects, while maintaining a realistic quality. Check out his fb album here.