Wednesday, 1 September 2010

Richard Coleman

Richard Coleman is fast becoming one of my favourite artists. What first attracted me to his work was the way that he draws people in a way that is both sinister and humorous, they reminded me of characters from a Lemony Snicket book. Then I noticed his use of pattern which had a big effect on me, I'd never thought of combing characters and patterns before, it was a big inspiration for my third 'War and Peace' print (see below). Then I noticed his radical use of colour, eye catching but never garish; explosive and yet restrained. When all these elements are put together what we get are images that are wonderfully surreal, it's as if we're given a window into the artists head-into his dreams. What I like most of all is how the surreal nature of the images can be exciting, fun and playful, while at the same time having a slightly disturbing and unsettling undertone ;like David Lynch with brighter colours.

Ragnar Persson

While in Sweden I came across the work of a fantastic artist called Ragnar Persson. There are so many things that I love about his work: I love the honesty and lack of pretensions, this is someone who has loved drawing all his life and sees no reason to stop. This is someone who draws the same thing continuously until he is totally pleased with it. This is someone who rejects what he was taught in art-school, opting instead to continue on his own personal path creating drawings that are honest, beautiful and raw.
I also love the atmosphere that you get from his drawings, they seem to exude a mood that is at once playful and melancholic; and they give a sense of place: from the skillful and sensitive way that he draws the forests, we know that we are in Sweden. I love the way that he draws people, with care and compassion- they are all totally believable and remind us all of people we know. I think it's fair to say I really like his work! See what you think:

Vee Speers- The Birthday Party

So, over the summer I went to Stockholm (Highly recommended), while there I went to 'Fotografiska' a new photography museum (Again, highly recommended) and it was there that I saw this fantastic exhibition by Vee Speers called 'The Birthday Party':

The idea behind this exhibition is photographing children in clothes that reflect how their lives will turn out in the future. I really like this idea, it's as if you get a persons entire life story before their life has even got going. We see them as their young and adult selves all at once, missing out the years in between. The photos are at once: beautiful, bleak, disturbing, sad, and humorous. In a sense even though these images are photographs they sum up to me what illustration should be about: representing complex ideas and emotions simply and beautifully.

War and Peace: Update3

Hi there, wow it's been a while since my last post hasn't it? Sorry about that, but rest assured that I've got plenty of new artists that I've discovered and blogging about shortly. For now though, lets talk about 'War and Peace':
A while ago I received Jord's interpretation of Kris' piece:
I really liked this piece, the style reminded me a lot of the Charles Burn's comics(which me and Jord are both big fans of); and I also liked the way that he had chosen to separate the concepts of war and peace as polar opposites. I thought this was a really clever idea, as previously I had always assumed that I had to have war and peace interacting in some way. So this gave me an idea: why not take the separation idea further and create two separate pieces, one for war and one for peace? After I spent some time thinking it over I realised that I was far more excited about creating an image about peace (still inspired by all the peace posters that we saw at the Picasso exhibition) so I decided to concentrate on that. Here's what I came up with: The idea was to have doves and a white poppy,both of which are symbols for peace; and that the way in which the hands and the birds connect would represent unity. It was partly inspired by this piece by Picasso called 'Hands entwined 3':

I'm reasonably happy with how the piece turned out, at first I was irritated by all of the imperfections, but I suppose that's part of the joy of print. I quite like the 'loopy-all one line' style that I used in this piece as I think it separates it from my previous work from last year; I might try using it again.
I should say,by the way that I've just seen Jord's third piece for this project, and Kris' Hockney inspired photo-joiners from his travels; and their both amazing! Be sure to check them out!
Peace x