If Keith Haring were still alive, today would be his 55th birthday. Happy Birthday to one of my favorites artists!
Happy Birthday Keith! <3
To see more about Keith Haring – go here.
Posted in Art, Photography, tagged 1950s, arts, breathtaking photos, cartier bresson, John Maloof, life as a photographer, Maier, Photography, producing a documentary, street photography, Vivien Maier, Vivien Maier documentary on May 4, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
Last week I stumbled across the street photography of Vivien Maier, a nanny living in NYC in the 1950′s that lead a prolifically creative life, but also one that was fiercely private. Some regard Maier as the female Cartier-Bresson but all her work was unknown until just a few years ago. In 2007, John Maloof went to an auction near his home and purchased a unlabeled trunk full of negatives for less then $400. Inside the box contained hundreds of negatives and rolls of film belonging to Maier that had never been seen by anyone else. The find of the century! Since then, Maloof has shared her legacy to the world and is even producing a documentary about her life. Can you imagine if these photos had never been found? And what’s even more puzzling is why Maier kept this all a secret? Even those closest to her had no idea about her secret double life as a photographer, possibly regarded as one of the greatest of the 20th century. Check out a selection of Maier’s work here on her official site, read about her, and watch the trailer for the documentary here. I can’t wait to SEE more and LEARN more about this amazing photographer! Get into it!
The negatives Maloof purchased in 2007.
Who could have known these breathtaking photos were contained inside?
tiny no. 12, 2012
“Emily Haasch is a designer, collage artist, art student, ordinary nerd, tiny person, pixel enthusiast, avid reader, exhaustive writer, Newcastle drinker, friendly dog-petter, obsessive researcher, brand maker, risk taker, True Life watcher, witty storyteller, loves the city of Rockford, hates the city of Rockford, parking lot explorer, amateur jalapeño farmer, conceptual thinker,practical doer, Wal-Mart shopper, and future owner of an Internet timeshare.”
Whew, what a description right? I love these small collages and her Wrestler series, which I’ll share later. Her work is simple, graphic and enjoyable to look at. If you want to see even more of her work, check out her website, tumblr and follow her on twitter. And if you want to own an Haasch original for yourself, check out her store.
Get into it!
Posted in Art, Illustration, tagged arrested motion, arts, bionic, bionic album art, christina aguilera, Corey Helford Gallery, D*Face, Going Nowhere Fast, illustration, illustration style, LA Street Art, meatpacking district, nyc street art, scale murals, shepard fairey, street art on March 31, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
This weekend, UK-based artist D*Face posted pictures of a recently completed mural in Puerto Rico (pictured above). Much like Shepard Fairey, D*Face’s work first began popping up as “tags” and small-scale pieces on the streets. Today, his work can be seen as large-scale murals on billboards/building walls and in galleries all over the world. While Fairey is known to have a bad rap, D*Face seems to have evaded the controversy and lawsuits that plague Fairey. I began following D*Face once I saw his work plastered on walls in NYC’s Meatpacking district. I love his Lichtenstein-inspired illustration style and the characters that pop up in his work. One fun fact, he designed the album artwork for Christina Aguilera’s 201o release, Bionic. Very graphic and very colorful, just what I like!
D*Face in LA, Going Nowhere Fast show at the Corey Helford Gallery, 2011 (above and below).
The artist and his finished work!
2011, collage, oil on mdf
12.2 x 12.2 inches
Tonight I’m heading to the Artemisa Gallery for their inaugural exhibition, Experiencing Contemporary Latin American Art, here in NYC. I’m excited to see work by one of my new favorite artists, Julio Alan Lepez on display in a gallery. In September, I blogged about Lepez’s work, and now I’ve been invited to a show featuring him. How cool is that? If you’re in the NYC area, check out the Artemisa Gallery and their new exhibition, Experiencing Contemporary Latin American Art, on display until March 3rd!
Posted in Art, tagged Arrangements in Skintones, art, arts, Chad Wys, creativity, deconstruction, illustration, modern art, modern painting, Nocturne, painting on February 17, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
Brutalized Portrait of a Gentleman 2 – Chad Wys
Back in December, I stumbled across the work of Chad Wys on Pinterest and quickly feel in love with bold graphic nature of his paintings. If this is a genre or modern “style” of painting, I’m totally into artists and designers creating work this way (Wys’ work visually reminds me of Julio Alan Lepez – I blogged about Lepez back in September here). I love the idea of taking old paintings and objects and deconstructing, reclaiming or re-presenting them in new ways. Aesthetics aside, the work of Wys is smart and I appreciate the writing that goes with it. It shows the thought he channels into the creation of his work. He’s not just sitting there adding paint splatters to paintings to be controversial or ironic. Wys has a large variety of work spanning different mediums, but together you can tell they were created by the same person, without looking redundant or repetitive.
Nocturne 103 – Chad Wys
Brutalized Gainsborough 2 – Chad Wys
On his website, Wys writes, “A major strand throughout much of my artwork, beyond the broader inquirers into what art means socially, is the notion of object: object ownership, objectification of history, objectification of people, objectification of artwork and its many mediums; objectification of aesthetic pleasure; etc. I often explore/exploit the idea of objecthood: how we decorate our lives with arbitrary, as well as meaningful, things; how we objectify the ones we love and the strangers we see; how we objectify pain and death; how we objectify complex and sensitive cultural histories … My artwork is also, at its core, an experimentation in composition, color, and form. Through a variety of mixed media I have chosen as my inspiration a color palette that is at times complimentary and at other times purposfully contradictory, or seemingly destructive. The literal destruction of an object is secondary, in my mind, to the overall effect created by color (dis)harmony and the overall aesthetic-emotional experience of the reclaimed and reinvented object.” - Chad Wys, 2012
How cool are these “Know Your Color Charts” series?
Nocturne 108 – Chad Wys
Nocturne 110 – Chad Wys
Arrangement in Skintones 8 – Chad Wys
I also think this series above, Arrangements in Skintones, is pretty great too. Wys currently calls Chicago, Illinois home and if you’d like to learn more about him, or see more of his work, check out his portfolio site, follow him on tumblr or twitter and you can even like him on facebook. Hope you’ve enjoyed Chad’s work as much as I do. Get into it.
Christopher Gray, Stop Looking at Me All the Time
Yesterday I stumbled across the work of London-raised illustrator, designer and “Renaissance Man” Christopher Gray. I found his geometric paintings on Pinterest and quickly set out to find more information about him. When I found his website, there’s remarkably little information about him. So I had to dig a bit deeper and do more research. Grain Edit did a spotlight on Christopher in 2011, where they say, “His personal poster work (above) features amalgamated geometric shapes in sophisticated compositions and color schemes. Christopher is setting the bar high on this project, and writes on his blog that he’s aiming to get 100 posters in the middle of [the] year all of which will be for sale.” To see more of this project, check out the website here. Christopher also worked for studioAKA where they write, Chris has worked for the likes of Nike, Umbro, Tiger, PlayStation and the Hilton. A large selection of his professional work can be found on his blog, We Shall See. Christopher now calls Sweden home and says of Sweden, “It suites me perfectly. I‘m so lucky to be here for the summer. I‘ve never been in a position where if I get bored of work I can stroll down to the harbour and swim out to the pontoon and soak up some sun for an hour before heading home. Absolute bliss.” Sounds like a great way to work right? During my travels to the Scandinavia two summers ago, Sweden was hands down my favorite. A beautiful place, full of energy and a great design capital. It’s great to see designers that are so prolific in their professional and side projects. There’s really no limits for what designers can do these days and it’s really inspiring seeing others working in this way.
There’s also a great interview on Christopher on Ucon’s website you can read here.
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I stumbled across the work of Julio Alan Lepez on tumblr this past July and it was love at first sight. The painting above appeared on my dashboard and I quickly reblogged it (for obvious reasons), but the original post lacked information about the artist. I love the combination of realistic portraiture with writing and the scratched out parts. I wasn’t sure if it was mixed media or just paint, but I’d never seen paintings like this before. Months later I got a message on tumblr alerting me to the artist, from …. the artist himself! I was trilled to find his site and see more of his work and learn more about him. I reached out asking if I could feature him on my humble blog, and thankfully he agreed. Today I’m featuring five of my favorites, but these only represent a small snapshot of his work. Check out an extensive collection of his work on his site (here), and follow his blog (here).
In writing about his show Inventory in 2011, Chelsey Henderson writes,
“Julio Alan Lepez has been painting portraits since back when he was at Art College. It is well known by now that Lepez’ subjects are always his friends. He works from photographs he takes of them, asking them to pose according to the idea he wants to portray, and even though it is evident that he has many very willing friends, after a few years of following his work one starts to recognize them, to almost feel like part of the group, like walking up to one of them and saying “hey, how have you been, its been ages!”
31 x 31 cms. | collage, oil on mdf | 2011
The titles Lepez gives to his works are very important. “If I don’t have a title, I don’t have a painting”, says Lepez. Often, the title comes before the painting. Other titles, such as “Retratos imposibles” (Impossible Portraits) or “Retratos psicologicos” (Psychological Portraits) are constantly re-used with different characters. “To me the title is a way of capturing the spectator’s attention, a way of intriguing him and drawing him closer to the work. The image captivates, but the title sets him thinking all the more. I go crazy if picture and title are not perfect together”, explains the artist.”
90 x 60 cms | oil and collage on canvas | 2005
70 x 100 cms | oil, collage and charcoal on canvas | 2006
180 x 180 cms. | | 2011
I cheated with the last one, a group shot for my final favorite! But don’t these paintings look amazing together? I hope you enjoy Lepez’s work as much as I do and if you’d like to see more, check out his site (here).
Last week I visited to the Coach Men’s store here in NYC and I was introduced to something new … the work of painter James Nares. Not what you were expecting? Recently Coach teamed up with the painter on a limited edition series of bags painted by the artist available in 5 colors. They can be yours for the small price of $798 .. I kid – that’s an insane amount of money. But it’s almost like you’re buying a piece of art. So get into the work of James Nares and for about $800, one of these amazing bags can be yours … compare it to the price of an original painting and it’s a steal.
The bags on display in James’ studio .. see the connection to his work in the background?
beautiful in blue.
Love the green too.
Nares paints his canvases suspended from above to get his signature brush strokes.
A peak into the studio.
A collection of huge brushes Nares uses to create his distinct paintings.
To check out an interview with Nares – read here.
I love the graphic black and white versions too.
The wonderful people at J.Crew just released their 2012 J. Crew Collection and I stumbled across these images from their 770 Behind the Line blog. As we’re in the middle of winter here in NYC it’s refreshing to see COLOR! What I love so much about J.Crew (for women) is their playful use of color. They have really moved beyond the bland preppy-casual style of J.Crew in the 2000s. The J.Crew of today is so different than it was just 10 years ago. There are a few interesting articles about the transformation of J.Crew over the years under the direction of Jenna Lyons that are interesting to read. Seems like it was quite the battle but from what I’ve read, J.Crew has never done better. I wish the Men’s lines would take more risks and use more color/pattern, but I will say the NY Liquor/NYC Men’s stores are so much more well designed than the typical mall stores. So that’s something!
Anyways … what I really love about these pictures are the vibrant colors. As a male graphic designer, obviously I can’t wear this stuff (or could I? … jk), so I use this stuff as great inspiration. If I’m feeling uninspired or starting a new project, I love looking through my fashion image libraries and using the color picker in Photoshop/Illustrator to pick new color combinations. That’s one of the tricks I learned from my time in Copenhagen studying textile design. Interior design blogs and magazines are also great for this! Look for brands (or photos) that playfully use and MIX colors, and bring that to what you’re designing to create something new and surprising. Use something from one medium, be it fashion or interior design, and bring that to graphic design. Here’s what I mean:
So in love with these magenta pants .. gonna try to rock a colored pant this spring
1. J.Crew’s Behind the Line Tumblr.
3. Design to Inspire Blog
4. My Tumblr!
Kate Spade NY’s Tumblr.
My Tumblr archive.