The Unstoppable Bohemian: Audrey the Artist

Bohemians will do anything to pursue their art and Audrey the Artist glorifies this. Having a disability does not stop her expressing her vision through twisted wired lines and spots of vibrant inks. You just gotta keep on keeping on when you have talent in life. Though I do wander if at times she is in physical pain when she makes her art….

Her hands remind me of a ballerina; long and elegant though harboring pain we cannot begin to imagine.  Like our own hands but extraordinary yet fragile and ultimately beautiful.

Audrey’s aesthetic is feminine, edgy and chic. The faceless beauties she draws tell a story with their hair, some designs are also available as tote bags!  

I adore illustrators because they make the world prettier! Think about it, they really do. From adverts, instruction manuals, prints on products… Illustration is EVERYWHERE to inform, educate, entertain and inspire and make the world look better as well as share a special style to see the world with plus a reinterpretation of how things can look.

An interview by Golden Boy Press with the Artist found here.

Here’s a snippet of the interview.

What’s a typical day for you?
Eating, drawing, going out, sleeping. Repeat. I love going out to see concerts, and you may take me as a psycho, but sometimes I just feel like tattooing every lyric on my body, haha. It happened when I saw Haim last year, I just got like “each song is full of life” and I wanted that feeling tattooed on my body.

How does your environment empower you to pursue what you love?
I wouldn’t say my environment empowers me. In my family, I don’t have any artists, so very early I realized I had to draw my own path, which is something you have to accept ; I mean sometimes, it would be so nice to have someone close to relate to. Most of all, I try to travel as much as possible, and meet people from different countries, with different cultures. Differences are empowering.

What are your top 5 main influences?
Stina Persson, Jordi Labanda as illustrators. I’ve been lucky as hell to meet Jordi, he’s such a brilliant man. One of my current influences is Sia (from her video clips to her album covers). I mean, jeez, so much talent. I am also highly influenced by my favorite book, Les Fleurs du Mal from Baudelaire. There’s this poem, “La Chevelure” and it fits the way I draw hair so well. And this year, my favorite movie was Whiplash, and it quite influenced my behavior. I went very “go for it” instead of “what if”, and it changes everything you know.

“That’s why her hair is so big it’s full of secrets!” – Damien (from Mean Girls)

 

Young Indonesian Artist: Eem Rohimah

DSC_0331Thank you for your patience Loyal readers, I shall endeavor to write about tales from Indonesia where I was visiting last month…

Let us begin with a young Artist I met who is friends with my cousins. Her name is Eem Rohimah.

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Eem uses oil pastels and different textured pens, inks and paper to produce her work. She has an eye for typography and made me a special print emblazoned with my name. The above image featuring circles and orange tones is a copy of an already existent piece by another artist.

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Here is the wonderful personalized handmade art print Eem made me. 

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Sedition sɪˈdɪʃ(ə)n/ Art ɑːt/

Galatians 5:19-21

“19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.” -KJV

So I had the best intentions to be more Holy and take the time to understand Bible teachings when I discovered a new word: sedition. Subsequently I encountered an online platform that enables you to own works of art by certain Artists that sell for millions of $’s…Kind  of…From Damien Hirst to Tracey Emin, the duo Elmgreen & Dragset and Jenny Holzer. It’s eclecticism at its finest. And it’s yours to own. Only to be graced upon any computer, tablet or TV of your choice. This is purely a digital art collector’s platform. But it’s really kinda cool. Forget Walls. We’re screen babies now. As something of a Wordsmith myself Emin’s “I Promise to Love You” Collection is irresistible. Although it may superficially be due to the resemblance to Britney Jean‘s cover art. Tracey vs Britney…

Some Fugly stuff for sale would be Jake & Chinos Chapman work- who needs to purchase a visual representation of clutter?

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This is where you can digital art for your screen for a Fiver!

There’s also an App you can download. Turn your screen into Art as Sedition Art declares…

Top 5 Controversial Photography Tips from Steve McCurry.

Here are the highlights of Steve McCurry’s talk with Tim Marlow at Hay Festival 2015

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   1. Don’t ask for permission to take photos of strangers.

Interestingly McCurry is firm in his belief over the precedence of capturing a shot over the hesitation of appropriateness. For example as McCurry’s photography usually is taken in challenging climates for example war zones or during a human struggle like health. Unless there is an express rejection (i.e. a distressed shaking of the head, a hand gesturing the camera away or someone actively asserting no photos to be taken) then Steve McCurry will take a photo of the individual or persons regardless of the state they are in distressed or otherwise. Of course this raises ethical concerns and a fine balance of permission, respect must unite with the Photographer’s prerogative and aim of capturing raw, graphic truth onto physical image. Also it is impossible in a war zone! Notably the Magnum Photographer mentioned how the medium of street photography does not typically request permission to photograph, such requests are tricky given the masses of people potentially present at say a festival being shot and it an awareness of being filmed understandably changes the subject’s behaviour due to the awareness of being seen etc.

2. On the flipside for one-on-one photographs ask permission.

A classic example would be when Sharbat Gula a.k.a ‘The Afghan Girl’ 1984 shot was reunited with the famed photographer in 2002 for a second portrait of her.

3. “Extensively, compulsively and obsessively,” reiterated by Tim Marlow on how determinedly dedicated a photographer must be to retain his body of work. McCurry also asserts that “my camera is my notebook.” Thereby photos taken on a camera are not jut for the portfolio but a means of generating ideas and capturing inspiring moments for future projects.

  4. Never take Beautiful photos.

Or rather don’t aim to take conventionally pretty shots. Beauty is never the prime focus of this world famous photographer.

   5. Photography is your Life.

McCurry is so dedicated, obsessed and in love with this medium that he is never really not photographing even when on restful holidays he feels compelled to use his camera!

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Artist: Fabian Perez

I discovered this Argentine Artist by chance as I walked past Cardiff’s Blue Dot Gallery. His art was displayed in the window and I popped into the gallery to see more of his beautiful and seductive paintings. I instantly loved them and the Cezanne-esque brushstrokes.

That was back in 2012. The following year I had the good fortune to meet the Artist Fabian in Cheltenham’s Whitewall Gallery. I was pretty nervous to meet him which is quite unusual because I’m always attending events like these. So I asked him  who Michiko was-he does many paintings of her (turns out she’s an old friend from Japan.) I asked him how to get started with painting he answered it’s important to learn how to paint, master the basics then cultivate your own style. I was so nervous I ended up cutting the conversation short. My Mum was there with me whilst I chatted to him so I introduced my Mum to him! Initially we arrived prior to his attendance so me Mum & Dad had a good wander around the gallery that showcased his work. It was jam-packed with collector’s and fans! The reason my parents came was because Cheltenham is an awkward place to get to by train. It’s only a 1 1/2 hour drive but via train it’s 2 1/2 hours with x2 stops! We got to walk around the beautiful city of Cheltenham so it was wroth the trip for us all.

His paintings of Michiko are my favourite no doubt because with our Asiatic eyes she’s the lady I most resemble out of the many women Perez paints. Call it a Bias of Vanity.

Fabian did not have the easiest upbringing. Do have a read of his biography you’ll be touched and inspired by his Art even more.

http://www.fabianperez.com/about/biography

I can definitely relate to his early struggles in Life. I guess that explains why I was so immediately drawn to him. But Fabian is no tortured soul. He’s talented, handsome and has a beautiful family see below:

 

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