AM recently had the chance to visit pop-surrealist painter Hisham Echafaki‘s studio. Using acrylic and oil paint, the London-based artist loves exploring symetry and patterns, as well as depicting animals in a surreal environment, as shown in his kufic and butterflies series. We were fortunate to document some of the painting process of his Anthropomorphic Bowie pieces as he prepared for the upcoming group show The Many Faces of David Bowie at the Opera Gallery London. Photo credit: Butterfly.
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The prolific artist DALeast has struck again, this time in Vienna. The South Africa-based Chinese artist painted a mural that draws from his roots as the title of this latest piece is “-”, the a character that means “one” in Chinese. Painted over some scattered graffiti, the work featuring his animal characters rendered with his kinetic brushstrokes blends in nicely with the wall. Take a look at more photos below… Discuss DAL here.
More stories from the week ended June 16: Maurizio Cattelan takes a break from retirement and presents old work in a new way at Fondation Beyeler. RIP: Dorothea Wight, who has died of cancer at age 68. RIP: “Gallerists to the people” startup Artify.it. Feds pursue Subhash Kapoor, suspected of smuggling an estimated $100 mill. in art over the last two years. German police bust forgery ring that faked works by such artists as Kandinsky, Malevich and Goncharova. Twenty-two people arrested as Paris Police break […]
Robert Burden’s artwork centers around his love for childhood toys, heroes, and icons & is the subject of our latest Art Focus feature. His nostalgic representations of these action figures from his past are set against backgrounds and patterns taken from fabric, rug, or wallpaper from his home while growing up. This elevation of these mass produced items with a reverence and almost talismanic obsession is an ironic metaphor for the consumer addiction seen today. The series of work seen here was included in his […]
There are numerous high quality art fairs occurring year round but the granddaddy of them all is Art Basel in Switzerland which opened its doors this week. Drawing some of the most prestigious galleries to exhibit a seemingly endless list of notable artists such as Kaws, Rob Pruitt, Will Cotton, Shepard Fairey, Takashi Murakami, Yoshitomo Nara and Jeff Elrod (just to name a very few), it’s no wonder that the wealthiest collectors and the hard-core art enthusiasts flock to Switzerland each year for a chance […]
Earlier this month (June 1-8), the Viborg International Billboard Painting Festival kicked things off with new work from Nychos. The Vienna-based street muralist brought his cartoonish anatomical aesthetic to Denmark and painted a series of works on billboards & walls, ranging from painterly techniques to graffiti. Other artists scheduled to make appearances include Blade, John Howard, Horphe, Ken Sortais, Christian Dinesen, and Anders Reventlov Larsen. Check out more photos of Nychos’ work below… Photo credit: Henrik Haven. Discuss Nychos here.
While in town for her show in Copenhagen (covered), Hyuro also spent time working on a massive new mural over 270 meters long. Spending about two weeks painting her progressive imagery featuring an elk making a transformation as it trots through a forest, the long piece is a gift to her fans in the Danish capital. Take a more detailed and extensive look in the photo set below… Photo credit: Henrik Haven. Discuss Hyuro here.
Brazilian artist Herbert Baglione recently visited Mexico City for the opening of his newest solo show “Obituary” @ Fifty24Mx gallery. The new show includes new paintings and installations by the artist. It is part of his continuing body of work he started at Contemporary Art Museum of Bogota in August of 2012, strongly inspired by death, human imperfection, and spiritual rebirth. The exhibition integrates photography, installation, drawing, and painting made with Baglione’s own blood. This radical method of creating art is actually turning his work process into […]
Joshua Liner Gallery recently welcomed the return of Oliver Vernon to New York City, with a new solo show entitled Renegade Trajectories. This fresh exhibition highlights Vernon’s cerebral and energetic visuals and pushes them to another level. Vernon utilized a variety of mediums and techniques to create this new collection of landscape abstraction, including acrylic on canvas or linen, as well as ink works on paper. Renegade Trajectories is on view through June 28. Check out a detailed look at this excellent group of works below. […]
More stories from the week ended June 9: Subodh Gupta’s giant boat on show at Hauser & Wirth rumored to sell to Guggenheim Abu Dhabi for $800k. RIP Charles Mason, who has taken his own life at age 50. Tragic news – artwork by from Picasso, Monet, and Matisse stolen from Rotterdam may now just be ashes. Paul Yore collages confiscated by police, who say the work sexualizes children and he may face charges. Christie’s withdrew ten works by Brazilian artists from its auctions of […]