Dec 11, 2012
Ian Cumberland was born in Banbridge, Co. Down, in 1983. He studied fine art at University of Ulster, where he was awarded the John and Rachael Turner Award for the most outstanding student in their field. He graduated in 2006 with First Class Honours. He has since exhibited both nationally and internationally. Ian’s first major solo exhibition was at the Albemarle Gallery in London, 2008. He exhibited his painting ‘one in two’ at the prestigious BP Portrait Award at the National Portrait Gallery, in June 2009. Later that year (and again in 2010) he was awarded the KPMG Emerging Artist Award at the Royal Ulster Academy. Cumberland’s captivating ‘self-portrait’ won the 2010 Davy Portrait Award, a major new arts prize which aims to celebrate contemporary portraiture. In 2011 he came 3rd overall in the prestigious BP Portrait Award at the National Portrait Gallery. His work is represented in public collections throughout Ireland and part of private collections both nationally and internationally.
Dec 11, 2012
Kristi Malakoff is a Canadian visual artist who has returned to Canada after time spent living abroad, most recently in Moscow, Russia, where she participated in a 2-month residency at Proekt Fabrika in the spring of 2010, and previously in Berlin, Germany, Reykjavík, Iceland and London, England where she attended the Chelsea College of Art and Design. She is a 2005 BFA graduate of the Emily Carr Institute in Vancouver where she was the recipient of many awards and scholarships, among them the Alvin Balkind Memorial Scholarship, the Helen Pitt Award and the Governor General’s silver medal for the top Emily Carr Institute graduating student of 2005. Since graduating, she has participated in artist residency programs at the Banff Centre, the Stride Gallery, Calgary, SÍM, Reykjavík, Iceland and Proekt Fabrika, Moscow, Russia. She has exhibited in an exhaustive schedule in both group and solo shows throughout Canada and in England, the US, Germany, Mexico and Russia. Her work has been featured and reviewed in many Canadian newspapers, journals and arts-related magazines. In 2010, she received a Canada Council Project Grant for Visual Artists. Her work is held in private and corporate collections across Canada and the US.
Dec 11, 2012
” I believe that change is evident in nearly every aspect of our daily lives and comes in numerous forms. The people we know, the world in which we live, and even the technology we use on a daily basis is in a constant state of flux. With nature undergoing this perpetual transformation, everything derived from nature is subject to the same cycle of growth and decay – life and death. Often, the process of change occurs at an almost unnoticeable rate. For this reason, we become attached to the world around us, and we expect that things will remain the same. So we take for granted what we experience each day of our lives. But, permanence is the ultimate illusion. Today, we attempt to subvert impermanence through technology and science. We isolate ourselves from the natural world, viewing it from the perspective of a spectator rather than a participant. Going about our daily lives, we rarely notice nor appreciate each unique experience our surroundings offer. For me, there is a peace that can be found in even the simplest things – a decaying piece of wood, rusted metal, crumbling brick, the growth of moss and lichen. These ordinary elements within our environments offer both visual and physical reminders of our connection with nature. I am inspired by the small, overlooked aspects of our environment, finding enjoyment in the unexpected discoveries that come from simply being observant of the minutia and incorporating those mundane forms into my work. In my observations I also see similarities between the processes that occur in nature and those that drive us. By combining both human and natural elements within my work, I hope to highlight the fact that we are not separate from nature, but are in fact part of it, and in being so, we are as impermanent as a flash of lightning in the sky. Through the use of trompe l’oeil, we look closer; we rediscover the amazement, joy, and tranquility that come from our environment. At the same time, we witness our impermanence by evenhandedly dialing in on decay. Neither good nor bad, decay is simply a natural process of our world that at times can produce deeply moving and beautiful effects.” – Christopher David White
Dec 10, 2012
Shelley Miller is a Montreal-based artist whose installations, sculptures and public works have been exhibited across Canada as well as India and Brazil. She earned a Bachelors in Fine Arts from the Alberta College of Art and Design in 1997 (Calgary, AB) and a Masters in Fine Arts from Concordia University in 2001 (Montreal, QC). She has been the recipient of numerous fellowships and grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Conseil des arts et lettres du Quebec and the Commonwealth Foundation. Much of her work is situated in public spaces, in both ephemeral form and in permanent materials. She has created public art works with the Fonderie Darling in the context of Mois de la photo à Montréal 2009, and most recently for the Commission scolaire de Montréal as part of the Service de l’intégration des arts à l’architecture. Current projects include an outdoor ceramic public art commission for a new AMT commuter train station in Montreal as well an outdoor sugar installation in downtown Toronto for Nuit Blanche in September of 2012. Her work has been acquired by The City of Montreal, The Museum of Modern Art of Bahia (Salvador, Brazil), Reliance Industries (Mumbai, India), the Just for Laughs Museum (Montreal, QC) as well as many private collectors. (via Inthralld)
Dec 10, 2012
” I have been creating pictures since I was nine years old, when my father took me to a Red Lobster and I scrawled all over the menu. The first person to be bothered by my artwork was my seventh grade math teacher Mr. Schaffsma, who became angered by my decision to draw a detailed rendition of a gentleman enthusiastically pooping. Since then, I have somehow managed to create and sell artwork of the same quality. A 2004 graduate of the California College of Arts & Crafts, I live and work in lovely Oakland, Ca.” – Jon Stich
Dec 7, 2012
I am thoroughly impressed with the work I’ve seen on the website of Irish painter and street artist Conor Harrington.
Dec 7, 2012
Though I only recently discovered it, I have really been enjoying the work of Edison Ilan. Great stuff!
Dec 6, 2012
In Medias Res, translates from Latin as “in the middle of things”, a literary device. In this case, three lifesize unicorns are in the middle of emerging thru the walls and melting into the puddle on the floor where already one has appeared to have melted leaving behind only a horn floating on top of the white pool.
Dec 6, 2012
Flashkus is a recyclable cardboard flash drives that comes in easy-to-use strips. This concept is by Russian-based design studio Art Lebedev.
Dec 6, 2012
Feast your eyes on Maja Wrońska‘s set of watercolor paintings. She makes it looks so easy. Check it out.