Bats, Goblins and Creatures by Matthew Bromley

Pink Creature by Matthew Bromley

Green Goblin by Matthew Bromley

Orange Bat by Matthew Bromley

Last weekend I visited some friends in London and managed to catch the excellent Cut & Run show at Shoreditch’s Kemistry Gallery. The exhibition features work by British illustrators Jack Teagle, Ryan Chapman, Matthew Dent and Matthew Bromley. I’m a big fan of all their work so it was great to see the exhibition.

I thought I’d share these great paintings by Matthew Bromley that feature in the show. I love how fun and playful Bromley’s crude and quirky style is – and his portfolio is filled with weird looking illustrations of strange creatures, goblins and bat-like creatures. They’re just plain fun to look at.

Folk in London should definitely try and catch Cut & Run before it closes this Saturday.

Philip Kennedy

January 24, 2012 / By

‘Do What You Will’ by Papercuts

Papercuts

Jason Robert Quever’s indie-pop band Papercuts are a group with whom I haven’t spent much time with, but their track Do What You Will has creeped its way under my skin and I’ve been humming along to it all day. There’s something charming about Quever’s voice, and the whole thing trots along on a sweet drumbeat which could have been lifted straight from the hazy days of The Velvet Underground. This is dream-pop at it’s sweetest.

The song comes from the bands fourth album Fading Parade which was released last March through Sub Pop Records. It was also accompanied by a neat music video which might be worth checking out. The album is available to purchase through Sub Pop Records.

Philip Kennedy

January 23, 2012 / By

‘Foreclosed Homes’ by Todd Hido

1956 by Todd Hido

1934 by Todd Hido

1968 by Todd Hido

These photos come from a larger series of images taken by the San Francisco based artist Todd Hido. Shot in LA during the mid-90s, each photo shows the vacant space of a foreclosed home, which seem haunted by untold stories. They are filled with the tragic silences of broken lives and by the challenges of troubled economic situations. What draws me to these images is Hido’s ability to capture poetic and powerful imagery with restriant and delicacy. He shows, but never tells. It’s a great series of photographs and the complete set can be viewed online at Hido’s website.

Philip Kennedy

January 20, 2012 / By

‘Address is Approximate’ – A Great Animation by Tom Jenkins

'Address is Approximate' - A Great Animation by Tom Jenkins

'Address is Approximate' - A Great Animation by Tom Jenkins

Address is Approximate is a really nice stop-motion film by the British director Tom Jenkins. It’s a charming piece of filmmaking which tells the story of a lonely desk toy who longs to escape his surroundings and head on a cross-country road trip to the Pacific.

Jenkins’ is really inventive with his use of objects and there’s a real fun and playful way in which he uses his surroundings… not to mention his terrific use of Google Street View. Musically, the Cinematic Orchestra‘s track ‘Arrival of the Birds’ also brings something special to this animation, turning this lonely toy’s journey into a surprisingly moving trip.

Philip Kennedy

January 19, 2012 / By

‘I Could Eat A Horse’ by Stefán Pétur Sólveigarson

I Could Eat A Horse by Stefán Pétur Sólveigarson

I Could Eat A Horse by Stefán Pétur Sólveigarson

I thought it would be fun to post about this little cute spaghetti measuring tool today. It’s called Ég gæti borðað heilan hest which is Icelandic for ‘I could eat a horse’, and it’s designed by the product designer Stefán Pétur Sólveigarson.

Every time I cook spaghetti I always remember that I need to buy a measurer and I think Stefán’s is really neat. It measures out spaghetti in serving-sizes for kids and adults as well as it’s horse measurement -enough to feed four adults, or presumably, one very very hungry person. It’s available for sale online at the Reykjavik Corner Store.

Philip Kennedy

January 18, 2012 / By

New illustrations from Owen Gatley

New Illustrations from Owen Gatley

New Illustrations from Owen Gatley

New Illustrations from Owen Gatley

Owen Gatley recently updated his portfolio and it’s filled with some really awesome illustrations. Owen is a UK illustrator who is currently living in Berlin and he’s producing some really fine work over there. I came across him roughly three years ago when he produced a great Arnold Schwarzenegger-themed wallpaper for this very site. Since then he’s worked for clients such as It’s Nice That, Urban Outfitters and The Quarterly magazine.

It has been great to see the direction his work has taken over the last few years and I also really love the look of his studio in Berlin. The images above only give a hint of what he does, so go check out the rest of his portfolio and make sure to take a look at the variety of really excellent maps he’s produced for a number of different publications.

Philip Kennedy

January 17, 2012 / By

‘Iceberg’ by Jon Klassen

'Iceberg' by John Klassen

'Iceberg' by John Klassen

'Iceberg' by John Klassen

One of my favorite illustrators has to be Jon Klassen. Ever since I properly got into illustration I’ve followed his work and every few months he always seems to impresses me with something new. As we’ve been posting a lot about ice this week on TFIB I thought I’d share this really fun iceberg sculpture he made a few years ago when he was at home for the holidays.

He made it with his brothers Will and Justin, and he says that it’s based on the iceberg he designed for the Royal Bank commercial. It’s really great to see Klassen work in three-dimensions and the iceberg itself is a lot of fun – it’s even got a front and back door! Make sure to check out more of Klassn’s work on his site Burst of Beaden.

Philip Kennedy

January 13, 2012 / By

The Spectacular Sculptures at Harbin’s Ice and Snow Festival

Harbin's Ice and Snow World

Harbin's Ice and Snow World

Harbin's Ice and Snow World

These photos from China’s Ice and Snow Festival are pretty crazy. The festival, which opened last week, can be found in the city of Harbin, and it attracts about 800,000 visitors a year. Filled with ice palaces, pagodas and skyscrapers; it’s an incredible sight and every year it attracts an international roster of ice sculptors.

The intricate sculptures and structures are carved from giant blocks of ice taken from the surface of the nearby Soghua river. Sculptors use chisels, ice picks and saws to carve the ice. Many sculptors also use multicolored lights to add the impressive colors you see in the pictures above. The Harbin festival is one of the world’s four largest ice and snow festivals. More ice sculptures can be seen at the likes of Japan’s Sapporo Snow Festival, Canada’s Quebec City Winter Carnival, and Norway’s Ski Festival.

Images via China Daily

Philip Kennedy

January 11, 2012 / By

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