I recently discovered the work of Humphrey Ocean, an English artist who has been painting since the early 70′s. His first major solo exhibition was at London’s National Portrait Gallery in 1984 and he has since shown at the Tate Liverpool and the Whitechapel Gallery.
While perhaps best known for his iconic etching, Black Love Chair, which appeared on the cover of Paul McCartney’s Memory Almost Full in 2007, it is his recent collection of portraits which I want to share with you today.
Influenced by ample sources that range from sacred architecture, post-war abstract painting, the Light and Space movement from the 1960s in Southern California, and the 1990s generation of Los Angeles painters, Hashimoto expands painting and collage strategies in an ongoing exploration of abstraction and landscape through color, repetition, association, and even simple marks and gestures that when combined together, result in the infinite layers of complexity that characterize his work.
You should definitely watch the video below which shows the installation of Gas Giant which must have been an extremely stressful, arduous process. You can also click here to read and see more about the installation.
Kim Byungkwan is a South Korean artist who takes images of Hollywood stars, namely beloved and iconic starlets, and breaks their image with scribbles and smears of paint. He creates them with acrylic on paper, giving you what you need to “get” who the person is—and then he rips it apart. They remind of monsterized and zombified depictions of celebrities but done in a frightening and manic way—but they retail a fascinating beauty. They’re like caricatures made by a crazy person.
I love to come across artists who take a traditional subject matter such as a still life, a landscape – or in this case – a nude and take it to a new and exciting place. LA artist Sarah Awad does exactly that. Her paintings are bright and vibrant and seem to be a world removed from the more subdued figurative work we normally see.
A few weeks ago, Opening Ceremony released a quick flash of a collaboration: the renowned fashion makers “collaborated” with surrealist painter Rene Magritte to create a very tiny collection of wild clothing items. The items are extremely limited edition and seem to have been wiped from the brand’s website—but they still can be celebrated for being a brilliant mashing of art and fashion.