These are a couple of 300 x 320 mm pics I painted up a couple of weeks ago for two of my friends who were over to visit – I was looking to do something bright with block colour, that was a little different from my other cartoon style work.
Sugar skulls feel like a nice lead on from the Día de los Muertos work I did last year… I always wanted to do a painted up version from the sketches I did at Outre’s Dr Sketchy class, but I’ve never really been into doing people – Skulls on the other hand, although seemingly everywhere at the moment, do work well.
I like how the resin top coat I painted on at the end has flattened out the colour even further, and how the indian ink outlining has glossed up, while most of the gouache paint has stayed matte. Think I may need to add to this set when I find the time… Maybe with some more detailed patterns worked onto the skulls.
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Ooh so Harxest made this cool video of the Dr Sketchy ‘Sylivia Ji’ themed life drawing class I went to last Sunday – held at Outre Gallery, Melbourne. Was a great afternoon – The models were stunning!
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I spent my Sunday afternoon down at Outre Gallery on Elizabeth st sketching these gorgeous girls. Outre collaborated with Dr Sketchy’s, Melbourne to put on a special Art Star event in celebration of their latest show Ofrendas – Amazing prints and new paintings by American artist Sylvia Ji.Silvia’s paintings feature mysterious girls in rich colours and dramatic Dia de los Muertos decoration. Our models Vespa and Camilla were decked out in extravagant day of the dead costumes and feather headdresses to compliment her work. Seeing as I haven’t actually been to a live drawing class since first year fashion design 8 or 9 years ago, I’m pretty pleased with how my drawings turned out… In fact I even won a copy of Angelique Houtkamp’s Tattoo Darling with the top left sketch as Camillas pick of the night. It makes me wanna find a bit of time to see what these girls would look like painted up in gouache and ink – the colours and patterns combined were just stunning.
Thanks Outre and Melanie of Dr Sketchy’s for putting this cool afternoon on!
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Had a fantastic time at opening of Audrey Kawasaki’s Tangled exhibition here at Outre’ in Melbourne last night – was fantastic finally getting to see some of her originals close up. The colours of the originals are just that much more breathtaking, richer and brighter. And it was actually really reassuring to see the occasional tiny paint drops, flicks and indentations where a hair had come out of her brush and later been removed – these little imperfections don’t show up in the prints; Or that her beautiful curvy line-work is actually made up of a lot of smaller brush strokes. Apologies for the slight blurryness of the above pic, was a cheeky snap w the iphone, but has picked up the warm sunset colours pretty well. So here are the others that were at the show :
We arrived a little late as to miss the major part of the crowd, so sadly didn’t get to hear if Audrey gave a talk. Also meant all the rare prints had been snapped up, as well as all the originals except Tangled… which would set you back a good ten grand. But we were lucky enough to score one of the prints of Tangled – Yuss, get to pick it up this week. Can’t wait to get to hang it in the lounge and enjoy… Yay for having a boyfriend who makes impulse purchases, even if it means we have a week of eating two minute noodles and soup before next pay!
Sort of wishing I was getting to see the Sydney show too, but will have to settle with urging friend there to go and snap pics…. They get five more new originals, plus a whole other set of rare prints *Sigh*
More info about Audrey can be found over on her website : http://www.audrey-kawasaki.com/ and she updates her blogs really frequently, i-seldom-do even has a couple of pics up from the show today : http://i-seldom-do.livejournal.com/ http://baibai-matane.livejournal.com/
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As I mentioned in my last two posts, Audrey Kawasaki’s new solo show Tangled is being held here in Australia next week, hosted by Outre gallery in Melbourne, Sydney and Perth. Super exciting is that she’ll be here in person for the opening! So in celebration, I have decided to do a feature post about why I [personally like her work.
Audrey will be presenting ten brand new original pieces for this show – They will be split between the Melbourne and Sydney galleries, with the rest of the show taken up with rare prints and new editions.
So. Why is Audrey is one of my fav artists? Well. Here are some of the reasons why:
- The ambiguity of her girls. They are at once sexy and seductive, while having this aura of innocent naivety. The juxtaposition of their child-like, slender bodies and fresh faces with their knowing ,bedroom eyes and provocative positions – most often nude or scantily clad. Her works become very appealing…but in a slightly risqué, uncomfortable way.
- I have a great love for the wood she uses as her support -layering the paint so that it blends to almost nothing in places, letting the grain show through to become part of the girls flesh, which gives extra depth and life to her figures.
- Her muted colour palette that compliments the wood grain and the natural flow of her figures, Often just shades white and graphite grey with hints of soft colour every now and then.
- Her articulate, flawless line work – everything just flows so smoothly. Each image is a compositionally pleasing balance of background and foreground space, beautiful curves and shapes. Gah…. I wish I had the patience and steady hand for this, I can’t wait to see it up close on the originals!
- She has a unique and instantly recognizable style that draws from both anime and art nouveau, which she marries together in such a way to draw the eye from one detail of the work to the next in a fluid continuous motion. Her pieces hold a lot of levels that keep pulling you back in.
I am hugely excited about getting to see some of her original paintings for myself, and pretty happy that I have managed to weasel my way onto the door list for the opening here in Melbourne next Friday. I so reccomend anyone in Melbsand Sydney to find some time to go check it out while its on…I have included the show dates at the bottom of the post, so do scroll down and find out when its on nearest to you.
Opening dates are as follows :
MELBOURNE SYDNEY PERTH
Friday 22th October Friday 29th October Friday 5th November 2010
249-251 Elizabeth St 13a Burton Street 260 William Street
Melbourne VIC 3000 Darlinghurst NSW 2010 Northbridge WA 6003
AUSTRALIA AUSTRALIA AUSTRALIA Finishes 10th Nov Finishes 15th Nov Finishes 20th Nov
More info about the show can be found via Outre gallery : http://www.outregallery.com/
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