An Exhibition of Peculiar Creatures by Lara Meintjes27. February 2014
We haven’t had some art up at Wolves for the last couple of months, but we are very happy to kick off the year with some very very cool prints from a very very cool illustrator named Lara Meintjes who originates from South Africa, but now lives in California.
Her quirky watercolor paintings of half animals and half humans are not only charming, but so well done. Each one is unique and quirky and I think if you come in you’re going to have a hard time choosing which one you like best.
We only have 40 prints and only ONE of each available, they are A4 in size and are going for only R350. The show opens this Friday and will run until the end of March. If you are interested in any and need them shipped off just drop me a mail – firstname.lastname@example.org
*These are just some of the prints up, there are still loads more to see
Alex Roulette18. February 2014
These are the paintings of Alex Roulette. They are so beautiful and so well executed, I wish I could see them all hanging up in one room together. Each piece makes me feel like the person/people in it are the only ones left on this earth and they only have each other or themselves to rely on. The muted tones and then flashes of bright colours that he uses makes each piece as eye catching as the next.
Damn this world is so full of amazing people, like Alex, like Lorraine, like a who knows how many more. Makes me a bit sad that I’ll never get to see them all, but it makes me damn happy when I come across people like this. Alex, I’ve just discovered your work, but I’m already a huge fan.
- Through painting, I depict fictional and occasionally fantastic scenes that explore the blurred sense of time and place within memories. The dreamlike landscapes incorporate familiar elements of suburban life that both stylistically and symbolically represent a quasi-nostalgic ordinariness. The isolation and dislocation of cars, houses, and figures, and the exploration of subtle spatial relationships, recall the hazy state of dreams in which certain details fall into place while others fade away into the unconscious.
I begin each new work by gathering a large collection of source material. I meticulously photograph environments and collect found images such as vintage postcards. In constructing the painting, I use combinations of these reference images, to fabricate an open-ended narrative with the emotion of a memory. Drawing collages of image fragments onto panels before painting them in oil. The resulting paintings are both realistic and subtly uncanny, recalling some idealized vacation and a deeply personal longing for past experiences.
Modern Hieroglyphics – Mike Giant17. February 2014
This is the work of Los Angeles based artist Mike Grant. This series is called Modern Hieroglyphics, all the illustrations are hand done and sold out, which is not cool, would of loved to get my hands on one. I think it’s so awesome how he’s signed each print with a signature and fingerprint. I found Mike via my friend Daniel Ting Chong, who by the way is another damn talented artist – check him out. These remind me a bit of the Russian Tattoo book I bought a while back…
- Los Angeles based Mike Giant has achieved fame as a graffiti artist, illustrator and tattooist. Black ink is Giant’s specialty and whether his medium is concrete, paper or skin, his signature style – inspired by Mexican folk art and Japanese illustration – is unmistakable. Mike Giant has worked in media covering, graffiti, design, fine art, photography and tattooing, making him one of the most celebrated and versatile artists of his generation. He has shown in galleries around the world.
I started to look at modern tattoo designs as well as corporate and band logos as “modern hieroglyphics”. I thought a lot about how the symbols of our time would be objectively translated by future generations. And instead of trying to explain it, I made drawings to codify the symbolic language of our time for future observers to translate for themselves. -Mike Giant
Coping with dumb – Martin Mezzabotta03. February 2014
A little while back a young gent by the name of Martin mailed me about a very cool zine that he put together. He sent a few copies through and they are for sale at Wolves, if any of you are keen to get your hands on a cool lowbrow parody zine that has some very awesome illustration and content in it, then come on down.
Support local talent and come buy a copy of Coping With Dumb by Martin Mezzabotta now.
Judith van den Hoek09. January 2014
These illustrations are by Judith van den Hoek, she’s a fashion illustrator from the Netherlands and a blogger for the Dutch Vogue. If you want to see more of her cool illustrations all you have to do is click here. These are my favourites…
*I think her ‘back of head’ drawings are the best.
Ellen Surrey16. December 2013
Marija van Rensburg sent me a cool link to Ellen Surrey’s work, she has a cool sketchbook collection of characters that I really like, you can check out all her stuff here. Thanks Marija for thinking of me, you were right, I did like her stuff.
- Ellen is a Los Angeles based illustrator currently studying at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. She loves to create things that people of all ages can enjoy. After graduating, Ellen would like to write and illustrate children’s books and create her own line of greeting cards. When she isn’t making art Ellen enjoys watching old movies, finding treasures in thrift shops, and going on adventures to new places.