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Swain Hoogervorst28. August 2014
The other day I went to an art exhibition at the Turbine Hall in town. I saw some really nice pieces of art there and some of them I would of really liked to have taken home with me, especially this one painting of a swimming pool by an artist named Swain Hoogervorst. I really like his work, it reminds me of being a kid and coming home after school for a swim and a white bread and polony sandwich.
- Swain Hoogervorst has been painting full-time since 2012. He has exhibited on various group shows, locally and abroad, and held his first solo exhibition at the AVA gallery in Cape Town in May 2014. Hoogervorst was a collaborator with Andrew Putter in the 2010 Sketch Assembly, and was selected to show on the 2013 Absa Atelier exhibition in Johannesburg. Hoogervorst currently lives in Cape Town, where he works from Eastside Studios.
Paintings by Alex Kanevsky25. June 2014
Russian-born Alex Kanevsky is a figurative painter who creates such beautiful pieces out of almost moving paintbrush strokes. He explains his technique best in these few lines -
-People, whom I paint, are never still. They want to move, they are built for motion. It is actually painful for models to be still longer than 20 minutes. I like them, I find them endlessly fascinating, how they are built, the way they grow and shrink over time, how they move, act, express their emotions, etc. So I want to paint them the way they are, and to me they are defined by their motion. A brick is defined by its shape and people are defined by their motion.
Naomi Okubo14. May 2014
These paintings are by Japanese artist Naomi Okubo, I really like how she layers each one with patterns and textures, they create a sensory overload, but in such a good way. It’s like she’s made up these super colourful worlds that her subjects get lost in, literally.
- Naomi Okubo is a Japanese artist who is currently spending a few months in New York City. She is interested in the relationship between people in advanced cultures, like the U.S. and Japan, and their relationships with fashion and their appearance, since many do not have concerns about real necessities like housing and food. Certainly, her detailed portraits of girls in floral dresses lounging in homes and gardens with Oriental rugs and boho-patterned pillows focus on the rich color and pattern of material goods.
Christer Karlstad05. May 2014
This is the work of Christer Karlstad, he studied at the the Norwegian National School of Fine Arts and Glasgow School Of Arts. His work looks like they could be the pages that make up an old-school storybook of tales that have not so happy endings.
- In Karlstad’s constructed, ambiguous scenarios he freely engages in myths, symbols and archetypes, as this is how he sees and understands the world. When confronted by one of his paintings, wondering if somebody is dead or only sleeping, whether it’s good or evil, comforting or disturbing, the answers are actually to be found in the questions.
In his visual world of “staged mysticism” the ordinary time perspective ceases to exist. Depictions of realistic situations give way to another agenda. Compositions revolve around scenarios where normality is challenged, replaced or consumed by something else, something unknown.
Ryan McGennisken29. April 2014
Ryan McGennisken is a self taught, multi-disciplinary artist working across a range of mediums. I really like his ink on paper series.
- “My new work is an ongoing investigation of what it means to be human. What it means to be conscious in this weird existence; what it means to be alive and if there’s any great purpose for it all. I struggle to see humans as being anything but human. I don’t see societal structure, laws, classes, money, race, sexual preferences or genders etc, etc. When a human is stripped back bare, all there is is skin, blood, bone and the mystery of consciousness.”
Eric White – paintings16. April 2014
- Eric White is a New York based-painter. He studied at Rhode Island School of Design in Providence. His palette and imagery seems to come straight from somewhere between a Hitchcock film, the Twilight Zone, and a 1980s living room. Many of his paintings are also titled and based off scenes from old movies…