Thursday, April 26, 2012

La Mort en Cadence Sneak Peek

Here's a sneak peek detail of one of my new works called 'La Mort en Cadence'. This panel with acrylics and colour pencil was made for the upcoming group exhibition 'Death and the Maiden' at Roq la Rue Gallery, this June. (Full image and more details will be posted shortly before the exhibition opening, June 8, 2012).

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Fever


Every now and then I'm struck by iWeb fever and I change what I feel needs a makeover or improvement on my website. (It's both a blessing and a curse to have access to the lay out). Recently I changed the header into a more playful one with 'branch' typography, added links to this blog of details of all my giclée prints, created a order help page for those who need help ordering and cleaned up and streamlined where possible. Have a look!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Pictoplasma Berlin 2012


Last week I went to Berlin. I was invited to speak at the Pictoplasma festival, the conference on character design and art. My work is perhaps not the first thing that pops into mind when you think about this happening but the presence of characters and inanimates in my work can't be denied. So I agreed to join in and wrote a talk for 40 minutes, as requested. It was extensively time consuming to put together. But the nice side effect was that it also forced me to take a step back and look at my work with other eyes. The process of a working life can elapse fluently and writing the lecture made me realize that it's useful to reflect. It helped to put my work in perspective. At the same time, by setting out my creative past my goals for the future got refreshed again.

The talk itself went well. I was happy to see that, despite of my head being in a snotty cold cloud, it all went as rehearsed and the response was positive.

The days in Berlin were fun. The city is welcoming and spacious, with many wallet friendly restaurants and creative area's. I know of some colleagues who moved to Berlin because of the affordable housing and studio spaces. It's not all that hard to envision doing so. (Personally, the cold German winters frighten me off).
At Pictoplasma I've met colleagues I only knew from their work (Nathan Jurevicius, Faiyaz Jafri) and also enjoyed hanging with fellow creative Dutchies (Raymond Lemstra, Mark Verhaagen, Sauerkids Taco and Mark and Maaike Hartjes. Btw, Maaike has posted a great drawn Pictoplasma report on her blog (multiple episodes, in Dutch). Here are some of my Berlin snapshots;

Above; Walking around Mitte with Raymond - The conference area was situated at Alexanderplatz and the Babylon movie theatre - When out, the weather was mostly rain free but the water cold air managed to pierce through my jacket.


Berlin is a fine place for those who like old moped/motor models and flea markets - Mauerpark market's top item; this strangely attractive tiger painting. I didn't buy it though. I got these two tiny toys in stead. Their faces were hand painted and the plastic was of a beautiful mixed kind. One is a wobbly toy and the other holds a miniature whirligig in it's abdomen (vintage promotional give-away's, perhaps?).


Visiting the Bee Kingdom's glassblowing demo. Damn, what a craft! Heated glass is such a weird taffy like material. They explained that even with years of experience a glass artist can't avoid losing a work in the process every now and then - The Sauerkids are live painting, Faiyaz is watching - Raymond giving his lecture at the Babylon theatre.


Personal preparation exercise; getting in touch with the base of the Babylon. Last pic's; talking the talk.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Death of a Ghost Giclée Print Details


The background of this fine art giclee print is off-white. The image has a thin, light grey embellishment.

Size: 8 x 15.3" / 20,5 x 39 cm, print run: 200 pieces. Available at the Femtasia Shop (These images are posted to give an idea of the detail of the giclée prints available on my website).






The Candy Maker Giclée Print Details


‘The Candy Maker and his helpers creating delicious sweet treats’. The background of this fine art giclee print is off-white. The image has a thin, light grey embellishment.

Size: 5.9 x 12.2" / 18 x 31 cm, print run: 200 pieces. Available at the Femtasia Shop (These images are posted to give an idea of the detail of the giclée prints available on my website).



Harvester Hare Giclée Print Details


‘Nothing keeps this fearless hunter from getting what he wants’.
The background of this print is off-white. The image has a thin, light greyish-red embellishment.

Size: 5.9 x 15" / 18 x 38 cm, print run: 200 pieces. Available at the Femtasia Shop (These images are posted to give an idea of the detail of the giclée prints available on my website).




The Last Journey & Dummkopf Giclée Print Details


A double whammy; two printed graphite drawings in one set: ‘The Last Journey’ and ‘Dummkopf’ (‘Stupid’). The background of these prints are off-white. The prints are not sold separately.

Size Dummkopf: 5.5 x 7" / 14 x 18 cm, size Journey: 10.4 x 7.8" / 26,5 x 20 cm, print run: 100 pieces.
 
(Update March 2013; These prints can no longer be found in the Femtasia online shop but can still be ordered. If interested send me an email).






Marie Antoinette Giclée Print Details


‘A portrait of the former queen of France’.
The background of this print is off-white. This print has a white gold leaf hand embellished border.

Size: 9.8 x 10.2" / 25 x 26 cm, print run: 100 pieces. Available at the Femtasia Shop
(These images are posted to give an idea of the detail of the giclée prints available on my website).





Cheery Cooky Giclée Print details


‘Meet chef Cheery Cooky; ‘How’d you like your drumsticks dear’?  -’Flambée, of course’!
The background of this print is white.

Size: 7 x 9" / 18 x 23 cm, print run: 100 pieces. Available at the Femtasia Shop
(These images are posted to give an idea of the detail of the giclée prints available on my website).



Le Dernier Poursuivant du Dragon Giclée Print Details


‘The last dragon chaser’. Smoking his last opium pipe, this hophead is giving up the hunt’.
The background of this print is off-white. The image has a thin, light grey border.

Size: 7 x 9" / 18 x 23 cm, edition: 200 pieces. Available at the Femtasia Shop
(These images are posted to give an idea of the detail of the giclée prints available on my website).



Japanese Mountain Woman Giclée Print Details


‘The Mountain Woman is a female demon that roams the Japanese forests to prey on lonely travellers'. The background of this print is off-white.

Size: 9 x 9.4" / 23 x 24 cm, print run: 200 pieces. Available at the Femtasia Shop
(These images are posted to give an idea of the detail of the giclée prints available on my website).




La Fee Giclée Print Details


‘When the green fairy takes the air you know the ‘beautiful green season’ has begun. Anyone for a glass of absinthe?’ The background of this print is off-white. The image has a thin, light grey embellishment.

Size: 9.4 x 11.8" / 24 x 30 cm, print run: 200 pieces. Available at the Femtasia Shop

(Update March 2013; This print can no longer be found in the Femtasia online shop but can still be ordered. If interested send me an email).
 





The Serious Gardener Giclée Print Details


‘The Serious Gardener was part of  a serie inspired by the music and atmosphere of Tom Waits’s 2002 album ‘Alice’. The background of this print is off-white. The image has a thin, light grey border and embellishment.

Size: 9.8 x 10.2" / 25 x 26 cm, print run: 200 pieces. Available at the Femtasia Shop
(These images are posted to give an idea of the detail of the giclée prints available on my website).