Category: people

Interview with Katogi Mari

Had the Brothers Grimm published their fairy tales these days, surely they would have asked Japan based artist Katogi Mari to do all of the illustrations. I guess there is nobody who is more skilled to create precise and wonderful fairy tale like illustrations with brush and paint.

For our series of interviews she, who is fascinated by nature, animals and of course the romantic stories from Germany, answered some questions about herself.

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Lifelike acrylic pictures

©Alexa Meade

Wonderfully detailed acrylic pictures are what 29 year old artist Alexa Meade produces. Wait: paintings that move when you touch them – because they’re mad out of real people!

With her new Trompe-L’Oeil technique the american girl has succeeded in making three dimensional objects look like two dimensional pictures on paper. Only if you take a closer look (or walk around the object, if possible) you can see that the models where give a kind of second skin with a brush, that gives them a completely new look and identity.

It is worth having a peek at her gallery on Flickr, where the process of development of the artworks has been documented.

 

Eyecandy: John Stezaker


©John Stezaker

At first sight the work of John Stezaker look like classic and old pictures. But who risks a closer look will see that the artist has mixed several pictures into collage, who often contain a deeper meaning.

Gender stereotypes are mingled and exposed: The face of the net looking man is marked by a deep cut – that is filled with the face of a woman. And the face of the beauty from the 150s is hidden behind a postcard showing a tunnel: A hint to her state of mind? Mainly a hint to the artists’ passion for surrealism!

Interview with Matthias Heiderich

Today we would like you to meet Matthias Heiderich, a young self-taught photographer who is currently living and working in Berlin.

He mostly photographs Berlin in his very own unique and distinctive way. His work often explores the complexities of colour, is very architectural and minimalistic. You’ve never seen Berlin like this before!

Matthias aka massju also makes music on his own label “WeirdAndWired“, a netlabel for weird electronic music.

If you would like to know more about Matthias and his work, have a look at our interview!

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Ashes to Ashes: Yan Yongliang

A gigantic cigarette including the usual ash top is hanging from the ceiling of a museum. A cigarette, okay. We know cigarettes. But wait: Who takes a closer look at the installation “Cigarette Ash Landscape” made by Yan Yongliang will see that we’re not talking about a standard cigarette ash – but about tiny and lacy skylines made from paper!

Where the ash is falling down on the floor there is another pile of pictures of well-known capitals and cities of the world, surrounded by a bunch of happily blooming flowers. The artists seems to have acquired the steady hand during his studies: He loves traditional chinese art and calligraphy. We are thrilled! (Pssst…We have found the guy and his art at artschoolvets)

Eyecandy: Shawn Smith


©Shawn Smith

Which boy (and girl!) did not love to play with Lego for hours when being a child? We were reminded of this wonderful pastime when taking a look at my feedreader this morning where we stumbled upon the sculptures of Shawn Smith. But beware: They are not made of Lego, but wood!Read More

Find of the week: Sebastiaan Bremer

Well, we guess we cannot say it too often: It’s enough, dear winter, we’re fed up with you! It’s about time spring is coming to Germany with sun and warmth. So what are we going to do while the temperatures are still far below zero?

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Interview with Iker Spozio

Today, hot of the press, in our blog: A crunchy interview with illustrator Iker Spozio living in San Sebastián, Spain.

Iker is kind of oldschool in a charming way: His artworks, he says, are completely handmade and not modified at his computer.

Hats off, we say, because the results are pretty impressive: Several band posters and illustrations the artist has on board, which all slightly radiate an atmosphere of the 1960s or 70s.

So how did Iker become an artist in the first place? Read about it after the click!

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Interview with Ben Aslett

Please welcome Ben Aslett, illustrator living in Devon, whom we chose as an interview partner this week.

His illustrations are simple, yet expressive: Little characters with oversized heads working at their computers, driving their cars or jogging around town, literally keeping their inner clockwork busy.

On our ARTFLAKES blog he explains when and why he started making art, what his usual workday looks like and what taste of chocolate he likes best. Go on reading, my dear!

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Interview with Anne Siems

In 1991, having graduated from the University of Applied Arts in Berlin, Anne Siems moved to Seattle – where she still lives. For our series of intervies we invited her to a virtual cup of tea and talked about her work.

In the beginning she created her pictures – which were mostly inspired by medical and botanical books – on waxed found paper. 2001 she changed to working on big panels, where now her impressive and enchanted looking artworks are still painted on.

Flower garlands, fawns, colourful birds and girls with fragile dresses evolve a dreamy atmosphere, whose imagery often reminds of the novels written by Jane Austen or the Bronte Sisters

Where she takes her inspiration from, which artists she admires and how Anne Siems spends a perfect sunday, you can read after the click.

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