Category: people

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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Ana Teresa Barboza

Ana Teresa Barboza mixes embroidery and drawing within her collected works. Great part of her work concentrates around the human body and the relation between humans and animals, which is often shown as aggressive and disturbing. While animals and vegetation are richly detailed in her works, the Peruvian artist chooses to display her human subject matter as basic stitched figures or graphite drawing.

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Michelle Jader

Michelle Jader is a figurative painter from San Francisco. Her paintings are filled with movement and explore those moments when we willingly and unwillingly dive into the next phase of our life. Whether it’s moving to a new city, starting or ending a relationship, having a baby, or quitting a job.

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Contact 1: A 200,000 Piece Lego Masterwork by Mike Doyle

New Jersey artist Mike Doyle completed one of the most amazing MOC (MOC = My Own Creation; i.e. a piece not from a Lego kit) you have ever seen. This massive creation is titled Contact 1: The Millennial Celebration of the Eternal Choir at K’al Yne, Odan and is the culmination of some 600 hours of work using 200,000+ individual bricks and stands nearly 5 feet high by six feet wide. It is the first in a series of grand scale LEGO works “celebrating extra terrestrial contact events, spiritual beings and unique worlds.” Simply incredible!

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Tree Drawings by Tim Knowles

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British artist Tim Knowles has created a series to highlight not his artistic abilities but the hidden talent of trees. In “Tree Drawings,” he whimsically sets up a white surface within reach of a tree’s branches and then affixes a writing utensil to the trees. To exhibit the series, he pairs the resulting sketch with a photograph of the set-up that created it.

Knowles’ website states: “A series of drawings produced using drawing implements attached to the tips of tree branches, the wind’s effects on the tree, recorded on paper. Like signatures each drawing reveals the different qualities and characteristics of each tree.”

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