I’ve just finished my latest painting, for Spinning Top’s Little Lotus Exhibition 2012, happening at the New Zealand Portrait Gallery in Wellington on October 12. Largely inspired by our recent trip in the border of Thailand and Burma, where 13 artists from the US and NZ, got together to be volunteer art teachers last December 2011. We painted murals and taught art classes to these beautiful kids, who work at the nearby rubbish dump, or had been orphaned by AIDS or rescued from trafficking.
Creative duo Sara Orme (photographer) and Courtney Sanders (writer/stylist) recently had their exhibit here in Auckland called Redemption at The Keep, where they showcased evocative photography exploring themes of undress, emotional states, and environment. Narrative with a fashion slant, viewing these sublime works does feel like one is viewing a scene right out of a novel through an aging keyhole.
I met this awesome lady in Thailand, during the Little Lotus Project. Sheryo is a wicked street artist originally from Singapore but now Brooklyn-based. She has traveled the world doing art bombings everywhere she lands: from Korea, to Cambodia, Indonesia, to LA and New York. Her works are gnarly, hilarious and incredible.
Auckland-based pop surreal artist, Michael Kennedy, paints adorable zombie turnips, donut-obsessed beasts and saccharine-laden creatures. I had the pleasure of working with him last year on curating the group exhibit, Beauty Meets the Bizarre. Merging classical oil painting techniques with an imagination that alludes to a more cartoon world, perusing his works definitely makes one happy. Disconcertingly, too happy.
One of the pioneers of graffiti, legendary New York artist Eric Orr is releasing these amazing Custom Clear Vinyls and labels in collaboration with Serato. Any DJ or art collector should seriously get their hands on one. He was one of the first graffiti artists to substitute typography with an icon or moniker and has collaborated with a multitude of hip hop legends, such as Afrika Bambaataa (the godfather of Hip Hop) and Jazzy Jay. He is the only artist to have collaborated with Keith Haring in the New York subway system.
I met this beautiful art butcher from Geneva, Boosher, a couple of months ago, and was immediately drawn to her gnarly, adorable and a tad deadly misfits and monsters. Her creatures have seen impressive incarnations in murals and wood panels, plush toys and sculptures.
Cinzah is one dope street artist from New Zealand. Having done a multitude of murals, as well as gallery work, he has recently set his sights on video, collaborating on a street art documentary called Dregs, which aims to bring to light the thriving street art movement in New Zealand. He’s also an accomplished illustrator, represented by Watermark Ltd. I own one of his pieces, Tardiness, an Alice in Wonderland-themed painting, and it feels great to put my money into supporting a fellow artist. His works exude vibrant energy and irreverence.