It’s great when you meet a good solid all-round cool person, and when you’re asked ‘when did you guys meet?’, you can’t remember. That’s because it doesn’t matter, you just liked each other straight away. The same goes for Twenty Eleven’s art and his observations. He’s got an individual style, but when I first saw [...]
Australian artist Rebecca Harstein paints tumor-like blobs crawling across beautiful landscapes and getting intimate with naked ladies. Apparently, these blobs used to be unicorns. In the artist’s own words, ‘The blob explores the world and has many adventures. Napoleon is dwarfed by his majesty’.
The eyes in Australian artist Justin Lee William’s mixed-media paintings, which seem to be composed in a meandering, stream-of-consciousness way, give me the creeps in the best possible way. I especially love his watercolors.
I’ve been obsessed with Patricia Piccinini for years now, and she still consistently creeps me out and wows me. I love the ways her grotesquely realistic sculptures push the boundaries between revulsion and love.
Inspired by children’s books, encyclopedia’s from the ’50s and ’60s, textiles and crocheted rugs, Australian artist Kirra Jamison’s paintings are from the world of dreams. And it’s not just the colours and composition that is making me look twice. With whimsical titles like The Sea was Red, The Sky was Grey, I Wonder How Tomorrow Will Ever Follow Today and He Smelt like Apples Jamison proves that it’s all in a name.
Australian artist Rena Littleson-Montenegro employs a variety of styles across a range of mediums, but her 10 Day Bender Series, in which she uses an exaggerated yet realistic approach to depict people in the throws of gummi worm and Tetris addictions, is some of her most striking work. They remind me of Trapper Keeper images from when I was in middle school.
We’re loving this tea towel and ceramic plate from Australian artist, Emma Magenta. A well-known illustrator, Magenta has taken her supreme drawing talent to the home — momentarily at least. And we’re happy she has. Her infamous childlike playfulness in her drawings abounds here, without taking away from its cheekiness and humor. Cleaning the plates [...]
Steve Cakebread has been a graphic designer and cartoonist for twenty years. His off-kilter cartoons, which are a wry comment on human condition, have been published in newspapers and surf titles like The Bulletin, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Good Weekend, The Melbourne Age, Australian Surfing Life, Fleur (Brazilian Surf Magazine). When I asked why he doesn’t take his cartoons to job interviews, he told me he thinks they might just be an acquired taste, and wouldn’t want to upset any delicate palates. I’m starting to understand what he was getting at.