Kiwilicious Jewelry #8 - Timewatch

More and more of us are (sadly - S.) no more sing the traditional watches - the time can be conveniently checked on your mobile. Fortunately, the gears and cogs of watches have found a new use - they form jewelry!
Timewatch is an etsy seller, who unfortunately doesn't share much information. Still, you can see her honest and professional approach to the client.

Patrick Gannon - paper cut-outs

Patrick Gannon is one of the people who can safely put "paper cuts" into "possible work-related injuries"on his insurance form. This American-Japanese artist creates his elaborate images through cutting pieces of colourful paper sheets from all over the world and placing them together in one. Both masterful execution of his rare technique and great composition supported with glowing ideas make his art so exquisite.


Classic Artist of the Week #7 - Franz Xavier Messerchmidt

Today, we do not want to feature a well-known, honored artist or even lesser-known, but still famous creator that meddled with the course of the history of art. Instead, we want to present you someone relatively unknown even to those engrossed in art, someone so out of his time that his genius was considered a madness. Yes, we know about Van Gogh - but he waited "merely" about twenty years after his death to become famous. This man waited two and a half century. Ladies and gentlemen, Franz Messerschmidt.

Messerschmidt was born in 1736 and grew up in Germany with his uncle, a sculptor. He then finished the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna and began work for the government. Pretty boring bronze busts, nothing that would separate him from other contemporary sculptors. When he was about 37, he started having episodes of paranoia and hallucinations. This is believed to have caused his obsession with physiognomy - the study of the human face.

Soon after that, he was thought of as a lunatic, despite his mastery in sculpture, and was forced to leave Vienna. Then Messerschmidt began full-time work on his busts representing horribly twisted and deformed human faces. But how. Deformed through expression. The Viennese madman tried to achieve what no one else, no matter how good, did not achieve - he tried to make the stone alive. It screams, gasps, exhales in a vain attempt to express the fear, the futility, the despair, anguish, surprise and every other emotion imaginable.

This is another example of a great intellect and bigger-than-life character lost partially because of the system and partially because of his own genius. Some say he was paranoid. I say he felt.

Pictures taken from Wikimedia Commons and Flickr.

Weekly Interview #7 - David Agenjo

Today's interview will be a little bit different from the standard one. I managed to find an exceptional artist and ask him not about his inspirations or plans - something that everyone want to share, but, rather about his technique, a thing that many artists hold so dear that they will take their secret to the grave.

David Agenjo is a self-taught artist. Perhaps that's why every part of his painting is mastered on its own - well-chosen colors with vibrant shadows and contrasts, perfect composition and layered textures that add depth to a meaning.

The unpredictable range of colours and textures left on the palette, have always kept my attention. I was intrigued by this accidental way of making a textural colourfield, so I started incorporating and combining these palette works into my actual paintings.

When I paint, I use a secondary canvas as a palette, this second canvas/palette becomes the new surface on which to overlay and merge the next figurative composition.

I like the idea of creating paintings that in a sense are all interlinked by the previous one (Like the way genetic coding is passed through generations of all living things).
I also like the contrast between the unpredictable range colours given by chance as an abstraction, and my conscious figurative work processes, both coexisting and interacting on the same painting.

Some paintings also contain other textural elements such as "fiberglass, grid tape" or plastic bags. I incorporate these elements in the pallet stage of the canvas building up a rich starting point for the next work.


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Justin Mezzell - Illustration

So, it's already 10 PM where I live. I drink coffee, smoke cigarettes, listen to The Doors and look for a suitable material to publish. Then I stumble upon an artist from Florida, Justin Mezzell. His paintings radiate with this charming 60s vibe and creative use of the form. You can clearly see his experience as a designer in the logos and graphics he made.


Gilbert Garcin - Photography

Most of the time artists we feature here are young and fresh. And there's nothing wrong with that - they are imaginative, deserve recognition which I, in a still too small quantity, supply. But today I want to write about my favourite photographer and a very curious person. Gilbert Garcin got interested in photography when he was sixty-five. He is now eighty-three and still creates. And here, his life experience make his work more imaginative and original than that of any youngster.


Kiwlicious Jewelry #7 - Percy Lau

How do you like to get into the center of attention? The craft of a Londoner Percy Lau will surely not go unnoticed. She created avant-garde forms inspired directly by the nature - of the human body. For me, more shocking and moving than enhancing your looks. But it's creative and bold :)