Artist discovery

ARTIST DISCOVERY #7

Painter: Guo Honwei (China)

Although Guo Hongwei might be well-known in the contemporary visual art world — I first noticed him yesterday. And I absolutely fell in love with these beautiful, washy, everyday things by the Chinese artist.

Photographs taken from Connoisseur Contemporary

Since the beginning of his career, Guo Hongwei has used oil painting and watercolor as a method to investigate the relationship between the objects he chooses to represent and the boundless possibilities of the chosen medium.

Only 30 years old, he has gained well-earned international repetition for his outstanding work.

About the artist

Born in Chengdu, China in 1982 and now based in Beijing, Guo Hongwei has gained international recognition in the contemporary art world for his unconventional treatment of his chosen medium and the simplicity at which he renders his subject matter. He first established his career and name with a series of work that is highly personal in nature. They are based on his own childhood photographs and mostly monochromatic in colour. What stands out is his technique of building and blurring his images, achieved from applying and diluting each layer of paint; which is meant to mimic the way memories get eroded, replaced and deleted.

 

ARTIST DISCOVERY #6

Graphic designer: Regína María Rourke (Iceland)

Over a cup of coffee in Reykjavik last winter — my friend told me about her artist friend in New York. My friend´s friend — Regína María Rourke — is in fact an amazingly talented graphic designer. She re-appropriates both original and found images, re-balances and restructures it into a totally new artwork.

Photograohs belong to Regína María Rourke

Actually, I don´t know anything about the artist but her stunning artwork where catchy enough to caught my attention and make me more curious about her.

Happy Monday everyone!

Artist: Regína María Rourke 

Place: New York

ARTIST DISCOVERY #5

Illustrator: Dilka Bear (Italy)

Italian artist, Dilka Bear creates a charming acrylic illustrations of children and their honest expressions. The delicate female nature of the characters frames a magical world of daydreams — with a little touch of childhood sadness.

Photographs taken from Dilka Bear website

The artist introduces us to a misty world — conjured through muted colors and distinct style. Each painting is a magnetizing piece of art that focuses on the presenting female fragility and beauty in a wonderful but sometimes a bit surrealistic way.

It surely stoke up the mystery behind the artist not knowing her real name — or gender. Although we allow for Dilka Bear being in fact a female.

I have already bought an extremely beautiful art work from Dilka Bear Etsy store!

Artist: Dilka Bear

ARTIST DISCOVERY #4

Photographic artist: Nanna Hänninen (Finland)

Does Kuopio ring any bells?

A smaller city on the east coast of Finland. Where we headed last year to experience ANTI – Contemporary art festival. Well, the city has certainly more attraction than the amusing art festival and the famous Finnish saunas. Namely — Nanna Hänninen.

She might be well recognized in her home country and some niches of the art world. However I just discovered her gripping work  — thanks to the information technology.

The latest work from the artist (2012)

Photos are taken from Nanna Hänninen website

Nanna Hänninen was born in 1973.  She lives and works in Kuopio. She studied at the Lahti Institute of Design, the Hochschule für Kunst und Gestaltung in Zürich and the University of Art and Design in Helsinki. Her work has been shown in several solo shows and numerous group exhibitions and are part of international institutional and private collections all over the world.

She belongs to the to the pioneering generation of Finnish art photographers known as the “Helsinki School” and has gained critical acclaim for re-thinking her medium of photography and abstract photographs.

Artist: Nanna Hänninen

Kuopio´s blog entries includes: 7 day drunkProclaimerAnalogies can make one feel at homeBack and forth and Remake, rebuild and renew.

ARTIST DISCOVERY #3

Painter: Zoë Sua Kay (Portugal)

Originally from Lisbon, Zoë Sua Kay moved to England in 2001 and has been living in London ever since. She studied her Foundation Diploma at Chelsea College of Art and Design and graduated in 2010 with a BA in Fine Art from Middlesex University. Recently, the Portuguese painter was awarded with a scholarship for MFA course at the prestigious New York Academy of Art (class 2014) and will be joining the Academy in the fall of 2012.

These paintings are from her series; Self-Portrait (of me as a man)

Photographs belong to Zoë Sua Kay

For those who are on their way to London, the artist´s forthcoming exhibition “Recounting Palestine’s Stories: An Intervention” will be launched in June 2012 in collaboration with Al Madad Foundation.

Congratulation Zoë Sua Kay!

Artist: Zoë Sua Kay 

Upcoming event: Recounting Palestine’s Stories: An Intervention, London

ARTIST DISCOVERY #2

Graphic designer: Emil Ásgrímsson (Iceland)

Emil Ásgrímsson has been studying in London for three years at the renown Central St. Martins College of Art & Design. His work is an eclectic mix of collage illustration and moving image inspired by epic landscapes, geology (his father is a geologist) and science. Emil plays with both digital collage and the process of the physical handmade aspect of moving image.
Aviator by Emil Ásgrímsson
Mermaid by Emil Ásgrímsson
Adventure by Emil Ásgrímsson
Sci fi by Emil Ásgrímsson
Film noir by Emil Ásgrímsson
Super2 by Emil Ásgrímsson

Photographs belong to Emil Ásgrímsson

This upcoming artist won the River Island Illustration competition for these work. Last night he opened his first solo exhibition at The Book Club in London.

I´m already looking forward to keep an eye on this one in the future!

Artist: Emil Ásgrímsson

Place: The Book Club, 100 Leonard Street, London

ARTIST DISCOVERY #1

Graphic designer: Elisa Vendramin (Italy)

It´s always gratifying to discover new artist. Shortly before Christmas I was hunting for seemly gifts at PopUp verzlun in Harpa.  The search seemed to be everlasting — and then — suddenly, I saw something that caught my eye.

Northen lights by Elisa Vendramin – Digital print

Daylight by Elisa Vendramin – Digital print

Vatnajökull by Elisa Vendramin – Digital print

Northen lights 2 by Elisa Vendramin – Digital print

These digital prints are for sale. The artist — Elisa Vendramin — is an Italian graphic designer, currently based in London. Elisa works in image making, where she combines delicate drawings with fantastical, three-dimentional settings and landscapes. She is also fascinated in experimenting with different printing and production techniques.

According to the Mei Moses All Art index number, it´s the right time to invest in art. At least, it seems to be at lower-risk than investing in stocks these days!

A photo brain. A self portrait by the artist

Photographs belong to Elisa Vendramin

Artist: Elisa Vendramin

Place: Pop-up market at Harpa, Reykjavik concert hall

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