A Little Bird Tells US… Artist Lucy Sparrow’s set up shop in Downtown LA

The fully felt Sparrow Mart is home to 31,000 individual works, and they’re all for sale.

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Her first pop-up was a Corner Shop in London’s East End, stocked with familiar products made from felt and funded by a Kickstarter campaign but, since that initial installation, artist Lucy Sparrow’s projects have just got bigger and better. And as nowhere is more familiar with large-scale consumerism than America, that’s where she’s been setting her sights.

Having sold out her 8 Till Late bodega in New York in record time – it shut a week earlier than it was due to, as the store cupboard was quite literally bare – Sparrow has spent the past year stitching 31,000 (yes, you read that number correctly) individual pieces to sell in a new pop-up shop. This time, she’s set up Sparrow Mart, a 1980s-themed (in)stall(ation) at the Standard Hotel in Downtown LA, and the locals are going mad for it.

One of our artrepublic family of artists, Sparrow is known for her felt sculptures that depict everything from bathroom cabinets to sushi sets, domestic cleaning products to famous sweet treats. Sparrow Mart pulls together the themes from her smaller-scale works, to stock an entire store – from the vegetable aisle and deli meat counter to packaged convenience foods and even an ATM. Everything is for sale, with items priced from $ 5 upwards, making it affordable as well as experiential art. Even street artist Shepard Fairey, aka Obey, couldn’t resist stopping by to take a spin round the aisles.

If you’re not in LA and can’t make it to Sparrow Mart (which is open throughout August from 11am – 9pm daily, but closed on Mondays), why not drop into our Brighton gallery to see some of Sparrow’s other sculptural work. We have two of her editioned Cabinet series on display; the bathroom-based ‘His N Hers’, as well as ‘Such A Sad Time’, whose shelves are lined with familiar processed foods (all made out of felt, of course). The innocent-looking soft sculptures are almost guaranteed to make you rethink the way you consume (and potentially hoard) goods.

Outside the States right now, and beyond the realms of the LA supermarket sweep, artrepublic Brighton is one of the few places you can stock up on Sparrow’s editioned pieces. Find out more by calling us or visiting the gallery to speak to one of our Art Advisors.

 

To view our  Lucy Sparrow felt art, call into our Brighton gallery, where our Art Advisors will be happy to help. Tel. 01273 724829 or email brighton@artrepublic.com.

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Tying herself in knots, Serbian skin artist boggles senses

Armed with makeup brushes and pencils, skin artist and illusionist Mirjana Kika Milosevic gets to work on her own torso, sketching elaborate knots and making chunks of her flesh disappear, earning her videos millions of views on YouTube.


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Everything You Need to Know About David Wojnarowicz, the Queer Artist Who Gave a Voice to Outsiders

As a retrospective opens of the fearless artist and AIDS activist’s work, we spoke with the exhibition’s curator to discover why Wojnarowicz’s art is so necessary now.

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Blood, sweat and accessories: artist recycles bodily fluids for fashion

LONDON (Reuters) – Struggling to make your fashion more personal? No sweat. A London fashion student can help you decorate your attire with crystal accessories formed from your bodily excretions.


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Artist Christo floats tomb of barrels in London’s Hyde Park

LONDON (Reuters) – A 20-metre (22-yard) high sculpture of an ancient Egyptian tomb, made from 7,506 red, white and mauve barrels, has taken temporary residence amid the aquatic wildlife on a lake in London’s Hyde Park.


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Artist Nick Grant on Navigating A Career in the Business of Hip-Hop

Nostalgia is a dangerously beautiful thing. Too much of it will prevent you from appreciating the new, but the right amount will leave you feeling refreshed. Nick Grant is the perfect balance. His presence on the microphone reminds us all of the golden age of hip-hop, drawing on a genius level talent for wordplay and storytelling. His approach, however, is not one that is so deeply rooted in a 90s persona that it comes off as overly reminiscent of times past. His beat selection is soulful but still current. The content? Topical, he tells the story of a willingness to get uncomfortable while pursuing an intrinsic passion. Taking on life’s wins, failures, and the lessons in between while growing into the person he saw himself as before the world got the big picture. Grant’s newest project, “Dreaming Out Loud,” delivers that narrative in sonic form, and with 6.2 million streams on his latest project, tour dates with Nas and Lauryn Hill, and cosigns from greats like DJ Khaled, it appears that hip-hop may have a new challenger to the throne. 

Modern day artists are fully aware of the need for multiple streams of income. The music industry business model is still in transition. Streaming pumped life back into the business, but artists aren’t seeing much profit from the sales. According to The Guardian, artists only get $ 0.00783 and $ 0.00397 per stream from Apple and Spotify, respectively. As a result, musicians must heavily rely on show money and merchandise sales to pull in cash. Naturally, an artist like Grant who is poised for worldwide success must keep his head on a swivel when it comes to diversifying his portfolio. After all, music is a young man’s sport and eventually the goal is to move into other business ventures. 

In a conversation filled with sheer appreciation for the moment, Grant revealed a very focused intent. The first chapter of his journey is closed, and his future is on the horizon. As he reflects on the experience of putting himself in position to eat, he has honed in on solidifying a foundation upon which his empire can stand. Coming from Walterboro, South Carolina, with a population of 5,000 people, it was no easy adventure for Grant to get here. 

“You can’t walk into a label from a small town. I didn’t even have a studio, we had to make one and record in a closet. A move to Atlanta was a family move that worked out. At the time Ludacris, T.I., and Outkast were artists you could look up to and also run into at any time. It was a different world, but it was accessible. I still had to pay my dues, go around and do rap battles and go to studios and get my voice heard.” 

Nowadays, opportunities to diversify your career trajectory depend on social currency. Those ever-so-necessary metrics that prove you’ve got the audience to drive revenue. It’s what every brand looks for when forging partnerships with artists looking to merge into other lanes of creative professionalism. While Grant is undeniably talented, he’s still earning his spot among the megastars of the game. The necessary evil in that is maintaining a social presence and growing a visible fan base by the numbers. 

“Everything is just hip-hop while I build a solid foundation. I want to get into acting, clothing, and finding artists. Music has a deadline so diversifying is key. You have to pay attention to the things you’re into and your direction. It takes staying committed and being comfortable with yourself. I could be better with social media and things. I’m growing to learn about those things on top of doing more shows and touching fans. Developing those habits of making sure it’s my best whenever I put up content.” 

You can hear the reluctantly wise compromise in his voice. He’s an MC to the core, cut from the cloth of earning his stripes through battles and fighting for his songs to be heard in studios. The music should speak for itself, and create all of the opportunity he deserves. Unfortunately, this isn’t a perfect world and sometimes people want to see before they hear. That includes the folks who can provide opportunities in Grant’s places of interest beyond beautifully crafted bars. A true professional, he’s OK with playing the game as long as the music is on point. He’s got a platform now, and with that comes a duty. 

We’re the first generation of black men facing our demons without burying our emotions. On top of that, black women are holding us accountable for appreciating them and dispelling toxic viewpoints we learned from fathers, uncles, and brothers who went unchecked. Both subjects are regular topics of conversation across Twitter timelines. Using songs like “Father Figure” and “Black Woman,” Grant addresses two of the most sensitive topics for many black men. Confronting unresolved issues with the men responsible for raising us, and embracing the importance of the women who nurtured us no matter the cost. 

“I realized having a voice is a responsibility. These are things that I always wanted to talk about. Women were a village that raised me and provided for me when I couldn’t provide for myself. It was important for me to speak on, even if I was the only one to hear the records. Fortunately, it didn’t go unnoticed. Black Woman is 2-3 years old, but it shows you that God has his timing.”  

Nick’s appreciation for his position is full proof, while the game he’s in keeps reinventing itself. Platforms like Spotify offer licensing deals to artists, while companies like United Masters help artists create direct-to-consumer markets. It’s all in an effort to cut out the middleman. Still, Grant saw fit to sign with a major label. His golden ticket is in the business minds he keeps around him at Culture Republic, an imprint focused on identifying and cultivating authentic brand partnerships for the artists it represents. Culture Republic is run by Jason Geter, Chaka Zulu, and Bernard Parks who have successfully launched and navigated the brands of international superstars such as T.I., Ludacris, 2 Chainz, Travis Scott, Iggy Azalea, Outkast, Cee-Lo Green, 8 Ball & MJG, B.O.B., DJ Drama, and Big K.R.I.T.

“I feel like I always got the cheat code. The people in my management are schooling me. I’m also picking up on ideas through conversation and learning on my own. I’m paying close attention to my peers and the moves they’re making. For me, it’s about letting the music open up the doors. Make sure the art is right, and everything is a domino effect.”

Grant’s whole mentality is to lift as he climbs. He wants to build a studio back home in South Carolina, He wants to help dope artists put out projects, and put people in the position to help others. He’s a fan of the culture first, so as long as he can aid others in realizing their dreams, he’s satisfied. His love for simple things is draped in the humble nature of the southern states that raised him. With a lyrically refreshing project receiving a warm welcome from critics and fans alike, Grant offered parting words on the possibility of the cultural pendulum swinging back in favor of the wordsmiths. 

“I don’t think it ever swung away. Who’s to say that the people everyone calls microwave artists aren’t just being who they really are, and that’s why it’s working for them? I would like to say I’m cut from the same cloth as a Kendrick or a J. Cole. To be a king in hip-hop you have to have a story and messaging. As long as you’re speaking about certain things you’re going to cut through. Everybody who’s the GOAT has to have a body of work. That’s my path. I want to be one of the greatest.” 

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Something wicked this way comes: street artist Eelus launches a new and exclusive 3D collectable.

As the new Star Wars movie hits the big screens, Brighton-based artist Eelus returns to turn ‘Shat-At’ – an early print inspired by the sci-fi series – into his first sculptural work for artrepublic

Drawing inspiration from pop culture, film, graphic design and art history, Eelus has gained a reputation for creating striking images that often play on the macabre. Intertwining colourful backdrops with monochromatic figures, the street artist points to the necessary interplay between mood, emotions and light and dark. But how does these stylistic traits translate into a three-dimensional form? We catch up with the artist ahead of his new release to find out more…

Your latest sculpture is based on one of your earliest works what inspired the original print?

I’ve always been a big fan of Star Wars and I’d had this idea rattling around my noggin for years that was originally intended to be just a fun t-shirt design. Then I started stencilling back in 2001 and I made the image that you know now and started to paint it around East London where I lived and hung out. It was one of my first ever stencils and then went on to be my first ever screen print edition with Pictures On Walls (RIP).

 

Yes its sad that POW is no more, it launched the careers of many artists. Where do you think young artists can go now to get published or do you think things are more egalitarian so people no longer need someone like POW to launch their career?

I think now with the rise of free social media platforms like Instagram and easy do-it-yourself websites it’s so easy to get your work out there without going through a gallery or a publisher. It’ll probably take you a little longer to build a solid following, but you don’t need many people to get the ball rolling (‘1000 True Fans’ is an interesting article on this by Kevin Kelly). If you concentrate on the quality of the work above all else, everything else will follow in it’s own time.

What then lead you into turning SHAT-AT from a 2D print into a 3D sculpture?

I wanted to commemorate the 10 year anniversary of the release with something special. It’s taken so long to get the sculptures finished and the whole project to a standard that I’m happy with, I’m a couple of years late, but there you go.

Did you have an AT-AT walker when you were a child, and did you use one in the creation of your sculpture?

I absolutely did, and still do, it’s in my studio. I had a model-maker create one from scratch during the original sculpt but in the end I decided to have one 3D printed and we made a mould from that.

They fall over very easily do you think it is a good design to use for a battle vehicle?

In terms of it’s use as tank, I think it’s pretty good. They’re intimidating for a start, seeing those plod over the horizon toward you you’d probably feel the same as a Roman solider seeing a Carthaginian war elephant for the first time. You’d be terrified.

Why do you think Star Wars has left such an impression on our popular culture and do you think it will survive the test of time?

The basic storyline that runs through the films is one that we’ve been telling for thousands of years, It’s the classic archetype of the ‘Hero’s Journey’ and is timeless. It’s an age-old narrative regurgitated as a science fiction spaghetti western set in another galaxy and it was released in a time when the idea of movie merchandising was about explode. So the characters and the story escaped the screen and entered our lives in ways we’d never seen before. The kids of the late 70’s, early 80’s went crazy for it, or at least an awful lot of us did, I did.

I think the original films, for me anyway, will stand the test of time. A lot of the new ones will fall by the wayside as far as I’m concerned, especially now there’s one coming out every year it seems. The excitement is being diluted, the whole thing is losing its magic. Or maybe I’m just getting old? I can’t wait to see what my daughter makes of it all when she’s old enough.

Who is you favourite Star Wars character from the original three films?

Unquestionably Yoda. You watch Empire and Jedi now and he looks a bit shit compared to what we’ve all become used to with the developments of CGI, but he’s still a rock solid character that you believe in 100%. CGI can be great but I wish there were more current films using in-camera puppets like they did in films like Star Wars, Labyrinth, Dark Crystal etc.

Would you like to have Yoda living in your house?

Yeah why not. Constant wisdom from my own little green guru. 

All of your works have a sci-fi element to them, what’s your favourite work of science fiction?

I wouldn’t say all, but a lot do. My all time favourite would be H.G Well’s War Of The Worlds. I was introduced to it by my grandparents when I was very young and it has real sentimental value, to the point where I have a martian tripod and a line from the book tattooed on my arm. I also have a small collection of various editions of the book all with different cover designs. You may sound the nerd alarm now if you so wish.

Has the experience of producing work changed over the years as you moved into working as an artist full time?

Sure. When I started I was creating purely for myself with little thought to financial reward and so the creative process was a lot more relaxed and free as I had the safety net of a full time job to fall back on.

Then around 10 years ago I quit my job and made art full time, and with that comes the fear and anxieties that situation brings, when every day is a hustle of one kind or another just to make sure you’re making ends meet. That situation can often have an effect on the work you produce as you need to survive; and selling work, getting paid, these are boxes that need to be ticked each and every week in one way or another to allow me to live the life I like to live. I’ve been broke and in debt before and it’s not for me.

I consider myself lucky to be able to produce and sell work reasonably easy and bring money home to support my family, and to do that, sometimes a big ‘crowd pleaser’ of a print is produced. I then have a little space and time to relax and create more personal works. It’s the same as making movies, you make a big budget action or 2 and then go away to work on more niche indie films. But I definitely feel like I’m taking steps towards making all of my work more honest and personal. I think a lot of that is coming from caring less what people think of me and my work as I get older. There’s a calming reassurance in that.

Art is often a hobby and used to escape from work, what do you to escape form work and wind down?

I don’t think I ever truly escape as my mind is always mulling some kind of madness over, it’s inescapable. But generally I read a lot, watch movies, hang out with my girlfriend and our daughter, dance in the kitchen. A dense green forest is where I’m at my most calm.

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Shonda Rhimes to Produce Netflix Series Based on the Life of Con Artist Anna Delvey

TV producer Shonda Rhimes is bringing the real-life story of a socialite who conned her way into an elite life of luxury to Netflix.

Rhimes, the showrunner behind the hit series Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal, left her longtime home at ABC Studios and signed a lucrative deal with Netflix last year. Her first original production at the streaming platform will be based on the life of Anna Sorokin, a 27-year-old woman who posed as a German heiress under the alias Anna Delvey and scammed banks, businesses, and her wealthy friends into financing her lavish lifestyle. A recent article about Sorokin, penned by New York Magazine writer Jessica Pressler, went viral. Since then, dozens of producers have reportedly approached Pressler about adapting the story as a TV series or feature. However, Deadline reports that Netflix managed to buy the rights to the story by stepping up in a major way and leveraging Rhimes’ commitment to do the adaptation.

Sorokin, who managed to swindle her way into becoming an “it” girl on the New York social scene, was busted for six counts of grand larceny and theft of services in October 2017. She is currently being held without bond on Rikers Island. She has pleaded not guilty and won over an online fan base that is both fascinated and obsessed with her artful sham.

The new series will mark the first project that Rhimes has created since Scandal, which launched in 2012 and just ended its fifth and final season in April. If successful, Rhimes could earn $ 300 million from her five-year deal with Netflix.

Last year, Rhimes, the founder, chairwoman, and CEO of ShondaLand, credited her prosperous career in the entertainment business to her relentless work ethic. “What made the difference is that I was willing to stay longer and work harder than anyone else,” she said during a discussion at the American Express OPEN Success Makers panel in New York.

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Shonda Rhimes books Manhattan con artist Anna Delvey story for first Netflix series

Shonda Rhimes is taking on one of the wildest stories of 2018 for her first series at Netflix.

The streaming service has bought the rights to Jessica Pressler’s New York Magazine article “How Anna Delvey Tricked New York Party People,” the story of a con artist who deceived dozens of Manhattanites…

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French performance artist emerges from week inside sculpture

AURIGNAC, France (Reuters) – French performance artist Abraham Poincheval on Friday stepped out of a giant wooden statue in the shape of a prehistoric man wearing a lionskin, after spending seven days trapped inside.


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Ivory Coast artist makes sculptures from her own hair

ABIDJAN, June 6 (Reuters) – – There’s almost no image Ivorian artist Laetitia Ky can’t sculpt from her own hair. Depending on her mood, she can shape her thick black tresses into light bulbs, trees, trumpets, bicycles or cupcakes.


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Talib Kweli’s Former Artist Res Says Her Music Wasn’t Released Because She Refused His Sexual Advances

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Legacy of ‘Love’ artist Robert Indiana is subject of new lawsuit

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The legacy and works of American pop artist Robert Indiana, best known for his iconic “Love” image, are the focus of a lawsuit filed on Friday in Manhattan federal court.


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From LA to UK – acclaimed Japanese-American artist Audrey Kawasaki joins the artrepublic family

What do Art Nouveau, Japanese manga comics and a particular brand of LA cool have in common? They’re all wrapped up in the the intriguing art of Japanese-American artist Audrey Kawasaki.

Inspired by the beauty and mystique of the female form, Kawasaki’s images have been drawing in a big audience Stateside over the past few years. Often painted directly onto wooden panels, her art gains extra depth and texture from the natural organic grains and patterns of the wood – each of which brings an additional unique layer to the paintings.

Now, the LA-based artist’s intricate and mysterious work is available in our

 

Brighton gallery, and online, as Kawasaki joins our artrepublic family of artists. We’re excited to be able to share a selection of her limited edition prints, including ‘Madame Una’ and ‘Arianna’, which are exclusive to artrepublic in Europe.

Using scrolled, turn of the 20th-century typography with a modern colour palette of soft pinks, turquoises and yellows – plus the woodgrain background – both ‘Madame Una’ and ‘Arianna’ draw upon the mysterious and marvellous space of the circus… and freaks shows.

From clowns and illusionists to contortionists and strongwomen, the characters and vintage glamour of the travelling show is pulled into the modern day via Kawasaki’s own brand of graphic design-meets-illustration – a style that forced her to abandon her studies at the Pratt Institute in New York, where the focus was firmly on the conceptual.

Inspired by old advertisements posters for circus performers, these two prints also subtly nod to the whimsical and fantastical nature of Japanese fashion culture, and have a fresh, tattoo-like feel to them too – something that hasn’t passed LA’s tattoo parloursby. Ink inspired by Kawasaki’s artwork have become an increasingly common sight on California’s streets (and beyond) in recent years, showing a style shift from the traditional pin-up to this more modern feminine form.


If you want to bring a playful hit of circus-style home with you, our exclusive limited editions are your only chance – unless you plan on visiting the US or Asia sometime soon! Drop by our Brighton gallery and speak to one of our art advisors or, if you’re not local, check out this artist’s striking work online at artrepublic.com.

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Hueman Connection: introducing artrepublic’s newest artist

As North Californian graffiti artist and painter Hueman’s colourful figurative and abstract mash-ups arrive in artrepublic’s Brighton gallery – in the form of an exclusive print – we dig into her creative backstory.

Street art aficionados may be familiar with the work of Allison Torneros, who paints under the name Hueman. Even if you haven’t seen her massive, energetically colourful works in person, sprayed on walls in the US or Europe, you may have unwittingly witnessed her designs running around the basketball courts of the Rio Olympics – Hueman designed the US Women’s basketball team’s shoes with Nike – or on a custom-designed colourful X-Box collaboration with Microsoft.

Since graduating from UCLA in 2008 with a degree in Design and Media Arts, Hueman has been building a following – especially since taking her work from the studio to the streets, scaling up her paintings to bring art to urban environments and audiences. Working on a much bigger scale than she was used to gave the artist new energy. In an interview with Juxtapoz magazine, she said: ‘it was like a light switch turned on […] I was using my entire body to paint, I was talking to people, I was collaborating, I was in the sun. I felt alive again. I literally felt human. That’s where the name Hueman comes from.’

Hueman’s work is absolutely saturated with that sense of being alive. This is drawn from a perfect balance of the artist’s choice of bold bright colours, her subject matter and her image-making process. You might wonder how the artist achieves that fluid-looking finish? Starting with a freestyle series of paints splashes, drips and sprays – a la Jackson Pollock(?) – she builds her refined, highly stylised images, which draw on the theme of the human condition. As a a result, Hueman’s work is packed with motion. It’s dynamic.

And that is exactly the word we would use to describe the artist’s exclusive piece for artrepublic. A limited edition of 25, each individually hand-finished by Hueman, Silent Power does what its title promises. It makes you stand to attention in front of it, without needing to be told. The female figure at its centre is strong and confident – holding her ground and fixing her sideways gaze as energetic lines and textures swirl around her, creating movement and energy.

The longer you look at this print, the more structures, finishes and colours emerge – you begin to really appreciate the complexity of Hueman’s creative process. Imagine this scaled up on the side of a building – even at this size, it packs a punch. Looking downwards, offering out an extended arm towards you, the position of power of the woman at its heart is emphasised. There is nothing passive about this print. It’s filled with vibrant life.

Draw on Hueman’s experience of painting outdoors and bring one of her powerful pieces into your collection – it will make you, and your space, come to life.

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Genius, Antonio BanderasAntonio Banderas is playing one of his heroes. No, not the swashbuckling masked swordsman named Zorro, but Pablo Picasso in Genius: Picasso, the second install of National Geographic Channel’s…

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Artist Jeff Koons, New York gallery are sued over late sculptures

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A Wall Street investor sued American artist Jeff Koons and a prominent New York City gallery on Thursday for more than $ 39 million over their failure to deliver three Koons sculptures, alleging a scheme to deceive customers.


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Hueman Connection: introducing artrepublic’s newest artist

As North Californian graffiti artist and painter Hueman’s colourful figurative and abstract mash-ups arrive in artrepublic’s Brighton gallery – in the form of an exclusive print – we dig into her creative backstory.

Street art aficionados may be familiar with the work of Allison Torneros, who paints under the name Hueman. Even if you haven’t seen her massive, energetically colourful works in person, sprayed on walls in the US or Europe, you may have unwittingly witnessed her designs running around the basketball courts of the Rio Olympics – Hueman designed the US Women’s basketball team’s shoes with Nike – or on a custom-designed colourful X-Box collaboration with Microsoft.

Since graduating from UCLA in 2008 with a degree in Design and Media Arts, Hueman has been building a following – especially since taking her work from the studio to the streets, scaling up her paintings to bring art to urban environments and audiences. Working on a much bigger scale than she was used to gave the artist new energy. In an interview with Juxtapoz magazine, she said: ‘it was like a light switch turned on […] I was using my entire body to paint, I was talking to people, I was collaborating, I was in the sun. I felt alive again. I literally felt human. That’s where the name Hueman comes from.’

Hueman’s work is absolutely saturated with that sense of being alive. This is drawn from a perfect balance of the artist’s choice of bold bright colours, her subject matter and her image-making process. You might wonder how the artist achieves that fluid-looking finish? Starting with a freestyle series of paints splashes, drips and sprays – a la Jackson Pollock(?) – she builds her refined, highly stylised images, which draw on the theme of the human condition. As a a result, Hueman’s work is packed with motion. It’s dynamic.

And that is exactly the word we would use to describe the artist’s exclusive piece for artrepublic. A limited edition of 25, each individually hand-finished by Hueman, Silent Power does what its title promises. It makes you stand to attention in front of it, without needing to be told. The female figure at its centre is strong and confident – holding her ground and fixing her sideways gaze as energetic lines and textures swirl around her, creating movement and energy.

The longer you look at this print, the more structures, finishes and colours emerge – you begin to really appreciate the complexity of Hueman’s creative process. Imagine this scaled up on the side of a building – even at this size, it packs a punch. Looking downwards, offering out an extended arm towards you, the position of power of the woman at its heart is emphasised. There is nothing passive about this print. It’s filled with vibrant life.

Draw on Hueman’s experience of painting outdoors and bring one of her powerful pieces into your collection – it will make you, and your space, come to life.

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From LA to UK – acclaimed Japanese-American artist Audrey Kawasaki joins the artrepublic family

What do Art Nouveau, Japanese manga comics and a particular brand of LA cool have in common? They’re all wrapped up in the the intriguing art of Japanese-American artist Audrey Kawasaki.

Inspired by the beauty and mystique of the female form, Kawasaki’s images have been drawing in a big audience Stateside over the past few years. Often painted directly onto wooden panels, her art gains extra depth and texture from the natural organic grains and patterns of the wood – each of which brings an additional unique layer to the paintings.

Now, the LA-based artist’s intricate and mysterious work is available in our

 

Brighton gallery, and online, as Kawasaki joins our artrepublic family of artists. We’re excited to be able to share a selection of her limited edition prints, including ‘Madame Una’ and ‘Arianna’, which are exclusive to artrepublic in Europe.

Using scrolled, turn of the 20th-century typography with a modern colour palette of soft pinks, turquoises and yellows – plus the woodgrain background – both ‘Madame Una’ and ‘Arianna’ draw upon the mysterious and marvellous space of the circus… and freaks shows.

From clowns and illusionists to contortionists and strongwomen, the characters and vintage glamour of the travelling show is pulled into the modern day via Kawasaki’s own brand of graphic design-meets-illustration – a style that forced her to abandon her studies at the Paris Institute in New York, where the focus was firmly on the conceptual.

Inspired by old advertisements posters for circus performers, these two prints also subtly nod to the whimsical and fantastical nature of Japanese fashion culture, and have a fresh, tattoo-like feel to them too – something that hasn’t passed LA’s tattoo parloursby. Ink inspired by Kawasaki’s artwork have become an increasingly common sight on California’s streets (and beyond) in recent years, showing a style shift from the traditional pin-up to this more modern feminine form.


If you want to bring a playful hit of circus-style home with you, our exclusive limited editions are your only chance – unless you plan on visiting the US or Asia sometime soon! Drop by our Brighton gallery and speak to one of our art advisors or, if you’re not local, check out this artist’s striking work online at artrepublic.com.

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Cosby lawyers portray accuser as ‘con artist’ seeking payout

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (Reuters) – Bill Cosby’s lawyer opened the defense’s case in his sexual assault trial by portraying his accuser as a “con artist” bent on extorting money from the famed comedian, saying she concocted a false story to pay for her education and set up a business.


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Flower power: Chinese artist hails east-west dialogue with petals

LONDON (Reuters) – The sweeping fields of flowers that fill the canvases at Zhuang Hong Yi’s new London exhibition are more than just depictions of the natural world – he says they are a dialogue between the cultures that have shaped his work.


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Petal power: Chinese artist starts east-west dialogue using flowers

Internationally acclaimed artist Zhuang Hong Yi’s eye-catching art work is inspired by his native China and his adoptive country, the Netherlands. Rough cut (no reporter narration)


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Artist Ai Weiwei unfazed by China ending presidential term limits

SYDNEY (Reuters) – China’s removal of presidential term limits, effectively letting President Xi Jinping hold office for life, will have no impact on its culture, artist Ai Weiwei said on Monday, as he unveiled a giant artwork in Sydney depicting asylum seekers.


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An Erotic ‘Avant-Porn’ Artist Bares Her Body and Soul

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AUSTIN, Texas — The British playwright Howard Barker once wrote, “Tragedy is the greatest art form of all. It gives us the courage to continue with our life by exposing us to the pain of life. It is unsentimental, it takes us seriously as human beings, it is not condescending. Paradoxically, by seeing pain we are made greater, it becomes a need.”

Such is the tantalizing lure of Narcissister, an erotic mixed-media performance artist and subject of the compelling new documentary Narcissister Organ Player, playing at this year’s SXSW. The film, directed by the mononymous masked curiosity, deconstructs her acclaimed performance-art piece “Organ Player” through the prism of her mother’s illness and death.

It opens on Narcissister—nude, save a black garter belt, stockings and heels. Splotches of white paint mark her body; red pigtails and a signature Barbie doll mask obscure her face. As she fights her way through the birth canal, a chorus of angelic voices crescendos to the heavens. Then, she exits the vast vagina and plops onto the stage.

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Makeup Artist Camara Aunique Shares What’s In Her Makeup Bag

Camara Aunique is a celebrity makeup artist with a personality to match the larger than life stars whom she works with daily. From giving June Ambrose her signature pink lip to accenting Chloe x Halle‘s effortless glow, #TeamBeautiful wanted to know the products Aunique uses on herself!

The fun-loving makeup artist took a break from behind the scenes to get in front of the camera at HB studios and candidly shares with us what she keeps in her makeup bag. Watch the video above to find out what’s in Camara’s bag and her one of her favorite Black-owned makeup brands.

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Three Things to Know About Kehinde Wiley, the Artist Behind Barack Obama’s New Portrait

If you didn’t know artist Kehinde Wiley before, you will now: He’s the painter behind former President Barack Obama’s stunning official portrait, which was unveiled on Monday at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery.

Not only did Obama become the first African-American president to have a portrait hang in the National Portrait Gallery, but Wiley became the first African-American artist to paint an official presidential portrait.

“It’s a huge responsibility,” Wiley told The Guardian in 2017. And though it may have been a humbling duty to paint former President Obama, the painting fits within Wiley’s cannon: bold and often colorful depictions of men (and recently) women of color in the style of Classical European portraiture—a style that has made him both celebrated and successful.

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Who is Kehinde Wiley?

Wiley was born South Central, Los Angeles in 1977, where he was raised by a single mother and was one of six siblings. His mother was a linguist, and he grew up surrounded by books. Wiley took his first art lesson at age 11, and at age 12, in 1989, Wiley was one of 50 American children who went to live in Russia at the Center for U.S./U.S.S.R. Initiatives. There, he studied art and Russian language. He eventually attended the San Francisco Art Institute, and studied art in graduate school at Yale.

He is based in New York, but has studios around the world in Beijing and West Africa, where his father is from.

Celebrities associated with Wiley—from Obama to Beyoncé.

Kehinde Wiley’s mainstay is “street casting.” He began painting young men and women from the streets of Harlem and painting them in their street clothing in the styles of old-world paintings; Wiley continues that practice around the world in places like the Congo, Morocco, Haiti and India.

Wiley has, however, painted famous faces prior to working with Obama. In 2009, Michael Jackson commissioned a portrait, which wasn’t painted until after the king of pop passed. He has also painted rappers LL Cool J and Ice-T, along with soccer royalty around the world.

And while he has not done a portrait of Beyoncé, some have mused that his work was an influence on her pregnancy photoshoot.

Where can you see Kehinde Wiley’s work?

Beyond the National Portrait Gallery, you can view Wiley’s art on display at museums around the country. He has paintings in the North Carolina Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Milwaukee Art Museum, and the Detroit Institute of Arts. You can also scroll through his work on his Instagram.

Former first lady Michelle Obama’s portrait was painted by Amy Sherald, an African-American artist based in Baltimore, Maryland. Michelle Obama’s portrait was also revealed to the public on Monday, and it will hang in the first floor of the National Portrait Gallery until November.


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‘Upside down’ artist Baselitz celebrated in retrospective

RIEHEN, Switzerland (Reuters) – Georg Baselitz, a provocative German artist who inspired a generation with challenging depictions of the Nazi era and the post-war division of Germany, is being honored by a retrospective to mark his 80th birthday.


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Makeup artist uses real dead insects on her face

If you’re scared of creepy-crawlies, look away now. While most of us would run a mile from bugs, spiders and stag beetles, one makeup artist is making them into facial art. California-based artist Jasmine creates stunning designs with butterflies, crickets and bees as well as potentially dangerous species. She adds all manner of critters to…
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Black Artist Remixes Racially Insensitive H&M Ad

Amid the public backlash against H&M, a black artist and entrepreneur has transformed a racially offensive ad found on the retailer’s website into a message of empowerment.

H&M has been swamped in a firestorm of scrutiny since it released an ad featuring a black child modeling a green hooded sweatshirt emblazoned with the phrase “coolest monkey in the jungle.” Social media users vowed to stop shopping at the retail giant while others blasted marketing executives for approving the image despite the ugly history of using “monkey” as an ethnic slur against black people.

A number of celebrities, including Questlove and Queer Eye for the Straight Guy host Karamo Brown, also criticized the ad, while Grammy Award-winning singer Abel “The Weeknd” Tesfaye took his outrage a step further by ending his partnership with the company. The Canadian singer starred in and curated H&M’s Spring Icons Selected by The Weeknd campaign early last year and created an 18-piece collection for the brand in the fall.


In response, H&M issued an apology and removed the ad from its website. “We sincerely apologize for offending people with this image of a printed hooded top,” H&M said in a statement. “The image has been removed from all online channels and the product will not be for sale in the United States. We believe in diversity and inclusion in all that we do and will be reviewing all our internal policies accordingly to avoid any future issues.”

The hoodie, however, is still on sale in the U.K.

Insulted by the ad, Chris Classic, a songwriter, recording artist, and BE Modern Man, recreated the image with a hand-drawn crown covering the words on the hoodie and the model’s head “to symbolize being self-made,” he told Black Enterprise. He also wrote the word “shame” on the image using the H&M logo. “As a father, I was appalled. I’m aware of how finite the internet can be. I didn’t want that young man to get older and see his photo used to highlight racism without also seeing a different version of himself, who he really is.”

Classic also took a shot at Swedish business magnate Carl Stefan Erling Persson, the chairman and heir to the H&M empire, which was founded by his father, Erling Persson, in the 1940s. “I’m almost certain the Persson Family and their $ 31 Billion wont care in Sweden but… this lil guy will see his pics and the mockery one day because the internet doesn’t erase… so I just hope he gets to see this one or any like it that celebrate him,” Classic wrote on an Instagram post.


Classic’s remix has since been shared by Lebron James and actress Niecy Nash.

Shortly after expressing disappointment in H&M, political commentator Angela Rye criticized Adidas for featuring French soccer star Paul Pogba in a poster with the word “predator.”

“Do you understand that PREDATOR has a negative connotation particularly when we are talking about the perception of Black people in the world? This is irresponsible,” wrote Rye on Instagram on Monday.


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BWW Review: Lip Sync Artist Dickie Beau’s RE-MEMBER ME Honors a Hamlet That Was Nearly Not To Be

Savvy playgoers attending British lip-sync artist Dickie Beau’s RE-MEMBER ME at this year’s Under The Radar Festival will notice that when a recording of Michael Douglas, playing Broadway director Zach in the film adaptation of A CHORUS LINE, instructs the solo performer to step forward, tell me your real name, your stage name if it’s different, where you were born, and how old you are, they’re watching a take-off of a moment that originated in the very space where they’re sitting The Public’s Newman Theater, where that classic Pulitzer-winning musical was first seen by audiences in 1975.
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Anonymous Feminist Street Artist Bambi Isn’t Backing Down

In this tumultuous political era, the anonymous, feminist British street artist Bambi is not sitting quiet.

With work that focuses on a plethora of social issues, including modern female identity—specifically in relation to pervasive patriarchal culture—Bambi, known in some circles as the “female Banksy,” never loses sight of her goal to insight social and political change through her art.

Bambi has sparked controversy throughout England and the U.S. with her pieces, which address the disturbing realities of police brutality, Islamophobia and the Trump administration’s attacks on the most marginalized. She has even been pursued criminally, begging the question of where our priorities lie as a society. When there is more of an effort made to reprimand artists bringing injustices to light than there is to actually address and fight the injustices at hand, it becomes crystal clear that we need street artists like Bambi more than ever.

Ms. spoke with Bambi to discuss her role as an artist and how she is navigating the political climate—and boldly embracing the power of art to create change.


How did you first become involved in street art? 

It started with spraying the walls of the flat in London where I grew up, with my dad’s car spray. My family were obviously not too pleased with this, so I decided to move my activities outside. My first street art piece was a collection of stars made with a hand cut stencil that I sprayed on a Rolls Royce near our estate. Luckily, I never actually got caught.

I did study art at Central St. Martins but hated how pretentious it all was. But at the same time, being exposed to that environment and learning gave me that gift—of knowing what didn’t inspire meas much as what did. But I’m more at home on the street and it’s my favourite place to create and show work.

What would you say is your biggest goal as an artist?

Through my art I try to encourage consideration of the world, of the issues facing it and hope to inspire change. I think street art is an accessible art form that can be viewed by everyone, those people who would never consider going to an art gallery, or think they would not be inspired by traditional “art.” But my biggest goal is to have an influence on political and social change. I think that if even just one of my pieces reaches one other person and gets them to think about what’s happening in our world, and hopefully inspire them to change their ways, or work with those around them, then that’s what success looks like to me.

Has your work always been as politically charged as it currently is? If not, what was a defining moment for you that made you switch your focus to a more political cause?

I’ve always had some political motivation in my work, though the real common thread is humour. I think the way to get people’s attention and make them think about issues, be they social and environmental, is to try to be humorous—without offending anyone in the process, if that’s possible. Having said that, I go by the belief that an extreme reaction is better than no reaction.

I think for me, as for many of us, the events of the past year or so have really shaped and refocused me, particularly politically. Trump’s presidency, and Brexit here in the UK, are nation and world changing events—not in a good way in my opinion. But what’s true is they give you phenomenal source material, such as UK Prime Minister Theresa May and Donald Trump dancing in Lie Lie Land. The continued extremes in our global political situation inspire and worry me in equal measure. I have a good few pieces planned on recent political events.

Who and what inspires you?

I love Peter Doig and Cindy Sherman, and Lucien Freud and Francis Bacon have also influenced my work. The passion communicated through their work is astounding. Passion for comment, for change is fundamental to what I do. I’m driven to communicate in the same way.

Francis Bacon in particular inspires me. He was at St. Martin’s a lot when I was there, often buying our canvasses at the same time at Russell and Chapple, and with the odd conversation. These great British painters who forged their own way, whilst retaining that British eccentricity, stubbornness, grit, whatever you call it, are fundamental to British art. I would argue that the greatest street artists of our time are this important.

There has been a lot of talk recently about freedom of speech and censorship. How do you navigate the fine line between articulating your message and not watering it down—or on the opposite side of the spectrum, not representing it “too harshly?”

I’ve always had social comment in my work. My Don’t Shoot piece, that’s still on a wall in Shoreditch in East London, is about the shooting of Michael Brown, and was so controversial that the CID police tried to locate my fingerprints from the wall. I assume they wanted to charge me with inciting a riot. Fortunately, I wear surgical gloves when I’m painting……

What is something you wish more people knew about the work that you do?

Probably that it’s a huge amount of work! I think some folks might think street art is a bit of random graffiti, but it’s actually pretty time consuming. I hand cut all my stencils and hand draw all my artwork, and a street piece can take weeks or even months to prepare. My art is never computer generated. Also, I believe that street art holds as much importance as any other art. The experience that street art offers the viewer is as vital as the experience a viewer of say, Picasso, experiences when viewing that work.

Ciarra Davison is a former Ms. Editorial Intern and an undergrad at UCLA, where she studies English and writes for the Politics section of FEM Newsmagazine. She dedicates her time to standing in solidarity with all oppressed groups and individuals and fighting for equal rights. She also enjoys traveling and dancing while cooking.

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Exclusive: Watch James Franco and Dave Franco Talk ‘The Disaster Artist’

Exclusive: Watch James Franco and Dave Franco Talk 'The Disaster Artist'

In our exclusive video, James Franco and Dave Franco talk about The Disaster Artist, which is a new movie inspired by the making of the cult classic The Room.

Even though The Room has developed a reputation that has inspired mockery by some, James Franco, who directed and stars as filmmaker Tommy Wiseau, speaks with genuine respect for Wiseau's "heart and passion … everybody should have dreams." In a similar vein, costars Dave Franco, Seth Rogen and Ari Graynor express their…

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‘The Disaster Artist’ Review: Hilarious, Heartfelt, and Has to Be Seen

How does an outlandish film like The Room come into existence? That’s what The Disaster Artist wants to illuminate. It tells the story of two friends, aspiring actor Greg Sestero (Dave Franco) and enigmatic egoist Tommy Wiseau (James Franco). As they struggle to make it in Hollywood, they decide to make their own movie.

And thus begins the insane story behind one of the essential pieces of outsider cinema in history.

Praise, Not Parody

It’s important to realize that a lot of love for The Room comes from the ironic appreciation of its absurd nature. It was worrisome that The Disaster Artist would take the same route. Thankfully, the movie has nothing but love and affection for its characters and story.

Dave Franco portrays Greg as a genuinely nice but naive guy who wants nothing more than to live the quintessential Hollywood dream. When he crosses paths with James Franco’s Tommy, the two strike up a friendship that feels completely believable and sweet. The chemistry between Greg and Tommy is palpable and carries the film throughout the entire running time.

And it’s never at the expense of its (admittedly weird) focal point: Tommy Wiseau. Wiseau is an unsolvable mystery of a character — no one knows his age, where he’s from, or how he’s able to fund all of his ventures — but the story is able to center in on what is important to Tommy’s own sense of self. He wants to be a star and fight against a system that doesn’t allow for outsiders like him.

The fact that The Disaster Artist is able to find the pathos and the relatable qualities in a cipher like Wiseau is miraculous. And James Franco’s performance is one for the books. He’s not creating a caricature of Wiseau. This is a transformative role that respects and admires the subject its presenting. It’s one of the best things you’ll see on the screen in 2017.

Stranger Than Fiction

And if you haven’t seen The Room, don’t worry. The film gives you plenty of context for this cinematic abnormality. And as wacky as The Room is, it’s not nearly as bonkers as the story behind its creation.

The Disaster Artist captures that journey with startling accuracy and reverence. The film is based on Greg Sestero’s book of the same name, but the picture goes above and beyond by recreating elements of The Room with startling veracity. It’s so exhaustive that the film even has a section devoted to comparing the original film to the recreations. It’s mesmerizing.

Plus, this movie is relentlessly funny. The humor is nearly nonstop but it magically never derails the emotional arc of the two leads. As ridiculous as things get — and boy, do they get CRAZY — we still care for Tommy and Greg. We want them to succeed, even as their friendship is brought to the brink by Tommy’s own faults.

If I had one significant complaint, it’s that a large chunk of the story gets skipped over. MINOR SPOILER AHEAD. We don’t see any of the post-production processes for the film. The story jumps from the end of Greg’s involvement with The Room to the premiere event.

As nutso as the making of The Room was, it would have been fascinating to see how all these elements were glued together to make the movie. The film justifies it by sticking with Greg’s point-of-view but it’s still an element of the story that would be great to get a glimpse at.

Is The Disaster Artist Good?

Despite my one critique, it’s impossible not to fall in love with The Disaster Artist. It’s the Ed Wood of a new generation of film fans. It overflows with optimism and support for those who do whatever it takes to make their dreams come true. And it’s a beautiful, hilarious, and never phony examination of the kind of delightful weirdos that make movies.

The Disaster Artist is one of the necessary films of 2017. It’s Tommy’s planet. We just live on it.

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Trailer Roundup: ‘Downsizing,’ ‘The Disaster Artist’ and ‘Pottersville’

Trailer Roundup: 'Downsizing,' 'The Disaster Artist' and 'Pottersville'

We've got three new trailers to share today that all involve a level of goofiness:

 

Downsizing 

The second trailer for Alexander Payne's latest makes the movie look like a broader comedy than it probably is, focusing on more of the comedy and lighter material from the sci-fi drama about people who shrink themselves to find a better, more economical life. Matt Damon is front and center as the lead character who goes through with the process, while his wife, played…

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Back Talk with Artist Ola Volo

Name: Ola Volo
Age: 28

Where are you from/ where are you based?
I am from Kazakhstan but have moved to Vancouver when I was young and now based from Montreal.

Describe your profession
I am an illustrator and a mural artist. A lot of my inspiration stems from my Russian background where Eastern European folklore played a big role in my childhood. I love to infuse the West Coast nature, with nostalgic fantasy and modern storytelling.

When did you start doing this and how did you get into it? 
I’ve been doing art ever since my first art class when I was 6 years old. I remember using crayons and water colors together and the repellent of oil and water made art look magical to me. I’ve been hooked ever since!

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What is a typical day like for you?
Every day is different, depending what the project that I am currently working on but no day goes by without sketches, revisions and lots of coffee.

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What are the essentials tools you need for your craft?
Brushes, coffee, iPad Pro, painting pants, black ink, sketch book and my handy Matt & Nat back pack of course!

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What is unique about what you do?
I feel the unique part about my work is that I do what I love. When I’m in the midst of projects where I am able to share my vision and passion with the public, I am the happiest. After every mural, I feel changed because of the time put into the work, ideas, and process that takes place. The mural then becomes a piece that belongs to the public. I feel amazing that I get to share my work with many different communities around the world.

What is the biggest misconception about what you do?
My own misconception about mural work was that I didn’t realize how much physical work it takes to produce large wall pieces. I have so much more appreciation for mural artists around the world after realizing and understanding all the challenges large murals can bring.

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What advice would you give to aspiring artists?
Dream big and never feel intimidated by materials, try everything and figure it out as you go. There are no rules in art.

Where can we look for you online or otherwise?
I am currently in Monterrey, Mexico working on a large mural as part of the IPAF festival. It’s a unique collaboration with the community and international artist painting the neighbourhoods of Monterrey.

You can follow my process on Instagram @olavolo for all the behind the scenes details.

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Blake Lively has been sharing her own awful experiences with sexual harassment. She lived a terrifying story with a makeup artist. Blake came forward with her own sexual harassment story about her former makeup artist.   @aisiymovie Press. Day one. Outfit […]
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Blake Lively revealed she was sexually harassed by a makeup artist who filmed her while she slept

Blake Lively revealed she was sexually harassed by a makeup artist who filmed her while she slept


Blake Lively revealed she was sexually harassed by a makeup artist who filmed her while she slept

Blake Lively is opening up about her own experiences with sexual harassment after several female celebrities such as Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie came forward following allegations of sexual misconduct against Harvey Weinstein.

Lively, 30, revealed her “terrifying” experience with sexual harassment allegedly at the hands of a makeup artist. “He was saying things inappropriately, insisting on putting my lipstick on with his finger,” she told the Los Angeles Times on Thursday.

“I was sleeping one night on location and I woke up and he was filming me,” she continued, “I was clothed, but it was a very voyeuristic, terrifying thing to do.”

Lively, 30, said she told producers about the issue but that nothing happened after she spoke out. Instead, the mother of two claims she was approached about a different incident, this time about her dog defecating behind a toilet in her dressing room. The actress said producers told her, “‘This is very serious and we can’t have this happen again.’”

She took her sexual harassment complaints to a lawyer, which opened up an investigation that caused the makeup artist to be removed from the project, she told the LA Times. Despite his removal, Lively said it doesn’t prevent him from working in the industry.

“Our unit production manager wrote him a letter of recommendation because nobody wanted there to be bad blood,” Lively said.

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On Tuesday, Lively had spoken out oh the Weinstein allegations but did not divulge her own experience with harassment.

“That was never my experience with Harvey in any way whatsoever, and I think that if people heard these stories… I do believe in humanity enough to think that this wouldn’t have just continued,” she told The Hollywood Reporter . “I never heard any stories like this — I never heard anything specific — but it’s devastating to hear.”

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She continued, “It’s important that women are furious right now. It’s important that there is an uprising. It’s important that we don’t stand for this and that we don’t focus on one or two or three or four stories, it’s important that we focus on humanity in general and say, ‘That is unacceptable.’”

On Tuesday, The New Yorker revealed — among 13 different women’s accounts of alleged sexual harassment, assault or rape — that the mogul allegedly forcibly performed oral sex on Italian actress Asia Argento two decades ago.

Actresses Mira Sorvino and Rosanna Arquette also claimed that after rejecting Weinstein’s unwanted advances, they were removed from or kept from being hired for projects.

Also on Tuesday, Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie added their own accounts of alleged mistreatment.

In a New York Times report last week, eight women — including actress Ashley Judd — spoke out against Weinstein, accusing him of inappropriate behavior.

In response to the lengthy allegations made against him in The New Yorker piece, a spokesperson for Weinstein said, “Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein.”

This article originally appeared in People.com



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Artist Kara Walker’s Press Release Is an Incidental Masterpiece

Kara Walker Secretly Filmed You Taking Selfies in Front of Her Sphinx

You don’t have to see visit a museum to become enamored with esteemed painter Kara Walker. Her latest exhibit at the Sikkema Jenkins & Co. gallery is intriguing with its graphic commentaries on race and Black womanhood — but the press release nearly stole the show.

Walker used her release to make a statement (and relay an eloquent eye roll) on thoughtless and cliched consumption of artistry. (She once even critiqued shallow consumptions of her art by recording people taking selfies in front of one of her sculpture installations (pictured above)).

“Art Students of Color will eye her work suspiciously and exercise their free right to Culturally Annihilate her on social media,” Walker writes in an exasperated anticipation of the rhetoric surrounding her artistry. “Parents will cover the eyes of innocent children. School Teachers will reexamine their art history curricula. Prestigious Academic Societies will withdraw their support, former husbands and former lovers will recoil in abject terror. Critics will shake their heads in bemused silence. ”

The exhibit is in line with Walker’s previous works with its focus on the intersections of sex, violence and racism — so her expectations of parental condemnation are likely spot-on. And her personal statement is just a testament to the reality she no longer bothers herself with how anyone perceives work.

“I don’t really feel the need to write a statement about a painting show. I know what you all expect from me and I have complied up to a point,” she wrote. “But frankly I am tired, tired of standing up, being counted, tired of ‘having a voice’ or worse ‘being a role model.’”

“Tired, true, of being a featured member of my racial group and/or my gender niche,” Walker continued. “It’s too much, and I write this knowing full well that my right, my capacity to live in this Godforsaken country as a (proudly) raced and (urgently) gendered person is under threat by random groups of white (male) supremacist goons who flaunt a kind of patched together notion of race purity with flags and torches and impressive displays of perpetrator-as-victim sociopathy.”

You can read Walker’s full press release here.

Check out pictures from “Kara Walker: Sikkema Jenkins and Co. is Compelled to present the most Astounding and Important Painting show of the fall Art Show viewing season!” below:

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"I don’t really feel the need to write a statement about a painting show. I know what you all expect from me and I have complied up to a point. But frankly I am tired, tired of standing up, being counted, tired of “having a voice” or worse “being a role model.” Tired, true, of being a featured member of my racial group and/or my gender niche. It’s too much, and I write this knowing full well that my right, my capacity to live in this Godforsaken country as a (proudly) raced and (urgently) gendered person is under threat by random groups of white (male) supremacist goons who flaunt a kind of patched together notion of race purity with flags and torches and impressive displays of perpetrator-as-victim sociopathy. I roll my eyes, fold my arms and wait. How many ways can a person say racism is the real bread and butter of our American mythology, and in how many ways will the racists among our countrymen act out their Turner Diaries race war fantasy combination Nazi Germany and Antebellum South – states which, incidentally, lost the wars they started, and always will, precisely because there is no way those white racisms can survive the earth without the rest of us types upholding humanity’s best, keeping the motor running on civilization, being good, and preserving nature and all the stuff worth working and living for?" #KaraWalker 💥

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Meghan Markle used Princess Diana’s make-up artist for her latest photoshoot

And it’s beautiful

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Make-up artist Mary Greenwell has worked with a plethora of famous faces in the fashion industry, from Naomi Campbell to Cindy Crawford, but many will recognise her as the beauty genius behind some of Princess Diana’s most iconic looks. The revered make-up artist famously worked with the late royal when she graced Vogue and Vanity Fair, and recently revealed exactly why Diana decided to stop wearing her signature blue eyeliner.

And it seems that Greenwell’s work with the royal family continues, as it was revealed that she worked with none other than Meghan Markle for her latest cover shoot.

The Suits star features on the cover of Vanity Fair‘s October issue, where Meghan opened up about her relationship with Diana’s son, Prince Harry, for the first time.

Meghan had admitted she was excited to work with photographer Peter Lindbergh for the shoot because he ‘rarely retouches, and he believes in such little make-up’, making Greenwell – who is famed for ability to bring out Princess Diana’s natural beauty – the perfect fit.

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In an Instagram post, Greenwell wrote: ‘Beautiful Meghan Markel for@vanityfair with @therealpeterlindbergh and@jdiehlpoynter Such a lovely day.’

The interview attracted criticism from Meghan’s friend, Priyanka Chopra, for being ‘sexist’, but fans of the couple were bowled over with Meghan’s candidness considering that up until now the pair have been very private about their relationship.

Talking about dating a royal, Meghan said: ‘It has its challenges, and it comes in waves—some days it can feel more challenging than others.

‘And right out of the gate it was surprising the way things changed. But I still have this support system all around me, and, of course, my boyfriend’s support.’

Teamed with the fact that they are set to make their first public appearance together at the Invictus Games on September 23rd, speculation is mounting that Meghan and Harry will be engaged before the year is out.

Better start shopping for a hat…

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Lauren Conrad’s makeup artist tells us the *one* skin care product we’re missing from our routine

Lauren Conrad’s makeup artist tells us the *one* skin care product we’re missing from our routine


Lauren Conrad’s makeup artist tells us the *one* skin care product we’re missing from our routine

In the past few months there’s been a real push-back from beauty experts when it comes to skin cleansing — gone are the days of using harsh scrubs and foaming cleansers that strip your skin anytime you use them. Gentler, more natural methods, like oil cleansing, are sweeping the scene, but few techniques have grown in popularity quite like the rise of Micellar Water. Up until quite recently, our options here in the states have been quite limited, but thanks to Amy Nadine’s new Micellar Cleansing Water, jumping on the bandwagon is as easy as taking a quick trip to your friendly neighborhood Costco.

Amy Nadine’s Micellar Cleansing Water is now available for $ 14.99.

This three-in-one micellar water cleanses, tones your skin, and removes makeup all in one go. It’s formulated with white tea, which is rich in anti-oxidants and coconut water to hydrate and replenish your skin.

According to Amy Nadine, micellar water is the one thing we ~need~ to add to our skin care routine.

Here’s the thing: she is a celebrity makeup artist whose work you’ve seen in every major fashion magazine in the past few years. She’s worked with Lauren Conrad, Susan Sarandon, and Krysten Ritter, to name a few. And she knows what she’s talking about when it comes to beauty.

Our lovely @laurenconrad at the @rebeccaminkoff Fashion Show today with hair by @ryanrichman and makeup by me!

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So why did the celeb makeup artist come out with a micellar water instead of a makeup product?

Let’s just say Amy is all about gorgeous skin, and she believes using micellar water is what we’re missing from our skin care routine. She told HelloGiggles,

“My husband is French, and every time we spend time at his friends’ home in Paris, I talk to the women about their gorgeous skin. When it comes to makeup we mostly use the same products but in regards to skin care, none of them believe in “washing their faces” — no face wash, no splashing with water until it’s squeaky clean. That concept seems really weird and foreign to them while to us, it seems crazy not to wash our faces!”

She explains that instead of washing their faces with traditional cleansers like we do, they use micellar water. While the use of micellar water may be a new concept on this side of the pond, it’s a total no-brainer with the fine folks in France.

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Whether your skin is oily, flaky, irritated, dry, or acne-prone, micellar water will do it some major good.

Amy thinks it’s a total lifesaver,

“I added it to my routine two years ago and my skin is so much calmer, clearer, and more balanced. My skin is actually cleaner than when I’ve used face wash. If you don’t believe me, wash your face, exfoliate it, and then wipe a cotton pad soaked in my micellar water and inspect it afterward. You’ll die at what it picked up that the face wash and scrub left behind! It’s wild that something so moisturizing is also so powerful at cleansing.”

We love when makeup artists develop their own lines, because who better to know what skin needs and how best to care for it? Amy noted that her work as a makeup artist influences the kind of products she makes, and she works to keep her clients’ skin looking radiant and alive.

“Every product I pitch has to have skin care properties in it. And any skin care products I create have to keep the skin happy and hydrated. Skin is everything!”

Few things make us as happy as when women create accessible, affordable products that help us feel good and keep our skin healthy. Off to Costco we go, because Amy has made a serious case for micellar water, and now we must add it to our routine.



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Ronnie Wood: Artist exists where fine art and rock ’n’ roll collide. Keith Richards

Ronnie has just released his brand new book titled ‘Ronnie Wood: Artist’, the first comprehensive collection of his paintings and other artworks, created to mark the occasion of his seventieth birthday.

You’ll find the book brimming with six decades of memorable and diverse work, from his art college portfolio (he studied alongside Pete Townshend) to the intimate work of his personal life today and Ronnie gives his own insight on the motivation behind each piece.

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‘There is no kind of therapy like the one you have from starting a picture and then seeing it through to the end’. Ronnie Wood 

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Independent Artist Jimii Hitmaker Signs Distribution Deal With Amada Records

Jimii Hitmaker

James “Jimii” Carlisle is a 24-year-old independent artist on the brink of mainstream success. Born and raised in New York City, he now resides in Virginia and goes by the alias “Jimii Hitmaker.” Although many hip-hop artists are often drowned out by a sea of unsigned talent and up-and-coming rappers, Carlisle’s distinctive voice and unique rapping pattern make him a standout.

Black Enterprise first caught up with the promising rapper last year, when he told us about his aspirations and passion for making music. Now, months later, Carlisle has been hit with a new wave of success.

In April, he released two hit singles, “Jet Pack” and “Stunnin.” Both received worldwide recognition, while “Stunnin” is currently charting at No. 63 on Digital Radio Tracker’s National Airplay Top 150 Independent Chart.

He also signed a distribution deal with Amada Records—a premier record label underneath the EAE Management Group umbrella that is distributed via QUE Records/Capitol Music Group—to promote his single “Stunnin.”

In an email, Carlisle opened up about his new distribution deal and his journey in the music industry.

Jimii Hitmaker

 

Why do you think you received the opportunity to sign a single distribution deal with Amada Records?

The single is doing pretty good and personally, I think they saw the motivation and drive I have for my music and career.

As an independent artist, how do you feel about the deal?

I still am independent and own all my music and royalties. The distribution is to help me be pushed to a wider audience. I need a more effective way to get my message out, so I partnered up with Amada Records, but I’m still an independent artist signed to my own label, Ticket Vision.

Would you ever consider signing a recording contract with a record company?

Personally, I’d rather remain independent and build my brand and [own] label. And then, maybe one day, partner with a major [record label].

What type of music can people expect to hear from you?

Well, my new single “Stunnin” is available now everywhere music is sold. (Go request it now at your local radio station!) I’m dropping a video every Friday until I release my next project, “If Not Me Than Who,” and later this month, I will drop the third installment to my mixtape series, titled “The Mixtape That Didn’t Happen Pt.3.”

Carlisle’s new project “If Not Me Than Who” will be released July 21. You can follow him on Twitter here.

*Jimii’s answers have been lightly edited for brevity and clarity.

 

 

 


Selena HillSelena Hill is the Associate Digital Editor at Black Enterprise and the founder of Let Your Voice Be Heard! Radio. You can hear Hill and her team talk millennial politics and social issues every Sunday at 11 a.m. ET.

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Artist Nekisha Durrett Strikes Deals at Art Tank Pitch Competition

Nekisha Durrett Art Tank

Public art has the power to transform mundane public spaces into dynamic canvases that make art accessible. These installations meet people where they are and bring imaginative thought into everyday life.

Nekisha Durrett - I Love You Miss Celie baloon Nekisha Durrett’s “I Love You Miss Celie” art installation (Photo: Nekisha Durrett)

 

Visual artist Nekisha Durrett uses public art to provoke thought and bring smiles around the country. On April 24, 2017, Nekisha and five other artists pitched themselves to real-estate developers for the chance to create public art installations at the inaugural ART TANK in Washington, D.C.

ART TANK

 

Organized as part of Cultural DC’sVision DC Summit, the first-of-its-kind event brought artists and real-estate developers together to negotiate the development of public art projects live on-stage.

Art Tank 2017 host and judges (Photo: CulturalDC & Ralph Alswang)

 

Each artist had three minutes to pitch themselves to a panel of real-estate developers including Ditto. Development, Foulger-Pratt Development, artspace, Urban Atlantic, ABDO Development, and Forest City Washington. These developers are building multimillion-dollar projects in and around the nation’s capital. Following each pitch, the real-estate developers engaged the artists in a Q&A session before deciding to make a bid to secure the artists’ services for their upcoming projects.

Nekisha Durrett

 

Nekisha Durrett uses a variety of mediums including construction mesh, adhesive vinyl, window film, die-cut acrylic, and traditional painting to create massive graphic drawings. At ART TANK, Durrett struck deals with two real-estate developers. After the event, Brandon Andrews sat down with her to discuss the business of public art and her thoughts on the event.

Nekisha Durrett Art Tank Nekisha Durrett pitching at Art Tank 2017 (Photo: CulturalDC & Ralph Alswang)

 

You create large-scale graphic drawings that transform spaces. How did you decide on this approach?

In a former life, I worked in graphic production for the Smithsonian—large format printing, large-scale photo murals and text panels for museum exhibitions. Working consistently at such a large scale and observing how oversized graphics deepened the engagement of museum visitors’ experiences in exhibitions, left an indelible mark on me.

At the same time, having previously been a student of typography and graphic design, I was interested in the aesthetics and messaging of advertising. I looked to commercial media and popular media (some of it good, some of it bad) and admired how accessible it is to people from all walks of life.

I grew curious about how my art practice could integrate with commercial production, advertising, and public display. While I value and appreciate showing in gallery spaces, I find that they can sometimes be inaccessible or intimidating. I love the way that art in public spaces offers the opportunity for anyone to engage with art and how it dissolves the imaginary wall between art and day-to-day life.

You pitched at CulturalDC’s ART TANK event. Tell us about your experience.

So, public speaking is something that I am working on—like, really really working on. The physical act of making my work is pretty solitary so to get on stage in front of hundreds of people and talk about what I do does not come naturally.

Usually, when pitching an idea in “real life,” it’s just me and one, maybe two other people. When I tell you that I looked for the exit door backstage moments before showtime, I am not kidding.

Did you learn anything about the business of art as you prepared for the event?

I think the preparation for Art Tank reiterated a lesson that I didn’t fully accept until recent years. In my life, the most fruitful experiences have come from pushing myself beyond my comfort zone. I could sit in my studio day in and day out and make work that only I would see for the rest of my days and I’d probably be OK. I wouldn’t starve. No one would ever reject me or my work. I wouldn’t be humiliated.

To push myself beyond the feeling of being safe and OK has been terrifying, painful, disappointing—but the richest experiences I’ve had in my life to date occurred on the other side of that trepidation. I could be OK but I could also take a risk and be fabulous.

Nekisha Durrett - Twisted Horn Nekisha Durrett’s “The Twisted Horn” Mural (Photo: Nekisha Durrett)

 

Why is there friction between creative entrepreneurs—including artists—and the business world?

I can only speak for myself as an artist: I’m not sure that I would use the word “friction.” I would consider it to be more of a disconnect.

I lament over this with artists all of the time. I think the messaging about how art is undervalued in our culture is absorbed very early on—by both artists and business people. The insecurity this invokes makes it difficult for an artist to demand what they are worth, and nonartists can be completely clueless about the resources that go into making work so they have no idea what it’s worth—both culturally and monetarily.

It’s very frustrating to work with people who don’t understand the value of what you do in any profession. I’ve been very fortunate to work with a number of business-minded people who actually get it, but I’ve heard tales! I think there is a common misconception among nonartist/business types that artists are just sort of playing in the sandbox, having a good time, navel gazing.

People say things like: “Oh fun! You’re so lucky! You get to do whatever you want! That must be so liberating.” Some of this is true. I know that I am privileged to be able to engage every day in something that I love, but being an artist can be excruciating! Oh, the number of times we are offered “exposure” in exchange for blood, sweat, and tears!

What resources do you think artists and creative entrepreneurs need to build better–more sustainable–businesses?

As an art student many moons ago, there wasn’t a business course offering. From that and other subtle messages, I inferred that making money from art was not possible and to do so or to have a strategy to make money from art was to cheapen it.

I sort of felt, after graduate school, that I would have to make a choice to make money or make art. It did not occur to me that there was a way for the two to exist in tandem, a way to turn this ability that I’ve been developing since childhood into a viable sustainable business.

I think it’s important to know your worth, connect with other artists whom you respect for both their artistic practice and professionalism—intern with them, assist them, carry their stuff—and watch and learn. Know that it is difficult to build a successful business in a vacuum. No one is self-made! It’s so important to connect with people working not only in the arts but, in law, business, museums, etc., and grow relationships. People are the most valuable resource.

You struck two deals with real estate developers at Art Tank. Congrats! What’s the next step in the development of your projects?

I’m used to juggling multiple projects so the first step would be to assess the needs of each project and establish a realistic timeline so that everyone’s needs are met.

Nekisha Durrett - A Garden Party Nekisha Durrett’s “A Garden Party” mural (Photo: Nekisha Durrett)

 

How can readers get in contact with you? Where can we see your current work?

I’m most excited about my 650-square- foot interior mural, “A Garden Party,” that is currently in the installation phase at the new West End Library in Northwest Washington, D.C. (opening soon); a large-scale mixed media piece that will be featured in a one year gallery exhibition at the U.S. Botanic Garden also in Washington, D.C. in December 2017; and “I See Myself in You,” an exterior, wall mounted sculptural piece developed in collaboration with my dearest friend and favorite artist, Hank Willis Thomas to be installed in the Liberty City community of Miami, Florida, (of Moonlight fame). I can be contacted through my website www.nekishadurrett.com

 

 


Brandon AndrewsBrandon Andrews is a senior consultant at Values Partnerships. View his commentary on business and politics at www.brandonandrews.me.

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Makeup Artist Mario Dedivanovic Shares His Favorite Beauty Products

I felt SOOO awkward lol. I definitely prefer being behind the camera ‍ shot by @markosovilj for @elleserbia. @little_lexa_ @aliciamariecampbell A post shared by MARIO (@makeupbymario) on Jul 23, 2017 at 1:03pm PDT Whether you love her or hate her, one thing you cannot deny when it comes to Kim Kardashian is that her skin […]

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Leonardo DiCaprio Flew an Eyebrow Artist Halfway Around the World for the Oscars

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Fed-Up Artist Creates Very, Very, Very, Very NSFW Trump Troll Doll

This could possibly be the best way to troll President Donald Trump.

Chuck Williams, a 56-year-old who resides in upstate Wisconsin, has created a vinyl Donald Trump troll doll with a disturbingly visible penis.

The 4.75-inch tall and 4-inch wide toy also comes with a little Android cell phone in hand so President Troll is always Twitter ready.

Best part?

You can totally preorder one on Kickstarter for $ 25 a pop.

Williams, the former senior staff sculptor for the Walt Disney Company in Burbank, California, has sculpted professionally for film, theme parks, toys and collectibles for 30 years. After Trump was elected, he found himself sculpting the commander-in-chief in order to deal with his emotions.

“I was as surprised as everyone else that Trump was elected,” Williams told the Huffington Post. “I just found myself sculpting a caricature of him to release some steam.”

And there are a few reasons as to why the doll is a little more graphic than your average troll doll.

“I sculpted him NSFW to make it clear that I sculpted the entire figure and did not simply sculpt a head on an existing toy body,” Williams explained. “And I wanted to be a bit insulting. Tiny hands you know.”

After Williams created a sample of his Trump troll doll, he posted a photo on Facebook and discovered that so many of his friends wanted one that he decided to start a Kickstarter campaign to cover the manufacturing of so many figures.

At the moment, the dolls are only available for preorder, being that Williams wants to find a quality factory to make them. He hopes the dolls will begin being made and distributed in the next few months, but it could take up to a year.

But Williams promises HuffPost that “we are moving ahead” on the project.

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FABRICATIONS: Meet Queer Fashion Designer And Artist Ben Copperwheat

This is the twelfth installment in a miniseries titled “FABRICATIONS” that elevates the work of up-and-coming queer individuals working in the fashion world. Check back at HuffPost Gay Voices regularly to learn more about some of the designers of tomorrow and the way their work in fashion intersects with their queer identity.

Originally hailing from the United Kingdom, Ben Copperwheat is a queer fashion designer and artist living and working in New York City. His clothing is heavily informed by both his background in screen printing and his work throughout a variety of facets of the fashion industry, and his designs have appeared on the likes of Boy George, Liza Minnelli and Pat Cleveland. Read the interview below to learn more.

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The Huffington Post: What has your journey as a queer artist and fashion designer entailed?
Ben Copperwheat: I was born in Luton, England, 30 miles north of London and lived the first 28 years of my life in the United Kingdom. I had an interest in art at a very young age and drew pictures of Disney characters in my childhood and Madonna in my teens while listening to the pop music my mum would play. At 18 I enrolled in the local art college and, with the nurturing of wonderful tutors, I went on to complete a bachelor’s degree in Creative Arts at Bath Spa University. My aspirations led me to London and the Royal College Of Art of which I graduated with an MA in Printed Textiles in 2001. This jumpstarted my career and since then my journey has been a wondrous ride of exploration and growth.

After graduating I taught textiles for fashion at Northumbria University in England. This was great as I enjoy working with students, but it also enabled me to pursue print design projects with a variety of different people and companies. After two years working in London I felt ready for a big change. It doesn’t get much bigger than New York City! I had visited New York twice before and had fallen in love with its fizzy energy and sky-high possibilities. My cousin was already living in NYC, so this made the transition easier.

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Upon arrival in 2003 I applied for jobs, and almost immediately I was offered a position as a print designer at Calvin Klein Jeans. I worked at CKJ for five years and I had a great time. I learned a huge amount about the fashion industry, met some lifelong friends and travelled the world to cities such as Tokyo, Hong Kong, Berlin, Paris, London, Barcelona, Dehli and Jaipur, shopping for inspiration. During my time at CKJ I also designed print collections for Stephen Burrows, Sue Stemp and Peter Som. In 2008 I desired more freedom so I left my job and transitioned to a freelance print designer.

In 2009, in partnership with my cousin Lee Copperwheat, came the formation of the clothing label COPPERWHEAT. We produced five seasons for New York Fashion Week in a variety of venues including Soho Grand Hotel, the Maritime Hotel and Cappellini store in SoHo. This was a huge learning curve, a tumultuous ride, the outcome of which was some beautifully made, very cool clothes. Ultimately, this label and partnership was not meant to be. In 2012 we went our separate ways, at which point I threw my creative energy into what I know best: screen printing. This juncture felt like a new beginning, and came with it a freedom of expression more vibrant and unrestrained than I had previously experienced. With a print area built into my duplex apartment in Bushwick, I went for leather and printed clothing, wallpaper and interior fabrics. I started selling pieces in Patricia Field’s store on the Bowery and producing commissioned outfits for clients.

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Where have your designs appeared?
Through my work with Stephen Burrows, my prints have adorned the bodies of Liza Minnelli, Pat Cleveland, Gail O’Neill, Alva Chinn, Anna Cleveland and Lily Cole. With the label COPPERWHEAT we were featured in Dazed, Surface Magazine, Vogue Italia, Style.com, collaborated with Palladium Boots, Singer Miguel and Bruno Mars. For my own brand, Ben Copperwheat, my prints have been worn by NBA star Russell Westbrook, commissioned for Will Sheridan, Rod Thomas of Bright Light Bright Light and, most recently, I designed the stage outfit for the Boy George/Culture Club reunion tour and merchandise T-Shirts. Boy George debuted this outfit on “American Idol” in March 2015.

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What does it mean to you to be a queer designer? How does your queer identity intersect with your work?
Queer has always been a tough word for me to embrace, as growing up in England I was bullied for my sexuality from as early as I can remember to the age of 8. Queer was one of the words I was called, along with “bent” and “puffter.” I feel, as time goes on, the word “queer” is becoming more of a friend. So, therefore, to be a queer designer, living in New York City is a gift. I feel incredibly grateful to have the freedom to express myself through my clothing, art and interactions in such a vibrant culture — especially when there is so much oppression and suffering throughout the world. I have been openly gay/queer for over 20 years, so my queer identity is without a doubt synonymous with my work. Bright color and graphic pattern are predominant features in my designs, which is not the norm in current fashion and art. I feel “queer” represents that which is not the norm.

Who does Ben Copperwheat design for? Who is your audience and how do your designs cater to them?
I design for anyone who is looking for something different and visually exciting. My designs are a cross between artistic streetwear and high-end fashion. Whomever wears them brings their own personality and dimension to the prints. I have fans and clients of all ages and backgrounds. I wear my designs daily as I find this to be the most comfortable form of self-expression and I am regularly stopped on the street by a cross-section of admirers. I am inspired by the world around me — in particular New York City — and I feel my work reflects this.

Historically the fashion world has been extremely queer friendly — what role do you think the fashion world has played within mainstream acceptance of LGBT identity?
I feel it definitely has played a part in mainstream acceptance, especially Vivienne Westwood, with her embracement of all things queer. Also, other designers in tandem with popular music, specifically artists such as Madonna working with Jean Paul Gaultier, Lady Gaga with Alexander McQueen, Pet Shop Boys with Jeffrey Bryant to name a few. On the other hand, designers such as Dolce & Gabanna and Giorgio Armani are trying to turn the clock back with recent comments. Such is the push and pull nature of progress.

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What does the future hold for Ben Copperwheat?
With 15 years working as a designer and turning 40 this coming September, I feel that I am only just starting to realize my full creative potential. To be an artist/designer is a lifelong vocation, so with, I hope, at least another 40 years left on this planet I have many great things to come. I am currently in a group show curated by my friend Walt Cessna, “#INTERFACE Queer Artists Forming Communities Through Social Media” at the Leslie-Lohman Museum in New York. I am also planning work for a solo art show in NYC. I would like to show solo again at NYFW when the time feels right — branch out more into interiors (wallpaper/murals/fabrics). I am turning my apartment into a “museum” of my work, where every surface is printed/painted. Design costume and sets for theater. Get back to painting — I started out as a painter while at art school. Continue to nurture relationships with recording artists and performers and design more stage outfits. My ethos is that prints can be applied to anything. The nature of my work is very versatile, and I intend to continue to evolve in this way.

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Genius Makeup Artist Transforms Himself Into Kim Kardashian, Dakota Johnson, Other Female Celebs

Paolo Ballesteros, a 32-year-old Filipino actor, model and makeup artist, wowed the Internet last year with his jaw-dropping ability to transform himself into seemingly any female celebrity under the sun — with little more than some deftly-applied makeup.

Ballesteros is making waves yet again this month with several new transformations. He made himself up as Kylie Jenner and as the newly-blond Kim Kardashian, as well as Dakota Johnson, the star of “Fifty Shades of Grey.”

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Ballesteros, host of the Filipino variety show “Eat Bulaga,” told The Huffington Post in an email Tuesday that he started experimenting with celebrity makeup transformations after watching tutorials on YouTube. He made a few attempts, he said, and was “surprised” at how quickly he took to it.

Over the past few months, Ballesteros has transformed himself into several female celebrities. They include Cate Blanchett…

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Cher…

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Jennifer Lopez…

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Ariana Grande…

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…and Jennifer Lawrence.

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Ballesteros told HuffPost that the hardest part of his metamorphoses is getting the nose just right.

“My nose is smaller and shorter [than most celebrities],” he said. “It took me a while to figure out how to do it. By drawing new nostrils, it made my nose more pointy or bigger.”

For see more of Ballesteros’ celebrity makeup transformations, visit his Instagram page.

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‘Dallas Buyers Club’ Makeup Artist On Matthew McConaughey’s Tan And Jared Leto’s Pink Lipstick

Five minutes into watching the Oscar-nominated film “Dallas Buyers Club,” I wanted to bury my tear-stained face in a bag of salty movie theater popcorn.

The movie’s depiction of the AIDS crisis has sparked some emotionally charged reactions from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community as well. But as a beauty editor, I was also caught up in the dramatic physical transformations of actors Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto. Months later, I am still awestruck by makeup artist Robin Mathew’s ability to create such convincing rashes and lesions on a $ 250 [supplies] budget.

So, how exactly did she do it? Mathews recently dished about her “Dallas Buyers Club” beauty secrets.

Spoiler alert: Read on to find out how this professional snagged an Oscar nod thanks to her ingenious use of grits, MAC lipstick and a lot of tanning products.

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What was it like working with the most tanned man in America, Matthew McConaughey, and Jared Leto, an actor who is no stranger to makeup?

Both Matthew and Jared were amazingly supportive of this makeup process, and they were 100 percent involved. They realized how important it was that they look like, you know, like they had these different stages of full-blown AIDS. And it was difficult because the only time the camera wasn’t rolling was basically during our lunch breaks and makeup changes.

The director, Jean-Marc Vallée, shoots without any camera or lighting setup. So we didn’t have a grip or lighting department. The camera was always ready to roll in 5 minutes. We just shot, shot, shot and never stopped. For them to actually say, hold on a second. We gotta take 45 minutes, or whatever it was to do this important makeup change, really was a great deal of help and support. And I’m so grateful for that, and it make a big difference in the film, I think.

What type of research did you conduct to really nail down the aesthetics?

We were lucky through the production to hook up with Dr. David Hardy, an infectious diseases specialist. He really talked me through what the physical stages of AIDS looked like.

There’s three common physical traits we see with people with full-blown AIDS — they get extremely skeletal in the face; they get a rash called seborrheic dermatitis, which is kind of a rosacea-colored, patchy, flaky dry rash; and then, of course, lesions. So it was so important that they look like they were really sick. Like they were AIDS patients … pure realism. It couldn’t look like makeup and it couldn’t look like a Hollywood version of AIDS. It had to be real, which goes along with this director’s style of shooting, and I’m so excited after viewing the film that we accomplished that.

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How were you able to pull off such a huge feat with just a $ 250 materials budget?

I have no idea how we were able to shoot the entire film with the $ 4.5 million dollar budget that we had. It’s 100 percent the most under-budgeted film I’ve ever done. After looking back, scrounging around, and begging and pleading for supplies from people, then calling in favors and even using food products in the place of prostheses, I wouldn’t have it any other way. I’m so glad that we had the money that we did because we wouldn’t have got the realistic looks we were able to get. There’s such raw, gritty detail to a lot of the makeup in the film.

We were looking at the pictures, and I said, normally I would use a prosthesis for this, but what can I substitute? It looked like grits and cornmeal on top of other makeup products. So I hand-painted underneath and then I applied a makeup-effects product to make the skin look taut, dry and wrinkly. As that dried, I pressed in grits and cornmeal to make a pustule rash. We first tested it on Matthew, and he loved it and was a big advocate for it. I thought it would be the end of my career.

What was the makeup process like transforming Matthew and Jared throughout the film?

Both Matthew and Jared came to us 40 pounds thinner than they normally are, so they were pretty darn skeletal to start with. But because we would shoot so out of sequence, we would have to change them back and forth from their sickest looks to their healthiest looks many times in a day. To do that, I used products that take the red out of the skin, and I used that all over their face and bodies to make them look pale. Then I started with a contour color, a dark makeup shade, and I contoured every bone that I could find in their face or every part of their body that was showing in the costume that they were wearing that day. As they got more sick and skeletal, I just continued that contouring process further by looking at photos and where I couldn’t see the bones, I actually drew them in. Also, I drew tons of veins on their face and hands when they were at their final stages. I’d add highlight to the bones as well.

To make them look healthy, like they had gained 20 pounds, for Matthew I gave him a slight tan and I’d reverse highlighting and contouring. So everywhere I had gone in before to make them look skeletal and done the dark makeup underneath the bone and light makeup on top of the bone to make it protrude, I did the opposite. For Matthew, I also used dental plumper, these four little pieces that clip on his upper and lower teeth, and they have a bit of dental material that pushes cheeks out from the inside to make them look fuller.

My key makeup artist and I spent four and a half hours contouring every bone on their bodies for their scenes. She started on the back, I started on the front and we just went to town.

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Why did you use tanning for Matthew’s character, Ron Woodroof?

It was actually Matthew’s idea and it wasn’t necessarily to make him look heavier, but healthier. He totally came up with it. Obviously it’s the opposite of pale, but Matthew and Jared had so many levels of sickness to show the different stages of AIDS throughout. [For] one of the first levels of sickness for Matthew, when he showed up in the morning on set … we didn’t do anything to him. He was super skinny and had stayed out of the sun for months, so he wasn’t anywhere as tan as he normally is. The next level would be to make him pale, so I’d start with the highlighting and contouring. But as a person, he realized he looked healthier when he had a bit of a tan, and it was his idea to add that back in.

I did it all by hand with a tanning product because, again, up to five times a day I’d have to change him back from his sickest look to his healthiest look. So anything I did had to be completely removable instantly.

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Can you tell me about that bright pink lipstick Jared’s character, Rayon, wore?

I adore that lip color myself and I can tell you it’s a MAC color. That look is actually inspired from the ’60s actress Jane Forth. There is a pretty famous photo of her where she almost has identical makeup on. That, of course, is when Rayon is her healthiest and heaviest. She’s not quite the hot mess she ends up toward the end of the film.

I especially liked waxing off all her eyebrows and being able to do those fun looks where the eyeshadow comes up on the brow. I came up with the idea that Rayon would be influenced by her mother, the first female she probably had contact with in the beauty world. And Rayon would be influenced by actresses of the ‘60s because that’s when her mom was in her heyday. So I choose Jane Forth, actress Brigitte Bardot, model Twiggy and there was also a shout out to Serena from “Bewitched.” Because this was set in 1985 and Rayon is a cool cat, she was also inspired by actresses and singers of the ’80s. So there was also a nod to Dolly Parton and a Pat Benatar look as well.

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Were there any scenes in the film that were particularly emotional for you?

Absolutely. Watching the film after so many times, there were scenes where I just couldn’t help but burst out crying — two of them being when Rayon is looking at herself in the mirror right before she dies, and she’s putting on makeup to try to cover up her lesions. She says, I’m going to be a pretty, pretty princess no matter what I do when I meet you. And then the scene in the hospital when she says, I don’t want to die.

Both Jared and Matthew were so into their characters … they were their characters. With Matthew, there were times he was talking to [actress] Jennifer Garner’s character about getting treatment and he actually got so scared that he started crying. And it’s not in the script or the film.

They were very emotional times throughout shooting, but we shot so quickly that we didn’t have time to think about it. We just dealt with the emotions and kept shooting.

This has been edited for clarity and length.
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