Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Sage Vaughn: Nobody's Home

I discovered this Californian artists work purely by chance in 2011 when I happened to walk past Lazarides gallery and saw his paintings. I was immediately struck by the similarity in subject matter, (birds and butterflies), and certain compositions (circles), shared by both our work, although he paints whilst I collage. 

It was good then to go and see his new work recently, where his birds and butterflies have invaded a variety of domestic interiors. I like the vivid colours, dripped paint technique and graphic/animated style of his winged creatures. 

I intend to feature more of the work of other artists who use butterfly imagery in further posts, but for now you can see more of Sage's work on his website here.

Sage Vaughn: Nobody's Home
31st January - 1st March
Lazarides Gallery
11 Rathbone Place, London W1

Sunday, 16 February 2014

Jean Paul Gaultier: Butterfly Burlesque

Another season, another Butterfly themed collection floats down the catwalk, this time courtesy of one time fashion 'enfant terrible' Jean Paul Gaultier for his Spring/Summer 2014 Haute Couture collection. He had already used a butterfly motif on prints in one of his collections from last year, but he has really gone all out with the theme in this collection recently showcased in Paris.

Gaultier was apparently inspired to create the collection after a visit to London and seeing mounted butterflies in a shop. "I was thinking about colours and fabrics and what they could be, and then I kept seeing the shape (of the butterfly), and saw that it could be a body - everything was like a dress". Click on the pictures below to see this demonstrated in detail. Some of the designs seem a little kitsch, I guess this is for maximum impact on the catwalk, but they are a real testament to the skills required of dressmakers in haute couture.

Gaultier does admit though, (as I guess everybody would who works with butterflies), that beautiful as his designs are, they could not compete with the real things and Nature. "What's incredible are these blue butterflies, they're almost metallic blue and then on the back they're almost leopard. It's stunning!"

For the last part of  his show Gaultier gave the models the title of "Papillons de Paris", and dressed them to reflect the glamorous show girls of Parisian nightlife who add spice to such nightspots as the Moulin Rouge and the Folies Bergere.

The showstopping finale of the show featured the ultimate showgirl - the lovely Miss Dita Von Teese in a stunning Morpho butterfly corset dress created to accentuate and complement her unbelievably tiny 22 inch waist. Lovely detail in the last picture below.

Friday, 14 February 2014

Happy Valentines Day!

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Iconic Robert Indiana 'Love' sculpture, Bishopsgate, London

Saturday, 8 February 2014

Butterflies In The Rain

We are currently experiencing a lot of rain again, just like the deluge of two years ago that was 2012. Pity those poor people in the south west of England who have been flooded out! Apparently 2012 was the second wettest year on record and the constant wet conditions as well as depressing us, adversely affected the butterfly population. Thankfully the long hot summer of 2013 saw their numbers recover. Let's hope 2014 gets drier as it progresses. I wanted to make a piece of work to respond to these seemingly never-ending downpours so had a good rummage through my resources and found these two pieces of sheet music. I love the graphics on the first piece, the script font and stylised illustrations are so typical of its time (1930's). Not sure of what I'll do with them yet, but may stitch into the paper with silver thread to indicate rain and then introduce some colour in the form of butterflies to break up the black and white.

With this second piece below, I may create a chromatic piece, restricting the butterflies to a single colour, but in a variety of shades and tones of blue, similar to the Rhapsody in Blue piece displayed on my website. Keep  following the blog for an update and to see how the finished pieces are resolved.

Meanwhile I had a look on YouTube and actually managed to locate the song "Butterflies in the Rain", which is always a plus as I am not able to read music, so beautiful as the arrangement of the patterns of notes on the paper look, I have no idea of how a piece such as this would sound. Press play, sit back, have a listen, and think of drier, sunnier climes. Enjoy!

Saturday, 1 February 2014

Art for the Heart: Valentines Exhibition

I was really pleased to be invited once again to exhibit at:- Art for the Heart: Valentines Exhibition, at Cambridge Contemporary Art. The show runs from today, 1st February, until the 23rd of February. Below are some details of one of the pieces (Chanson), that will be exhibited for sale.

Art for the Heart: Valentines Exhibition - 1st - 23rd February
Cambridge Contemporary Art, 6 Trinity Street, Cambridge, CB2 1SU