Jamie North - Concrete

Terraforms: Jamie North

Recently exhibited at The Sarah Cottier Gallery Jamie North’s sculptures ‘Terraforms’ are created using a mix of cement, limestone, marble waste, steel slag and coal ash. He infuses these large industrial forms with plants native to Australia. They grow within the sculpture and slowly infiltrate the man made structures. They remind me of how nature slowly reclaims back decaying abandoned buildings – just beautiful!

Jamie North - Terraforms 2014

Jamie North - Terraforms 2014

Jamie North - Terraforms 2014

Jamie North - Terraforms 2014

See more of Jamie North’s work on his website here.

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Nina Lindgren 'Floating City'

Floating Cities by Nina Lindgren

Stockholm based artist and illustrator Nina Lindgren creates intricate cardboard cities, pieced together with care and with teeny tiny window’s lit up. It makes you wonder what wonderful stories each little home hides. Hanging about 2 metres in diameter don’t you just want to peek into the floating cities windows like a giant?

Nina Lindgren 'Floating City'

Nina Lindgren 'Floating City'

Nina Lindgren 'Floating City'

Nina Lindgren 'Floating City' (being installed)

Nina Lindgren 'Floating City' Exhibition

This stunning piece was exhibited at ArtRebels gallery, Copenhagen, May-June 2014 and you can see more of her work on her fantastic website here.

Willow Pattern

Melting Ceramics: Livia Marin

Oh my! I adore these ceramic sculptures by London based Chilean artist Livia Marin. Ceramic is such a delicate material and to see it melting is just mind boggling! Teapots, mugs, saucers and vases are not what they seem, even their patterns ooze into puddles. How does she do it?!

Livia Martin Ceramics

Livia Martin Ceramics

Livia Martin Ceramics

Livia Martin Ceramics

Livia Martin Ceramics

 If you like these you may also like Anna  Barlow’s scrummy work.

Will Cotton Artwork

Sugar Rush: The Art Of Will Cotton

Can you guess what I am craving? The scrumptious art by American artist Will Cotton spans many disciplines from sculpture and painting to drawing. He creates surreal scenes from candy, cake and all things bad for your teeth. Will Cotton creates our desires, childhood memories and dreams. I just want to jump in to the scrummy cake towers.

Will Cotton Artwork 'Delicious'

Will Cotton Cake Sculpture

Will Cotton Art... 'The Deferred Promise of Complete Satisfaction'

Will Cotton 'Sweet'

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Olivia Peake Neo-Futurist Artwork

Neo-Futurism By Olivia Peake

Having graduated from Birmingham School of Art in just 2013 Olivia Peake’s paintings and sculptural installations are bright, bold and intricate. Her work looks how I would imagine the inner working’s of modern buildings with lines criss-crossing each other and angled shapes playing in the modern space. As if her work is in a battle with itself, from the virtual world of her paintings to the actual world of three dimensional installations. I really like the fluorescent colours in Olivia’s work, they explore how architecture makes you feel and expresses an excitement for geometry and pure form.

To purchase Olivia Peake’s artwork contact me! There may also be other pieces available that aren’t pictured here.

Korean Ceramic Artist Yee Sookyung

The Translated Vase: Yee Sookyung

Oh my! I have just discovered the sculptural ceramic work of Korean artist Yee Sookyung… Collected from the ceramic villages around Korea Yee Sookyung uses discarded fragments of imperfect ceramics to create her delicate assemblages. The bulbous shapes are highly suggestive and are gilded with 24 carat gold which takes the native Korean ceramics out of their traditional setting and allows them to become unusual creatures bubbling and undulating from Yee Sookyung’s imagination. I adore them!

To see more ceramic sculptures featured on Brogues In A Coffee Bar see here.

Blandine Bardeau Artwork

Blandine Bardeau: Painting, Sculpture and All-Round Creative

I was initially drawn to French artist Blandine Bardeau’s paintings and collage work. Working from London and inspired by Japan her work focuses our attention on colour and perception. The beings that exist in her intricate work seem to want to escape from their restrictive frames and make their home as a three dimensional work. I adore the explosion of colour which then melts onto the gallery wall…

With her roots in fashion design, having graduated from BA Fashion Design Central Saint Martins, her paintings engage in a dialogue with her wonderfully kitsch and quirky soft sculptures (see images below). These 3D forms bring Blandine’s imagination alive, I have never come across any artist who uses objects and textiles in such a painterly fashion…

Blandine Bardeau recently exhibited her work in The Other Art Fair, London and is a part of the NOHO Artists collective. You can see her work until February 2015 at The Curious Duke Gallery, London.

The Collector

Frieze London 2014: Corrado N, AKA ‘The Collector’

It has a fish preserved in formaldehyde, 10 people wearing one hat, a giant dice (Gagosian Gallery) and The Smile Face Museum. Of course, it’s Frieze London time again. One of the world leading art fairs housed in Regents Park is the most important date in the calender of many galleries, collectors and art lovers alike. I have always followed what goes on, I find the whole spectacle that is Frieze fascinating. From the fashions, heals are out and polo necks in this year in case you wondered, to finding out astonishing facts about the fairs visitors and artists. Did you know  200 kilos of coffee will be consumed over the 3 day event?!

There is usually the typical piece of artwork used as a brash marketing strategy for the gallery. However, this year Cork Street gallery Helly Nahmad have captured the media’s attention with it’s unusual display showing a staged set from the louche Paris appartment from 1968, called Corrado N a k a ‘The Collector’. A massive difference to the stark white walls and minimal displays which so often disorientates when walking around the fair (it’s no wonder so many coffee breaks are needed), Helly Nahmad have hung Picasso’s and Miro’s alongside socialist posters and hung a Lucio Fontana above a fake desk.

In an attempt to distill the philosophy of what the ideal collector should be the gallery hired set designer Robin Brown to create the cluttered space. Complete with dirty dishes, keys strewn on top of a Warhol book and it’s very own unmade bed. When talking about the ideal collector the creator says he is…

Passionate, intellectual, reclusive. He’s not living to entertain people here, he’s living and breathing art.

The piece has a wonderful nostalgia which I find so refreshing to see at Frieze. It reminds me of the 2008 Frieze Project by Kling & Bang. Where an interactive Sirkus, a bar in downtown Reykjavik, was constructed within a booth. I remember walking in with my Dad for a drink and suddenly feeling like I’d actually come in from the Icelandic cold, the atmosphere was fantastic.

Corrado N a k a ‘The Collector’ is immersive and emotional and represents so many older art collectors environments, it is entirely unexpected. In it’s way it acts as an intimate diary for so many collectors in the art world and as a key performance has attracted a lot of attention throughout the world. See more images below…

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