Laura Fishman’s studio is as much a lab as it is a creative workspace. The London-based American artist experiments with the materiality of paint, pouring, dripping and moulding her acrylics to create abstract pieces that play with the flow and plasticity of the medium. Laura was a contender on the 2017 Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year and her work can be found in private and corporate collections across the world.
When did you know you wanted to be an artist?
I knew I wanted to be an artist at age 4 when while browsing through an art book I came across a portrait of Rembrandt. I remember thinking if being an artist could be someone’s job, then that’s what I was going to do.
What is the inspiration behind your paintings?
I’m inspired by the dynamics of nature and the materiality of paint, such as plasticity and flow. Colour is a big influence and often acts as a stimulus for the creation of new work. I also look at contemporary artists who push the boundaries of painting.
Can you tell us a bit about your methods?
My process is very intuitive and open to change. I start with a loose plan and let it evolve, where it usually takes an unexpected turn. I use unconventional tools to paint with such as recycled and found objects, and scraps of paper.
What has been your greatest achievement in your career thus far?
Last year I was on Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year at the Gower Peninsula, Wales, which was one of the most challenging painting experiences of my career. The haunting images of Rhossili Bay continue to appear in my work – they will forever be engraved in my subconscious.
Can you tell us a bit about your studio and what you like about it?
I absolutely love my studio, which is in my home. It’s a paint splattered plethora of paint and materials, and is always there when I need it. I really like the freedom of working from home and thrive in the comfort of my own space.
Do you listen to anything while you work?
My go-to music station is Lighting 100, which is an independent radio station from Nashville, USA, broadcasting local talent and emerging artists.
What’s your favourite inspirational quote?
‘I might work on a painting for a month, but it has too look like I painted it in a minute’
…Willem de Kooning
In 2013 Mary Graham and Nicole Salvesen started an interior design practice that would specialise in “classic interiors with a modern twist”. Today Salvesen Graham boasts an extensive list of clients, both commercial and residential, across the UK and abroad. The company has also been included in House & Garden's Top 100 for 2018. Mary and Nicole have decked out all kinds of spaces - from ski chalets and country homes to London apartments, hotels and members’ clubs. Art plays a key role in their projects, and the founders themselves are keen collectors.
How did you and Mary meet, and when did you start Salvesen Graham?
We met at Durham university and then lost touch for a while only to reconnect at a mutual friend’s dinner party, where we discovered that we both worked in the Interior design industry and we stayed in touch.
Mary worked for Cindy Leveson and I worked for several top design practices including Nina Campbell who I left to have my first child. I set up by myself for a short time before Mary and I decided to start Salvesen Graham in 2013.
What role does art play in your design practice?
Art is a key part in our design process as many of our clients have existing art collections which have to be taken into consideration when designing. We see art as another design element, a way to bring in interesting detail and colour to a room.
What power does art hold in an interior?
Art is so emotive - it can add more than just colour and interest to a room. We always say that our interiors are as much about the way you feel in a room, as the way it looks, so in that sense both the art and the interior scheme have equal strength in how you exist in a space. Interiors without art feel very flat to us, there needs to be something on the walls or in the space to make a room come to life.
What are the more general interiors trends that you’re seeing this year?
We don’t tend to follow trends, but we love and are known for using colour, pattern and texture to bring a fresh interpretation to traditional interiors.
We are pleased to see colour is around in abundance at the moment. We thrive on mixing modern and traditional styles in both furniture, fabrics, accessories and of course art to create welcoming and elegant homes.
Do you and Mary collect any art yourselves? If so, what are your personal tastes?
We both love art and though we like a lot of the same things we also differ. I love still life and abstract paintings and am currently keeping my eye out for a large and impactful photographic piece.
The imagery of René Magritte’s Surrealist masterpieces from the mid 1920s and 1930s continue to influence art and fashion today. Superfluous clouds, shrouded lovers, men in bowler hats, shiny green apples, a pipe (which isn’t a pipe of course!)… These fantastical and witty images come to mind when thinking of the Belgian Surrealist master.
But a new exhibition at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art delves deeper into the mature artist, who departed his Surrealist style to explore other oeuvres. René Magritte: The Fifth Season, which opens on 19th May,celebrates the artist’s mid-life departure from his Surrealist aesthetic, which he returned to later in life.
Spread over 9 carefully curated galleries, the exhibition shows off 70 of Magritte’s mid-life works. During these years, Magritte flirted stylistically with art historical genres, borrowing the sensual strokes of Renoir,the lurid palette of Fauvism, the exaggerated markings of Expressionism, and pop imagery.
These pieces, although a departure from Surrealism, still feel exquisitely “Magritte”. The artist’s famous wit, his playfulness with scale, and his love of challenging context by placing ordinary objects into extraordinary scenarios, remained through his dalliance into other artistic styles.
The paradoxical exhibition will cover Magritte’s artistic practice from the 1940s through the 1960s, showing art lovers a new side to the Surrealist master, with a promise of unique immersive environments designed especially for the show. René Magritte: The Fifth Season runs from 19th May through to 28th October 2018.
Artists continue to be influenced by Magritte, both by his Surrealist style as well as his mixing of juxtaposition and scale to recontextualize ordinary-seeming objects, scenes and landscapes. Here are 3 artists whose work has that Magritte touch:
Canadian artist Peter Horvath uses collage to create evocative tableaus that touch on Surrealism, drawing from his vast collection of mid century magazines and periodicals.
Starting with vintage portraiture of pop icons and old Hollywood, Peter mixes saturated landscapes, text and scientific drawings to create spliced collages that deconstruct beauty and fame ideals of years past. With their billowy clouds and obscured faces, Peter’s pieces immediately call to mind Magritte’s “The Son of Man”.
Chin Keeler and Emma Tornero, working together as KEELERTORNERO, abandon their individuality in order to do a Surrealist act: painting collaboratively as one. Their paintings evoke the aesthetics of the 1940s and 1950s, mixing vintage fashion and styles with their own brand of oddity.
A clan of Marlene Dietrichs show off red lobster claws, while John Wayne meditates amongst stag beetles. The resulting pieces are at once kitsch and contemplative, challenging context and scale just as Magritte did.
Surrealist in name, Super Future Kid is a London-based artist whose work is a futuristic take on Surrealism. Mixing the fantastical with the everyday, her dreamy work is a mash up of cartoons, space-agey imagery and classic Sci-Fi, painted in a sickening sweet candy colored palette.
Photographers have been capturing the magic of the city since commercial cameras became available in the mid-1800s, and they continue to find the mystery of the urban jungle to be intriguing. We’ve rounded up a group of photographers who view the urban landscape through a unique lens.
Helen Wells uses watercolour and ink to create layered abstract works inspired by the patterns and motifs that occur in nature.
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