All posts tagged: Arts

Pop art at the crossroads between worlds with Ketna Patel

Born in 1968, Ketna Patel  is a British-Indian contemporary pop artist based in Singapore. She has lived in three different continents: Africa; Asia; and Europe. She is of Indian descent but is born in East Africa and holds a British citizenship. After graduating from The Architectural Association in London with a degree in architecture, Ketna Patel moved to Singapore to begin her career as an architect. Afterwards, a disillusionment with the corporate world led her on a journey of metaphysical exploration, when she started questioning her existence, her place in the world, and society in general. Having given up a corporate career, Ketna Patel then embarked on a career as an artist. The art of Ketna Patel reflects much of her own personal journey as an outsider and global citizen, observing, discovering and embracing one’s cultural identity and the desire to belong to a community. Reflections of socio-political and cultural identity exploration in everyday life of today and yesterday are common themes portrayed through her art. Her mission is simply to communicate the story of the lesser-known individual …

Ian Rayer Smith, painting that makes visible the invisible

Since graduating in 2013, british contemporary artist Ian Rayer Smith has been prolific in his creating and is establishing himself as a highly accomplished and award winning artist, who explores and pushes the boundaries of contemporary painting with his own unique expressive style. His work is highly charged with emotion, vibrant and energetic. Strongly influenced by the work of the abstract expressionists and the romantic light of the old masters, Rayer-Smith’s large oil and acrylic paintings effortlessly fuse abstraction, the figurative and the surreal. Ian Rayer Smith paints full time from studios in Manchester and in rural North Shropshire, England. Voted one of Manchester’s Top 10 Artists by Manchester Confidential and Winner of the 2014 Warrington Contemporary Prize, Ian Rayer-Smith has been hailed as one of the North’s artists to watch.  1. Do you consider yourself as an emerging artist in contemporary art? Ian Rayer Smith : I hope so. As a contemporary painter, I’ve been constantly experimenting and evolving to the point where I have now established my own artistic identity that validates me …

Art in technicolor with Yashasvi Mathis

Contemporary Indian visual artist Yashasvi Mathis is a self-taught artist whose unconventional art work flits between simple sketches, painting and digital media. Yashasvi Mathis is an illustrator and print designer with a Bachelor’s Degree in Knitwear Design from NIFT in Mumbai. She is currently exploring set design and working on her fashion illustration skills. Across her work there is a deep tension in the slightly contorted figures she depicts : her colorful work navigates between reality and fiction. Depending on the elasticity of our imagination, the layers in her work can take us far away. Yashasvi Mathis’ personal artworks are often led by a female protagonist and an audacious use of colors. They are usually about the universe of her mind.  Yashasvi Mathis produces a lot of fashion illustrations and also collaborates with various indie musicians. Her work has been published in New York based Unemployed Magazine, Elle India and 100% Sketchbook, among others. 1. Do you consider yourself as a figure of Contemporary Art ? Yashasvi Mathis : No, I don’t. 2. How would …

Brief encounter in an english garden with Rebecca Louise Law

Rebecca Louise Law is a London-based installation artist known for her transformation of spaces using hundreds or thousands of suspended flowers. Trained in fine art at Newcastle University in England, Rebecca Louise Law has been working with natural materials for 17 years, a practice that involves a constant exploration of relationships between nature and humans.  The physicality and sensuality of her site specific work plays with the relationship between man and nature. Rebecca Louise Law is passionate about natural change and preservation, allowing her work to evolve as nature takes its course and offering an alternative concept of beauty. Over the past few years she has worked in numerous public spaces, museums (such as the Royal Academy and the Victoria & Albert Museum), and galleries. She has worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company and has been commissioned by brands like Hermès, Cartier, Gucci or Salvatore Ferragamo. Her notable commissions include ‘The Flower Garden Display’, (The Garden Museum, London),‘The Grecian Garden’ (Onassis Cultural Centre, Athens), and ‘Flowers 2015: Outside In’ (Times Square, New York).  1. Do you see yourself as a …

Quibé dans la ligne

Artiste à part dans le paysage des illustrateurs contemporains, Christophe-Louis Quibé expérimente l’art visuel sous toutes ses formes en rendant hommage à de nombreux univers cultes issus principalement de la pop culture. A travers des dessins ayant en eux-mêmes leur propre sens de gravité, Quibé reproduit en un tracé d’un seul mouvement, les contours de son modèle. L’attrait de Christophe-Louis Quibé pour le dessin au trait continu en fait une personnalité fascinante. Influencé par la bande dessinée, le graffiti, la mode ou le cinéma, Quibé y puise une source d’inspiration infinie qu’il place au service de son crayon. Tel un architecte de la ligne, Quibé suit son objectif en gardant à l’esprit et au bout des doigts, la direction que le crayon doit emprunter pour ne pas perdre le fil. Doté d’un style minimaliste, l’artiste Quibé explore sans cesse de nouvelles formes d’expression. Proche de la caricature, Quibé porte un regard amusé sur la société qu’il nargue en un seul coup de crayon. Tel un observateur de son époque, le dessin procure à Quibé une …

Like a flower on the canvas with Fleur de Roeck

Introducing Fleur de Roeck, a name to remember in the belgian artistic landscape whose work captivates you at first glance. Fleur De Roeck is born in Brasschaat in Belgium. She lived in the South of France from 2005 until 2011. Then she studied graphic design at the Royal Academy of Antwerp in Belgium and graduated in 2014. Now she lives and works in Antwerp. Full of sensitivity, Fleur de Roeck’s paintings and collages embellish reality in a poetic style with a unique set of colors. Once you have entered her creative universe, you get carried away by her magic once and for all. Soon to be exhibited at Art’Up 2016 Contemporary Artfair in Lille, France, by Galerie Nord from februrary 24 to february 28. 1. Do you see yourself as an emerging figure of Contemporary Art ? Fleur de Roeck : The history of art will make this out. It’s true that I’m a very young artist although I’m working already for 20 years so in a way, yes, I’m emerging on the contemporary art scene!  Even though I like …