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Fur. The mere mention of the word makes many cringe. In western urban culture, it's a contentious topic that divides us into two groups: those who deem fur fashion READ MORE...
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Earlier this week, I was in the comments section of a blog I frequent, and someone had posted a photo of a shirtless, young guy with red hair sticking his tongue out cheekily READ MORE...
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The Sculptured House, also known as the Sleeper House since 1973 when it featured in Woody Allen's sci-fi comedy, Sleeper, is so cool it's painful. An elliptical curiosity in concrete and glass perched on Colorado's READ MORE...
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The BAFTA qualifying Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF) has teamed up with London College of Fashion to establish a new fashion film strand at this year’s event, showcasing READ MORE...
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Knitwear designers studying in Italy are invited to enter the Knitting for Juliet competition launched by Fashion Ground Academy of Italian Design READ MORE...
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It was not possible to walk past Nicholas Rose's luminous, contoured lamp shades at 100% Design the other week, I felt like a moth drawn to a flame. READ MORE...
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November 20, 2014

SpY in Paris: "I'm Not a Real Artist"


Spanish artist, SpY, has transformed the façade of a building in Paris with the phrase "I'm Not a Real Artist", as part of Nuit Blanche, the city's annual arts festival that runs from dusk 'til dawn. 

The letters were applied with phosphorescent paint that is replenished throughout the day by the sun and topped up by spotlights placed in front of the building. Once the paint is charged, the letters shine through the night. The artist hasn't explained the meaning behind his latest project, though he is known for playing with irony and using humour in a positive sense, so maybe his intention was to unite thousands of Parisians and tourists who were simultaneously thinking "Me neither."





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November 19, 2014

A Christmas Tree for the Ultimate Minimalist


A tree for Christmas doesn't get more minimalist than this. (Well, I guess it could, if it were just a line drawing of a tree done right on the wall. But that wouldn't be very festive.) Deborah Bowness is not just any wallpaper designer; she plays with illusion to create unique trompe l'oeil effects for the home, from garments to furniture to whole walls of books, or at least it looks that way. Her 'Trees for Life' are aptly named as they don't die like real evergreens, and they don't suck the life out of you every December like the artificial ones when you have to dislodge the giant box from the dusty, sooty attic (what is all that black stuff up there in these British houses?!) and negotiate a safe journey down the ladder. And then back up again. (I have almost sold myself on buying one of her flat paper pines.) Ok, the trees, while realistic, are not really trompe l'oeil unless they make you believe you're looking out a window into a Scandinavian forest. But they're still a neat alternative to the full-on glittery celebration if that's where your head's at. And you can still decorate them if you want to by pinning the bauble loops through them. 

The rest of Bowness' collection really does trick the eye. But the twist is two-fold. Take this design from 'Illusions of Grandeur':


What I love about this particular collection is how each design appears to be a simple wallcovering in a traditional pattern (complete with skirting boards from the era), but it feels a bit unsettled. Look again and you can see the patterns are intentionally askew (both in the design itself and the way the drops are hung), the effect a kind of irreverent nod to the past, taking the old and stuffy and slapping a sense of humour into it. (In my paranoid mind I would be worried guests would think I hadn't put the drops on the wall properly and failed to notice, and then I would have to explain to each person who saw it for the first time that it was meant to look that way. And then awkward smiles would follow. Then lots of wine to forget.) 


Bowness' wallpapers are great for adding texture, colour, dimension, and well, things you just may not have the space for, or aren't practical or affordable to do, such as tiling a wall, like with the 'Tube Station' tile design, above. (I don't think anything in that photo is real, it's all paper. Even the cabinet and the teapot, and the floor is a wallpaper, too. Imagine an entire room done this would feel a bit eerie, wouldn't it? Like some kind of fun house where nothing is as it seems.)

I'm starting to look around the room and wondering how a corner of 'Genuine Fake Books' might look:


Have a look around Deborah Bowness' website to see the rest of her range, it's all really exciting. Her work comes with an unusual presence you can feel simply by looking at the photos, so imagine what it's like actually living with these sly strips of art.

November 17, 2014

'Fur - An Issue of Life and Death' Exhibition Opens in Denmark


Fur. The mere mention of the word makes many cringe. In western urban culture, it's a contentious topic that divides us into two groups: those who deem fur fashion to be gratuitous and cruel, and fur consumers who don't care how their luxury items are procured, or just don't want to know. Now, the National Museum of Denmark puts the ethical debate on the agenda with its special exhibition, ‘Fur – An Issue of Life and Death’. For the first time, the Museum is displaying 60 of its 2,000 unique fur garments from the indigenous people of the Artic, alongside contemporary fur designs, drawing historical links from the garments of the past to those of the present, and addressing industrial fur farming and modern hunting in the Arctic. The historical use of fur is thus located in a contemporary context, where people still wear fur and when wearing fur is about much more than simply keeping warm. The exhibition runs until February 22nd, 2015.

In the program section ‘Voices in the Debate’, visitors meet around 50 supporters and opponents of fur farming and hunting. They are invited to try on real, fake and even ‘blood spattered’ furs. Together with designers, politicians, public figures, experts and people on the street, they are given the opportunity to present their opinions on fur farming, hunting and sustainability in both statements and videos, as well as through selfies and text messages, all of which are incorporated into the exhibition itself.

Fur as a Social Symbol

The historic fur garments were collected from around 1850 to 1950 in Greenland, Canada, Alaska, Siberia and the Sami areas of Scandinavia. There was a time when fur was essential for survival. But fur also served functions beyond protecting against the cold. Fur garments signalled their owners’ gender and status in society, as well as identifying which ethnic group people belonged to.

In the exhibition, visitors to the museum can also experience around 30 modern creations made of fur, sealskin and artificial fur, which The National Museum has on loan from a range of designers including Bendikte Utzon and Nikoline Liv Andersen from Denmark, as well as Greenlandic designs like those by Nicki Isaksen, and the creations of international designers and fashion houses like Yves Saint Laurent, Sonia Rykiel, Oscar de la Renta, and Jean Paul Gaultier. The contemporary garments give visitors the opportunity to see the design of historical fur garments reflected in modern designs, forging links between the past and the present.

I'm very curious what the designers have to say in the 'Voices in the Debate' section, and whether their views are influenced by the culture they come from, and how they justify using fur as a textile, creating demand for furs through their collections. And I'm also very interested in the overall tone of the program and the content of the Museum's guides and printed materials, and ultimately, what comes of this ethical debate. I'm guessing that 'FUR - HARMLESS FUN FOR EVERYONE!' won't be the overriding message. 




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October 30, 2014

Fashion Films to Feature at Aesthetica Short Film Festival

ASFF_Handprint Mary Nighy courtesy of White Lodge and ASFFA still from Handprint, directed by Mary Nighy. Photo courtesy of White Lodge and ASFF

The BAFTA qualifying Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF) has teamed up with London College of Fashion to establish a new fashion film strand at this year’s event, showcasing inspirational collections, stories and behind-the-scenes glimpses of the creative process at designer stores.
For the first time at ASFF, visitors will be able to experience the glamour and style of fashion films produced by top names such as Vivienne Westwood, Swarovski and Louis Vuitton, starring figures from the fashion world including Lily Cole in Lorna Tucker’s Red Shoes, inspired by Westwood’s Climate Revolution. Sponsored by London College of Fashion, the new strand establishes a place for serious discussion about fashion film – its responsibility to society and impact upon visual culture – and also provides a rare chance to see sensational fashion content.

This year's ASFF features a masterclass with fashion filmmaker and curator Kathryn Ferguson. A member of the British Fashion Council Fashion Film panel, Ferguson has worked on productions for Selfridges, Chloe and Lady Gaga and will draw upon her extensive experience to dispense industry tips from the sector. Also joining ASFF this year, as part of its hosted networking sessions, is costume designer Wendy Benstead, who has worked extensively with Jessie J, Paloma Faith and Kimberley Wyatt as well on advertising campaigns for companies such as Baileys, Film 4 and MTV.

The fashion film programme is complemented by ASFF’s second new strand, which presents an international platform for the representation and exploration of advertising films. Films will be shown by leading agencies including Partizan, Solab and White Lodge and will be contextualised in an introduction to the inaugural screenings on Friday, 7 November by two filmmakers from Ridley Scott Associates and Sara Wilson, stylist & photography manager at Jigsaw.

This stylish collection of films reflects a continued interest of Aesthetica Magazine in recognising the creativity and innovation involved in the fashion and design industry. The publication has often highlighted important exhibitions such as Hello my name is Paul Smith, at the Design Museum, and The Future of Fashion is Now, at the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam. ASFF’s new fashion film line-up creates a timely focus on this genre as creators are playing with its identity and redefining its possibilities.

ASFF 2014 runs 6 - 9 November across the city of York, a gorgeous city well worth visiting. For more details and tickets visit the festival website

 Matin Lunaire Clement Oberto courtesy of Oversteps Production and ASFFFrom Matin Lunaire, directed by Clement Oberto. Photo courtesy of Oversteps Production and ASFF

ASFF_Tribe, Jan Macierewicz, courtesy of Studio DT Film and ASFFFrom Tribe, directed by Jan Macierewicz. Photo courtesy of Studio DT Film and ASFF

October 23, 2014

Chanel Revue Film a Stunning Mini-Epic Retrospective

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Trevor Undi has outdone himself in the fashion film genre. Sure, Chanel offers the most dazzling and copious fashion subjects, but what to do with so much history, so much detail (the details!), so much artistry? Well, you pack in as much amazingness (normally I hate that word but here it actually fits) as you can in each second of a four-and-a-half-minute film. And you set it against an orchestral score composed by Gabriel Yared. This exuberant retrospective showcases intimate behind-the-scenes footage, detailed artistry, revisits memorable campaigns, international events and spectacular archival footage from the House of Chanel.

Chanel is a brand I will probably never be able to afford (fate is nodding its head in agreement somewhere). Normally I begrudge a brand a little bit for that and reserve my gushing for something more accessible as I don't like to go all nuts over something I can never have. But Chanel is the exception; what their artisans create in their ateliers is magical, it keeps the tradition of couture craftsmanship alive and thriving, and therefore I see the house's shows and imagery as records of this exquisite legacy. (Sure beats seeing it as a giant tease?)

This rapid and rich film is bursting with so much beauty and fascinating closeups that beg for further investigation, so I went a little mental and looked at each frame of the film and captured the stills. There are so many that are worthy of a longer look that I had to create a second page. You can view the rest here












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And here's the rest 

September 09, 2014

#UnlockArt Film Series Ends on a Humorous Note


The film series, #UnlockArt, produced by Tate and supported by Le Meridien, concluded with the release of the last of eight films, What's So Funny?, decided by an online poll.  It was a lighthearted end (though humour was present in each narrative) to a series that achieved exactly what it set out to do. Sharp-witted writers, charismatic presenters we all know, first class production and astute directors addressed topics such as How to Buy Art, Where are the Women? and Pop Art, making high art easy to understand and enjoyable. 

Clearly, I'm a huge fan of the series, I really can't say enough about it. I spent four years in university studying art and art history, and I thought performance art was, well, kind of rubbish to be honest. Misguided weirdos wanting attention and calling it art. That's how I saw it because I didn't understand it. Usually I take the attitude that something shouldn't be dismissed unless you do your part in trying to wrap your head around it, but in this case I felt my assertion was valid. It so happened that the debut film in the series addressed this very subject, and in a matter of five minutes I finally understood what I hadn't been able to get my head around for years. Performance art still isn't my thing, but I get it now, I've made friends with it, and I can appreciate its cultural influence and the place it holds in art history. What a great way to begin. 

And here is the room where the #UnlockArt series officially wrapped up, in Le Meridien's opulent, violet-tinged, Adams Room where all eight films ran on a loop on the wall, providing the backdrop to a fantastic, #UnlockArt-themed dinner, created by Chef de Cuisne Michael Dutnall:


Franz served up his delicious cocktails, some of the molecular variety: 




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Our sorbet palate cleansers (in this case it could be palette as well?) were served in mini shopping bags marked SOLD to tie in with the film How to Buy Art. 

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Dessert was served in a themed box, mine being...can you guess? Pop Art, of course.

KAPOW! to my glucose levels indeed, look what was inside:  


I was too full to even think about dessert (I left out a couple courses in the photos because sweets and tiny food present a lot nicer than meat), but there was no way I was leaving it behind, so this box of goodies came back to my room and I got into it when I woke up. 

Want to know more about Humour in Art? Let's take the last of the tours that art historian and author Linda Bolton (how we will miss her!) designed to explore works associated with the film topic. Here's a selection from the works we saw at Tate Modern earlier that day, which illustrate how humour comes in many different forms, in Linda's words:

Niki de Saint Phalle – Shooting picture, 1961

She did what? Shoot stuff? That was her thing. Niki de St Phalle said she was angry. In her zip fronted white leather cat suit and hard attitude, she told everyone in her sexy French accent that she was angry with everyone and everything. She wanted to shoot everything and everyone. Niki made shooting paintings: she put liquid paint in a bag, sealed the bag, pinned it to the canvas and covered it in plaster. Plaster dried, she shot the plaster, punctured the bag below and the colour bled down the picture. 


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Thomas Hirschhorn – Candelabra with heads, 2006

Hirschhorn is known for his sculptures and installations made from everyday materials such as cardboard, plastic and paper, bound together with brown packing tape. This work was originally part of an exhibition called Concretions, a term from geology and medicine that suggests the gradual growth of a solid mass. Hirschhorn related the theme to a broader social and spiritual petrification. Here the faces of mannequins seem to be emerging from – or submerged into – larger biomorphic forms.

Thomas Hirschhorn – Candelabra with heads 2006

(I have to admit that every time I see this work I feel crampy. I don't need to explain why, do I?)

Stanley Spencer – The Centurion’s Servant, 1914

As we looked at this painting, Linda told us the humorous story (to us, but surely not him) of how Spencer fell in love with a lady called Patricia Preece, married her, yet took his ex-wife Hilda Carline on honeymoon with him. Preece began to manage Spencer’s finances and slowly duped him of his money, even though she refused to consummate their marriage. Stan really didn't play that one right. Find out more here.


David Shrigley – I’m Dead

David Shrigley's art is almost always humorous. His Leisure Centre is a funny play on words and concept, as is his I'm Dead placard-holding taxidermy dog.

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Bruce Nauman – Run from fear fun from rear, 1941

Bruce Nauman makes a fun word play in his neon work. It's a bright, post-pop shout-out for irreverent fun.


Roy Lichtenstein – Mustard on White, 1963

Roy Lichtenstein makes an art joke in his Mustard on White. The great pop artist makes fun of the American abstract expressionists here. The pairing of colours sounds like the title of an abstract work and at the same time jokingly refers to a condiment on white bread.


And before we go, here's something I found kind of funny from one of Franz's magic molecular demonstrations at the Terrace Grill and Bar - when he lifted the cloche after scent-infusing the cocktails, his head seemed to disappear into a delicious-smelling iquid nitrogen cloud:

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TheSwelleLife-Le-Meridien-Franz-fog (1 of 1)Photos © Dave Watts unless otherwise credited

A huge thank you to Le Meridien for providing what is hands down the most fun and exciting learning experience I have ever had. Sure beats university! (At least the one I went to.) If you want to see posts on the preceding films scroll down here, and to view the entire series of films you can visit the Unlock Art site

Part of Le Méridien’s ethos is to support emerging artists. It furthers this commitment through its Unlock Art™ Programme, which offers Le Méridien guests complimentary access to forward thinking cultural institutions around the world. These partnerships allow guests to explore a local, inspiring cultural experience, simply by presenting the Unlock Art™ room key. Le Méridien’s Unlock Art™ partner in the UK is TATE Modern and TATE Britain

Tate is a family of four galleries: Tate Britain, Tate Modern, Tate Liverpool and Tate St Ives.  Tate is responsible for the National Collection of British art from 1500 and international modern and contemporary art from 1900. Tate's Collection of over 66,000 works of art embraces all media from painting, drawing, sculpture and prints, to photography, video and film, installation and performance.  The Collection is displayed at Tate's four galleries and through loans to temporary national and international exhibitions and long loans. 

August 27, 2014

Design and Craft: Made London Returns to One Marylebone


The Design and Craft Fair, MADE LONDON, returns to One Marylebone 24-26 October to present the very best in contemporary craft and design. Showcasing over 120 highly original makers and designers from the UK and Europe, the show offers visitors the opportunity to view and buy unique hand crafted pieces in a friendly, informal and beautiful atmosphere. Long established and well known makers mix with emerging makers to offer a selection of works that are truly varied and exciting.

At the fair you'll find a vast range of expertly crafted items including colourful glassware, soft knitted textiles, functional ceramics, beautiful jewellery, classic furniture as well as great fashion. A full list of exhibitors can be seen here.

One Marylebone is a stunning church conversion in central London near Regents Park. MADE LONDON will occupy all three floors, including the double height crypt and mezzanine.  Be sure to stop by the cafe in the crypt to relax with a drink and a treat!

For more information you can visit

July 04, 2014

Showstudio Illustrates the Men's Collections SS15

Showstudio_john-booth_juun-j-paris-fashion-week-illustrationJohn Booth's collage interpretation of looks at Juun J in Paris

Each season Showstudio invites their favourite fashion illustrators to create their own unique view of the collections, then they present each series on their tumblr. Whereas New York kicks off the women's collections, it's where the men's wraps up, so these are being conjured up right now. So far we've got London, Milan and Paris, interpreted through a variety of media and perpectives. (Just a thought after browing the Showstudio homepage, something I do often - Is there a better site for conveying the visual excitement and energy of fashion? I don't think there could be. If there is, please show it to me!) 

Here are a few that stood out to me, and if you see an illustration you love, you can buy the original from Showstudio's online shop

PARIS by John Booth, London-based illustrator and textile designer: 

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Henrik Vibskov


Paul Smith


MILAN by Marie Cunliffe, London-based womenswear designer:


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LONDON by Eduardo Mata Icaza, Marseilles-based illustrator: 


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Jonathan Saunders

May 05, 2014

Great Double Acts: Two Talents, Singular Vision

KillsAlison Mosshart and Jamie Hince of the rock duo The Kills present the #UnlockArt film Great Double Acts, about our greatest art duos. Click the photo to watch the film on the Unlock Art site.

We love to worship a single entity, but the truth is that a lot of the creative brilliance in this world is the result of more than one person's work. Sometimes it's a behind-the-scenes collaboration where muses might play a crucial role, and sometimes it's a bold, stand together, declaration of the power of two, like Gilbert and George, who still reside in London and are said to be as close as ever. We're talking about art's greatest duos, the theme of the Unlock Art film Great Double Acts. As with the previous films, it's a highly entertaining and informative piece that will get you up to speed in a major art topic in just five minutes. (If only all learning could be so enjoyable!)

Now I had to miss the events around this film launch as I couldn't make my monthly escape down to London with Le Meridien Piccadilly and Tate, but I'm still going to take you along on the tour and we can pretend we were there together. Art historian and author Linda Bolton lead the tour through the London streets. It begins with some wonderful insights into the life of Gilbert and George and the rich history of their Spitalfields neighbourhood, where they still live and work, in her words.

Gilbert-and-george-Fornier-streetGilbert and George on Fournier Street. This street with the French name features many original Huguenot houses dating back to the early 18th century. Linda pointed out how some of the houses have elaborately decorated doorways and shuttered windows. The silk workers who worked here had a very difficult life – in the early 1700s, imports of calico and cheap silks by the East India company made a number of Spitalfields silk workers unemployed, resulting in the poverty in the area. Today these listed houses have been bought back to life, mostly with private owners ensuring the bricks are cleaned and the painted shutters are intact.

Gilbert-George_Drunk-with-godDrunk with God, Gilbert and George. 1983.

"The well-known artistic duo met many years ago at St Martins and apparently it was ‘love at first sight’ - many suggest that their partnership is so strong because George was initially the only person who could understand Gilbert’s rather poorly spoken English. They are creatures of habit and visit the same restaurant every day at the same time in East London. According to rumours, they only keep champagne in the fridge (just in case they have guests coming over). Every piece of artwork they create, they call a ‘sculpture’ regardless of whether it's a portrait, etc. According to speculation, before his partnership with George, Gilbert was married with a child. Interestingly this rumour has never been confirmed or rejected – it is fascinating how the duo remain in the public eye, yet still hold so many secrets. Gilbert Proesch was born in South Tyrol, Northern Italy and George was born in Plymouth. The duo adopted the slogan ‘Art for All’, aiming to be relevant beyond the narrow confines of the art world. The pair are residents of the well-known Fournier Street in Spitalfields – their entire body of work has been created in and focused on London’s East End which they see as microcosm of the rest of the world. According to George ‘nothing happens in the world that doesn’t happen in the East End’."

Linda is great at giving context to a subject, so the tour included some interesting facts and features about the neighbourhood:


Street art and graffiti. "Shoreditch is home to a colourful selection of art, cafes, bars, galleries, markets etc. which add to the varied and interesting culture of the area. There is an ever changing vibe of creativity and energy, which was initially made famous by the hipsters who lived in the area during the 70s and 80s – in a time when many people lived in one house."


Dennis Severs House. "Located in Folgate street, this house is described as a ‘still-life drama’ created by the previous owner as a historical imagination of what life would have been like inside for a family of Huguenot silk weavers. It is a grade II listed Georgian terraced house in Spitalfields. From 1979 to 1999 it was lived in by Dennis Severs, who gradually recreated the rooms as a time capsule in the style of former centuries – it is a must visit in the area!"

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Mark Gertler. This is the Spitalfields house where Mark Gertler lived from 1891-1939, from birth. Mark was a British-born painter of figure subjects, portraits and still-life.  The youngest child of Polish Jewish immigrants, Mark was known for his unrequited love for fellow painter Dora Carrington, whom he pursued relentlessly for many years. Carrington and Gertler had a very complex relationship – when Carrington revealed she was getting married to another man, he tried to purchase a revolver and threatened to commit suicide. 


The Old Truman Brewery. "Truman Hanbury and Buxton & Co were once one of the largest employers of the area. Founded in 1679, the brewery was located in this area because breweries were not permitted within the city walls due to smell. The brewery closed in 1988 and the area is now used by various art, fashion and catering events which all help to shape the culture of the area – it is a real haven for art exhibitions."


Whitechapel gallery. "Located on the north side of Whitechapel High Street, Whitechapel Gallery was founded in 1901 as one of the first publicly funded galleries for temporary exhibitions in London. The gallery has a wonderful record for education and outreach projects, now focused on the Whitechapel area’s deprived populations. The gallery features the work of contemporary artists as well as retrospective exhibitions and shows that are of interest to the local community. The gallery was designed by architect Charles Harrison Townsend – this is one of his most striking original public buildings in London."  

April 28, 2014

Online Galleries: The New Way to Discover and Buy Art

Wylder-FlettWylder Flett's photographs of midcentury vignettes from every day, family life, using dollhouse furniture and figurines to set the scene. Clockwise from top right: Earl, being a housewife is work too!; Jan awaits her punishment; So Peg says to me... and Francine has something to tell Earl. Prints start at $112.

We can buy every other luxury item online, so why not art? For the past several years, galleries have been curating online collections to extend their brand to a broader audience and make art more accessible. These online art platforms cultivate a new community of collectors and raise profile for artists who may not otherwise be discovered beyond their local galleries. It's also the quickest and easiest way to discover new artists, wherever you are.

Recently, we looked at Scream Editions which sells affordable prints online and caters to new collectors on a budget. For a broader offering, one of my favourite online galleries to browse - and hopefully one day buy from - is Saatchi Art. You can consider traditional art such as paintings, drawings, photography, collage and sculpture, as well as more innovative forms such as installation and video. I'm drawn to abstraction in paintings, especially when it's textural, contrasted and coloured, but I also have a thing for lines, and the amount of art that fits the bill on this site is almost overwhelming; it's such a treat. One of my favourite subjects is midcentury iconography, so I searched the term and my favourite find of the Saatchi Art site thus far came up; Wylder Flett's vignettes of family life from the era, modelled with vintage dollhouse furniture and plastic figurines (as seen above). His focussed use of light highlights the figurines with an almost translucent effect, and when contrasted with shadow creates a rather dramatic, poignant scene which pings our own childhood memories and makes this plastic family feel very real. 

If you're wondering how to determine whether a particular piece might work in your home, there's a feature that shows you what the work looks like in a room, such as a painting or drawing over a sofa, so you can get a sense of scale and shape. 

Here are some other works I like from artists I didn't know before visiting the site. I noticed when taking the names that all but one are women artists (we talked about the lack of recognition of women in art as part of the Unlock Art film series not too long ago, but there is no shortage here):


The midcentury modern series of 7 - number 1, Marén Wirths. Photograph.

Saatchi-Melinda-MatyasThe Barricade. Melinda Matyas. Oil painting. 


Cloud 9, Jiyen Lee. Photograph.


A6 Wandering Line 1, Tom Henderson. Plexiglass, aluminium, paint. 


Windy Day, Ieva Baklane. Acrylic. 


Abstract Landscape #20. Yangyang Pan. Oil painting. 

Saatchi-Jennis Cheng Tien LiJennis Cheng Tien Li. Paintings (four separate works shown here) and an installation of mixed media called Counterforce:


Have a browse and see what great new artists you discover!


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