Last Night's Impressive Jake Wood-Evans Show at Ink_d
Flowing with admiring attendee’s, last night’s Jake Wood-Evan’s show was inspiring and impressive.
Large canvases that combine a clearly accomplished hand at painting, and some wonderful skill filled the wall space’s in the Brighton gallery. Jake has been refining his style over the last years, and in this show it is clear he has reached a turning point.
Alongside some of the stronger elements in the show, the artist has managed to add a lighter ethereal quality that creates a perfect balance to even the strongest subject matter. If there has ever been a show to celebrate the art of painting, this may be it.
Hirst’s new website has launched and amongst being able to view his catalogue of work, find out news, read his biography and watch videos. There is the option to watch a live feed of the team making his work.
We’ve had it on in the artrepublic office this morning-it’s addictive viewing!
France’s Leading Comic Book Artist Jean Giraud Sadly Dies at 73
The comic world has lost one of its greatest visionaries with the passing of the French artist Jean “Moebius” Giraud.
Jean Giraud, one of France’s leading comic artists for the last 40 years, has died in Paris at the age of 73 after a long illness. According to an interview from earlier last year, his eyesight had been failing in recent years which had made working very difficult.
Giraud drew for more than 50 years, under various names, but was most widely known as Moebius. He was popular in the US and Japan, working with legend Stan Lee and manga artists. He also worked on design concepts and storyboards for a number of top science fiction films, including Alien, Tron, The Abyss and The Fifth Element.
His best known work in his native country was probably the Lieutenant Blueberry character but he also worked on the Silver Surfer with Stan Lee. Spider-Man creator Stan Lee said, “I wouldn’t even categorise him as a comic book artist – he is just a brilliant artist.”
The visionary comic artist provided the concept art for far-out filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky’s seminal work El Topo, endorsed by Yoko Ono, John Lennon, and Andy Warhol. Jordorowsky said of him, “He is truly an explorer and a genius”.
Contemporary image-maker Tom French has just released two striking new prints which have just been added to artrepublic.com.
Cowboy balance 6 & 8 were made using charcoal, acrylic and ink on paper. Tom’s work seamlessly merges the use of academic tradition with contemporary urban realism. He does this by fusing the technical with lively abstraction which brings life and movement to his compositions.
His pieces are an exciting and interesting fusion of traditional fine art and urban techniques. They are based on figurative charcoal characters fluidly merging to create greater darker forms. The Cowboy balance editions are single colour screen prints on Somerset White Velvet paper with 4 deckle edges, 56 x76 cm in size and are limited editions of 25 per image.
The artist Tom French was raised in the North East of England where he studied at the Newcastle school of Art & Design before going on to achieve a First Class Honours in Graphic Design from the Sheffield Institute of Art and Design.
Tom has since been pursuing his painting and illustration practice, drawing on his conceptual design experience and experimenting with stencil, spray paint & collage work. Now we can see a merging of these techniques, with striking results.
On Thurs 26th April Tom French will exhibit alongside Australian RONE. Both will be producing new pieces to be shown for the first time in this London exhibition. With new original oils, charcoals, collages, HPM’s, screen prints and linocuts this show should not be missed!
Amidst a growing artistic reputation, a scholarship from the Royal Academy, an invitation to study at the prestigious Prado museum, Madrid Jake Wood-Evans is currently enjoying increasing acclaim for his work. Here we take a closer look at the hugely talented artist.
Jake Wood-Evans is part of a growing number of emerging contemporary painters in the commercial artworld who, via their work and their artistic output, seem to be rebuffing the ‘factory-made’ and the ‘mass-produced’, instead choosing to go back-to-basics to simply produce exceptional quality artwork that’s constructed and executed with the patience and effort that is expected from a fine artist.
Jake is classically trained following his Fine Art degree from Falmouth University, where he was awarded his scholarship from the Royal Academy for classical study at the Prado museum, as well as winning the accolade of ‘Free Range’ Most Promising Graduate.
Jake’s work mixes the two worlds of classical and contemporary art. His oil paintings range from small, sensitive studies to large scale, epic canvasses. With his loose, instinctive use of paint, he creates dark, ethereal works, which capture imaginations, and provoke emotions, whilst at the same time combine to be both unsettling and beautiful.
This heavy incorporation of classical painting grounds his work in tradition, but his own personal application, touch and very much his use of colour, lend each of his works a very contemporary feel. The best example of this is seen the hugely popular Monarchy and in his ‘street art series’ which blends the elegantly painted Velazquez studies with spray paint.
Jake, and his particular style of work, follows in the freshly laid footsteps of artists such as Charming Baker and Zachary Walsh and Dave White. There is definitely a trend in contemporary art that is swiftly moving towards very well produced, skilled, artworks; a shift undoubtedly fuelled by the economic downturn over the past few years. Quality is always in demand and when you can pick up an original Wood-Evans for no more than £1500 or a print for a few hundred, you could say he is very undervalued at current.
Jake has been hard at work in his studio for past few months as he gears up for his forthcoming debut solo exhibition.
If you are interested in Jake Wood-Evans and would like further information of available works or to enquire about other works and artist’s we have in the gallery please call +44 (0)20 7240 7909 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Dan Baldwin has just released his latest edition and it offers up, not only a deeper insight into the man behind the paint, but also reflects a subtle shift from his more usual subject matter. The result speaks for itself as we take a further look.
When you think of an artwork from Dan, a few things come to mind – Death, the celebration of death, Vanitas all feature very highly. Baldwin’s unique, idiosyncratic style of very bold, colourful works jam-packed with metaphors and symbolism surrounding death were very ahead of the game when they first emerged well over a decade ago. Since then numerous artists have emulated the style. We must not forget that Baldwin was reflecting and translating Mexico’s ‘day of the dead’ celebrations, and their use of the skull, in his art and in a commercial way, much earlier than when a certain Damien Hirst put the skull at the forefront of commercialism as a fashionable image with his jewel-encrusted ‘For The Love of God’.
Since then, as all artists must, Dan has evolved and developed. With his latest edition, simply titled ‘Love’, we see Baldwin move away from a celebration of death and move toward a celebration of life.
Here Dan recalls the background to his latest piece: 'I worked in a video shop for five years or so in Hove whilst I was still on the road to being a full-time artist. It was a great shop and was generally a bit of a hangout. Annie (my girlfriend) was a regular customer; I remember serving her for years. One day she stopped coming in. Two years later, I was walking along, back from Milan, just off to the train, and I saw Annie coming towards me. I did a double-take and so did she; we had this moment in the street.
Months later, one summer’s day, she walked up to me with an ice lolly, holding it in her hand and said ‘you look like you need this’. It was the first time she ever spoke to me and she almost didn’t go through with it out of a nervous fear, but she felt she had to make contact. Another six months went by, I was single, so was she, I asked her out for dinner and our date lasted 36 hours. That was five years ago and now we have an 11 month-old baby.
The piece Love was originally going to be called Peach, as that is Annie’s favourite colour. Then it became Peach Video Girl. As the painting grew, I changed it to just Love. There is a lot of symbolism in the work: the poppy, the orchid, the swallow, the little girl, the little boy, a bird feeding its young, and the skeletal hand/figure searching for its love even in the afterlife.
This was the beginning of a series I want to make called Spectrum; more about colour, harmony, beauty. I also like the melting ice lolly as a metaphor, there’s something striking about it, dropped by a child or discarded- left to melt….’
Baldwin’s new edition is a 24-colour silkscreen print, which features embossing, 3 glazes, gold leaf underglaze and gold leaf overglaze, and diamond dust.