Born in Montevideo, Uruguay Alvaro Castagnet (Facebook) left it for Australia when he was young. Since than his passion of traveling settled down on his watercolour paper with a bursts of emotions he get in every trip. What I admire most is his speedy plain-air artworks he does alone or together with his masterclass fellows.
Born and raised in Sydney, Brooklyn Whelan is one of Australia’s best emerging contemporary artists. Working primarily with acrylics on canvas, his style is strongly influenced by weather patterns, his days of writing graffiti and “future type shit”.
As an artist, I work hard to develop my paintings that speak both to me and to others about the beauty and power that exists within weather patterns. I constantly find myself staring into oncoming storms. I do not merely want to capture the image with my painting; rather, with strong bold strokes, I want to give it life and energy, also the sense of fantasy that one might see in an 80’s sci fi - Powerful electricity, but with a tone of grace, softness and movement.
"Housed in a former butter factory, this striking Loft Apartment design by Melbourne’s AA Architects is filled with sinuous forms that both define a modern view of urban domestic living and provide a beautifully executed antidote to the rectilinear forms of conventional living spaces. Twisting and rising to fill the space with a sense of drama and intrigue, a fluid, sculptural staircase sets the tone of the whole project and carves a visual connection from the Loft’s interior spaces to the roof terrace overlooking Melbourne’s cityscape. " via Yatzer
Wendy Ng has a beautiful collection combining the elegance of nature and women. Abstract and colourful, elements from flowers and leaves decorate the faces and bodies of the women painted. The portraits always showcase the woman’s face, and each have stunning features and captivating eyes gazing out of the canvas.
"Bronwyn Hill is an up-and-coming figurative painter based in Brisbane, Australia. Her delicate artwork typically depicts realistic portraits of women placed in natural settings, rendered through oil paints and skilled layering techniques. Each of Hill’s artworks capture a lovely and natural beauty, radiating tangible emotion that speaks volumes of her artistic talent."
"Naming light and patterns in nature as leading influences within her pieces, Hill makes use of her artwork as a means of self-expression. The women depicted in her portraits are representatives of herself, and though they may not all feature her face, each are indicators of Hill’s emotional state at the time of creation. Some portraits seem to embody a carefree and utterly relaxed nature, whereas others are more melancholic and pensive, yet all are stunning in their own right."
We have not been into good graphic design posts lately and promise to reveal more inspiring projects in 2016. Here is a group of Sydney based designers transform the low communication of local animal shelter by helping "Sydney Dogs & Cats Home" to get a new visual language. A versatile identity system was put in place to work across all manner of communications, with a boldness and clarity of message, whilst making sure playfulness was embedded throughout.
"Floating transcendence and anchored realism share equal magnitude in Monica Rohan’s paintings. Inspired by a rural-idyll of a childhood in South East Queensland and the internal longing of the 19th century novel, Rohan reflects on the genre of autobiography through a mysterious form of self portraiture. Allowing her imagination free rein, Rohan represents the figure in a variety of emotional roles and physical states. Using space as a striking pictorial device, her female subject is positioned in adventurous settings, endlessly floating or falling, climbing or reclining, hunting or hiding." via
Australian artist Joel Rea creates photorealistic paintings of natural landscapes and fantastical scenes with a surreal touch. What’s especially impressive is how he manages to paint waves in a way that seem to bring them alive. Rea, who calls himself a ‘contemporary surrealist painter’, often puts himself into his own paintings. via iGNANT
The name behind some of Sydney’s favourite eateries – Jones The Grocer & The Victoria Room - Lindsay Jones-Evans, brings his meticulous design skills to this newly renovated South Melbourne address. We were hooked by the simplicity of inner space sending us to sunny streets of Valencia, where Lindsay got his inspiration 20 years ago.
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Photographs by Brook James
Anna-Wili's sculptures (Instagram) are stitched together from archival cotton rag. Her works explore the organic qualities and resistance of paper, generating a tension between the complex realism of form and the limitations and economy of the materials used. They represent animal life in an immediate way that conveys the energy, movement and physical character of different creatures. Her aim is to engineer a moment of contact with nature in a way that emphasises both the startling differences and similarities of human and animal forms and consciousness.
"In the series ‘Chroma’, Australian photographer Ben Thomas (Instagram) captures photos of urban landscapes featuring bright aqua-hue tones and simple forms that resemble illustrations. Shot across a number of cities – including London, Paris, Hong Kong, and Shanghai – the images depict a diverse mix of architecture and skylines. To achieve the colour and texture seen in his photos, Thomas usually photographs on sunny days and uses photo editing tools to create the right balance between intensity and depth." via iGNANT
"Nestled amongst the vines of Victoria’s Yarra Valley, 35km northeast of the city is Hutch & Co. From its humble beginnings as the 1800s ironmongery store formally known as Hutchinson’s, the site was transformed into a modern restaurant by Melbourne Design Studio Biasol"
Photos: Ari Hatzis
Photos: Ari Hatzis
"Code Black is simultaneously a laboratory, a workshop and a hub for connoisseurs of the dark art and science of coffee. Its design delivers a stripped back, masculine, almost reverential ode to the coffee bean." Based in Melbourne, Code Black has a few spots spread over the city. All of them are designed by ZWEI Studio delivering epic craftsmanship with a sustainable twist.
“For me, to create form and function out of what is essentially mud was magical,” says Sydney-based artist Niharika Hukku (@niharikahukku). With a background in painting, Niharika started out her career as a commercial illustrator, but later decided to pivot into the field of pottery making. “I always felt a pull towards ceramics,” Niharika says. “I wanted to do something that was personal and organic.” via Instagram Blog
“The science behind the process and the idea of being able to carry art around with you and transform your appearance has always intrigued me,” says 25-year-old tattoo artist Caitlin Thomas (@lucidlines). After studying graphic design, Caitlin went on to pursue illustration and the visual arts before taking an apprenticeship at a tattoo studio in Adelaide, South Australia. Read more on Instagram Blog