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Self-Portrait by Rimel Neffati!

Welcome to the magical world of Rimel Neffati. A self taught artist from France who makes portraits that will draw you straight to a world of circus, pin-ups, skulls and above all, beauty. Rimel started taking photographs at the end of 2008. With her works she proves that black and white can be the perfect ingredient for countless breathtaking works of art.

The woman in her works has many different faces, and is no one other than Rimel herself. “I started by making self-portraits because it was an easy way: full control on time, ideas, (no) limits, model, and then because I never had the idea of ​​being a “proper” photographer even though I work with a camera”.

Perhaps her idea of not being a ‘proper photographer’ is what makes her so great at what she does, as it is the playfulness and the blurriness of her works that give them a very strong identity. It’s often said that beauty can be found in imperfection. I think in Rimel’s case, the imperfections are what make her works perfect. “I love what I do, I have this feeling that I found my way, not only by self-portraits but beyond in creating, I feel I have so much to tell in this way”.

via Lomography

The Native American Artist: Charlene Holy Bear!

The Native American artist Charlene Holy Bear’s first foray into fashion came four years ago, when she made a last-minute decision to attend the annual Gathering of Nations in Albuquerque, a pan-tribal festival also known as “North America’s largest powwow.”
“Everyone gets all dressed up in their traditional regalia,” says Holy Bear, a member of the Standing Rock Lakota Sioux Tribe who is known for her intricate beadwork. “I hadn’t had any time to prepare outfits for us but I wanted my 4-year-old son Justus to look really cool. He had a new pair of slip-on Vans and I suddenly had an idea, looking at the checkerboard design.” Over the course of the three-day road trip to the festival, Holy Bear started hand-beading the kicks and the finished product—a classic skate shoe tricked out with vibrantly intricate traditional Lakota beadwork—now has a waiting list full of street style–obsessed collectors clamoring for a customized pair.
“Those Vans really reminded me of traditional moccasins,” says Holy Bear. “Once they were beaded they had this sort of urban Indian vibe so I braided my son’s hair, put on those shoes and he was the coolest little guy at the powwow.

Born into a family of artists, Holy Bear first began hand-beading traditional Plains dolls when she was just five years old, learning from her sister Rhonda Holy Bear, an accomplished artist in her own right. A few years later, she entered a doll into a youth competition at the Santa Fe Indian Market and won her first award, a second-place ribbon. She used the prize money to buy her own horse. As a teen, she was picked up by the Morning Star Gallery in Santa Fe and used the sales of her dolls to put herself through the University of New Mexico, where she studied fine arts and art history. After graduating, Holy Bear spent years on the Native American arts fair circuit, traveling from California to Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Indiana just to sell her wares. “Social media all changed that,” she says. “I started posting photos on Instagram and people started to contact me looking to buy or have pieces made instead.”

Inspired by powwow regalia, Holy Bear has spent the last few years working on neo-traditional pendants and earrings depicting florals and animals like hummingbirds and swallows made from antique Venetian seed beads. “I love working on the shoes though because it gives me such creative freedom,” she says. “I’m really into florals right now and I’ve been working on some new designs for the Vans.” Holy Bear is still a one-woman show, laying out every pattern and hand-stitching each bead using traditional methods. Each custom pair of Vans can take up to two weeks to produce; prices vary depending on the type of beads used (14-karat gold are a popular choice). “To me these Vans really represent a modern spin on native fashion,” she says.

via vogue

Surreal And Poetic World Of Justin Peters



Visual artist Benjamin Løzninger puts cheerful cloud prints on the walls of city buildings to brighten up the streets for his ‘Cloud Project‘. Based in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, the French art director is a huge fan of street art and so far, the project has already expanded across the pond from various US cities to Paris. The next installations will be in Portland and Brooklyn this fall and his plan is to start a Kickstarter campaign, where people can get involved to plaster more streets all around the world.


The Surrealist artist remains well-recognised, thanks to his moustache, but did you know about these unusual antics?

1. Salvador Dalí made accidental millionaires of his secretaries
Long before the interning trend took off, Dalí refused to pay his secretaries. Instead he gave them commissions, which didn’t pay their rent at the time, but resulted in many of them cashing in seven-figure sums in later life.

2. Breaking Bad’s Walter White and Dalí share an alter-ego
Dalí was inspired by obscure scientific theories throughout his entire life and practice. In 1958, he proclaimed himself interested in the work of physicist Dr Werner Heisenberg in a gallery catalogue. But according to Dalí, the feeling was mutual between himself and Heisenberg, the name adopted by Breaking Bad anti-hero Walter White for his meth-cooking purposes. Dalí wrote: “I, who previously only admired Dalí, will now start to admire that Heisenberg who resembles me”.

3. Dalí was expelled from art school, but only because he wanted to be
The budding artist refused to be examined for the art history final of his degree, saying “none of the professors of the school being competent to judge me, I retire”. Dalí’s reason for leaving was not, however, ideological, but practical: he wanted to continue being financially supported by his father, but this would stop once he had a degree. Instead, he had reason to go and study in Paris at his expense.

4. His dislike of Britain resulted in a useless portrait of Lawrence Olivier

By now considered in artistic circles to be more of a commercial painter, in 1955 Dalí was commissioned to paint a portrait of Laurence Olivier for a film poster for Richard III, in which Olivier played the title role, by the film’s director, Sir Alexander Korda. However, the desired poster never emerged. Despite sketching Olivier in the Shepperton Studios, Dalí refused to paint it in England, which he called “the most unpleasant place”, and returned to Spain to complete the portrait. It got held up in Barcelona Airport after being deemed too valuable to transport. Although Korda was naturally angered by this, Olivier got lucky and received it as a gift.

5. Dalí nearly suffocated explaining his own importance
During the London International Surrealist Exhibition in 1936, Dalí, then in the prime of his artistic career, gave a lecture wearing an old-fashioned deep-sea diving suit to represent, he later revealed, how he existed in the bottom of the sea of subconciousness. What his adoring fans didn’t realise is that Dalí was suffocating inside the soundproofed glass bowl, thinking his exaggerated gestures an amusing part of his act. As the artist nearly fainted, poet David Gascoyne came to the rescue with a spanner.

6. He found deep meaning in cauliflowers
Dalí filled up a white Rolls Royce Phantom II with 500kg of cauliflowers and drove it from Spain to Paris in December 1955. The reasoning was, he later told an audience of 2,000, that “everything ends up in the cauliflower!”. He explained to American journalist Mike Wallace three years later that he was attracted to their “logarithmic curve”.

7. Even his pets were works of art

In the Sixties Dalí got a pet ocelot called Babou, which accompanied him on a leash and a studded collar nearly everywhere he went – including, famously, in a restaurant in Manhattan. When a fellow diner became alarmed, he calmly told her that Babou was a normal cat that he had “painted over in an op art design”.

8. Dalí married his friend’s wife
Dalí met his beloved wife, Gala, while she was still married to his friend, French poet Paul Eluard in 1929. Eluard diplomatically appeared as one of the witnesses at their wedding. The marriage offended Dalí’s family, who disapproved of Gala being both a mother and 10 years older than Dalí, and Dalí was disinherited by his Father as a result.

9. He remained devoted to Gala’s demands until her death
Dalí and Gala were together until her death, despite her frequent extra-marital affairs. In 1969 Dalí bought a castle in Pubol, 50 miles from his home in Port Lligat, for Gala. According to an explosive article run in Vanity Fair in 1998, he was only allowed to visit with a written invitation. Gala continued to entertain her lovers there into her eighties, one of whom was Jeff Fenholt, star of the musical Jesus Christ Superstar, who had a recording studio on site.

10. Dalí didn’t travel light
Upon arriving in New York harbour for the second time, in 1934, after wearing a life jacket for the entire journey and travelling by train while attached to all of his paintings by string, Dalí waved a two metre-long loaf of bread at paparazzi. To his dismay, they were unfazed by his enormous baked good.

11. He wasn’t the ideal game-show guest

Dalí appeared as a guest on Fifties gameshow What’s My Line, in which contestants had to guess the profession and name by asking yes or no questions. Dalí, a polymath and an immodest one at that, caused havoc during the game by claiming to be at once a writer, TV personality, athlete and cartoon artist. One exasperated contestant nearly gave up, proclaiming, “there’s nothing this man doesn’t do!”

via The Telegrapf


New York-based artist Erik Jones

Erik’s work is vibrant and colorful, expressing a heightened sense of realism captured in his female subjects, juxtaposed with sporadic mark making and non-representational forms that could be said to mimic geometric high-end fashion. This effect is achieved by using multiple mediums such as watercolor, colored pencil, acrylic, water-soluble wax pastel and water-soluble oil on paper.


The artist’s wardrobe and world is brought to strange and poignant life in Ishiuchi Miyako’s photographs, first seen in AnOther Magazine S/S15
Frida by Ishiuchi Miyako is at Michael Hoppen Gallery from May 14 to July 12.

“If I met her, I wouldn’t ask any questions. I would only want to stare at her and touch her body.” Japanese photographer Ishiuchi Miyako is talking about Frida Kahlo, the subject of her latest body of work. Self-taught Ishiuchi Miyako has been creating powerful and beautiful collections of photographs since the late 1970s, many of them concerned with the passing of time, and last year received the prestigious Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography. In her series Mother’s (2000-05), she photographed the personal articles of her late mother, and in 2007, documented the clothing and personal items of victims of the devastating atomic bombing of Hiroshima. Her training in textile design means that she is appreciative of the delicate subtleties of the forms, structures, colours and fibres of the garments she photographs, and also manages to delicately handle the cultural and personal stories woven into them. “She is not somebody who makes decorative pictures,” says gallerist Michael Hoppen, who is hosting an exhibition of her Frida series at his eponymous London gallery, opening in May. “She’s somebody who really does live and breathe her particular stance on life.”

In 2011, Ishiuchi Miyako was given a unique opportunity to photograph Frida Kahlo’s wardobe and personal objects, at Kahlo’s Blue House in Mexico City. It would be the first time her subject matter had not derived from Japan. She travelled to Mexico City, a frenetic, bustling contrast to her ordered homeland, and began to photograph over 300 of the well-preserved objects at the Blue House, the place where Kahlo was born, worked and died. The wardrobe was only discovered in 2004, having been hidden in a tiny, spare bathroom under the instruction of her husband Diego Rivera.

“Frida always receives attention for her extraordinary aspects, but coming into contact with her ordinary side greatly sparked my imagination and inspired me,” Ishiuchi Miyako says. Some of the pieces are familiar from Kahlo’s self-portraits – the traditional Tehuana dresses and her hoop earrings, decorated with birds. Others are more personal – a half-used bottle of perfume, and a comb, still strung with strands of Kahlo’s hair. Others are a vivid reminder of Kahlo’s longstanding pain and strength. “The form of her shoes shows that Frida accepted the physical scars she had been burdened with all of her life and changed them from something negative into something positive,” she furthers. We are so familiar with Kahlo – through her work, her home, her diary writings and letters. Yet through her unique eye, we experience a new, intimate and tender moment with Kahlo. So close, one can almost smell her. One powerful female artist documenting another.



Save the bees! Street Artists Louis Masai Michel & Jim Vision created these graffiti artworks around London to draw attention to bee decline.
Just this week, a bee scientist announced the UK government may have drawn the wrong conclusions from a study into the impact of neuro-active insecticides on bees.

The study was used to support the government’s position that the insecticides do not threaten bees. READ MORE HERE

via Greenpeace UK

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