One of the leading artists and influencers of the Art Deco period, Romain de Tirtoff also known as Erte. He lived just under a 100 years producing a huge body of work in the 20th century, capturing the essence of the fashion and design world in print. Erte’s talents flourished across the visual arts, including fashion, jewellery, interiors, set design and opera.
I thought I would blog about a lovely little book I came across about flowers by Mandy Kirkby illustrated by Katie Tooke. Read more…
Last summer I stayed on the rural, unspoilt southern Portuguese coast, the Algarve. One place I had to visit was a pottery shop famous for it’s traditional Portuguese pottery.
Working in the realms of publishing and illustration from 2007, Ana Yael has developed a rich portfolio of editorial work, working for Spanish and French magazines as well as book cover designs for notable publishing houses. She runs two art galleries in Barcelona for other artists and graphic designers whilst continuing to add to her own body of work.
Holly Exley is a young British illustrator with some big clients under her belt including Marks and Spencers, Stylist Magazine, Lonely Planet and The Wall Street Journal. Pursuing her natural talent with watercolour painting, Holly has been commissioned to work on projects from illustrating music apps, wildlife and cooking books, and city and charity campaigns. Her illustrations have an uplifting aesthetic with colour washes of wonderful hues, with an emphasis on light and contrast. I really like her food illustrations…food never looked so good! Holly has a blog, website and also a YouTube channel where she talks about her work and the life in the world of illustration.
I was lucky enough to see the Abstract Expressionism Exhibition that was on at The Royal Academy of Arts last year where I got to see master paintings by some of my favourite artists from The New York school such as Franz Kline and Mark Rothko. It was incredible seeing a collection of Franz Kline’s work in person and then being able to see a wall of Clyfford Still paintings in the next room – the exhibition was immense having such a huge amount of significant work all in one gallery.