‘Lullaby’ is my contribution to the Pisma Collectives ‘Milk’ group show at Fine Grime gallery in Bath. She is a one off digital painting, 16x20”, printed on cotton rag stock, mounted on board, hand embellished with acrylic, varnished and framed. Show starts on the 9th November at Walcot Chapel in Bath, UK. I will post up more info about the show together with the flyer later.
Fine Grime Gallery / Prisma Artist Collective
Kilian Eng is definitely one of the coolest artist I’ve never met. The Eng illustrates the inside of my mind perfectly. I mean I can’t even describe the awesomeness in these drawings. I’ve heard a few sources call him “futuristic”. I can actually understand that with the underwater statues, doesn’t exactly reminds me for Futurama, but close enough right?
“New York Drawings,” a new hardcover from Drawn & Quarterly that is out today, is a wonderful celebration of the artwork of the cartoonist Adrian Tomine. The book is filled with his work from The New Yorker as well as some of his comics and sketches. The book achieves a great balance between allowing the drawings room to breathe and a notes section that details how the assignments came about and the artist’s process.
The cover for the book, “Missed Connections,” which is pictured, was Tomine’s first cover for The New Yorker. “I’m sure it never would’ve happened without the tireless coaxing and immeasurable guidance of art editor Françoise Mouly,” he writes. “The main thing that Françoise stressed throughout the process was that the image should contain at least a kernel of a story — not necessarily a ‘gag,’ but something beyond just a pretty picture — and I think it’s that quality that made this drawing resonate with people.” Indeed, as someone who reads a lot of graphic novels and who often finds himself focusing more on the words than the pictures, I had a different experience of reading “New York Drawings”: I lingered over the illustrations and imagined the narratives that could go along with them. One other image, in particular, stayed with me: “Be Kind,” in which a commuter must decide to get on his train or help a woman up the stairs with her baby stroller.
The book was designed by Jonathan Bennet, and it was Tomine’s first time working with a designer. “I’ve always designed all my books from cover to cover,” he said. “This was the one that I thought would really benefit from an objective eye.” The results are pleasing: the book feels elegant and minimal, and avoids any temptations to cram too much onto every page.
“New York Drawings” is also a testament, in part, to Tomine’s move from the West Coast to the East coast. Tomine was born in California and went to college in Berkeley. “It’s hard to be objective about the two places,” he said. “When I was in Berkeley, I was living alone, in a crummy student-styled apartment. It has a lonely, gloom-type of memory. In New York, I’m married and I have a 3-year-old daughter, so I associate New York with a happier, more fulfilling part of my life.” He has tried to express his frustrations with the change — including his struggle to acclimate to the climate — in his illustrations, to mixed results. One image, “Waiting It Out,” depicts New Yorkers waiting at the base of the subway stairs for the rain to stop. Tomine thought of it as an unpleasantly scented stairwell. Others had a different reaction: “What a beautiful, romantic image of the city,” he recalled. “You really know all the things that we love about the city.”
Long days ahead for the amazing painter Felix. Stormy days is what he painted, I love the atmosphere he created for himself. He seems very level headed and devoted to his work. The Canadian native grew up in a family full of artists, he adopted the illustrative lifestyle. Both his parents were painters
Artist’s Statement: The painting represents an abstract composition evocating the sea and the sky.There’s a boat in a storm on the second panel which can somehow remember us ofthe firsts men who came across the sea to discover Canada.