Thursday, July 31, 2008
Camilla Engman grew up in a small Swedish town named Trollhättan. This is where she began looking at life from a perspective that most of us see only momentarily, and just a few are able to record. Camilla practised her skills at the Dome Art School and later at the School of Design and Craft, Gothenburg University, where she acquired a Master of Fine Arts degree.
Often through animals or people, Camilla’s pictures inspire their audience with a wide range of feelings. Her work has a knack of allowing you to grasp a notion without robbing you of your personal interpretation, regardless of whether it’s an acrylic painting, paper-on-paper or mixed media.
Once you’ve seen her work you won’t need to know this, but Camilla has been commissioned by the New York Times, British Columbia Airlines and Walt Disney – to name but a few.
Aleks Sennwald, freelance illustrator.
I have a fondness for: drawing, traveling, tea and my ds.
partial client list: McCann Erickson, Games for Windows, Mekanism, Bantam Dell Publishing, Rizzoli Publishing, Fantagraphics Books
I'm available for commissions, feel free to email me if you have any questions.
I've just completed my largest sculpture to date titled "Imminent Utopia". Nearly 11 feet long and six feet in height, this was the most profound experience for myself as an artist and I am sharing it with you. Many months have gone into this piece and I have to admit that these photos won't give it justice. This work of art will be the major attraction at my solo exhibition in NYC in November at the Joshua Liner Gallery.
Please contact the Joshua Liner Gallery for more information.
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Seattle, WA USA
farmerbobsfarm.com and roberthardgrave.com
How did you get started doing art?
I have been dedicated to self-exploration through drawing and painting since around 1992 when I first moved to Seattle from southern Arizona.
Describe your process.
I enjoy having multiple surfaces to work on simultaneously. Getting everything covered in many layers of paint begins the search for something to develop. You never know when a painting will turn into what it will be and then you still may not know until right towards the end. Collage has begun to be a major part of how I work lately. I draw all over a bunch of paper and then cut it up, reassemble it, until it forms something I can recognize. The beauty of this technique is if I draw something and I like it I don't have to cut it up, but if I draw something I don't like, I know I can always use it for collage purposes. It's fail safe!
Tools of the trade? Favorite medium?
Mostly acrylics and ink on paper or canvas. Although ink on paper is always my favorite media. It is just so versatile and fun.
How would you explain your art or categorize it?
This is a really hard question to answer. All my work is something that I can recognize, but I make it in such a way that some people don't see it exactly as I do. This allows people to use their own set of ideas and experiences to interpret it as they will. I suppose I would categorize it as abstract, although it is referencing common recognizable forms. Lately I have been using the portrait format to explore my ideas. This allows people to immediately be able to step into the painting but eventually take them somewhere internal.
Tell us about you book coming out from ROJO?
A few months ago, David over at ROJO, offered me the opportunity to publish a book through him. I was thrilled. We initially decided on producing a 240 page book, but after putting 240 pages together I felt a shorter book would serve me better. The whole quality over quantity idea. In addition I was working on a new body of work for an exhibit at Joshua Liner Gallery in NY, and some of that work I wanted to put in there. I finally finished putting it together in early June. I am very excited to see it in print this next month (August). You can go to their website for more information. http://www.rojo-magazine.com/papel/
What products, prints, books etc do you have coming out this year or are out?
There is a t-shirt I designed through Threadless, which was also working with Timbuk2, so I also have a bag out with the same design, except with a different color way. The bag is expensive, but it is definitely well-made. Lastly I have a new snowboard coming out through Morrow Snowboards. It should be out Fall 2008.
What magazine have you been in this year?
I have been a couple magazines this year. Earlier in April I was in Redefine Magazine and now Hi-Fructose issue #8. I am quite an honored to be covered in both of them.
What inspires you?
Lately it has been simply the painting process, but life experiences always push their way into my concepts.
Any words of wisdom for young artist?
Be sure making images is truly what you want to do. Be ready for a life-long journey.
What is one thing every artist should do in your opinion to become a better artist?
Work hard on their craft. Draw as much as they can.
What is your favorite piece of art work that you wished you had done?
I am a huge fan of artists such as George Grosz and Ben Shaun. This painting by Grosz is one of my all time favorites.
As of late: Lurker of Chalice, Wrnlrd, Brown Jenkins and Deathspell Omega.
How is smitty (the dog) doing?
Smitty is the sweetest little puppy! A little crazy at times, but a great addition to the family. Did I mention how sweet she is?
Favorite thing to do when you aren't doing art?
Listening to music, going to galleries, visiting with friends, eating delicious food, listening to music...
Favorite books, magazines, blogs....?
What do you have coming up, projects, shows, etc?
I am excited to be doing some projects with my friend Kevin Titzer, an amazing sculptor. I am showing August 16th at Limited Addiction Gallery in Denver, a book release exhibit in Barcelona sometime this Fall and I will be doing some art fairs this December.
Thanks BOB! ^5!
See you soon.
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Having previously worked for Tatty Devine, Woven Studio and Paul Smith, Caitlin now works as a freelance printed textiles designer and illustrator. She also produces her own screen printed fabrics and products.
Caitlin is also one half of the studio ‘Hinshelwood de Borman’ producing textile designs on paper and fabric with fellow designer Rosie de Borman. The pair have also developed their first home ware range for ‘Jheel’ in India.
Clients include Cacharel, DKNY, Nitya, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Corey Lynn Calter and Alma Books.
Friday, July 25, 2008
My introduction into graphic design was at around age twelve, when the punk band I was in needed t-shirts, albums covers, stickers etc. designed, and I was elected. Gradually I started picking up "clients": people in other DIY punk bands that saw my "work" and wanted me to do their tape covers. This snowballed into what I have today.
I am also heavily involved in the Vancouver music scene. I currently create experimental electronic music under the moniker, Secret Mommy, and I play guitar and vocals in my newest creative outing, Winning. I also run a fledgling record label specializing in the more obscure forms of pure artistic expression. The links for these can be found to the right!