Posts Tagged “galleries”

Gerald Anthony Scarfe is an English illustrator, artist, political cartoonist and stage designer. Gerald Scarfe has enjoyed a career spanning over more than five decades. His style is immediately recognisable and work includes Pink Floyd to Walt Disney, The Sunday Times to The New Yorker and Winston Churchill to the politicians of the present day.

When Ash Soto was 12 years old, she noticed a small spot appear on her neck. It resembled a sun spot, so she ignored it until another one appeared a few months later. Soto was eventually diagnosed with vitiligo, a common condition that causes patches of skin to lose pigmentation. “I didn’t know how to react because I had no knowledge on what vitiligo was or what would happen to me. I remember my mom sitting there crying and I just sat there confused and scared. I didn’t know how much my life would change from that moment on.”

And things did change. In the past, she considered herself to be outgoing. She was a cheerleader and loved going to the beach in her Florida hometown. But as the vitiligo continued to spread, Soto started to feel differently about herself and her body. “I excluded myself from everything and everyone. I tried to be happy and smile, but over time I was filled with so much self-hatred for myself that I stopped doing the things I loved,” Soto said. “It was so bad, I couldn’t even look at people in the eye anymore and I just wanted to be inside all the time. I developed anxiety and depression.”

Like so many others struggling with the condition, Soto tried to cover it up because she didn’t want others to look at her differently. She constantly wore long sleeved T-shirts and jeans. “A lot of people don’t know this, but vitiligo also causes certain spots of your hair to grow in grey and that happened to me, so I faced the challenge of watching my physical appearance change. It was the hardest thing I’ve ever been through.” she said. “I remember looking at girls in magazines or on social media and I would be so jealous because they had perfect skin and I didn’t.”

But now, at 21 years old, Soto has a completely different outlook on herself and her appearance, thanks to support from her family, the body positivity movement, and social media. “I remember I would write down on a paper everyday repeating to myself that I am beautiful, I am strong and I am enough,” she said. “I told myself I didn’t have to meet society’s standards to be beautiful and unique. I started challenging myself with doing things that I wouldn’t do, for example: going out without a sweater or wearing shorts. I let all those negative thoughts go and just started looking at life with a positive outlook.”

Instagram played a huge role in helping Soto feel comfortable in her own skin. She made an account to post selfies that showed off her impressive makeup skills, but hid her vitiligo. That is, until the day she decided to show her followers a photo that revealed her condition. “The thought of sharing my whole self on social media was a paralyzingly one. We have all experienced or seen how cruel people can be, especially behind the safety of a keyboard,” Soto said. “It took me a long time to share my true self. I decided to post when I felt like I was strong enough and mentally able to handle the reaction, which ever way I was meant to receive it.”

The reaction she got was overwhelmingly positive. Many people reached out to share their own experiences with vitiligo or their struggle with body image issues in general. The supportive response was enough to encourage Soto to share more photos that showed her vitiligo. Now, Soto hopes to influence others to find self-acceptance and promote self-love. “I want to continue to bring awareness to vitiligo and the importance of body positivity. I hope to continue doing what I’m doing now which is inspiring others to accept themselves for who they are,” she said. “Each of us get one life to live and the things that make us different from one another are those that us special. The only person that has to accept you and love you is you. The standards of beauty in our society are unattainable to most of us. These standards should not be your goal, but instead the acceptance of the things that make you imperfect should be your main focus. Self love is the best love always remember that.”

Do you love everything Disney? Then get ready for Enchanted Bikinis, a swimwear line inspired by your fave magical princesses. The line consists of six royal bikinis that come in sizes all shapes and sizes. You can swim with all the colors of the wind as Pocahontas. Be part of their world as Ariel. Let down your hair like Rapunzel. Sing “Tale As Old As Time” rocking this Belle look. Enter a whole new world as Jasmine. And be the *fairest* of them all as Snow White. Aurora and Cinderella looks are also currently in the works.

Take. My. Money.

Pop Culture Postage is part of Clark Orr’s design portfolio. In 2001, Orr’s guidance counselor asked what he was going to do with his life. He didn’t know, so he started toying with the idea of making designs on the computer. Later that week, he started. Rock n’ Roll as his influence, he jumped head-first into design: “Since I couldn’t play guitar, I figured I could be a part of the punk rock scene by making show posters and band shirt designs”

Soon after, a chance spotting of a show poster Orr designed, brought an up and coming clothing designer to his door. This chance meeting turned into a nearly decade-long partnership with the clothing brand Johnny Cupcakes, where he was head designer: “Since I have been a designer, I have created more t-shirt designs than I can count. It’s in my blood, and what I wake up everyday to do. My name is Clark Orr, and I’m an artist”.

I’ve drawn, created, and invented ever since I was young. My dad is a sign painter from the old school, so I’ve been around his artwork since I can remember. At a young age, I was way into toy packaging/graphics: TMNT, Transformers, Madballs, and most of all, The Real Ghostbusters. In middle school I collected comic books, skated, and spent hours every month looking at cd covers in record stores. It became more evident that I was more interested in trying to replicate comic art and eyeing the newest deck designs than I was in reading, or landing the next hardest trick. I distinctly remember in sixth grade, my homeroom teacher asking us what we wanted to do as a grown up. I said a skateboard designer. In high school, I started proper graphic design.

As far as what drew me into art goes, I guess being creative is a very human-connective, spiritual thing for me, it resonates when I’m on point with it. I just ended up with the visual arts side of creativity as my passion. I’m very attracted to art and graphic design, probably in a similar way that a musician is attracted to rhythm and harmonization or a writer is to words and storytelling. I had a knack for art and composition, so I went for it and haven’t looked back since.

​Kazuaki Horitomo – a California-based Japanese artist has two great passions in life – cats and tattoos. The artist decided to combine the two and great new project was born – Monmon Cats.

Monmon Cats is Horitomo’s tattooed cat art brand, and it’s absolutely amazing. The artist often uses tebori (Japanese hand tattooing) to apply the ink on people and also makes prints, apparel and other merchandise to enjoy. 

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Mackenzie Thorpe (born 1956 in Middlesbrough, Yorkshire) is a British artist. Born as the first of seven children into the post-war industrial town, Thorpe initially took on work in the shipyards, such were his familial origins. A suggestion from a friend, however, encouraged him to try to pursue his first love, drawing and painting, at art school.

Thorpe applied in 1977 to study at the local Cleveland College of Art and Design, where he studied under Tom Wall, leaving two years later for the Byam Shaw College of Art in London, and a fine arts degree. After graduation in 1982, Thorpe remained in the capital to aid disadvantaged children. However, motivated by a desire to provide a better environment for his children to grow up in, Thorpe returned with his family to the North East in 1989. There, he set up Arthaus, a gallery in Richmond, North Yorkshire, which remains to this day.

His works are associated with a principle of “Art from the heart” – combining tenderness with fervency through his abstract depictions of animals and children. His work is wide ranging from the accessible ‘square sheep’ and duffle coat boys to more challenging work focusing on isolation and man’s struggle. Much of his work depicts his childhood growing up in Middlesbrough.

Michael Godard is known as the explosive “Rockstar of the Art World” and global top selling artist. His world of art invites us to see his lighthearted perspective, surrounding us with animated olives, grapes, and dancing strawberries. His unique portrayal of fun is an exciting combination of imagination and subtle humour, evoking the creative side in “Olive” us.

Godard’s work is highly collected by young and old from all walks of life including movie stars, rock stars and private collectors. Godard’s imaginative world of art is seen by millions of people each month, worldwide through cruise lines, galleries, hotels, television, magazines and countless merchandising kiosks and stores. His paintings even adorn the walls of the Officer’s Lounge in the Pentagon.

“We both love to see people respond to our art and it’s probably why we’ve been given a gift to create and entertain. Get ready to go crazy over the artwork of Michael Godard” -Ozzy Osbourne.

Michael Godard has dedicated himself to philanthropic causes through his art. “The funds I help raise save lives and at the end of the day, it’s the most important thing I do,” declares Godard. In 2006, his 16 yr. old daughter passed away after her battle with brain cancer. “All the money in the world can not bring her back, but the funds I help raise for a cure will help save another child,” said Godard. He works very closely with St Jude’s, Make a Wish, Nevada Cancer Institute and The Sharon Osbourne Colon Cancer Foundation.

“You’re not only buying something that is a work of art but that money is going to save somebody’s life” -Sharon Osbourne.

His continuing effort has driven him far beyond the canvas, bringing him closer to his goal of raising money to help win the war against cancer. Current projects are in the works making this achievement happen. Godard says, “The world is small – you can truly make an impact on everyone you meet.”

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​Tarnowski is a nationally and internationally recognized master painter & sculptor. He is a highly versatile and skilled master artist who has mastered a variety of styles from Traditional Realism, Sculpture, Elemental Abstact to his original style of Modern Allegorism. Tarnowski’s art has gone around the world and touched a growing global community of art admirers, collectors, corporate clients, in addition to art foundations and museums worldwide.

21-year-old, New Jersey-based artist Adam Hillman has gained a ton of online attention over the past year within a secret Facebook group dubbed “unedited smartphone aesthetic pics” — and for good reason. Also known as USAP, it’s a 7000+ strong online community dedicated to the documentation of moments, displays and phenomena that members have witnessed or created, and boasts a large roster of active members and artists who help make it one of the more colorful groups around.

Hillman, however, has risen to become one of the most popular USAP users through his painstakingly crafted series of mesmerizing visual puns that capture the true spirit of ~internet weirdness~.

“Before I found smartphone photography in 2014, I had been creating abstract paintings and drawings for years, utilizing a time-consuming, pattern-oriented style similar to some of my arrangements. I had also been fairly successful in my artistic pursuits — I’ve won an award and had several solo and group exhibitions. However, despite the fact that I’ve been traditionally trained, I am also deeply interested in and influenced by modern and contemporary art, and decided to go to school for art history rather than fine art…And while I hope to make a living off my art some day, I also hope to obtain a museum or gallery position. This nontraditional route, plus the accessibility of internet-based content, is what drew me to a web-based practice, although I have plans to print and hang the arrangements in a more traditional gallery setting as well.”

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​The modern world can get messy. Fortunately, Swiss artist Ursus Wehrli is a man of obsessive order, as he demonstrates with eye-catching surprise in The Art of Clean Up. Already a bestseller in Germany, this compulsive title has sold more than 100,000 copies in less than a year, and the fastidiously arranged images have garnered blog love from NPR, Brain Pickings, swissmiss, and more. Tapping into the desire for organization and the insanity of über-order, Wehrli humorously categorizes everyday objects and situations by color, size, and shape. He arranges alphabet soup into alphabetical order, sorts the night sky by star size, and aligns sunbathers’ accoutrements—all captured in bright photographs sure to astonish even the pickiest of neat freaks.

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