Saturday, 23 July 2016

David Koster I

I found this print when visiting a friends house and fell in love it is by David Koster (1928).
David Koster studied at the Slade School of Art,  he is well known for his work with wildlife and is an extremely accomplished naturalist and founding member of the Society of Wildlife Artists. Generally, he works in lithography.
“I find the different print media particularly suitable for the depiction of wildlife, despite the technical difficulties they present and the hard physical work involved. Plus I find the need to make drawn and coloured studies from life and gather reference material a satisfying discipline.” David Koster 

Friday, 22 July 2016

Pietro Proserpio

It is difficult to convey the magical creations of Pietro Proserpio in pictures as you need to see his inventions and experience their sound and motion. We met Pietro at his studio fittingly within the old mechanics of a printing press in the heights of the beautiful book shop of  Ler Devagar at the LX Factory complex, Lisbon.

Pietro Proserpio was born in Saronno, Italy but moved to Lisbon with his family in 1949. During his working life he worked with the machinery of textile mills, he has always had a close affinity with machines. Now his machines are dreams and stories of wonder to which he will generously introduce to you.
" Having made many toys for myself, and later to my daughters and grandchildren, I decided to give free rein to my imagination and I began building cinematic objects which I now present. Besides being objects that have motion, these toys also have stories as if they were mini movies.
The first pieces were presented in Jardim da Estrela, and sponsored by the Kraft and Design Fair, around the year 2008. I was told there by my friend Michel Rubaix, the renowned professor of Pattaya and magnificent accordionist with a personal space in the cultural center Fábrica Braço de Prata, to join him.
He invited me to present my pieces there. Later on, we moved to LX Factory, to this space here, at Ler Devagar. That’s where I am now." 
Pietro Proserpio

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Lisbon Graffiti II

This is a few views of the graffiti near our apartment in the Mouraria neighborhood of Lisbon.

Lisbon Graffiti I

Above: Ericailane
Above: Sam3
Above: Blu
Above: Lucy McLauchlan.
Above; Os Gemeos and Blu
Above; Os Gemeos

Arriving in Lisbon I saw these three buildings transformed into giant art forms and I was desperate to see them properly before we left. So in temperatures of 36 degrees we set off, they did not disappoint. Commissioned as part of the Crono Project, these three buildings were painted as part of an initiative to bring new life to abandoned buildings.

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Galeria 'O!'

Miraculously our apartment was above 'Galeria O!' a gallery that I have often come across when researching Portuguese illustrators in the past. This is a jewel of a gallery in Lisbon, with books, prints, art, tiny surprises and mini feature exhibitions, it has a parent gallery is in Porto.
The banners which were above the entrance were by Rui Vitorino Santos

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Camilla Watson

While I was in Lisbon I stayed in the Bairro Alto where there is one of the most impressively touching, personal and personable exhibitions of art ever! For displayed along the streets, are beautiful portraits of the people of the neighborhood, particularly the older residents. There are photographs of them at their doors, their windows and hangouts about their daily business, capturing their essence and humanity. The photographs called 'A Tribute', are by photographer Camilla Watson who fell in love with the area and then became a resident herself.

"I am interested in people, communities  - and their history. How can we keep a communities history alive? How can we hold onto their memories in rapidly changing environments?" Camilla Watson. 

Monday, 18 July 2016

Rui Miragaia

The last few weeks I have been focusing on Portugal because I visited Lisbon last week, everything so far has been from research and now I am going to share a few personal finds and experiences of the city.
One evening we stumbled upon this giant, kinetic, paper mache rooster sculpture by Rui Miragaia. It is situated in Martim Moniz Square, Lisbon. As it is outside and has been exposed to the weather for a number of months, it is a beautiful, if slightly disheveled bird made even more magical by its survival in the sun, the wind and the rain.

Sunday, 17 July 2016

Lena Erlich I

This is Lena Erlich's beautiful illustrated music, you can see many examples of this beautiful work in her portfolio. Lena also produces many works in constructed paper.

Friday, 15 July 2016

Thursday, 14 July 2016

Marlene Miranda

Delicate pencil illustrations by Portuguese illustrator Marlene Miranda. Top: Waiting for you ; Bottom: love makes flowers grow in your eyes.

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Ana Biscaia II

These illustrations by Ana Biscaia are produced in a limited palette of soft contrasting red and blue pencil and are illustrations to 'Poemas Do Contagotas' by João Pedro Mésseder.

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Ana Biscaia I

Portuguese illustrator Ana Biscaia's work has a visceral darkness to it, the style of fast rough sketching and scribbled dark tones and finger smudges adds a humanity and bleakness. These two images are from a collaborative book on childhood memories.