Rachel Feinstein Sculptor of Fairy Tales and Something Else

Rachael Feinstein
Sculptor 1971 –

Rachael Feinstein Puritans Delight

Feinstein’s mediums include oil paint on glass and sculptures made of plaster and carved wood.
Her work has been described as rococo with  baroque flourishes and  disneyesque and fairy tale themes. For me the sculpture above is some how deflated and a bit like a ransacked fairy tale

I like that she seems to follow an historical person, image or time down a sort of rabbit hole.
As well as sculpture there is much paper work and painting.
Reading about her has taken ages because of all the terribly interesting sideshoots.
Like likey like like.

Rachel Feinstein collage

This journey through her studio is a real inspiration too.



Maggie Hambling

Maggies Hambling North Sea

Maggie Hambling
Born October 23 1945
Suffolk England

Sculptor and Painter
This woman looks you right in the eye.
Bloody oath she does.
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Love the North Sea paintings. They wash about you with a tireless wild energy
makes your hair blow in the wind and your nose prickle with salt.
Also would love to see The Scallop up close. First impressions of the Oscar Wild
sculpture is that it looks a bit melty, or decompostey which is just a tiny bit off putting, but
probably quite intentional.

Well worth checking this lady out.
An interview with Maggie Hambling



ArtReview’s Power 100 list 2015

Yayoi Kusama

Check here to see the top 100 people of influence in the art world.
An interesting bunch of people who live in a totally different sphere.
Their tag lines are inspiring. Here are 7 artists who feature on the list to
inspire you.

Jeff Koons

8. Marina Abramovic – Performance-artist-turned-celebrity-inspirer-and- admirer
11. Wolfgang Tillmans – The most significant artist photographer working today
14. Jeff Koons – Omnipresent neoliberal pop artist and “balloon dog millionaire”
27. Gerhard Richter – Still one of the most important painters of our times
29. Pierre Huyghe – Cerebral conceptual artist
53. Yayoi Kusama – Red, white and instantly recognizable: the highest earning living female artist.
89. Rick Lowe –  Social Sculpture pioneer

Dan- Wolfgang Tillmans





Fiona Pardington


Tui Wing and Organic Strawberry Ripiro Beach. 2012 Fiona Pardington.

I have been using this image recently  as a bit of a reference for the large tui painting I’m working on.
If you were in the room with this photograph it’s likely you would want to get up close and then range around to see it from all angles and distances.
It’s over sized and immaculately printed.
I kind of want to get around the back of it and see what is propping up the wing.
The strawberry is over ripe, I can almost taste it and certainly smell it.
The gloom gobbles up the sad whiff of the (imagined) tui meat.
There is likely to be a stack of symbolism in this thing, historical, cultural and personal, but for me just now it is simply hauntingly and beautifully elegant, if a little pungent.
What is it for you?

Get ye to Wellington
A Beautiful Hesitation runs from August 22 to November 22 at Wellington’s City Gallery.
Over a 100 of Fiona’s works, spanning 30 years.

More interesting stuff about one of New Zealand’s most celebrated photographers




Dream Caused by the Flight of a Bee around a Pomegranate a Second Before Awakening

Dream Caused by the Flight of a Bee around a Pomegranate a Second Before Awakening by Salvador Dali







Salvidor Dali 1904 -1989

It’s Savador Dali’s birthday.
This guy had a serious imagination and he wasn’t afraid
to put it out there.
He also had an amazing technical skill.

I was going to spend my spare time today checking out his
paintings, but now I might spend the next 3 weeks
researching the validity of these 10 bizarre facts about him, including…

“I don’t do drugs. I am drugs.”
So where did he get his inspiration if not from drugs? Well, Dali had some tricks for making himself more creative. One involved a tin plate and spoon. Dali would sit in a chair holding the spoon above the plate and doze off. As he fell asleep, the spoon would drop onto the plate, making a noise loud enough to wake the artist in time to jot down the surreal images he saw in his dreams.

Other times, Dali would stand on his head until he almost passed out, allowing him to become semi-lucid. Dali’s most famous technique was called the “Paranoiac-Critical Method.” This involved trying to create a self-induced paranoid state, allowing him to draw irrational relationships between unconnected objects and to depict the landscape of his own subconscious mind.

Also he had a thing about bread






Resurgence of Political Art

This  caught my eye this morning

Police killings prompt a resurgence in political art
which led to
Street artists protest police brutality

Guernica sprung to mind and then some how I ended up here at

 Well now – I could happily play in this sand pit for a very very long time

Art speaks Action is a blog about NZ political art seems like it was somebodies journalist school assignment but its a start.
very much looking forward to further reading.

Emily Karaka Te Uri O Te Ao 1995

Remedios Varo Embroidering the Earths Mantle

Remedios Varo 1908 – 1968
Remedios Varo, considered one of the greatest surrealist painters of the 20th century,   so obscure to most Americans that when Dr. Alan Friedman, a physicist and director of the New York Hall of Science,came across mention of her in a Thomas Pynchon novel years ago,a colleague assured him that Pynchon had made her up.

Definitely worth  further investigation.

Interesting writings  here and here

And a nice video clip of her work here

A book of her life
Unexpected Journeys: The Art and Life of Remedios Varo by Janet A. Kaplan

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