Bonnie McArthur is an Australian artist based in Canberra. Her work is multidisciplinary and covers both painting, drawing and sculpture. Her portraits capture the beauty of imperfection through a brutal adherence to realism. Keep your eye on this girl – you can scope her website or keep up to date via her official Facebook page.
When he’s not playing rugby, hitting the gym or talking hip hop, Canberra-based artist Eugene Mulipola is perfecting his craft. Give the guy a canvas or a blank sheet of paper and magic happens. His work uses a mix of media, from small scale pencil illustration to mural size acrylic paintings. Mulipola’s work combines street credibility with fashion sensibility; he manages to strike a balance between the soft elegance of fashion illustration and the gritty flavour of hip hop culture. His female figures (reminiscent of the equally amazing Kelly Smith) belong in Frankie or Yen – hell – if those publications play their cards right, you may see them sooner than you think. You can scope more of Mulipola’s work on Instagram.
A wallflower is commonly defined as a person who has no one to dance with or who feels shy, awkward, or excluded at a party. Alcohol is generally a good tonic for such an affliction. Notably, alcohol is served in bars. Which, conveniently, brings me to Canberra-based designer Jessica Cochrane. Jess doesn’t just hang out in bars – she makes them look pretty. In fact, she just finished painting a large piece at Canberra bar, La De Da. Taking roughly 23 hours to produce, Jess was given free reign. And, to completely bastardise the tagline of the 1988 Tom Cruise movie, Cocktail: when she reigns, she pours. The design is both fierce and warm, with five stylised female figures showcasing flourishes of make-you-look-twice detail (check the
boobs, eyelashes and the pout on the lips). Oh yeah, and it plays with the theme of wallflower. Better buy those girls a drink.
Ho Ryan Lee’s latest series of paintings captures flirty, seductive and momentary glimpses of the female form – in a playful-yet-tawdry up-skirt sort of way. The Korean artist has a photorealistic style and uses a double exposure effect that messes with your head.
It’s that time of year again in the Australian art scene. The annual Archibald Prize is one of Australia’s oldest and most prestigious art prizes. It’s awarded to the best portrait painting, preferentially of some man or woman distinguished in art, letters, science or politics. Here’s a selection of some my favourite finalists from the 2012 shortlist. You can view more at the Art Gallery of NSW.
Vassia’s work is just incredible. The above is titled “Sound of Light and Colour”. Love!