Art

Lurking Beneath: Anthropormorphism with a Social Conscience

Lurking Beneath: Anthropormorphism with a Social Conscience

As a dedicated, lifelong  anthropormorphist, I was both captivated and unsettled by the work of Kako Oya  which brings the darker elements of human nature to the fore. In “Lurking Beneath”, Kako explores the human condition by using anthropomorphised rabbits.  Having discovered that their characteristics in literature are depicted in a similar way to that of […]

Beautiful Disasters

Beautiful Disasters

Strangely beautiful and compelling, Beautiful Disasters is a collection of abstract ceramic forms by Beth Azar, an artist who uses her work to reach out to the audience about social, economical, political and environmental issues. Inspired by natural disasters and their aftermath, Beth uses crawled earthenware glazes to create intriguing and beautiful textures reminiscent of […]

In Which Mariusz Tarkawian Predicts The Future Of Contemporary Art

In Which Mariusz Tarkawian Predicts The Future Of Contemporary Art

I’m sure that, like writers, artists are not immune to creative block. For renowned artists especially, the pressure to come up with something innovative that keeps pace with the fresh onslaught of new contemporaries graduating every year is no mean feat. If reading the runic social media stones and riding the cultural zeitgeist proves too […]

Tom McPhee: Joy in Motion

Tom McPhee: Joy in Motion

  Tom McPhee’s work really caught my attention at New Designers because it’s so playful! Using metalsmithing techniques, he creates interactive automata and kinetic sculpture pieces which entice the viewer to interact and play; encouraging curiosity in the details that surround their lives. Tom’s work is inspired by the moments in the everyday,  “like when a leaf […]

Raja Role-Play

Raja Role-Play

Nikhil Chopra is a diverse artist who blurs the boundaries between theatre, performance, photography, sculpture and painting. Chopra creates fictional characters which form the basis of improvisations and photography, sometimes inhibiting performance characters for days on end (perhaps a contender to Daniel-Day Lewis’ Oscar hat-trick?). Born in Calcutta, in 1974, Chopra’s world of make-believe actually […]

Artist Mark McPhelim – Breuk

Artist Mark McPhelim – Breuk

Rain or shine, Breuk makes Glasgow look spectacular.   Mark McPhelim’s art has the remarkable ability to captivate – transforming even the most ordinary into something magical and memorising. His slick interpretation of the underground in Glasgow District Subway makes it surprisingly easy to appreciate the beauty in getting from A to B, or in this […]

Photographer Bela Borsodi

Photographer Bela Borsodi

Hour and hours of tiny adjustments, tinkering with angles, colours, fruits, tools, vodka and toast and what do you get? A single fantastic picture! Photographer Bela Borsodi has created this great optical illusion titled Terrain, using colours and our (HUMANS!) instinctive ability to spot patterns – our way of creating order in the world to automatically […]

Play Me, I’m Yours, Global Street Pianos

Play Me, I’m Yours, Global Street Pianos

Image Source:Flickr, Metrix X Play Me, I’m Yours is an arts project by Britain’s own Luke Jerram which sees colourful pianos being scattered in cities all over the globe. They come with a straight forward message and an instruction at the same time – Play Me, I’m Yours. The project started back in 2008 and has travelled to […]

Birds of a feather stick to – biscuits?

Birds of a feather stick to – biscuits?

Lorraine Berkshire-Roe, an illustrator from Oxford, has improved on the age-old saying by proving that the odd couple of birds and biscuits make for an entertaining combination. Berkshire-Roe’s sweet sculptures raise a smile as an assorted aviary of common garden birds perch upon the humble biscuits we dunk in our mid-morning and afternoon cuppa. These […]

3D Sketches by Ramon Bruin

3D Sketches by Ramon Bruin

These fantastic 3D Sketches by Ramon Bruin appear to be leaping off the page or being drawn further into it! Bruin is a freelance artist who graduated from the Airbrush Academie in the Netherlands, using a number of techniques and materials such as acrylic-, oil, water paints, charcoal, paint pens, pencils and graphite to create his […]