It’s interesting how art takes on a whole new meaning and presence when you know the entire backstory. I visited the Villa Chochikuyo (read my article here) built in 1928 by the architect Koji Fujii in Kyoto a few years back. This property was considered to be the first “eco house”, applyi
Thin lines and soft brushstrokes drift aimlessly through British artist Leo Bruno Todd’s drawings and paintings like memories passing through time. Landscape and architectural fragments are suggested with faint grids or checks, slatted angles and amorphous brick or rock-like shapes, but they are t
Geometric, colour, grain, collage … these are just a few words that come to mind when exploring Fitzhugh Karol’s wood sculpture. With so many types of sculpture included in his displays it’s quite difficult to categorise his work. Karol is a Brooklyn artist/designer that thrives on the
Wow. So inspired by Brooklyn-based artist Heather McKenna and her wonderful paintings. Some works are part of her ‘Inclinations’ series for an exhibit at the Spencer Brownstone Gallery in New York that took place in 2018. Admittedly this was a little while back, but I thought the combina
Collage has always intrigued me. The experimental nature of it, also the skill of being able to handle and combine so many different material. The starting point must be quite hard to approach from a creative standpoint. What material do you pick first? So for an artist to produce a finished piece o
The experience of travelling is one that seems extremely valuable to most creatives. Specific locations may have a big impact on us and push us to the point of exploration. For London-based Simon Kidd, Northern Ireland in-particular made such an impression on him that he used his experience as the m
Nature is so alive with colour, form and texture, it cannot help but inspire us. Artists Johnny and Ashleigh Ninos from Ninos Studio are particularly inspired by movement and the textures found in nature, helping them to craft their collage-like art collection. They use a combination of different ma
The relationship between between our physical environment and the inspirations that make up all art or design is very fascinating. Design collective Furnishing Utopia, who we previously mentioned in 2018 with their brilliant collection interpreting the work of the Shakers, have put together their mo
There is something quite remarkable about brightly coloured abstract shapes against stark white backgrounds. This is the main characteristic of Joanne Freeman’s work and how her paintings come to life. Freeman, who obtained her Master’s degree in Fine arts from the New York University, first
Our whole goal here on OEN is to support more artists and makers that are experimenting with their creativity. I’ve had my eye on American artist Leigh Well’s collages for a number of years now. She has a fantastic sensibility and I was particularly taken aback by her ‘Versos’
Raymond Saa is an artist of Cuban roots who creates collages that strike a balance between the tropical brightness and black and white tones which always seem to be in direct conflict in his work.
The work of American artist Matt Mclune explores the world through his unique abstract canvases that incorporate a variety of brush marks orientated around one or two dominant colours.