Artist Spotlight – Fiona Curran

At the London Art Fair 2011 I was first introduced to the abstract works of Fiona Curran.

Fiona received her fine art masters from the Manchester Metropolitan University and is currently working on her PhD at the Slade School of Fine Art in London… which fortunately for us, doesn’t prevent her from creating some very fine art.

Fiona is also a finalist for the Guasch-Coranty International Painting Prize and has been Short Listed for the Abbey Painting Fellowship at The British School at Rome…

Fiona Curran. An abstract painter to keep on your radar!

Everyone knows the game was rigged, 2009 – 2010 acrylic on veneered wooden panel 380 × 380 mm

Nothing to think about but the next shapeless event, 2010 Acrylic on Veneered Wooden Panel 380 × 380 mm

The Wrong Side of the Road, 2010 Acrylic on Linen With Card 300 × 300 mm

Insideout Project – The other side of Street Art

Overview at day time : Favela Morro Da Providencia, Rio de Janeiro - August 2008.

The Tree - Favela Morro Da Providencia, Rio de Janeiro - August 2008.

Street art has been all the hype. The likes of Banksy or Shepard Fairey taking an impact on the contemporary art world like not many would have imagined. The rules of the art market had been turned upside down… street art had gone commercial… most likely peaking with the creations of a certain Mr. Brainwash… as it was documented in “Exit through the gift shop“. Street art had entered the glamorous world of the blue chip galleries and champagne cocktail receptions, achieving 5 t0 6 figure sales at the auction houses.

Think of it what you will, but street art has other faces, other facets to offer as well. Not all of them as impressive and refreshing as the work and philosophy of French artist JR, who recently had been awarded the TED price for his work and now has launched the insideoutproject.

Take the time and watch his TED speech. It will entertain you and might just change your view on art in the process.

Charming Baker – Shooting it out

Charming is one of those artists you could have made some money with… had you discovered him a little earlier. To say that the prices of his work have sky-rocketed over the last few years, is for once neither an art dealer sales pitch nor an exaggeration.

I’m not sure if this is directly related to Baker including the use of firearms in the creation process of his works… or purely to his quality as a painter. With some of the vulture like collectors out there… let’s hope this business is still sane enough, for none of them to be gambling on an eventual firearm accident.

The interview presents you with some insight by the artist, why anyone would fire a gun at something that is supposed to reflect beauty, the value of skill, craft and creation in perfection.

Charming Baker… an artist to watch out for! Even when not holding a gun.