Bruce McLean is a Scottish performance artist and painter. He studied at the Glasgow School of Art and at St. Martin’s in London. At the age of 27 he was given a one day retrospective at the Tate Gallery. After his studies he went on to teach at numerous art schools and today his work is in private and public collections world-wide. Rebecca Gordon, a Rise Art curator describes him as follows:
“Bruce Mclean is one of the major leading figures in Contemporary Art. He has obtained international recognition for his paintings and prints. His bold, confident approach to printmaking has proved extremely influential to his contemporaries and a younger generation of artists. The luminous colours and organic shapes give these works a fantastic expressive quality. Like so many great works of art, images of these prints sadly do not do them justice, they are truly great works, which in real life have a wonderful, vibrant energy that would suit any setting.”
You can follow the artist on Facebook and Projects Concepts.
Images: Courtesy of Rise Art.
Tate describes figurative art as any form of modern art that retains strong references to the real world and particularly to the human figure. Alex Katz is such a painter known primarily for his large portraiture and landscape paintings. His work is inspired by the woodcuts of Japanese artist Kitagawa Utamaro with their flatness of color, bold simplicity and a feeling of cool but emotional detachment. We’ve posted his work because on December 1st his paintings will feature prominently on H & M womenswear, menswear, accessories and home decor.
Images: Courtesy of Alex Katz.
Admiring the bold prints and vibrant colors of Glasgow-based textile designer and maker, Laura Spring. A graduate of Glasgow School of Arts she creates these grpahic prints and transforms them into fashion accessories through screen and digital processes. In an article on Heal’s blog the artist says this about what inspires her:
“Inspiration varies from collection to collection but as I mentioned previously I have been inspired by motifs relating to the function of the object it adorns. More recently I have been inspired by the use of camouflage in nature, specifically how butterflies and zebras use mimicking or colouration techniques to hide from predators.”
“I think nature and all it’s wonder has been having a bigger influence on my work since I did a residency in rural Finland last summer where nature is considered hugely important and people seem much more connected to it.”
“I enjoy working with a process,
creating physical things and
seeing them come to life.”
You can follow the designer in her website, Facebook and Instagram. Her products can be purchased here on Etsy.
Images: Courtesy of Laura Spring.