Amazing drawings by Art Venti!
“ART VENTI 2009 – 13
I like to experiment with shadow, light and depth in an environment that starts with a forest of tissues in a light box. The view in this box of translucent paper suggests landscape scenes that seem to move and change as the sun crosses the sky. If the inferred panorama is beguiling enough, the mind will move from the seen to the unseen and finally to what can only be a dream. Sketches of these moments are assembled and used as an elementary scaffold to begin what becomes elaborately constructed worldsdrawn in color pencil. When they are complete, the observer will have an opportunity to travel through random meaning to find his own personal significance.
Tissues are as humble and fragile as human lives, and living those lives crumples each into a unique form. Through death and tragedy, people clutch at tissues in a futile attempt to hold back a river of tears. Working as an artist is my strongest defense of our fragile existence. As I endeavor to leave my mark in the world around me, I am reminded that mortality is a powerful adversary to be counteracted with beauty.”
via ART VENTI 2009 – 13
”Sometimes you see something so absolutely the opposite of your usual style that it stops you in your tracks and makes you smile. And perhaps even makes you question what you thought you liked.
I am a minimalist and a modernist, I like calm; I like grey. I like simplicity; I like the understated; I like quiet clean lines and white space. But then along came Kristjana S Williams”
Katie Treggiden WeHeart.com
“Kristjana S Williams creates magical landscapes, filled with impossible, exotic creatures by interweaving fragments of Victorian engravings with contemporary illustration and colouring. Icelandic born and a graduate of Central St Martin’s, Williams’ illustration work spans the worlds of fashion, homeware and prints and has gained widespread critical acclaim.
Kristjana’s recent work includes large scale mural displays at the V&A for the London Design Festival, a solo exhibition “Dyragardurin” at Outline Editions’ temporary gallery in Soho, a collaboration with heritage furniture maker George Smith and wallpaper designer Cole & Son, and commissions for the Chanel Group amongst others. She is a regular exhibitor at Outline Editions who showcase and sell her work through exhibitions and as part of their collection at Libertys on Regent Street. Outline Editions will launching an exclusive new collection of prints by Kristjana for her solo show “Anachroquarianism” at Shapero Rare Books and as part of their new collection at Designjunction from 20-23rd September for London Design Festival 2012.”
‘Wonder tales from Tibet’ by Eleanore Myers Jewett, illustrations by Maurice Day. Published 1922 by Little, Brown & Company, Boston.
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