Lucy Sparrow hails from Bath, in the West Country of England and works mainly in felt to create art that evokes delight and emotional responses from nearly everyone who sees it. Her world is very much about having an emotional response to the work she produces and to bring people closer to her creations. Lucy’s work has often been described as childlike because of the bright primary colors that she uses and the quirky little touches that she adds to almost everything she makes.All ages delight in the ingenious way she subverts everyday objects and turns household objects to life with playful faces and a joie de vivre that is totally infectious.
Already, Lucy Sparrow’s Feltism has caused quite a stir on the urban art scene and this culminated in 2014 with her audacious and fabulously inventive Cornershop. For the entire month of August, Lucy took over a rundown corner shop in Bethnal Green, East London, and filled it with more than 4000 hand-stitched felt replicas of everyday items that you’d normally find in a local shop. Tins of tomato soup jostled for shelf-space alongside felt cat litter and a freezer-full of felt ice pops.
Kyle Platts grew up in Sheffield, England, and despite being told by a careers advisor to work in a steel mill rather than pursue a career as a cartoonist, he studied illustration at Camberwell College of Arts and graduated in 2011. Since graduating he has had great success as a commercial freelance illustrator and has published two books. Kyle’s comics aim to create a graphic reflection of culture, where macabre content is juxtaposed with vibrant color and comic humor.
Cornwall, England based artist Lisa Wright’s paintings hold us in the present and connect us with the past. The careful balance of both figurative and abstract elements, along with a heightened and often sensual use of color, emphasise the vibrant and contemporary nature of the work.
Fragments of history – ribbons, ruffs, wigs and petticoats – are pieced together with a contemporary sensibility. The resulting figures hover between time periods. They also hover on the brink of adulthood: childish faces with rosy cheeks and rounded bellies at odds with their formal clothing and decorative adornments.
A new art installation at Bristol University in England is getting attention for its use of wood samples from more than 10,000 tree species. Titled “Hollow”, the installation is a collaboration by architects Zeller & Moye and artist Katie Paterson, who were inspired by the natural design of a forest canopy.
Some of the samples used, the largest amount ever collected in the UK, are particularly rare: fossils of unfathomable age, and fantastical trees such as Cedar of Lebanon, the Phoenix Palm and the Methuselah tree, thought to be one of the oldest trees in the world at 4,847 years of age.
The world famous artist, Banksy is apparently setting up a mysterious show titled ‘Dismaland’ in a sleepy seaside town of Weston-super-Mare. What locals initially assumed was movie production being set up at the former Tropicana lido is actually an art show about to open this week. The local Weston Post received a photo of what looks like an invitation to the show which has an angry smurf with quote ” I hate Streetart!”. According to the Bristol Post, the invite-only reception will be this Friday and the show opens Saturday for the public. Fans are already flocking over to the city looking for clues as to whether the set up is really by the infamous Banksy. Stencil works of “Dismaland” with sarcastic statements such as “Life isn’t always a Fairytale” are emerging on social media around the town.
Here’s an aerial shot of the theme park area which is supposed to be a twist on Disneyland posted today by Upfest Urban Arts:
INSA, who showed at our FIFTY24SF Gallery this past February, just completed his largest Gif-iti piece yet in Newcastle, England for the White Walls Project there. As WWP writes, “The beauty of INSA’s GIF-ITI is that it only truly lives when viewed online, where these days most street art ends up being viewed, and exaggerates the ephemeral nature of graffiti as each layer is painted instantly over the last. Mixing retro internet technology and labour intensive painting, INSA creates slices of infinite un-reality, cutting edge art for the tumblr generation.