Thursday, March 5, 2015

Atomica at AAF, London

 
London's Atomica Gallery has a stand at the London Affordable Art Fair, and my drawing 'Mercat' is part of it. The drawing is fitted with a lovely dark wooden frame with curly flora detail and dark silver fillet.

Go see it (and the work of the fellow participants Ricardo Cavolo, Richie Fahey, Ryan Heshka, Nom Kinnear King, Jen Mann, Jack Pearce, Charlie Roberts, Nick Sheehy and Castro Smith too)!

Atomica at AAF, Battersea, London, UK. From 11th-15th March 2015, stand B1.  
More info about the fair at the AAF website.


Frame example

Monday, February 16, 2015

20 Years Under the Influence of Juxtapoz, a Group Exhibition



Upcoming Sunday February 22nd, the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery will open both the '20 Years Under the Influence of Juxtapoz' Group Exhibition and 'SLANG estethics', a new serie of work by Lowbrow grand master Robert Williams.

Andrew Hosner (Thinkspace Gallery) and Gary Pressman (Copro Gallery) brought together an amazing list of artist of which I'm very happy to be part of with my painted book cover 'Siamesa' (shown above and below). Here's a preview of the work of all artists.

At the bottom of this post you'll find the full list of all who is joining in.

- Private view, RSVP only: Saturday, February 21, 6-11 PM
- Public First View: Sunday, February 22, 2-5 PM





Aaron Horkey, Aaron Nagel, Adam Caldwell, Adam Miller, Alex Yanes, Amy Sol, Andrew Hem, Andrew Schoultz, Andy Kehoe, Anthony Ausgang, Aron Wiesenfeld, Audrey Kawasaki, Billy Norrby, Brendan Monroe, Brett Amory, Brian M. Viveros, Bumblebeelovesyou, C215, Candice Tripp, Chet Zar, Chris Mars, Christine Wu, CR Stecyk, Cryptik, Curiot, D*Face, Dabs Myla, Dalek (aka James Marshall), Dan Quintana, Dave MacDowell, David Cooley, David Molesky, EINE, Ekundayo, Elizabeth McGrath, Eric Fortune, Erik Jones, Esao Andrews, Femke Hiemstra, Fuco Ueda, Glenn Barr, Heidi Tailifer, Henrik Aa. Uldalen, Jacub Gagnon, Jeff Ramirez, Jeff Soto, Jeremy Fish, Jim Houser, Joanne Nam, Joao Ruas, Joe Sorren, Joe Vaux, John Brophy, Jolene Lai, Joram Roukes, Josh Keyes, Kazu Tsuji, Kevin Peterson, Kikyz 1313, KNOW HOPE, Kris Kuksi, KuKula, Kwon Kyungyup, Linnea Strid, Low Bros, Luke Chueh, Luke Hillistead, Marco Mazzoni, Mark Dean Veca, Mark Garro, Mark Ryden, Matt Dangler, Meggs, Michael Hussar, Mike Davis, Miss Van, Naoto Hattori, Natalia Fabia, Niagara, Nick Sheehy, Nicola Verlato, Nikko Hurtado, Nosego, Odd Nerdrum, Peter Ferguson, Rob Sato, Robert S. Connett, Ryan Heshka, Sandra Chevrier, Scott Radke, Sergio Garcia, Seth Armstrong, SHAG (Josh Agle), Shepard Fairey, Tara McPherson, Tran Nguyen, Tristan Eaton, Troy Coulterman, Word To Mother, Yoko d’Holbachie, Yosuke Ueno

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Sneak Peek New Work


One of the things I'm currently working on is a (street) theater inspired piece. A kingfisher is part of the main characters. It is, in fact, a replacement character since the first, a Bichon Frisé (a type of lap dog) refused to come out of my brush in the right way. To me the dog kept resembling Lex Goudsmit (a Dutch actor who was known for his work on the Dutch Sesame Street, among other things). And once noticing the likeness I could not get rid of it, even after several re-paints.
Damn you, Lex Goudsmit!
But I'm pleased with how the bird is drying up. More sharing of this piece later on.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

New Promo Stickers


My new promo stickers arrived, yippee! In and/or on your order's package from now on.


Femke Hiemstra ©2015

Sunday, January 11, 2015

The Graphic Art of the Underground; a Recommendation


September last year I announced the release of the book 'The Graphic Art of the Underground' on this blog. And although I'm still in the middle of reading, I can already recommend this book.

The Graphic Art of the Underground makes five underground art movements insightful by putting it along historical and cultural lines and highlighting all that's connecting from outside and in between. What I know about the visual art of alternative cultures is pretty basic to 'that rings a bell...' so I found this book a very welcome addition.
The book is about US letter (+-A4) size and is a mix between a 'look book' and an informative work.  Suzy Prince (edit & text) and Ian Lowey (edit, text & design) not only put together a great selection of artworks, but also set it in a no-nonsense lay-out, giving each image room to bloom.

More information on the Graphic Art of the Underground website. (The book is now available all over the world).


Photo above: stormy weather outside, tea + cookies + GAotU book inside. I'm happy with the reproduction of my work in the book - it looks great! Photo below: some spreads from the book.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Rise & Shine


Above, some images of one of my last pieces, 'Rise & Shine', depicting the story about the time the sun was hammered and got the dawn in trouble. This acrylic on book cover painting was in the 'Don't Wake Daddy #9' group exhibition at Feinkunst Krüger, Hamburg, Germany, December 2014.

(Exhibition and opening night images now online!)

Femke Hiemstra ©2015




Monday, January 5, 2015

Royal de Luxe


While doing research for a new piece about street theater, I stumbled upon the French marionette street theater group called Royal de Luxe. I remember seeing their 'Little Girl-giant' and the elephant on photo's once (shown above) but can't recall seeing them move. And they move, alright! Those blinking eyes, subtle tilts of the head watching the onlookers, that must have been such a sight from human stand point. Here's a nice, 11 minute YouTube clip of the girl and the elephant, but you can find much more about Royal de Luxe's projects, parades and other giant marionettes on their website.

Photograph via the ambafrance website, © by V. Joncheray