I love Christina Kenton! Her work is as unique as she is, exquisite and intricate pieces all built around cigarette lighters. Most undoubtedly a one off, she lives in an apartment in Vancouver BC with her musician husband. Here she talks to me about her life and work and gives us a tour of her art-filled home…
This former factory is the home of artist Saskia Folk in Melbourne, Australia. Saskia’s art is made from recycled scrap metal.
I love colour, always have done since I was a small girl, and my own home is filled with it. I think that’s why, for years, I have been drawn to the colourful shacks of South Africa where, despite poverty and racism, the people have made the most basic homes into incredible works of art, using magazines and food wrappers to decorate the walls. Read More
I love the art of Belgian artist Paul Michiels, and looking at his amazing installation pieces I was intrigued to see what kind of home he lived in. And I was not disappointed! Paul lives in what looks like a modest terraced house in Brasschaat near Antwerp, but open the doors and you are in for a surprise… Read More
Dan Juskus’s paintings are so modern yet could be ancient symbols or even tribal. They are exquisitely simplistic of form and everything is stripped back, apart from what is necessary to draw you in and keep you there. He paints, draws and sculpts from his studio in Gloucestershire… Read More
I love Lucebert, not only for his amazing drawings and paintings, but because I feel I would have liked to’ve known him. He dropped out of art school after 6 months and took to the streets, homeless for 9 years from 1938-1947. People who give up everything have a special quality. When I dropped out of nursing I went to work at the Simon Hostel, a homeless shelter in Oxford, UK. It was one of my happiest times and the men I got to know and befriend there were some of the most lovely and interesting I have ever met. Lucebert was also a poet, an anti-apartheid activist, a family man and part of the COBRA group.
Kate Leake chats about life as a freelance illustrator, with tips on how to get started in the business and an insight into her own work process…