Well, why don’t you meet Artist Jose Romussi?

We have been fans of Jose Romussi’s work for a while, having come across him in the Jealous Curator. Born in Chile and now living in Berlin, he combines black and white photographs with colorful forms of embroidery.

“I intervene images by applying my own perception of beauty to them. Sometimes by giving them a new identity or a different aesthetic concept. It’s the chance to give this image a new emotion, a new life, a new interpretation of beauty through embroidering.”

Here we found a great interview and insight to his work…

Please give us an introduction on who you are and what you do.
I am Jose Romussi from Chile, and a self-taught visual artist since 2010.

When did you start to develop your interest in embroidery?
It was started when I could not represent my ideas in painting. In the search for new ways, I found the thread.

Could you tell us more about the idea behind the collaboration with photographer Rocio Aguirre in STRING-FIGURES project?
The idea was super simple. In some day we talked about doing a collaboration together. She took the pictures based on the theme of the game, String Figures. After a few months, I got the inspiration in doing it in a different way, most of the images like the urban or underground lines or some words that I steal in somewhere!, (The idea is like to voice out or represent some inner feelings through my hand with those lines & colors)

How do you choose your subject matter?
I don’t choose the subject matter to do my interventions. I start to draw and I apply my designs on those images. The subject matter will become more solid with the given inspiration based on those images.

Has fashion been an important influence in your work?
Fashion is not my influence but I do have a lot of inspirations found in some fashion designs and embroidery.

Where do you find your motivation?
Being as an artist, I feel that art is part of my life, so I think only my motivation is to live my life.

Where would you like to go next?
More far from where I am today.

 

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Well, why don’t you visit the home of Artist and Skateboarder Chad Muska?

In an loft building in the Union Square area of Manhattan, designer Ryan Korban has transformed this building into an Arty open space for Artist and Skateboarder Chad Muska.  Muska comes from a long tradition of professional skateboard artists (Mark Gonzales, Ed Templeton, Chris Johanson, Natas Kaupas, and Neil Blender, among others) who have devoted their lives, both on and off the board, to a journey of creativity and discovery.

“The client had a ton of his own exciting artwork, which really dictated what the space should look like,” Korban says.

Combining luxurious elements, vintage furnishings, and the aforementioned electric street-chic art collection, Korban crafted a sophisticated space that perfectly balances two contrasting aesthetics to create a wholly original home.

Well, Why don’t you get creative and win some Liquitex goodies?

“Art washes away from the soul the dust of every day life” – Pablo Picasso

So why not get a little creative and make something special this week?  To get into the creative festive mood, Liquitex are doing a competition to win a Liquitex haul in time for Christmas.  To enter, all you need to do is post a picture of your 6 most essential tools for creating and tag #EssentialArtTools and @liquitex.  Find out more on the products and entries here.  Here are some of our favourites so far…

www.instagram.com/lucydasies

www.instagram.com/sbe_04

www.instagram.com/kkfineartstudio

www.twitter.com/its_benitta

www.twitter.com/brighart

www.twitter.com/artbymason

 

Well, why don’t you meet Artist Bael?

BAEL is a self-taught artist from the North East of England, after solo shows and group exhibitions in London, showcasing his stark and haunting figurative paintings, he has found a definite place on the international art scene and a dedicated following. With influences ranging from German Expressionism to Art Nouveau and Japanese Anime.  We love his work and had to share it with you, here is a little insight into the Artist behind the work…

 

 What were you doing in the time between leaving art education and starting to paint again? Did you have any creative outlet in that time?

After leaving Art College, I just drifted around and worked minimum wage jobs, spending what little money I had at the weekend having a good time. I was incredibly shy and introverted as a child, so those years away from art when I came out of my shell and engaged with the world and other people.

Why did you not continue with art? Were you disillusioned with the career prospects of being a working artist or was it insecurities around your own abilities?

I don’t think really I had anything to express at that age and had no faith in my own ability.

Going a step back for a moment, outside of this website I’m quite interested in the creative development of children. Can you tell me a little about your own creative development? Were you parents creative? Was it encouraged at home / school or something you figured out on your own? Did you try any other creative channels before settling on painting?

I consider myself very fortunate to come from an extremely loving and encouraging family. In a creative sense, my dad has had the biggest influence on me, he loves music, film and art, he’d studied at Art College and had a strong technical gift for drawing, so I would ask him to draw something like a robot or a super hero and just sit and watch how he did it.

It’s fascinating to see the birth of your artistic development with “Caught”. It’s amazing how many creative leaps have been made from mistakes! It sounds like it was your Eureka moment and you knew immediately it was something special. What happened after that? Did you feel freshly inspired and churn out a lot of work quite quickly or you feel any pressure to recreate the feat?

After I had painted ‘Caught’ I began to show it to people to see how they reacted? What really struck me, was that nearly everyone who saw it had a strong emotional reaction to it, some people said in scared them, other people found the figured slightly melancholic and vulnerable. I felt I’d created someone genuine and unique, so I had to try and figure out what it was about that painting that had worked so well in engaging the viewer.

How would you say your work has changed since that piece and what elements of it remain?

I think everything I do has some trace of ‘Caught’. It brought me to the conclusion that I wanted to create a human form that had emotional weight and presence, but still had a raw energy and execution.

How would you describe your work?

I guess my work is my attempt to capture human emotion and form in a raw, true and effecting way

How much use do you make of your sketch book. Do you use it just when prepping a piece or is it always on you and always being used?

I generally don’t use a ‘sketch book’ as such, I generally work on separate pieces of paper and work on a single image until I am happy with it. I’ve never liked keeping a sketchbook, as I don’t like have a large collection of ‘rough’ work lying around that I’m not happy with, if I’m not 100% sure with something I’ve produced, I generally destroy it.

Do you work with life models?

I love life drawing, but usually as I exercise to keep my hand and eye alert to what’s immediately in front of me. The poses I want for my work are extremely hard for a model to hold, for any length of time, so I use photographs of the models and work from them.

It’s not clear from the images here exactly what materials you are using. Can you tell us?

My materials are high grade acrylic paint and oils in some areas, but I guess the most distinctive element is charcoal sticks: as they are intended to be a drawing material, they’ve allowed me to retain the kind of ‘line’ that exists in my drawings and transpose that into the paintings.

Where did the name Bael come from and when did you give yourself it?

It’s a kind of abbreviation of my name Michael Bell, its just came out of nowhere, most of my favourite musicians use pseudonyms: Aphex Twin, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy etc So I wrote it a few times to see if it worked and it just felt right, so I started using it around 2008.

Well why don’t you check out an art filled “Gypsy” home?

I found this home on one of my favorite blogs, Sketch42.  I was taken by the family’s carefree style and amazing art collection.  The pictures below are taken of the family’s Parisian apartment, but they have lived in 8 different places while together. They embrace each change and look forward to many more.   Having just moved from London to DC, and currently living in NYC, I can relate!  I’m quite over the moving/living out of a suitcase, but if I had apartments like theTouhami family, I don’t think I would mind as much or at all.
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Images take from Sketch42 blog via Vogue

Well, why don’t you visit the group show at the Curious Duke Gallery?

If you find yourself wanting some Art inspiration, why not head down to the Curious Duke Gallery, for a group show of urban art meeting experimental landscapes. Holiday Group show exhibiting Curious Duke Gallery artists with prices ranging from £25- £3,000. The show runs from 31st October until 28th February. It also features Rising Moon, White Magic and Lone Star, exclusive pieces to the gallery.

Well, why don’t you check out The Collector?

I am soooo bummed I missed Frieze London this year, and even more upset that I missed this booth at Frieze Master’s!  The  Helly Nahmad gallery created an installation titled The Collector.  The viewers were able to walk through a recreation of a 1960s apartment in Paris (pictured) belonging to a fictional intellectual called Corrado N. Behind a pile of dirty teacups in the sink sat Pablo Picasso’s graphic Buste d’homme barbu, while a piece by Alberto Giacometti was resting on the bedside table. Incredible!  I love the overflowing feeling of the art and books…it reminds a bit of my aunt and uncle’s place in NYC (The Collector is much messier though!).   This is a perfect idea for a booth, and I hope to see more galleries embrace it.  Think of all the ideas! A cozy English cottage with William Turner’s!? or minimalistic Swedish designs with Tracey Emin’s!?   a bachelor pad with Marliyn Minter’s?

1960s apartment

*Images found on the internet from various sources.