Introducing a series of new framed prints as voted for by art lovers…
To coincide with The Other Art Fair’s London Spring 2018 showcase, we partnered up with them to curate a shortlist of artworks from 10 emerging artists and asked the art lovers amongst you to vote for your favourites to be part of Habitat’s AW18 Gallery collection. Following over 2,500 votes, the final shortlist includes 5 artworks that each portray figurative subjects across a mix of different mediums with works from artists Elena Garcia de la Fuente, Emma Copley, Hippolyte Reininger, Iona Stern and Rosemary Chatin.
The new framed print collection launches in October 2018 just before The Other Art Fair’s Autumn showcase from 4 – 7 October 2018 at Victoria House in London.
Read on to discover more about the winning prints…
Emma Copley: My Little Swimmer
“I have always studied the work of impressionist painters like Monet, Degas and Manet and am inspired by their ability to paint quickly and capture fleeting moments. To create this painting I worked very quickly with oil paint and a palette knife; using a family photo as the starting point and inventing a colour palette to reflect how I imagine my daughter feels when she enters the water. The imagery I work from tends to be related to my everyday life, family and surroundings. I wanted to paint this piece until her figure just began to emerge on the panel. I like when it takes the viewer a little while to see the image being represented in my paintings, and I think the act of painting is more visible in the final work, when you can see evidence of gesture and the human touch. I aim to express not just an emotion with the combination of gesture and colour, but a sense of speed.”
ROSEMARY CHATIN: Piscine et Matelas Rayes
“This work is part of my ‘Pool and Palm Trees’ series, where architecture contrasts with luscious plants and reflections of the water. After many years of portrait and group paintings, my pool paintings were about an interest in perspectives, straight lines, abstraction and simplification. Working from images that I collect, I like to transform and recompose them. A mix of observing, memory and imagination, this series resurge from images of my childhood in the Canary Islands. Working from the same image, but experimenting with forms and different colors, leads to very different results. Size is also important, and varies anywhere between small (30×40 cm) to large (120×170 cm). I work with all types of media, mainly oil and acrylics, and like drawing into wet paint. Experimenting with different supports (paper, canvas, upholstery fabrics, etc) permits me to work on a same image producing very different results.”
iona stern: On The Diagonal
“This work depicts a partially clothed woman reclining on a mattress and cushions. It’s an almost overhead view looking down. I stood close to her, looking up the length of her body. It gives the surprising impression that she is upside-down, I drew her outline, letting the background paper becoming her white skin. The almost flat colour of the red cardigan and the black and orange cushions become abstract shapes – a landscape in which she lies. The background pale grey ochre is and darker ochre shape wrap around the figure giving contrast to the white of her figure. Rather than slavishly depicting what was in front of me, I used the strong contrasting colours to add to the graphic and abstract quality.”
HIPPOLYTE REININGER: P
“This painting is based on a picture I took of a friend in Paris on a night out. As he was dancing I noticed the red light of a neon bouncing on his cheek. I liked the whole scene so I grabbed my camera and took the picture. I’ve purposefully cropped the image so that he wouldn’t be in the middle of the painting – I prefer when not much happens in the middle so that the eye of the viewer can travel more freely instead of being stuck in the middle of the painting. This painting represents my work very well as we can see several ways of painting used – his hat is finely detailed; his face is in a nice firm brushstroke and for his top I went full abstract, but it’s actually the part I spent the most time. As I paint I look for a way to represent something in a few brushstrokes, it’s what I find challenging, but the fact that I enjoy seeing different styles clash in one painting makes me change my way of applying paint in the same painting. Every painting is a result of what I’ve learned so far plus a little bit of experimentation. It’s a never ending process.”
ELENA GARCIA DE LA FUENTE: Let’s Try That at Home
“My work explores behaviour inside the museum. ‘Let’s Try That at Home’ looks at how the younger audiences relate to the artworks. In this painting two girls are looking at the work ‘Snail’ by Matisse. I wanted to paint a work that had had a great impact on me when I’ve first seen it in the flesh. I remember being moved by the scale of the original work done in collage. Collage is usually a medium that is very accessible to children and I imagined these two girls getting inspired to be able to do something similar at home.”
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