Category Archives: Featured Artist

Featured Artist: Sara Kouvaritakis

“We produce paint and give it to artists who do fantastic things we never thought possible. We made a special trip to see Sara’s work at the Rembrandt Gallery on the Isle of Wight and were bowled over by her imagination and skill!”

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So stated a high-ranking Pebeo official upon witnessing Sara Kouvaritakis’ creations during a rare and specific scouting mission to the artists’ hometown.

Since then her work has continued to evolve apace, with local art establishments keen to exhibit the abstract multimedia pieces that glisten courtesy of equal parts unbridled joy and unsettling narrative.

It therefore is almost unsurprising that these sensational interpretations have been cultivated over the course of more than four decades by an artist who is blessed with the ability to convey a myriad of emotions through visually intense expression.

To see more of Sara’s artwork visit Forget Me Not in Upper St James Street, Newport on the Isle of Wight, or get in contact with the artist directly by firing an email to: brbjohnson@talk21.com

Written by Dom Kureen

As a young rapscallion stranded on an Island, my time is split between writing, performing spoken word, wrestling alligators and delivering uplifting pep talks to hairdressers before they prune me. I meditate and wash daily when possible.

Featured Artist – Jonathan Habens

Jonathan Habens is the latest artist to feature on Kureen, to contact him check out his Tumblr or Facebook pages and if you like what you see please share the love!

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Jonathan studied Illustration & Print at Plymouth College of Art, where he attained a First Class Honours Degree. During this time he found a love for screen-printing and creating large detailed drawings for textile application.

Like most artists, Jon is influenced by his surroundings, and growing up in the rural British countryside on the cliff-sides and rustic beaches of the Isle of Wight.

Much of his work features nature & animals. His initial love of portraiture uncovered an ability and desire to get to the root of someone’s personality and try to tell their tale, from here the idea of subtle narratives started to take their place on the canvas.

 Jon has worked in branding, logo design & graphic design for advertisement. He is passionate about design and concept, from detailed photo real drawings to the simplest clean cut logos; it has to look great, feel cohesive and tell the story.

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Story telling is usually at the heart of what I do.” He says, and most of his rural feeling images are accompanied by allegorical storytelling and a whimsical twist hidden in his realistic & technical drawings.

“It would be a dream to Illustrate for fabric prints in the fashion world & wallpaper or upholstery. I get quite excited about fabrics and papers for the applications of my work. My inspiration comes many places, I adore Japanese illustrations and the print making processes originally used by the likes of William Morris as well as Victorian botanical illustration.”

Written by Dom Kureen

As a young rapscallion stranded on an Island, my time is split between writing, performing spoken word, wrestling alligators and delivering uplifting pep talks to hairdressers before they prune me. I meditate and wash daily when possible.

Featured Artist – Scabbage

Scab’s mediums know no bounds.

Great BritainHis origins, he told me, are in roughly drawn comic books, produced to vent his frustrations as a child who then slipped into the dirty underbelly of London’s underground graffiti scene.

Since then, he has moved into delicate pencil sketches, deeply intuitive photography, oil painting, many forms of professional illustration and mural work, animation, creative writing, tattooing, plasticine creations and modifying found objects.

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This makes it impossible to describe his style in any general way, but the more I allowed my eyes to consume his offerings, the more reoccurring themes began to appear.

He has a definite fascination with a few specific things: almost every piece presents a myriad of distorted characters with nightmarish proportions; exquisite expressions on grossly exaggerated features which somehow retain incredible realism and breath-taking detail.

Despite the churning of my stomach, I also found a hugely compassionate side to Scab’s work. 

His creations are shocking, sure, but they have that deranged sympathy which ties into the inevitable truths of the real world.


Ironically Scabs’ artwork has earned him a couple of nights in a prison cell and by the same token a place in the finals of the BBC Wildlife Artist of the year competition.  

 


To contact Scabbage, click here for his website, where you can take a look at more of his artwork and check in with the man directly.

*Words c/o Jared Wayne (juicenothing.com)

Written by Dom Kureen

As a young rapscallion stranded on an Island, my time is split between writing, performing spoken word, wrestling alligators and delivering uplifting pep talks to hairdressers before they prune me. I meditate and wash daily when possible.

Featured Artist: Debbie Chessell

Earlier this year I was fortunate enough to stumble upon a host of captivating visual portraits when passing the Isle of Wight’s premier art shop: ‘Forget Me Not’. Astoundingly it turned out to be the work of a 17 year-old.

Debbie Chessell - June Artist 2Debbie Chessell is, it transpires, not only a fantastic painter, but also a talented photographer and designer. For those reasons I was ecstatic when she agreed to be the featured artist for June.

Subjects range from political figures such as Rosa Parks to musician Jack Johnson, the sultry Marilyn Monroe and even Isle of Wight based professional body piercer, Emma Melson.

So, enough waffle from me – take a look at the gallery below! All contact details for the artist are at the bottom of the page.

 

Take a look at Debbie’s website or Tumblr, where you can get in contact and gain further information.

 

 

 

Written by Dom Kureen

As a young rapscallion stranded on an Island, my time is split between writing, performing spoken word, wrestling alligators and delivering uplifting pep talks to hairdressers before they prune me. I meditate and wash daily when possible.

Featured Artist ~ Chemical Gdns.

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Along the winding path, inside the hedgerows; playful field birds hop branches within. Alongside, enigmatic labyrinths of gnarly spaces in-between meander with red berries vibrating rich alchemy.

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I dream to be here, and photographs become dreams as I rise up over hills, feet drenched in wet grass, side by side the curious farm animals peeping out from sleeping fields. Behind the lens lies the trance – a state of hyper reality; a sumptuous intricacy of nature’s woven carpet, rolling over and caressing distant places, frees me from GDNS_2013 (15 of 15)-2the constraints of the common reality. Here, nature pleads we take notice and find ourselves deeply within a blade of dewy grass, a distant hill, or alongside a winding paths besot with playful birds. This series of photographs were taken between September and December 2012 and represent a period of upheaval and huge changes in my life and circumstances. In essence, They recall the epigram by Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr, “Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose” meaning, ‘The more things seem to change, they more they stay the same.’ In these hills, and the surrounding countryside; I sense the universal truth forever remains the same.

This collection of monographic photographs will be exhibited at Dimbola Lodge, Freshwater on the Isle of Wight from 5th May until the 27th August 2014.

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Written by Chris Jones

Chemical Gdns.