What gets me excited in art is artworks that are based on some kind of level of skill. Figurative art has always had a special place for me. Abstract art has done amazing things for the history of art and humankind but I believe the two should co-exist, not compete. Therefore the artists I admire most are not artists who try to replicate the past, but look at current artworks, be it comic books, modern art or film, and take something from that, to combine the two into new and exciting artworks.
The reason I paint what I paint is because I try to combine the two. I have trained for a long time to make sure my abilities are up to scale, and I still take courses to continually improve. At the moment my art is more about nature, and the beauty of simplicity. I like creating art everyone can relate differently to. Personally what I see in my own stuff is that it’s putting regular animals out of context, and by doing so seeing them with new eyes for the beauty they hold, as well as surrounding them in a way that relates to modern or old cultural references, which can be interpreted differently by everyone. Finally, in the future I’d like to focus more on incorporating more human figures and how they relate to their environments.
My work is a mix of Pop art and classical painting. It’s a bit of a contradiction, but I love the beauty and seriousness of classical art, and the playful non-seriousness of Pop art. I love to paint, however for me it is just a means of expression. The essence of my work is the little fantasy world inside each painting, inspired by the costumes and inflatable toys our society has found a demand for. Using these costumes and toys I reinterpret elements of our culture, creating a slightly twisted version of the familiar. I also pull inspiration from fashion photography, incorporating the surreal atmosphere and the model’s elegance as a balance to the playful nature of the other subject matter.
As an artist I strive to create paintings that communicate the character of my birthplace: Naples, Italy. I want people to see this complex city through my eyes. Each painting tells a subtle and different story of local culture or personal experiences through my own distorted memories.
My medium of choice is oil paint. I enjoy the contrast of using a traditional medium to create contemporary works, reflective of the ancient culture that is still a vital part of this modern city. I endeavor with every brush stroke not only to represent an image, but also to capture Naples’ grit through the texture of the paint itself. The imagery is deliberately cinematic as I try to tell a story with one single image.
With my work I try to blur the line between the soft, sketchiness of classic fashion illustration and the detailed representation of figurative art. I try to occupy the liminal space between illustration and fine art, fusing my love for fashion with my deep appreciation for technical drawing skills. Through my portraits and depictions of the fashion figure, I often combine areas of intricate, realistic detail with unfinished areas of textured, loose paint.
Though I am always experimenting with new materials with which to represent my ideas, I am never more at home than with an HB pencil in hand, and a blank piece of paper. Looking to expand the parameters of the ways in which I choose to represent the powerful, stylish icons in fashion, both known and unknown, is my constant and unwavering mission.
Recently my latest paintings reflect our cultural and environmental involvement in the Anthropocene era. The self, human dominance, exploitation etc. In a way, painting carves a semblance of order, attempting to make sense of our increasingly visually stimulated lives.
Portraiture, so far, seems to govern my work. I use paint to represent faces and to manipulate the mood in which they are set. I feel that narrating a mood is about harmonising colour, and experimenting with light and atmosphere.
I am always impressed by the illusion of depth and believable space that comes from successful representational painting, and I find the physicality of painting exciting. I am still very much investigating where my paintings are going. I want to use my learnt skills to try and place my faces and figures in a emotional environment and tell a story.
I am a migratory contemporary artist. The son of a magpie, I’ve spent my whole life flying around collecting shiny objects. It was my particular fondness for rescuing foil helium balloons tangled in tree branches that eventually inspired my art. Much like Superman, I have remained elusive and anonymous despite an illustrious life, thanks in part to clever hair styling.
My work is defined by the use of the novelty helium balloons often seen in the sky fleeing from parties and street fairs. Breathing new life into the flattened balloons using drawings and prints, I preserve the fun that otherwise slowly deflates after a celebration.
Irvin was born and raised in the Bronx, New York in 1988. His practice is centered on painting, primarily figurative work that is grounded in reality. Painterly brushwork and moments of abstraction are utilized to explore these narratives and ideas. The work serves as a vehicle to investigate the figure, art history, race and identity.