Category: Sculptural
  1. 14

    Nov 2015


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    Filter017 started as a creative design agency in 2004. Based in Taichung City, Taiwan, the trio Enzo Lin, Wen Ko, and Nick Chen set up the company with the aim of bringing together Eastern and Western design cultures. In little over ten years Filter017 has earned multiple awards, featured in countless publications, exhibited habitually, and worked with several leading brands worldwide.

    They designed and manufactured packaging, clothing, toys, skateboards, and all kinds of sports accessories for comapines including Nike, Adidas, Dr. Martens, Rody, Scooter Attack, laFraise, OUTERSPACE, and adFunture. In 2009, Filter017 utilized their experience working for others to create their own products. They released a clothes and lifestyle brand under their own name. It received international attention and become famous virtually overnight. Thier East meets West philosophy has been carried over to their own brand, additionally mixing up humour, classic and street trends. Since then, they have produced an array of clothing and accessories, vinyl toys, skateboards, key rings, cups, umbrellas, lighters, and the list goes on.

    The Filter017 product line has taken off in such a big way that in 2011, to better manage both facets of the company, they combined their studio with a showroom. Part retail shop, part workshop, called Filter017 CREALIVE. If you enjoy perusing around other people’s working environment, they have taken some wonderful shots of the Filter017 office.

    The team, much larger these days, still collaborates with companies like Adidas, Nike, and the famous anime Evangelion. They have also built up an ongoing relationship with the Taiwan Professional Baseball team, Uni-Lions. Where they have designed the team uniforms, team accessories, and branded products.

    Find out more about Filter017 on their website, and follow them on Instagram.

  2. 1

    Nov 2015

    The Achilles Painter (flourished c. 470–425 bc)

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    Here at the Lounge, we often like to look to the past for our inspiration. Abandoned techniques, trends and limitations of a bygone age are often a necessary stimulus. With that said, I believe, today we are looking further than we ever have before. Over 2,400 years ago, to Classical Greece.

    The Achilles Painter, is certainly not the birth name of the famous Athenian vase painter, but the one he is known by. Named for an amphora attributed to him with a painting of “Achilles and Briseis.” Between 200-300 vase paintings have been attributed to the Achilles Painter, on the basis of style of the “Achilles and Briseis” amphora.

    He was a pupil of the Berlin Painter and decorated vases using the red-figure technique. Which was essentially the reverse of the dominant black-figure style, and went on to replace it. The new technique allowed for better internal details, as they were applied with a brush. Whereas the old technique, painters had to scratch in the details, which was far less accurate.

    For much of the Achilles Painter’s red-figure pottery, he would illustrate the classical characters of Greek mythology. Clean lines and clear forms offset by a black background captured the drama. Among many others, he depicted the aforementioned Achilles and Briseis, Oedipus and the Sphinx of Thebes, the death of Orpheus, and Zeus, often pursuing a female figure.

    He later moved on to using, and developing, the white-ground technique. Clay free from iron oxide burns white. This special clay was applied on top of the common reddish clay to give a white ground to paint on. Making it more similar to painting on panels and walls. This technique allowed the Achilles Painter to draft pure outline drawings and permitted the use of some colours. His white-ground pottery depicted contemporary events, often in the home. Notably “Youth Bidding Farewell to Wife”, “Warrior Arming”, and less commonly painted scene such as two women visiting a funerary monument.

    As was very much the style of the time, he always represented faces in profile. However in contrast to many, his delicate paintwork portrayed figures in a pensive and almost melancholy way. No matter what the scene, there is a sense of calm between his figures. This is both true in the death of Orpheus, and Zeus’ pursuit of females. The Achilles Painter’s style was extremely influential. He took over the Berlin Painter’s workshop, and began to teach students of his own. Many of whom later became prominent painters themselves.

    Just taking a moment to study his work you quickly start to see how much you can learn from such an ancient master. The best place I have found to see some of his work online is the Boston Museum of Fine Arts website. You can even take a trip to the British Museum, who have just over a dozen objects attributed to the artist.

    If you are interested in finding out more about ancient Greek art, I highly recommend watching Alastair Sooke’s Treasures of Ancient Greece. A couple episodes can be found on YouTube, but with any luck the BBC will put together a “Treasures of Ancient” DVD.

    I will leave you with the words of art historian, Sir John Beazley, describing the Achilles Painter:

    “He is the great master of the white lekythos. His red-figure vases nearly always have a sober beauty, but few of them–like the pointed amphora in the Cabinet des Médailles–reach the height of his best white lekythoi, which are among the masterpieces of ancient drawing.”

  3. 31

    Oct 2014

    J.A.W. Cooper

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    I follow quite a few illustrators on Instagram, but recently the work of J.A.W. Cooper has been blowing me away. You know when you complete an illustration, take a step back and think to yourself, “Yes! Nailed it”. Well, that’s what I imagine Ms Cooper is doing every time right before she uploads a new picture to her Instagram.

    Born in England but currently living in Los Angeles, Ms Cooper is a freelance illustrator, sculpture, jewelry maker and member of the Prisma Collective. Professionally she illustrates for the entertainment and advertising industry creating storyboards, concept and character design. Personally she frequently produces work for galleries. Her work has been exhibited in Gallery Nucleus, Spoke Art Gallery, and La Luz de Jesus Gallery.

    J.A.W. Cooper regularly updates her blog. Which is of course filled with her beautiful artwork, and lots of photographs of her process. So much so that she set up a separate tutorial section just for it. Ms Cooper breaks down her process step-by-step and explains her thinking as well as highlight problematic areas of her process. It is full of good tips, and very helpful to see such detailed breakdowns of her work.

    You can find more J.A.W. Cooper on her website.

  4. 16

    Jul 2014

    Eugène Grasset (1845 – 1917)

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    Alongside the Pre-Raphaelites, Art Nouveau is tied as my favourite art movement. I take every opportunity to see Art Nouveau exhibits, but to be honest, until recently I had never taken much note of Eugène Grasset. This is quite a large oversight, considering he has been called “The Father of Art Nouveau”.

    So who is this pioneering artist? Born 1845 (or possibly 1841) in Lausanne, Switzerland, Eugène Samuel Grasset was surrounded by creativity from a young age. His father was a cabinetmaker and sculptor, and little Eugène learnt to draw under the guise of Francois-Louis David Bocion. In 1861 he went to Zurich to study architecture at the polytechnical school. After which, in 1865, he took what would become an influential visit to Egypt. Throughout his twenties he devoted himself to painting and sculpture.

    At the age of 26 he arrived in Paris, influenced by his travels and a new found love for Japanese Art, Mr Grasset tried his hand at creating ceramics, tapestry, and jewellery. His decorative pieces were crafted from precious materials including ivory and gold. Much of this unique work is considered a cornerstone of Art Nouveau motifs.

    Mr Grasset would later gain recognition as an illustrator due to his contribution to the stories Le Petit Nab (1877) and Histoire de quatre fils Aymon (1883). Quickly moving on to applied arts he designed the facade of the Hôtel de Dumas in Paris, mosaics in Saint Etienne in Braire, and stained glass windows in the Orléans Cathedral. With a multitude of artistic ability to call upon Mr Grasset had a natural affinity to poster design. Fortunate, as French posters design was becoming very popular Stateside, so it was not long before he was contacted by various American companies. His successful commissions led to him illustrating the 1892 Christmas issue of Harper’s Magazine.

    Interesting footnote one of his images, The Wooly Horse, was so popular that Louis Comfort Tiffany was inspired to recreate it in stained glass.

    Mr Grasset spent much of his latter years teaching in various schools across Paris. Many of his students went on to become eminent artist themselves, unsurprisingly, a lot of them within the Art Nouveau movement. His versatility, instincts and ability not only influenced those whom he had taught, but also prominent artist like Alphonse Mucha, and left a stirring mark on the Arts and Artists that followed.

  5. 26

    Feb 2014

    Adam Foreman

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    Adam Foreman aka A4man (get it?), is an illustrator, animator, sculptor and designer. He has worked with multi award-winning independent game developers Size Five Games on the video game Gun Monkeys. Mr. Foreman also worked on trading card artwork for the video game Hack, Slash, Loot!. His geometric style really exaggerates the quirkiness of his characters. Check out his website for more work.

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