Fine Artist: Veronica Foster

Veronica’s father encouraged her at an early age to be creative. He shared his love of drawing, painting, creating with her; teaching her to draw from books on the old renaissance masters. The powerful figurative drawings of the renaissance artists inspired Veronica to become an artist.

Veronica’s unique style has evolved out of this experience and reflects a sense of timeless antiquity. All of her work is on a fresco like plaster and has a sensuous texture with tiny surface cracks and fractures. The work is intentionally emotional and expressive creating a sense of memory, movement and the passage of time.

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Damien Hirst – Crows on Exhibition

Damien Hirst is known for his macabre twist on modern art and taxidermy who rose to fame very quickly in the last decade. His cross-sected horse was featured in the film ‘The Cell’ and  he had a medicinal pink canvas covered in (probably rare) butterflies sell for over 2 million dollars at a New York auction, drawing criticism about his actual artistic merit.   In spite of his celebrity status and shock value, his recent exhibition in London ‘Nothing Matters’ is a return to his roots – classical painting with a corvid twist.

The themes of insomnia, anxiety, and Francis Bacon are strong throughout this series. “I feel like I’ve arrived somewhere … In a completely different way, I feel I’ve got the tools to navigate somewhere. All that expression – doubts, fears, everything – can come out in this arena,'”Hirst told the late Gordon Burn in an interview published to accompany the exhibition.

The Electrical Avian Mercenary

Ryan Abegglen is clever, talented, but most of all hilarious. His sharp design hits on the subtle nuances in our animal friends that can be the most unpleasant and makes them adorable.  If you survived Monday of this week, we hope this makes your Tuesday that much better.

“It’s generally believed that I began speaking in complete sentences when I was only seven minutes old, immediately demonstrating a mastery of complex sentence structure and an affinity for whiskey, humility, and irony. Since that time I have become a skilled dinosaur jockey, traveled to the moon on several occasions and written a handful of self-help books. My work is largely cobbled together from a collection of cat fur, spit, twigs, pizza, hamster farts, and fever dreams. As always, my promise to you is that I’ll try harder next time.”

We appreciate him making Cecil nearly bullet-proof.  Many of his crow brothers would love to have the same super power!

Fiona Messer – Recycled Crows

Fiona Messer is a Scottishmised media artist and illustrator who combines her love of history, medieval studies, books and book making with her love of calligraphy  and photography. She has a special soft spot for crows, which show up repeatedly in her work.

“For many the common crow is just a pest. We hardy seem to notice them, but they notice us. They are wary and fearful and not without good reason. What started out as idle curiosity turned into a passion for me. Not a day goes by where I do not notice the crows that share the world I live in.Crows are amazing creatures that have adapted to man’s ever need for claiming all wild spaces and integrated themselves very nicely in our society, be it as city crows, eaters of garbage along with the seagulls or masses wading through the fields after harvests. After chasing them. Being completely outsmarted by them, and still managing to capture a few of them on film, I have come to realize that I don’t need to interest the masses in these creatures, if people listen carefully, the crows will tell their own stories and be interesting in their own right.”

The black and white images presented here represent just a few out of the hundreds of images taken during a three-year period. They are a mixture of American Crow, photographed in Halifax, Nova Scotia and Rooks, or Saatkrahe photographed in and around Ahrensburg, Germany.

Says Fiona of her painting exhibitions, “The RE-Cycled project came about as I tried to combine my deep-seated interest in melding with the machines, the idea of cyborg technology was too fascinating to let go of, and my deep appreciation for the actual beauty of the singular components that go into making up our personal PCs. These two things joined up and mixed with my own concerns about what we are doing to this planet I decide to perhaps rescue some of the planet by recycling some of the junk.

They go nowhere, they sit in garbage piles and landfills or they get silently shipped off to poorer countries because these bits and pieces never break down, never return to a useful earthly state and never ever go away. What is more, they are toxic.

I took my love of colour and texture, and melded it with my love of technology and dreams. I painted canvas with acrylics and pastes, added textures and metals and the much cherished precious pieces of old computers and turned it all into art.

I hope that by elevating these little bits of computers to the status of art, that perhaps other people would take a second look and appreciate the beauty of these chips and boards and other bits of the machine. Perhaps if we can see the beauty in the machine we can see beyond throwing these things away and also help to save our planet from being overwhelmed by junk that never breaks down and never goes away. Sitting in landfills and garbage piles as reminders that we will drown in junk if we don’t re think, recycle and re-use the things we take every day for granted.”

To keep up with Fiona, visit her blog here

Audrey Kawasaki – Karasu no Jyou

The themes in Audrey Kawasaki’s work are contradictions within themselves. Her work is both innocent and erotic. Each subject is attractive yet disturbing. Audrey’s precise technical style is at once influenced by both manga comics and Art Nouveau. Her sharp graphic imagery is combined with the natural grain of the wood panels she paints on, bringing an unexpected warmth to enigmatic subject matter.

Audrey updates her online journal frequently with new work, pieces in progress, information about shows and more. Click here to visit Aud’s Journal.

Christophe Dessaigne – Midnight Digital

Tormented dreamscapes, desert and silent plains, all invitations to remote and chimeric territories… Christophe Dessaigne’s creations are open doors on fantastic and dreamy horizons where digital photography serves the fanciful imagery of surrealist photomontages.

“The more I was learning about photography, the more I realized how frustrating it could be,” he explains, “most photographers are usually after outstanding natural landscapes and rule out, maybe out of snobbery, digital tools. I consider digital photography as an extraordinary way to alter and experiment with the image, and ultimately bring it to something fantastic, in the literal meaning of the word.”
Driven by this creative urge, now unhindered by the sacrosanct rules of photography, Christophe threw himself into editing. “The possibilities offered by Lightroom and Photoshop combined are unlimited. My work mainly revolves around two axes and depends on my mood. I can take “simple pictures” with few editing or get lost in sophisticated photomontages.”

Even if he readily admits enjoying photomontage, photography still takes up half of his creation work: “I think that the success of a complex photomontage resides in the story it has to tell. Technique is secondary though still necessary. To evoke a feeling, an image has to tell something, it has to carry the viewer in a different world, besides having a solid composition. Most of the time I know exactly what I want in the end. I visualize the final image before I start editing it. I even often sketch it.”

Christophe was the very first featured artist here on Aves Noir, and we felt he deserved a repost to show off some of his recent work.  If you love what he does, you can visit his shop here.

Claire Morgan – Visual Artist

Claire Morgan is an irish visual artist best known for her geometric 3-d nature installations.  She creates surreal moments frozen in time by using thread,each piece conveying a natural statement within the confines of its wholly unnatural shape.

Claire has appeared in over a hundred printed and online magazines and several galleries across the globe. Beginning April 27th, those of you in the states can enjoy her On Top of the World installation as part of the Dead or Alive show at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York.   For more information click here

Among her most compelling pieces are those in which she depicts the plight, existence, accidental quandary, or ephemeral quality of her subjects. Below are selections featuring jackdaws, crows, or rooks.

Ali Herrmann – Fauvist

Encaustic painting is a technique, most notably used by the ancient Egyptians, in which pigments are added to hot beeswax and then formed into the artist’s vision upon whichever medium he or she favors. It is also a technique which frequents the whimsical nature-inspired art of Ali Herrmann, mixed into the fragile textures of seed pods and mica.  Each piece presents us with a tangible quality unlike many modern Fauvists.

Living in upstate NY (USA) for nearly five years now, Ali observes a group of crows/ravens that gather out front, make noise, scour the lawn, and then suddenly drift off.  She says.”They seem to have a circuit that they travel around town, because I notice them on my walks too, traveling in their pack.”

“I used to feel that passing crows and ravens, while driving, was some sort of ominous sign of something about to happen in the near future. A little internet research into the symbolism of these birds guided me to believe that they represented/symbolized past spirits, souls of people that inhabited certain areas….so after watching them, since these birds seem to have such a local, tight traveling group and seem to ‘keep a schedule’, I have come to believe that perhaps these are ‘souls’ in another form of the people that lived here, some family members of generations past, and some friends.  The way they ended up in my artwork was simply a natural extension of how I create work…I talk walks, observe and gather seeds/pods/elements from nature, paint studies and larger works of what I see.  The fact that I see these birds everyday also, seemed like a natural metamorphosis of merging them into my work.”

Ali currently offers only her original pieces for sale, and what precious things they are!  To view her shop, click here

You can also catch” The Messengers of Fortune II” on display as part of The Black and White Show at the Columbia County Arts Council Gallery. The show features a variety of the NY region’s most talented emerging artists. For more information, visit www.aliherrmann.com

Featured Artist: Craww

Graphic designer and artist, Craww plies his trade from the fair city of Sheffield in the UK. Craww likes ambiguity. Pretty things in dark places, nasty things masquerading in beauty, hidden stories and happy accidents. He likes skulls, tattoos, crows and melancholic girls with big hands. Combining Photoshop with pencil, paint, way too much spilt ink and whatever else is at hand, he aims to bring his stream of consciousness doodlings to life with a mix of elegance, balance and disciplined chaos.

His dark and creepy imagry appears in traditional art pieces, t-shirts, and wall graphics from Blik.

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Wall Graphics

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For more, visit http://www.craww.com/