Friday, February 9, 2018

Hilke MacIntyre: Linocut in Bold Shapes and Colors

Hilke MacIntyre was born in Germany. After studying architecture at the College for Art & Design in Kiel, she worked with various architects. In 1995, she moved to Scotland and focused exploring printing, painting and ceramics. Her work has a simplified figurative style with bold shapes, bright colors and patterns. The world around her, nature, people and animals influence her work.

Her work has been exhibited in several galleries around Britain and has been showcased multiple times for the annual show at the Royal Scottish Academy. She has worked on the illustration for the promotion of the East Neuk Music Festival, for the songbooks of the National Youth Choir of Scotland and the Heritage North website in Scotland.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Birds Perched on the Edge of Art Paper Painted by Camille Engel

Self-taught painter and realist artist Camille Engel is known world wide for her oil paintings that are rich in texture and intricate detail. She started her career in painting in her forties and in 2000 began oil painting, intuitively in a realistic style.

Trespasser series depict paintings of owls, birds and animals pecking their way through ripped hole in blank art paper. This series is based on what if birds invaded our homes and started building their nests inside our houses. One of the paintings from the series has won an international Best Wildlife Award of Palm Springs. Her works is inspired by the indirect layering style of the Dutch Masters.

Her work has been published in national and international magazines such as Fine Art Connoisseur, American Art Collector, Western Art Collector, Southwest Art, The Artist’s Magazine, American Artist and International Artist. Her oil paintings are accepted into prestigious museum tours and art exhibitions from Santa Fe to New York City. She has won numerous awards and her work has been made to private collection all over the world.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

David Weidman's Mid-Century Artwork on Homeware Collection


Family of Birds is the newest collection by Magpie in collaboration with the mid-century artist David Weidman. The whimsical design is inspired by David Weidman's original artwork featuring birds and owls in eye-catching colors. The beautiful illustration is applied on a range of products including ceramic mugs, teapot, coffee pot, tea towels, storage jars, cushions and placemats.

You can find the products shown above and more from the collection here and here.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Barn Owl Sculpture Made With 50,000 Lego Pieces

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Lego artist Ekow Nimako was born in Montreal and studied Fine Arts at York University. He has been making Lego sculptures professionally for only the last 4 years but his work has become popular due to the subject matter in his work that range from extinction of birds to political statements and racism.

Commissioned by City of Toronto for Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, Silent Knight a seven and a half foot white barn owl was a homage to Ontario's endangered bird barn owl. To build the sculpture the artist used 50,000 white Lego bricks and installed it on a metal base. The finished sculpture weighed 225 kilograms and priced around $100,000. See him working on the piece in the following brief video.


You can view more of his work on his website and on Instagram.

Monday, February 5, 2018

She Put the Birds on the Mugs: Geninne D Zlatkis

Santa Fe mixed media artist Geninne D Zlatkis is well-known for her stunning watercolor bird illustrations. I am a great fan of her work and follow her on Instagram which by the way is a treasured source of inspiration. She shares pictures of her beautiful surroundings with abundance of cacti, birds, animals and skies which you can see in her work. 

She says on her website that she is "currently having a love affair with clay." These amazing hand-painted bird and owls mugs is a proof that it's a wonderful partnership. These mugs will soon be available for purchase in her online store, stay tuned for updates on her Instagram.