Dan Lane – Interview

Dan Lane – Interview

Dan Lane aka. Mechanica creates fascinating work that is a result of months of searching for parts that make his beautifully dark pieces. Lane is a bio mechanical sculptor, transforming everyday objects and mechanical bits into intricately detailed modern and contemporary freestanding sculptures, assemblies and wall art.  An engineer by trade Lane took his craft in a more creative direction and for the past three years has been making his wonderfully impactful art.  Using gears, cogs, pipes, wires, bracketry, and other mechanical elements it allows the sculptures to take on a new form as though coming to life and with the added bust or ornament found at junk sales the result is truly spectacular.  We love the work of Mechanica and are very excited to be going to see his solo show at Castle Gallery in Mayfair tomorrow evening.  We urge you to visit the exhibition of this exciting artist who is quickly making a name for himself within the art world.  He is without doubt a talent to watch.

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Rick Young – Interview

Rick Young – Interview

Rick Young was born in 1963 and is a figurative artist.  Young has worked with many different mediums but is most known for his realistic but stylized charcoal and hot-wax works. He has worked professionally as an artist for years and teaches others in the areas of drawing and encaustic paints.

Encaustic is an ancient technique where the artist heats beeswax to the liquid stage, then mixes in pigmentation. The resulting medium is applied to a surface (typically wood). After the artist has everything “just so”, heat is applied to the whole business, which results in a fusion of colored wax and wood. Before the wax cools, an artist can do all sorts of things to his or her encaustic piece. Metal tools or special brushes can shape and/or texture the substance (layers of which can be anywhere from thin to relief-map thick). Artists can even affix objects (such as coat hangers, or light bulbs) into the wax, as Jasper Johns is known for doing.  Additionally, an encaustic can be polished to a final sheen, or reworked (through use of heat, again) as much as necessary until the artist is satisfied.

While his diverse influences include Rembrandt, Odilon, Redon, and Picasso, the majority of Young’s works are precise and realistic in their presentation.  Young’s art is beautiful with a soft ethereal quality that is truly breathtaking.   The eyes of the people within his work draw you in and make you wonder about their story, their secrets and history.  His work is powerful and dreamlike and we are honoured to feature his work on The Palette Pages.  Young exhibits and sells his work worldwide.

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Parade Presents: Art Prize

Parade Presents: Art Prize

Parade is a pop-up exhibitions programme set up by Benjamin Lebus and Milo Astaire in 2013, which provides a platform for talented young British artists. Since its inception, Parade has staged two highly successful exhibitions, showcasing work from some of the country’s most cutting-edge young artists. Expanding their repertoire even
further, Parade’s third project is an art prize. Open to anyone under the age of 25, the Parade Presents: Art Prize received an overwhelming 450 applications. The applicants were judged by a panel of distinguished leading art world figures, including fashion photographer Miles Aldridge, art curator and Founder of Paddle 8, Hikari Yokoyama, Head of Contemporary Art Day Sale at Philips, Henry Highley and Founder of Narcissus Arts, Nick Campbell, who identified 23 artists as exciting, original and relevant. (more…)

Alison Johnson – Interview

Alison Johnson – Interview

Alison Johnson is an artist that lives in Warwickshire and works from her Studio based at Fargo Coventry.  Her work caught our attention whilst curating for the next FLUX exhibition and it immediately made an impact.  Alison’s art is driven by the need to show the passion and emotion of a place and she certainly succeeds in doing this. Creating  art that is breathtakingly beautiful and like one of her favourite artists Turner, she is able to capture the magical effects of light, emphasised by movement and colour.   Changing landscapes and relationships between people have been a constant source of inspiration and Alison combines her interests to produce paintings that are strong, captivating and make a lasting impression.

Since studying art Alison has exhibited across the UK including Brighton, London, Chester, Wales, Yorkshire, and various Galleries in the Midlands. Her work has also reached international scale with work hanging in Italy, America, France, and the Middle East.  She has completed various commissions with clients such as the Prince of Saudi Arabia and The Waldorf Hotel London.

We are totally enthralled by her compositions and are very excited that Alison will be showing work at the next FLUX exhibition at The Royal College of Art in Kensington.  Thank you Alison for sharing your art.    (more…)