The first guest post goes to friend, fellow blogger and THE one who ‘seduced’ me to start my own blog: Jantine of Bleaq.com. In 2012 she founded Bleaq and I follow her ever since. Bleaq – I quote – ‘collects visual inspiration focussing on the melancholic, bleak side of traditional art, illustration, design and photography’. Besides blogging we have a lot in common. During our study some called her ‘my evil twin’, because of her love for the art she now shares on her blog. So let’s kick off with the first guest post. Again thanks Jantine for inspiring me and my readers!
When Johan asked me if I wanted to write a guest-post for Label 1114 I was a bit scared: I don’t know a lot about interior. But when he explained that he was interested in art that could add a little something to a modern-black-and-white-Label-1114-approved interior (he didn’t say it like that of course, but you’ll get my point) I was immediately excited! I really like what art can do with your home, for me art makes a house a home.
Next to my work as a designer I have an art blog called ‘Bleaq’. Three times a week I share the work of artists I love, hopefully getting their work known and loved by my readers. The style and techniques of the featured artists is quite varied – from sculptures to illustration, and from paintings to photography – but the art usually has a dark, melancholic side. Since the beginning of Bleaq to today I featured hundreds of artists, which I had to shrink down to just a few to share with you today.
To shrink the pool of artists a bit I decided to have some rules for this list. One: you should be able to purchase the works displayed immediately. All the works are available at Society6, a great webshop where you can buy prints, apparel and gadgets from thousands of artists from all over the world. The second rule is more a theme than a rule: nature. Lately I’ve been very inspired by several ‘Cabin in the woods’-boards on Pinterest: images from beautiful homes situated in dense pine forests. Living in Rotterdam the fresh air of nature seems a bit far away sometimes, that’s why I decided on a natural theme.
So let’s get going: ten artists who will give your interior a natural vibe, without having to water any plants 😉 Enjoy!
#1 Andre de Freitas
The muted colour palettes and geometrical shapes in Andre’s work will fit nicely in a modern interior. I really like how Andre merges humans and animals in his pieces.
#2 Danielle Fedorshik
I love the textures found in nature. These sober pillows with photo prints of natural textures aren’t as in-your-face as most art featured in this post, but will add a subtle natural feel to your couch.
#3 Eric Fan
Johan is probably going to be mad at me for saying this, but I quite like antiques. Of course it can make your interior feel old-fashioned or cluttered, but when done well it can really add personality to an interior. These illustrations by Eric Fan have a vintage/antique (maybe even steampunk?!) feel without making your house look like an antique shop. How awesome is that vinyl-bike? 🙂
#4 Feline Zegers
There are three reasons why I picked these animal illustrations by Feline Zegers. First, and most importantly: they’re stunning. Second: they fit the theme of this article perfectly. And last but not least: Feline has her roots in Rotterdam, just like Label 1114 and Bleaq. This triptych differs a bit from Feline’s usual style but if you like these you’ll love her portrait work too.
#5 Jen Mann
Just like Andre de Freitas, Jen Mann combines humans and animals in her work. Whilst Andre’s work has a dark tone, Jen’s work looks a lot lighter without losing the sense of mystery I like so much in art.
#6 Julian Vassalo
As a photographer you can do beautiful things with exposing your films twice. For these portraits Julian Vassalo combined scenic landscapes with portrait photography, creating beautiful hybrid portraits.
#7 Kevin Russ
If you think the structured pillows by Danielle Fedorshik are a bit too subtle you might like these pillows by Kevin Russ. Besides the beautiful animal portraits I also really love the foggy forest ones.
#8 Noell Osvald
Noell Osvald is a young photographer who just started in photography and makes beautifully sober self portraits. Don’t you just love how clean these images look?
#9 Ruben Ireland
Ruben Ireland was the first name I thought of when Johan asked me to do this article. I’m a big fan of Ruben’s work, I love how mysterious his pieces are, and how he intertwines humans and animals in his work. The strong black and white contrast is something Johan would probably approve 😉
#10 Teagan White
Teagan White has a very impressive portfolio: ranging from dark, sometimes even macabre, sketches of decay in nature to super cute animal illustrations for kids. I decided to pick something in the middle for this feature, and choose these realistic, beautifully toned animal portraits.
That’s it, hope you liked it! Thank to Johan for inviting me to share my thoughts and style on his blog, it’s much appreciated!
If you like my style and want to see more art be sure to check out my art blog Bleaq on www.bleaq.com.