Australian artist Ben Frost is known for his kaleidoscopic Pop Art, mash-up paintings that take inspiration from areas as diverse as graffiti, collage, photorealism and sign-writing.
One of his fun series of works consists of acrylic paintings on McDonald's French Fry packaging. Happy Meal to Super sized, the familiar red and yellow Golden Arches containers feature hand-painted pop culture icons, Super Heroes, images reminiscent of Lichtenstein's pop art, Cartoons, Japanese Manga, Universal Iconography and more.
By subverting mainstream iconography from the worlds of advertising, entertainment and politics, he creates a visual framework that is bold, confronting and often controversial. With a blatant disrespect for the signifiers of our visual culture, Ben creates multi-layered surfaces of refreshing intensity.
About Ben Frost:
He has been exhibiting throughout Australia and internationally over the last 10 years, including solo shows in London, New York and San Francisco, as well as group shows in Beijing, Mongolia, Amsterdam, Berlin and Singapore.
A selected artist for the 2002 Primavera exhibition at the Sydney MCA, Ben was also guest speaker at the 2008 Semi-Permanent and AG IDEAS conferences throughout Australia.
His work has appeared in countless magazines and newspapers including Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Oyster, WeAr, Monster Children, Ok!, HQ, Eyeline, Australian Art Collector, Broadsheet, and Art Monthly. Television appearances include Rush TV 2010 (ABC3), The Apprentice 2009 (channel 9), The Barefoot Investor 2009 (CNBC), Sunrise 2008 (channel 7) and Today Tonight 2008 (channel 7).
In 2006 he co-founded the online art portal StupidKrap.com and also began and runs the international paste-up event ‘Paste Modernism.’
He currently lives in Sydney and operates Stupidkrap Studios, a multi-displinary art collective of 10 established and emerging artists in Annandale.
His work is in the collections of Kerry Stokes, Art Bank, Griffith University and numerous local and international locations.
text and bio from Ben Frost
Ben Frost Is Dead (his official website)
This 2012 edition by Damien Hirst reflects in miniature his original, classically posed Carrara marble sculpture of the same name (shown below at the Tate Modern).
above: 'The Anatomy of an Angel' and 'Doorways to the Kingdom of Heaven' during the press view of Damien Hirst's work on display at the Tate Modern.
The Hirst sculpture was based on Alfred Boucher's sculpture ‘L'Hirondelle’ from the early 1900s:
above: Hirst's angel is based on Alfred Boucher’s sculpture ‘L'Hirondelle’ (1920)
In Hirst’s version, cross-sections of her body show the anatomical structure beneath the skin, revealing she is human after all.
Cast in either black or white resin, each in a limited edition of 50, the signature, title and edition number are etched into the resin by the artist.
330 x 185 x 140 mm
Edition of 50
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Morphik is an arts-focused design company founded with the vision that everyone should have the opportunity to experience and own art... and wear it.
above: artwork by Bob Dob on turquoise calf leather wristband and photo by Jerry Uelsmann on python textured leather bracelet
Designed as an art-to-wear accessory piece, Morphik's men's and women's cuffs -or bracelets- feature limited edition artwork by many of today's hottest lowbrow artists, graffiti artists and illustrators and would make a very special gift for any contemporary art lover. Reproduced in a square frame and clasp made of brushed stainless steel, the artwork has an acrylic face that is scratch resistant. The artwork can also be hung on the wall just like a favorite painting or photograph (as shown in the example below).
above: artwork by Ciou is shown mounted for display
above: the back of the stainless steel insert is etched with the artist's name
The stainless steel frame enclosing the artwork drops and locks magnetically into the leather wristband or cuff.
above: artwork by graffiti artist John "Crash" Mathos on Men's Black Calf leather wristband
above: artwork by Skount on Men's Cognac distressed leather wristband
The artworks are interchangeable and can be switched out by pushing through a small opening at the back of the bracelet. The combination of wristband and artwork presents a truly unique outlet for personal expression.
The same piece of artwork (DAIM's Cold Explosion) can take on different characteristics when you change the leather wristband:
The same wristband or cuff (distressed metallic gold) with different pieces of artwork by Kim Zu and Nathan Ota:
They have a huge selection of both artwork and leather cuffs for both men and women. You can choose from photography, illustration, paintings, graffiti and more. Below are a few examples from some of the artists:
DOES and John "Crash" Mathos:
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above: artwork by Maggie Taylor
Careful thought and care has been made to retain the artwork’s original attributes. Printed on genuine Moab fine art paper and placed under a scratch resistant cover, the artwork is set securely inside a stainless steel frame. The image is made using a highest standard for inkjet printing performance. This original process results in archival prints that deliver amazing color and an acutely clear, photographic appearance. This metal frame contains strong magnets that allow it to lock securely.
Maintaining the idea that our art-inspired goods are objects of value and meaning, we have designed unique boxes to ensure care and safekeeping. The artwork comes in a specially made box with a black, finely textured outer covering. The artwork magnetically locks into a metal pedestal at the center where it is firmly held in place. At the top of the box is a closed window to display the piece. There are features on the back that allow the box to be hung on the wall. In form and function, the box is very similar to the frame of an artwork.
THE BRACELET BOX:
We have given great thought and time to the design of our boxes to provide care, safekeeping, and aesthetic value. The band comes in a specially made box with a black, finely textured outer covering. A display window is located at the top. Magnets are built inside to securely hold the band in place. The box can be placed on a dresser or table for display.
THE ARTIST BOOKLET
Each artwork comes with a booklet with information about the artist and work. Like an exhibition catalogue, the booklets contain the artist’s biography along with descriptions about each of their artworks available at Morphik. The artists have provided their own descriptions, which include interesting background details about the creative process, inspiration, and ideas behind each image.
A guiding principal at Morphik is to make contemporary artists more accessible to a larger and more diverse audience. For this reason, support of the artist community is very important. Our artist network spans the globe including Japan, China, the United States, Brazil, Germany, and France. Each artist has his or her individual style. Working in genres such as painting, graffiti and photography, each artist creates an exciting and fresh visual language representing the diverse trends happening in contemporary art practice today.
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Jewelry designer Mia Van Beek of Formia Design has come up with a way to turn your children's art into fabulous everlasting mementos in the form of pendants, charm bracelets, earrings, brooches, keychains and bookmarks.
Working with all types of metals [sterling silver, gold, stainless steel, etc], she expertly transforms two dimensional drawings into metal versions of the same.
She can create them as either positive or negative [outlines] pieces and is able to reproduce anything from stick figures to even the most enigmatic representation of a child's imagination.
Words do not suffice, take a look at these examples.
To learn how to submit the art and order your own wonderful piece of her work, go here.
Education and experience:
1988-1991 Jewlery school in Sweden
1992 Journeyman diploma
1996 Goldsmith Master Degree
1997 Degree in design at Collage of arts in Linkoping, Sweden.
2001 set up my own business Formia Design in Stockholm, Sweden
2004 Received Best New Designer of the year award at Stockholm Jewlery show
2004 Established Formia Design LLC in Virginia, USA
She not only creates these whimsical pieces, but it an expert goldsmith and creates other fine jewelry. Visit her website to see her many other jewelry designs.
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