RBSA Review: Jain McKay’s Channeling the Old Masters and Hannah Northam’s Form, Figure, Face

[Originally posted on ArtsBrum]

The café area of Jewellery Quarter-based RBSA Gallery has been home to the sculptures and paintings of its associate members, Hannah Northam and Jain McKay, for the last week. Northam’s exhibition of mainly bronze figures offer a beautiful contrast to the white and grey platforms they’re perched upon, while McKay’s mixed-media work spread colour around the walls. Both artists incorporate a range of different styles and techniques, so there is definitely something in their art that will speak to you, whether it’s abstract or realism (or an amalgamation of both) that floats your boat most.Read More »

London Town: LDN x ART

I’ve been M.I.A for the past four months and I wish I could say I didn’t spend all that time trying to keep together all my mental strings. But I’ve survived assignment and exam season relatively unscathed, so you have a lot of fresh material coming your way over the following months!

I can’t say this post is exactly ‘fresh’. My mind gets nostalgic under pressure and I found myself longing to relive last summer, rather than type another letter for another assignment. So that’s why we’re here now, looking through throwback pictures from last year. Keep scrolling to frolic down memory lane with me, admire the traditional and contemporary masterpieces in Tate Britain and Modern, and gush at some of London’s beauty.

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London Town: Views From the Shard, Arty Tees and A-Lines

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[SHOTS BY EBUN ANDU]
WEARING:
6051 III SHIRT | COURTESY OF NEVA HOSKING
PINK CORDOROY A-LINE SKIRT | PRIMARK
ROSE QUARTZ NECKLACE | STALL IN MALAGA
CLASSIC M754 NEW BALANCE IN GREY/OFF-WHITE | OFFICE

A couple of weeks ago, I was doing tourist in London and gawking at every red phone box and any street with rows of white houses. I’m easily impressed by new things, I know. So I was absolutely mind-blown when Ebun bagged us some cheap tickets for The Shard – the number one tallest building in the UK and fourth in Europe. All we needed was Drake’s Views playing in the background as we gazed at London city’s landscape.

It was a lovely few days of culture, creativity and fun. So I guess it was fitting to wear this tee featuring Neva’s beautiful prints and pair it with this cute A-line skirt.

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Spain Side Sittin’: Malaga’s Street Art

When you think of ‘art’ and ‘Malaga’, Pablo Picasso may spring to mind. For me, it definitely did so during my holiday there, I made sure to visit the Picasso Museum. But on the way to that museum (well, on the way to anywhere, really), there was art all over the street walls.

I noticed that the instances of street art I saw were predominantly political…they really had something to say even if I could barely understand any text that was written. ‘Libertad’ is something that was repeated a lot however, and that much I understood. What wasn’t calling out for freedom or justice, was vibrant and attention-demanding. So have a scroll to see the few pieces I managed to capture (and also the pretty buildings, because I couldn’t help myself)…

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It’s All in the Fine [Art] Print: Neva Hosking

 

2ND HEADER.jpgThe artist in me, no matter how procrastinating that artist is, has been dying to blog about my other love as well as fashion. The question wasn’t in whether I would end up writing about artists and their work, but rather who and how?

I unexpectedly found my answers after having a general scroll through Instagram, where I stumbled upon Australian artist Neva Hosking’s page. I instantly fell in love with her striking prints with all their fine lines and scrupulous attention to detail. And I’m sure you will, too.

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Orange and Grey ft. Art Socks

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WEARING:
DARK ORANGE RIBBED TURTLENECK TOP | H&M
GREY HIGH WAISTED TROUSERS | URBAN OUTFITTERS
‘THE SCREAM’ ART SOCKS | EBAY
 CLASSIC M754 NEW BALANCE IN GREY/OFF-WHITE | OFFICE

I go through phases of obsession all the time. The results are clear if you were to have a peak in both of my wardrobes – the aftermath of these episodes aren’t very pretty. My love for the colour grey has probably surpassed the ‘phase’ stage because now it’s just a part of my life. My hair is currently grey, my bedroom is grey, my soul is probably some shade of it and, as you may have already guessed, so are my clothes.

Sometimes, though, it’s time to lighten up. Literally. Add some pops of colour every now and then or, even better, follow my lead and throw on some art socks too. Channel those art student vibes (even if you aren’t/never were one).

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