10 Contemporary African Artists You Don’t Know But Should

1. Cheri Samba (Democratic Republic of Congo, born 1956)

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2. El Anatsui (Ghana, born 1944)

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3. Peju Alatise (Nigeria, born 1975)

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4. Aboudia Abdoulaye Diarrassouba (Ivory Coast, born 1983)

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5. William Joseph Kentridge (South Africa, born 1955)

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6. Nnenna Okore (Nigeria, born 1975)

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7. Gonçalo Mabunda (Mozambique, born 1975)

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8. Lionel Smit (South Africa, born 1982)

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9. Ransome Stanley (Born to Nigerian father and German mother in 1953)

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10. Abdoulaye Konaté (Mali, born 1953)

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Picasso Reigns as Contemporary Muse at the Grand Palais 

“Every artist has their own perception of Picasso. That’s what makes an artist so special: they have their own vision,” says Diana Widmaier-Picasso, “I found myself rediscovering Picasso through Frank Stella and Richard Prince.”

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Organized by the Grand Palais, the Centre Pompidou, and the National Picasso Museum, “Picasso Mania” offers a panoramic view on Picasso’s presence in the contemporary art landscape through works by artists such as Jasper Johns, Roy Lichentstein and Andy Warhol.

1443767343-8c64e“Picasso Mania” is on show until February 29, 2016.

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The Autumn 2015 Trend Report: Your Ultimate Guide To The New Fashion Season

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 The autumn 2015 fashion season is almost upon us, and of course, we don’t really want to think about next winter yet either. But with a rainbow of power coats, tons of Victoriana lace and a major Eighties style revival to get our heads around, there are plenty of hot new trends to start getting excited about now. These are the AW15 fashion trends that matter… 
Fluff Love 
 
From curly sheep gilets in glorious, bold colours to abominable snow jackets turning models into (still gorgeous) monsters, a warm and fuzzy coat is your first essential buy of AW15. Statement shearling ruled at Lanvin and Roksanda, while Louis Vuitton and Stella McCartney made maxi faux furs thick enough to fight off that next polar vortex. Topshop Unique and Simone Rocha even lined their shoes with the stuff.
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(Images: Roksanda, Lanvin, Thakoon and Preen AW15 fashion shows)
Eighties Revival 
Olivier Rousteing’s Balmain show was one big fashion throwback, with power shoulders, ruffles and big old retro belts, all worked in a single look. Elsewhere, Christopher Kane, J.W. Anderson and more declared jewel-toned lurex to be the party fabric of the season.
 

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Spotlight On: Cuffs 
 
AW15’s favourite zone to experiment with? The wrist. Celine went XXL with their beautifully gathered bell cuffs, while Michael Kors and Gucci chose to emphasise sleeves with muff-style fluffy panels. 

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(Images: Celine and Michael Kors AW15 fashion shows)
Boho’s Back (Again!) 
Yes, that Seventies show swings on for a second season. The vibe has gone more folksy than glam rock this time, with Burberry Prorsum, Valentino and Lanvin piling on the prints and fringing in a total texture overload. Houses like Chloe were in their element once more, building on the hit dresses from their spring collections with new layers of suede and patchwork knits. Key piece? The poncho. 

 

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(Images: Burberry, Chloe and Lanvin AW15 fashion shows)
Code Red 
Scarlet, traffic light, crimson or ketchup – whatever you want to call it, there’s no denying AW15’s stand-out colour trend. From Dior to Marni, Fendi to Ferragamo, every designer was working the hue in head-to-toe forms, cutting some of the boldest figures of the season and doing Chris de Burgh proud in the process. 

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 (Images: Salvatore Ferragamo, Marni, Christian Dior and Hermes AW15 fashion shows)

The Debutante 
She’s the lady who does lunch – probably at Karl Lagerfeld’s haute brasserie. Chanel, Balenciaga, Stella McCartney and more are urging us to get elegant in tulip skirts and décolletage-baring dresses. How to make the look modern? Prada’s stiff satin empire lines were teamed with industrial rubber shoes and those opera-length gloves come in spray-on green leather. Pretty cool, right? 
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(Images: Balenciaga, Prada and Stella McCartney AW15 fashion shows)
More Is More Jewellery 
Ok, you don’t have to go quite as extreme as Givenchy (below). But bling is back in a big way for AW15. FKA Twigs-style nose rings are the fash-pack’s most-desired, but there was a stack ‘em high approach to chandelier earrings and statement necklaces at Lanvin, Miu Miu and Balenciaga, too. 

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(Image: Givenchy AW15 fashion show)

Bold Moves 

Vivid, graphic patterns swirled across the collections at Dior, Pucci, Loewe and more, sending fashion editors into a daze with all those optical illusions. Wear top-to-toe if you’re feeling bold or do a Jonathan Saunders and break things up with some retro colour blocking. 

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(Images: Christian Dior, Emilio Pucci and Jonathan Saunders AW15 fashion shows)
Gothic Romance 
Moody lace and high ruffle necklines cut beautiful, costume-worthy silhouettes at Alexander McQueen, Alberta Ferretti and Rodarte. The 19th century vibes ruled over the beauty world too, as deep berry lips and period drama hair vamped-up the dark glam look even further. 

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(Image: Alexander McQueen and Giles AW15 fashion shows)
Like Velvet 
Softly, softly, say Giorgio Armani, Alexander Wang and Christopher Kane. In suits, flares, dresses and capes, rich coloured velvet popped up at the shows in every city – just in time for cocktail hour. 

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(Image: Christopher Kane and Giorgio Armani AW15 fashion shows)
Glam Geeks 
Gucci’s kooky-cool bookworm has a little Margot Tenenbaum about her, while Tommy Hilfiger’s varsity girl wears her team colours on her sleeve – literally. The only thing missing from Chloe’s professeur chic, meanwhile, is a couple of suede elbow patches. We’ll meet you in the library. 

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Avant Garde Tailoring 

Tailoring’s new proportions are oversized and asymmetric. Think Stella McCartney’s draped hero blazers, think Victoria Beckham’s wrap-waist trousers. Think a little androgynous and a lot architectural. 

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(Images: Phillip Lim and Stella McCartney AW15 fashion shows)
The Clash 
Can’t decide which AW15 trend to try first? Just pile ‘em all on at once, say Burberry, Marni, Mary Katrantzou and more, who clicked and clashed their bold new prints to brilliant effect. Saturated florals that looked like they were borrowed from interiors could be unexpectedly teamed with patchwork suede or, in Katrantzou’s case, futuristic Styrofoam panels. The easiest way to get dressed for the new season is with an anything goes attitude. 
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           (Images: Erdem, Burberry Prorsum and Mary Katrantzou AW15 fashion shows)
The High Line 
Just how high can your high neck go? The sartorial challenge is on as DKNY, Hermes and Sonia Rykiel stretched the boundaries of polo neck dressing, layering with everything from mannish tailoring to glitzy minidresses. 
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(Images: DKNY, Hermes and Sonia Rykiel AW15 fashion shows)
Check On It 
A fashion favourite gets an AW15 update – distorted and stretched across fluffy knits at Bottega Veneta, quilted into 3D forms at Chanel, or doused in sweet ‘n sour colour combos at Miu Miu. 

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(Images: Henry Holland AW15 fashion show)
Duvet Dressing 
Supermodels once swore they wouldn’t get out of bed for less than $10,000 a day. Now it seems not even money is temptation enough at Fendi, Celine and more, covers came onto the catwalk. These super-quilted coats will be, without doubt, the best way to snuggle up come winter. Just wake us up when it’s SS16… 
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(Images: Max Mara, Celine and Fendi AW15 fashion shows)
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Our Interview with Laurie Raskin

Here at Art on Fashion we love the artists we collaborate with and want to know more about them. Laurie Raskin is no exception, the artist behind the ‘Saturday Night’ series from our Spring Summer 2015 collection. We interviewed her to find out about her influences and how she got to where she is now. laurie raskin 3How did you start and when did you decide to make art your way of life?

Actually, I believe art chooses us, we don’t choose it.  I always wanted to be an artist.  I started taking classes as a child and was taken by my parents to local museums.  As a teenager, I set up a small studio in my house as well as a dark room for my photography.  When I was in High School, there was a large Bauhaus retrospective in Los Angeles.  That show absolutely changed my life.  I saw the Bauhaus as a place where students could be totally creative in many areas.  I would have loved to have been a student there.  It was at the same time that California Institute of the Arts opened its doors.  I entered Cal Arts studying graphic design, printmaking and photography.  I also studied music, dance and was introduced to the great artists of the 20th Century.  Upon graduation, I got a job as a graphic designer and have been working in the visual arts ever since.

How was it working with Art on Fashion?

Everyone I have had contact with at Art On Fashion as been a delight.  I love the concept of artists work on fashion.  I always dreamed of having my own work on fabric and am honored that my work was chosen to be on dresses.  It is a perfect marriage.

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The Saturday Night A-Line Dress (left) and The Saturday Night 2-Piece Dress (right)

 Can you describe your own style in three words?

Whimsical, Graphic, Colorful

 There are a lot of female references in your work. What is your inspiration? 

I love women from the 1940’s through the 1960’s.  They had so much style, innocence, charm and spunk.  I am inspired by Hollywood actresses of that period as well as the style of my mother growing up.  I started collecting old Life and Vogue magazines about 30 years ago from that period.  I did not know why at the time, but I use images from those magazines all the time in my work today.  I am especially drawn to the women in the advertisements.  It is interesting how women were portrayed.  I find the ads very funny.  I use many of these retro images in my work and I try to pay homage to these women.  I try never to make fun of the women, but I use the images in a whimsical way as a tribute.

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Do you have a favorite place to work?

I can answer that question in 2 ways.  I work all the time. My visual mind never turns off.  The world is my canvas.  I am always taking photographs and collecting images.  I do my physical work at a printmaking studio in Santa Monica, CA where I create mono prints.  I do most of my paintings and collage work over the prints at a home studio.

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 Any advice for young artists?

If you feel you want to be an artist, just start and make art.  The more work you do, the more you will discover your own voice.  Just follow your own instincts and believe in yourself.  You will always have someone who does not like or understand what you are doing.  It does not matter.  If you are an artist, you have to make art.  It is your calling.  It is a blessing to be an artist.  Don’t be discouraged if you don’t have a studio.  You can work anywhere.

What are you working on right now?

I am working on a series of prints using images from Palm Springs, CA circa 1950’s.  I love the regions mid-century architecture as well as the fashion, design and lifestyle.  The light and the terrain of the desert are so stunning.  Being a Southern California girl, I like the graphic quality of palm trees and cactus.  I just completed the first of that series using bathing girls diving into pools with bold graphics and colors.  This series has captured my heart.  I can’t stop creating.

John Bramblitt And Blind Painting

If you ever thought anything was impossible, you’d be right. American John Bramblitt lost his sight 12 years ago and since then he hasn’t stopped painting. After suffering of epilepsy from the age of 11, he slowly began to lose his sight until he became totally blind at age 30. However, this did not stop him from doing what he wanted. After a deep depression, he decided to overcome himself and pursue his dreams but in a different way.

Although he had been interested in art all his life, he only discovered painting then. He started painting with his fingers using raised lines to help him through the white canvas and using haptic visualization which allows him to “see” subjects by the touch.  The result of it it’s just amazing. His artworks are rich in colour and perfectly carried out.

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A portrait of James Dean

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Summer Dresses For Summer Nights

It’s the first week of June and we are already dreaming of summer. Longer and sunny days are almost here and what a better way to celebrate than going out with friends or simply enjoy a night time summers warm walk. Still don’t know what to wear? Well, don’t worry, we have your back. As always, we’ve chosen a selection of dresses from our Spring Summer 2015 collection  as well as a couple that are now in sale just to get in the mood of those summer nights…

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Perfect for very hot days. This blue and summery dress designed by Danny Augustine is cut from a vest top that falls into an asymmetric handkerchief cut. Light and loose, you can pair it with flat or high heeled sandals.

The Night Out: Midnight Tree Tunic Dressnight out

What’s summer without a girls night out? If you are ready for it, we suggest you our Midnight Tree Tunic Dress, a figure hugging black and grey dress that will fit perfectly. Designed by Jean- Francois Dupuis, its pattern creates a kaleidoscopic eye catching effect. It’s in our sale now!

Summer Holiday: Beyond Dress

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Also in our sale, the painterly print Beyond Dress is perfect for a summer holiday night out. The wrap dress is a classic shape that flatters most body types. Our favourite way to style this dress is with red heels!

The Cocktail: Panavision A-Line Dress


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If you are looking for a chilled night with friends, here is our last option, a colourful design by Spencer Selby. Inspired by Technicolor in film, its V-neckline will be perfect for every body type. Style it with flat shoes for a chic outfit.

Already dreaming about summer nights?

 

Irish Artists: Louis Le Brocquy

Born in Dublin in 1916, Louis le Brocquy was an important artist in the history of Irish painting. Self-taught, he spent almost seventy years working on his paintings and was recognised internationally for his creative practise.

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He left Ireland in 1938 to study the art collections from London, Paris, Venice and Geneva. Eventually he started painting and he exhibited the Prado collection during the Spanish Civil War. He returned to Dublin two years later just in time for the Irish Exhibition of Living Art, which he became a member in 1943. The following years he moved to London and started to take up a stance in the contemporary art scene. In 1956, after he began to exhibit internationally, he won the Venice Biennale prize where he represented Ireland and two years later he was featured in the Brussels World Fair Fifty Years of Modern Art exhibition. That same year, in 1958, he married Anne Madden, an Irish painter, and left London to work in the French Midi.

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Le Brocquy’s art works were highly influenced by the human condition, as seen in his paintings A Picnic (1940; Irish Museum of Modern Art, Loan) and Tinkers Resting (1946; Tate Collection). Later his concerns grew wider to a more social level.  Child in a Yard (1954; Dublin City Museum The Hugh Lane) was prove of it. He also did many collaborations with Irish writers like Samuel Beckett and Seamus Heaney and did some lithographic drawings and illustrations.

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Since 1996 he got on the human images again to develop his worries shown in past works. In 2003 he painted an image of his friend Bono publicly presented to the National Portrait Gallery in October 2003. In 2005 he continued to draw portraits, but this time he chose to paint some of his heroes such as Velazquez, Goya or Manet. Le Brocquy’s work is represented in numerous public collections from the Guggenheim, New York to the Tate Modern, London. In Ireland, he is honoured as the first and only painter to be included during his lifetime in the Permanent Irish Collection of the National Gallery of Ireland. He died on 25 April 2012.

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Art on Fashion Instagram Challenge

June has officially started and in Art on Fashion we are ready to celebrate. Coinciding with the launch of our new scarves from The Masterpiece Collection we thought of celebrating with an Instagram challenge! Each week this month we will be posting four prompts related with art and fashion so you can join us. To participate, just follow the prompts and tag your photos with #AoFlovesirishart and @art_on_fashion. We will be sharing our favourites on Art On Fashion’s Instagram too!

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This week is all about our favourite Irish artists, so we want you to upload a picture of an Irish artist you admire. Make sure you tag us and use the hashtag #AoFlovesirishart so we can see it!

Our artist of choice is Francis Bacon (1909-1992). Born in Dublin, he was the second of five children and spent his childhood between London and Ireland. After his father threw him out of the family house once he discovered his homosexuality, in 1927 Bacon travelled to Berlin where he discovered Picasso’s 1927 exhibition and began to attend free Academies. A year later, he returned to London again and worked as a furniture and interiors designer in the modernist style Eileen Gray, where he exhibited his designs in 1929. He was really influenced by Roy de Maistre’s technique as well as Jean Lurçat and Picasso. After his works were rejected by the Read for the International Surrealist Exhibition in 1936, he developed Young British Painters (Agnew and Sons, Jan. 1937) along de Maitre.

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It wasn’t until 1944 when he considered the begging of his career with his works Three Studies for Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion shown just a year later at the Lefevre Gallery. During 1960 his work was internationally recognised and spent the next decade travelling the world from Mexico to Madrid and Paris. His work during these years grew more relaxed. During a visit to Madrid on 1992, he died after being hospitalized with pneumonia.

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Let the Instagram challenge begin!

5 Artist Instagram Accounts You Should Follow

We now Instagram can be quite addictive sometimes. Scrolling down friend’s photos, paradisical places and incredibly good looking food can maybe just be one of our guilty pleasures. However, if you are just following those people’s Instagram’s you are missing out. There’s much more to Instagram than just friends and idyllic places.

Instagram is full of great contemporary artists that are killing it right now. Artworks, behind scenes and a lot of creativeness is what they offer you. So if you are looking for some new inspiration to flood your insta feed, take a look at these five artist Instagram accounts we are loving right now…

1. Teesha Moore

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2. Weller Harry

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3. David Choe

4. Crystal Wagner

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5. Olek


And don’t forget to follow us and join our Instagram challenge this week!

Lady Gaga’s Wedding Dress Madness

We knew about the big event from her own Instagram. Taylor Kinney proposed to Lady Gaga on San Valentine’s day with a heart shape diamond that made all of us melt. However, the question everyone wondered was: what will be like Lady Gaga’s wedding dress? Will it be as extravagant and flashy as the outfits we are used to see her wearing? Well, we still don’t know which will be her choice, but what we do know is what some of the most important designers in the world imagine her wearing that especial day.

From Karl Lagerfeld to Diane Von Furstenberg, there are designs for every Gaga you can imagine. Some of them are sexy like Calvin Klein’s suggestion, while others, like Tamae Hirokawa for Somarta design are quite futuristic, and remind a bit to Alexander McQueen’s Spring 2010 Alien Collection.

We’ve selected our favourite ones, keep reading..

Diane von Furstenberg

Lately Gaga has been rocking a more polished look, that’s why we love Diane Von Furstenberg’s diva design.

Reem Acra

Reem Acra’s design is just Lady Gaga in one picture. We love the gloves and the hat, so original.
Dennis Basso

Dennis Basso is one of the few designers that has added a long bridal train to the gown and it’s just perfect.

Monique Lhuillier

Maybe the most romantic one of all, this Monique Lhuillier design is just wedding approved. It’s simple but still we think Gaga would look gorgeous on it. The colour is just amazing.

Alberta Ferretti

The see through lace back from Alberta Ferreti’s design is all kinds of love.

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What do you think Lady Gaga should wear?