Illustrations by Michael Dumontier and Neil Farber

Illustrations by Michael Dumontier and Neil Farber

Giulia Guido · 2 months ago · Art

If there was a meeting point between illustration and poetry, that is where we would meet Michael Dumontier and Neil Farber

Michael Dumontier and Neil Farber are two Winnipeg artists, born in 1974 and 1975 respectively, who met at the University of Manitoba, Canada. It was during their studies that they founded the Royal Art Lodge, a sort of collective formed by young artists and officially disbanded in 2008. However, Michael and Niel have never been separated and still create small collaborative works of art that are successful both in the gallery world – their work can be found in the permanent collections of museums such as the National Gallery of Canada, the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Centro De Arte Caja De Burgos in Spain, Takashi Murakami in Tokyo and many others – and on social media. Their Instagram profile @m_d_n_f_ is followed by 345,000 people who find themselves in their work. 

Their production consists of small works made with acrylic paint on wood and characterised by the combination of image and text. Sometimes we see only a coloured background with an animal, a flower or a house, in practice subjects that could mean anything if they were not always accompanied by short phrases that give meaning to the image. 

Sometimes sad and melancholic, other times sarcastic and bordering on black humour, Michael Dumontier and Neil Farber make illustrations not just for everyone, but for every kind of mood. We’ve selected just a few, but follow their Instagram profile to make sure you don’t miss any. 

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Rosa Sawyers’ animations relax the mind

Rosa Sawyers’ animations relax the mind

Giulia Guido · 2 months ago · Art

We all dream of, or have, a place of refuge. Our safe place where we are sure to find the calm and tranquillity that we often fail to maintain. Last year during the lockdown, the impossibility of reaching our safe place weighed heavily, but we saw how these restrictions stimulated the creativity of artists, from Marita Madio’s digital project “Quètu”, which recreated an island, to candles that smell of office and coffee break.
They are now joined by Rosa Sawyers, a young girl who graduated in communication design last summer, but who has found animation to be the right medium to express herself. 

In contrast to graphic design, Rosa’s approach to animation was almost self-taught: during the long months she spent indoors, the young designer enjoyed creating short videos that showed her full potential. 

As the months went by, Rosa Sawyers kept practising and posted each of her works on Instagram, where her followers began to appreciate them more and more. 

The clips are just a few seconds long and have a romantic and relaxing feel to them: if their creation has distracted Rosa from what was going on in the world, their enjoyment is no less so. The designer creates small worlds in which everything is so calm that it also has a calming effect on the viewer. A cat behind a window, the reflection of a house in a pond, the sun slowly setting, these are the scenarios we see. 

We have selected just a few, but follow Rosa on Instagram for your daily pill of tranquillity. 

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Rosa Sawyers’ animations relax the mind
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NSFW tattooed bodies by artist Jean André

NSFW tattooed bodies by artist Jean André

Giulia Pacciardi · 2 months ago · Art

French Art Director and artist Jean André captures the most erotic, sensual and intimate version of women.
His works wink at hyperrealism, mixing the world of fine art with that of tattoos.

His girls, on pastel or neutral backgrounds, pose in a provocative and feminine way, showing their bodies, their curves, entirely covered by more or less significant tattoos, but still linked to human experiences.
Experiences, in fact, are the element to which the artist is most connected and which he loves to represent and tell.

Take a look at the tattoos you find on the bodies of his women and then follow him here.

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All the must-see August 2021’s Netflix films and tv series

All the must-see August 2021’s Netflix films and tv series

Giulia Guido · 2 months ago · Art

The holidays are finally coming and between a swim in the sea and a trip to the mountains you might want to watch a movie or a TV series. Let’s find out what Netflix has to offer for the month of August. 

Untold: A series of five films dedicated to five stories that are told in detail for the first time by the protagonists. They range from the biggest brawl in NBA history to the past of former Olympic champion Caitlyn Jenner, from the underworld-run hockey team to the problems of tennis player Mardy Fish, to the experience of boxer Christy Martin. 

The first Untold film will be available from 10 August

Valeria: In the second season of the Spanish series starring Diana Gómez and Maxi Iglesias, we return to find out how both the story between Valeria and Victor and the plot of her book will evolve. If you are looking for something light-hearted and entertaining you still have a few days to catch up on the first season. 

Valeria will be available from 13 August

Beckett: Produced by Luca Guadagnino and starring John David Washington and Alicia Vikander, the film tells the story of Beckett, an American tourist in Greece who, after a car accident, finds himself at the centre of a political conspiracy that will put his life in serious danger. 

Beckett will be available from 13 August

Sweet Girl: Jason Momoa stars in this action film. A husband destroyed by his wife’s mosrte caused by a withdrawn drug decides to start his own personal revenge. At his side will always be his daughter, played by Isabela Merced. 

Sweet Girl will be available from 20 August

The Chair: Sandra Oh stars in this new Netflix series. This time we see the actress as Ji-Yoon Kim, a professor who has just become the first female chair of the English department at the prestigious Pembroke University. The challenges will certainly not be long in coming. 

The Chair will be available from 20 August

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Kate Dehler’s psychedelic illustrations

Kate Dehler’s psychedelic illustrations

Giulia Guido · 2 months ago · Art

You know the Beatles’ Yellow Submarine album cover or the fully illustrated songtrack of the film of the same name? It’s just such work that comes to mind when looking at the work of Chicago-based illustrator Kate Dehler

Kate Dehler started illustrating as a child, playing with pencils and paints, and wanting to continue doing so when she grew up, she went to art school to become a graphic designer for a restaurant chain in her hometown, a job that turned out to be quite mechanical and where the creative part was minimal. 

For this reason, in her spare time Kate started to focus on personal projects, expanding her portfolio and looking for clients to work for on a freelance basis. 

Then, about a year and a half ago, due to the pandemic, Kate Dehler was forced like everyone else to stay at home, which gave her even more time to invest in showing what she really liked and presenting her work to possible clients. This is how you can now see some of her illustrations in the New York Times, Wired Japan and the Washington Post. 

Her fresh style has a charm to which one cannot remain indifferent. The key features of her work are colour and texture.
The colour palette that always returns in all her work is made up of warm, bright colours in which shades that immediately bring summer to mind such as yellow, orange and red stand out.
The texture is reminiscent of the rough sheets of watercolour, only digitally recreated, and is the final touch that gives Kate Dehler’s illustrations a vintage feel. 

We have selected just a few of her works, visit her website and follow her on Instagram so you don’t miss the next ones. 

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