For your daily dose of Social Med. ;)
Born in Moscow on 19th August 1983, Oleg Dou grew up surrounded by artists including his mother, who had a passion for painting. Although he admired his mother’s work and appreciated painting as a means to art, he himself had learned it was not the medium of artistic creation he wanted to use. In later life he worked as a web designer, but always felt an urge to study real design. That’s when he ‘bumped’ into photography, and eagerly sought to combine it with design. He believed that he would produce something very unique through the combination of both of these, and felt that this would also reflect a large part of his personality.
He describes himself as ‘stubborn, ambitious and optimistic by nature’, and he likes to be perceived as different to others.
Similarly, his artwork may be perceived as slightly different, or eerie by some, but moreover it is portrayed as serene and beautiful by many others, including me.
He categorises the series of his artwork on his website, giving a brief and inviting summary about them at the start of each page. There is also information on upcoming exhibitions of his work as well.
I personally really enjoy his work. Check out his website if this interests you!
I am a big fan of the contemporary artist, Francoise Nielly, who I have wrote about here before. She has wowed us with her ability to create beautiful and striking paintings of highly expressive faces in a very modern and emotive manner, using amazing fluorescent colours throughout her paintings.
Currently, she is exploring a new avenue of artistic expression by incorporating her paintings into fashion.
Behind the name IRM DESIGN are two very talented fashion designers, Marion Lalanne and Pierre Alexis Hermet. These two young fashion graduates, with a shared passion for the arts are presenting their Spring/Summer 2012 collection in collaboration with contemporary artist, Francoise Nielly.
This season, they have decided to mix fashion and art by asking Nielly, well known for her use of day-glo and pastel tones, to turn their clothes into paintings.
The photos I have posted below show the amazing work of Nielly’s paintings, while the one’s above are translative of her artwork into iconic fashion wear.
In my opinion, this is a very inspiring direction for an artist to take, and appears to be very effective in it’s communication of Nielly’s artistic identity.
Check her out on Facebook!
I am designing my own tattoo at the moment. I am inspired by a mix of art nouveau and subtle floral style design; something similar (ish) to the tattoo here! (Maybe not as big in size, but tattooed on the same part of my body) Also, I want to make sure it looks timeless in design as well as simple and subtle; simple and subtle being the operative words here!
Let’s stop and think of those people who have endlessly regretted their impulsive decision to get a tattoo; that monstrosity of a Mickey Mouse tattoo that seemed so right at the time, or the “I love you, Matt” tattoo that damaged every relationship following the break up with beloved Matt!
With these horror stories in mind, I remain highly indecisive in my future procurement of a tattoo! However, I feel I am now old enough and wise enough to arrive at a more civilised decision (if even possible when describing tattoo pursuits!) when choosing the design and style I would like to permanently display on my body.
And yes, I have thought about the inevitable ageing process and how this may affect the smoothness of how my tattoo is portrayed, perhaps even changing the design drastically to look like something more sinister, causing the eyes to bleed. Alas, I am determined to follow through with it, as for me, it is a very personal artistic expression of one’s self, once it is done in a tasteful and meaningful manner.
Any thoughts? Let me know what you think. Opinions are welcome!
In the meantime, I will endeavour to scribble many of my own designs of potential tattoos. :)
Just finished doing my masters in Edinburgh. Now to master the new life I will have in London very soon! *cue dramatic music…
Nervous, yet excited. Scared, yet determined. Poor, yet potentially ‘Lord Sugar wealthy’ if I throw myself into the deep end of the competitive marketing and advertising pool!
Although now I’m fuelled with energy and enthusiasm, and have the necessary fire in my heart to join the Big Smoke’s thriving business world, I am finding it difficult to detach myself from the part of me that is still very much a daring and carefree student… Does this mean goodbye forever? I think not. Technically, I will no longer be a part of the fun and free university student life they call an educational ‘institution’ - (how morbid), but projected into an environment where I will be paid for the knowledge and skills I have built, long and hard for, over the last few years in university. FYI Five years to be exact. Four years in UCC studying BA Commerce with Marketing Major, and one year in Edinburgh Napier undertaking an Msc in Creative Advertising, to be even more exact! ;)
While writing this I am listening to the very inspirational band, Awolnation. Among many of their song’s unforgettable lyrics, this lyrical quote shines through for me at the moment.
“Never let your fear decide your fate”