Hanging out ‘Among the trees’ at the Hayward Gallery

A breath of fresh air that takes you away from the city and into the comfort of nature The city has changed. It's no longer a place to meet up and have a drink with friends, see your favourite band play live or catch a spontaneous film. So when I went into London for the…

Stone sculpture

Artist of the month – Matthew Simmonds

Pass through sacred architectural spaces in miniature from Copenhagen-based artist Matthew Simmonds. Cast your eye over the marble-esque stone sculptures and travel back in time to humble beginnings and forgotten architecture. Simmonds' intricately carved stone sculptures reveal internal worlds left from some by-gone age, to be explored and experienced by modern day eyes. Working with raw…

Artist of the month – Aaron Morse

Prepare to be sucked into the cosmos, and explore the vast, sublime, and vaguely familiar worlds of Aaron Morse. Weaving in and out, across tumultuous, textural terrain, Aaron Morse's paintings' are extraordinarily ambitious. Influenced by the geography, history and mythology of the American Southwest, he marks out these strange and wonderful contours for us to…

turtle drawing

Illustrator of the month: Zoe Keller

Explore the natural world through highly detailed illustrative, charcoal drawings intended to educate and inspire audiences of at-risk species. Zoe Keller creates stunningly detailed drawings of animals and fauna, done completely in graphite. They are annoyingly amazing! These drawings act as visual research into the various kinds of species of the native land in which…

Life stilled: Tacita Dean at the National Gallery

Contemporary artist Tacita Dean takes on a well preserved and cemented genre in her refreshing new show. 'Tacita Dean: STILL LIFE' has a new exhibition at the National Gallery that promises to investigate the history of the genre by taking inspiration from the gallery's own collection, and interpreting it with a modern twist. Not only is…

Caspar David Friedrich - Wanderer above the sea of fog

Caspar David Friedrich: The Wintry Wanderer

Winter is upon us! No, I'm not quoting Game of Thrones. This time of year always beckons me to be whisked away to a romantic Wintry, ethereal landscape. No other artist has done this better than Caspar David Friedrich. Besides this painting being EPIC AS F**K, 'Wanderer Above the Sea of Fog, 1818' evokes a passion…

Artist of the month – Chiang Lup Hong

Psychedelic and absorbing. The excruciatingly beautifully detailed illustrations from Malaysian artist Chiang Lup Hong. Ever seen those mind boggling optical illusions, where supposedly there's meant to be a picture within a picture, and you can never figure them out? Well, if you invest your time studying Hong's illustrations, trust me, you won't be disappointed or disillusioned. Okay, granted,…

3 is the magic number – artists of the month

There are so many influential and inspiring artists out there at the moment I couldn't just pick one this month, I've gone ahead and showcased 3 exciting artists for you with very distinctive (and pretty cool) practices.   HAYLEY EICHENBAUM Capturing scenes on her epic trips across America, Hayley's photos are eloquently sublime and cooly simplistic.…

ARTIST OF THE MONTH – Ashley Eliza Williams

Glorious nature in all its alien-like beauty Ashley has a fascination with natural patterns and colour, finding beauty in the prosaic form of rocks, creating these mysterious alien-like shapes that float seamlessly mid air or stand alone in a desolate, apocalyptic landscape.   By studying ecological interconnections, we become increasingly aware of the tenuous relationship between…

Artist of the Month: TRISTRAM LANSDOWNE

With an exuberance of candy colours, impossible islands with a Frank Lloyd Wright edge, Tristram Lansdownes work is perfection (literally) Another example of what really inspires and gets my creative juices flowing! Lansdowne attempts to create and build Tracy island style works that are beautifully executed and comes from a rich background in landscape painting.…