Chris Orr RA for Art on a Ukulele

Chris Orr RA is a British Narrative Artist who gained his reputation in etching but has now moved on to a wide range of mediums such as drawing and lithography. Born in Helensburgh in Scotland, Chris studied in Scotland at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design and Fine Art at Royal College of Art in London. He was awarded an MBE and made Professor Emeritus in 2008. His works are in collections including Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Orr creates paintings which are often executed on a small scale and incorporate references to the realms of nature, science and the sublime.

He has exhibited his work at galleries including Tate Britain (London), Witte de With (Rotterdam), Hauser & Wirth (Zurich), Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles) and IBID PROJECTS (London). Orr is represented by IBID PROJECTS, London and Hauser & Wirth, Zurich.

Chris is interested in the performative aspect of Art, the process either solitary or with someone, and then the presentation of it to an ‘audience’. Chris is a ‘natural anarchist’ and stylistically his work does not conform to the constructs of past legends such as Durer. His work is packed full of detail, within every section there’s a whole world to explore. Chris invites people to read his work as well as look at it. 

We invite you to take a look at Chris's Ukulele design. It's incredibly colourful, playful and is truly a beautiful one of a kind piece. We can't wait to see it played next month. To buy tickets to see this uke get played by The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain along with 27 others designed by Chris's contemporaries, go to http://bit.ly/2qTFR0O.

Chris Orr RA

Chris Orr RA

Peter Messer for Art on a Ukulele

Peter Messer studied Fine Art at the University of Brighton and has been a regular exhibitor at the RA Summer Exhibition. Peter lives and works in Lewes, East Sussex and has paintings in collections in Belgium, France, Spain, Germany, Holland, Sweden and the US, as well as the UK. In 2007 he published a book “On The Way To Work. The Lewes Paintings Of Peter Messer”. He regularly gives talks about his very personal approach to painting (for an example, see Elsewhere and Otherwise, a talk filmed in 2014 during an exhibition of his work at the Hop Gallery in Lewes). In the course of this year, his work is being exhibited at several galleries, both locally in Lewes and in London.

He works mainly in egg tempera- not to be confused with the deep fried Japanese dish- egg tempera is the historic medium of mixing egg yolk and raw pigment to create an oil-based paint that can be thinned with water but that dries very quickly. Peter has assured his viewers in the past that ‘no it doesn’t go ‘off’ and no, I don’t eat lots of meringues’. The outcome of this lengthy process is that the artist creates a strong bond with the materials and process of painting as much as the painting itself. In a world where everything we consume is fast and mass-produced, Peter's beautiful work is refreshingly subtle, still and sensory. His paintings provide much needed space to breathe, to get lost in and to reflect.

We are very excited to reveal Peter Messer's Uke!  Peter's works are a labour of love, and his design on this Uke is no different. We love the trademark earthy colours, and imagery that reveals a scene of a celebration of music itself. On this piece, Messer said 'the piece was inspired by a recent visit to the Prado to see Hieronymous Bosch.' You can see this influence in the disjointed shapes, earthy tones and the beasty creatures. This is truly a beautiful piece of work and we can't wait to see it played next month. To buy tickets to see this uke get played by The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain along with 27 others designed by Peter's contemporaries, go to http://bit.ly/2qTFR0O.

Peter Messer

Peter Messer

Secret Auction: Sage Vaughn

Here at Art on a Postcard, we couldn't be more thrilled to have Sage Vaughn on board as one of our contributing artists. 

Sage Vaughn is a world renowned contemporary painter and illustrator based in LA. He is best known for his wildlife series of works, depicting colourful woodland creatures against the backdrop of urban cityscapes. Born in 1976 in Jackson, Oregon, Vaughn was raised by 'off the grid hippy' parents, whose influence greatly affected the playful and humorous elements of his art. He freely discusses their open-minded and liberal lifestyles as having a huge impact on his perceptions of love in human relationships. 'When you see a 70 pound crazy crackhead pushing another 70 pound crackhead in a wheelchair on “the Nickel” in downtown, and you think, “Dude, they are in love, and that is so rad.”  Those are the things I think are really great, and my parents showed me that.'

Sage's father was also a painter, and throughout his childhood he recalls the pair visiting the local zoo to sit together all afternoon drawing the animals. It was this introduction to art which greatly impacted upon the future subject matter of his paintings and illustrations, with Vaughn's work mainly concentrating on the differences between humans and animals; the 'wild side' in humans making a fascinating contrast to the 'civilised aspects' of animal behaviour.

Starting out as a graffiti artist in downtown LA, Sage has watched the evolution of street art turn from vandalism to highly lucrative works within the contemporary art market. He highlights the 'weird taming' of graffiti within respected art world settings, stating; 'the only thing I like about graffiti is that it is wild, so to see it get tamed is like seeing a tiger in the jungle; it’s a once in a lifetime experience, but seeing a tiger in the zoo just feels so different.''

Since the graffiti days, Vaughn has evolved to become a wildly acclaimed contemporary artist, exhibiting worldwide across highly respected and well established galleries in both group shows and solo exhibitions. His work is highly versatile and spans a wide range of mediums and subject matters. He notes there is a level of humour in his work, stating; 'I worry sometimes, that everyone is too serious in the art world, but then I look around at artists that I admire like John Currin and Ed Ruscha, and I think they are always doing funny paintings. These darkly funny works. And that makes me really happy.'

 

We are so excited here at Art on a Postcard to see what Sage Vaughn will produce for our project! It is an absolute pleasure to have him on board.

About the Writer

Claudia has written for various publications including GQ and LOVE magazine. She graduated from the University of Leeds in 2014 with a 2:1 Geography and has since gone on to pursue a career in fashion, and is a full time model with Storm London. A keen writer and fashion enthusiast; her secret project 'ClaudRobe' will be launching later this Summer.

Aviya Wyse for Photography on a Postcard

Aviya Wyse works with traditional darkroom techniques to produce her chiaroscuro images. She uses strangers she approaches on the street or on the bus as her models (don’t try that at home), forming a narrative of nameless subjects. Not airbrushed, seductively posed or glamorously situated, the images are as honest as you like, and sometimes more so. Where modern media presents an endless stream of instantly forgettable imagery concerned with the female form, Wyse gives it to the viewer straight. 'Wyse portrays the complex relationship between creator and creation - the invisible artist who never appears but is more present than their subject, and is more exposed by every invented image.' - Dazed

Aviya is one half of Israeli photographic duo Wyse + Gabriely. Their work has become highly influential in the world that lies on the intersection between feminism and photography. Reminiscent of work by Francesca Woodman and Suzanne Junker, Wyse presents the viewer with abstracted female figures and places them within a medium that has been co-opted by manipulated images containing unattainable female body image ideals. Her work is extremely important and sets to counterbalance a co-opted art form with truth and vulnerability against it's false facade. 

Aviya's photo postcards are  beautiful demonstrations of this, showing images of women untouched and unedited, honest and beautiful. The women in these two pieces are seen naked, but in control, the first handling an animal and the second lit in such a way that highlights her beautiful muscular physique. Both are beautiful, both are real, and both are extremely powerful. 

Aviya Wyse

Aviya Wyse

Aviya Wyse

Aviya Wyse

The Ukulele Artwork Revealed

We are very pleased to reveal these one of a kind pieces. Bespoke Ukulele's made by the UK’s foremost independent ukulele maker Pete Howlett. 28 of the best contemporary artists have decorated, redesigned and reformed these beautiful instruments into works of art and they are truly astonishing. To find out more about the project and the artists involved go to http://bit.ly/2nwmbxw. We are proud to present to you the 28 Ukuleles...

Allen Jones RA

Allen Jones RA

Anne Desmet RA

Anne Desmet RA

Bill Jacklin RA

Bill Jacklin RA

Cathie Pilkington RA

Cathie Pilkington RA

Charles Williams

Charles Williams

Charlie Calder-Potts

Charlie Calder-Potts

Chris Orr RA

Chris Orr RA

Dave McKean

Dave McKean

David Inshaw

David Inshaw

David Mach RA

David Mach RA

David Shillinglaw 

David Shillinglaw 

Eugenie Vronskaya

Eugenie Vronskaya

Fipsi Seilem

Fipsi Seilem

George Underwood 

George Underwood 

Glen Baxter

Glen Baxter

Jock McFadyen RA 

Jock McFadyen RA 

Linda Sutton

Linda Sutton

Lisa Wright

Lisa Wright

Lizzie Riches

Lizzie Riches

Louis Turpin

Louis Turpin

Michael Kirkbride

Michael Kirkbride

Mick Rooney RA

Mick Rooney RA

Norman Ackroyd CBE RA

Norman Ackroyd CBE RA

Peter Layzell

Peter Layzell

Peter Messer

Peter Messer

PJ Crook

PJ Crook

Ramiro Fernandez Saus

Ramiro Fernandez Saus

Tooney Phillips

Tooney Phillips

These are totally one of a kind pieces by some of the best contemporary artists. Come and see them get played at the Jazz Cafe ahead of our exhibition. You can buy tickets here http://bit.ly/2qTFR0O.