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Rob Hefferan

Whilst my main creative passions are design (and writing, of course), I do still have a soft spot for art, particularly portraits. I haven’t drawn in years, but used to thoroughly enjoy creating hyper-real/photograph drawings, and when I see a sensation (Chuck Close is my favourite artist!!!), I have to blog about it.

 

Rob Hefferan’s paintings are unbelievable! This is his website

How can someone be so talented?!… and patient! Absolute works of art.

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Saatchi Gallery Visit

A few weeks ago when the weather was hot, I went shopping in Sloane Square and ended up in the Saatchi Gallery. I hadn’t been there in a while, and was far more impressed this time than I was on my previous visits. I took photographs of pieces that particularly interested me.

GERALD DAVIS

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“The title of Gerald Davis’ triptych Fagboy 1986 announces its autobiographical basis right from the start. As a young adolescent, Davis dreamed of becoming an animator in the vein of Walt Disney, and his extended time alone, drawing, seemed weird to his brother and his friends, and the name stuck (“fag” being code for “outsider” in the slang of a 12- year old boy in 1986). Recounting the narrative from the perspective of the adult artist, Davis infuses the easily slighted sensitivities of early teenagerdom with the wry detachment of hindsight. The drawings’ washed-out palette of delicate pink evokes the muzzy glow of the Hollywood flashback, as well as the perceived oddness (and suggested effeminacy) of Davis’ obsession with drawing, both then and now.
Sprawled happily on the bedroom floor, the young Davis copies an image of a cartoon character as a threatening foot appears as the door; then, pinioned in the kitchen, the phrase FAG BOY is scrawled on his chest; and finally, we see pages of his sketchbook with drawings of Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck, along with a scrap of paper that reads “Animation is not faggitty!!”, followed by many hysterical exclamation marks. The narrative is one of martyr-like persecution, and there is a sly allusion to religious images of the suffering saint here – both in the triptych format and the image of Davis’ body receiving the humiliation, like St Sebastian. Yet Davis’ detachment is such that his suffering younger self is looked on from afar, distorted and exaggeratedly spindly, an alien who used your name, as our younger selves can sometimes seem.”

PAUL WESTCOMBE

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“Paul Westcombe’s work was, like so much great art, born of boredom. Working as a car park attendant on a twelve hour shift, Westcombe started drawing on whatever material came to hand – London Underground receipts, toilet plungers, mop handles – and, especially, the paper coffee cups he’d just drained in an attempt to stay awake.

These cups became the ideal surface for Westcombe’s wildly carnivalesque drawings of the sort of neurotic thoughts that plague the mind in solitary moments, their titles – Sex is Boring with Me, You’re Hardly Ever Here And When You’re Here You’re Bored – forming a self deprecating running commentary on the drawings’ own unbridled visions.”

RY FYAN

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“Ry Fyan’s dystopian architectural fantasies have all the complexity and meticulous visual invention of, as the artist puts it, “drawings on a notebook from childhood.” Improvisational in method, yet drawn from a number of remembered sources, Fyan’s drawings represent a bleak vision of American power. In The Metropolitan Meth Silo, a many-turreted castle, US flags flapping from its pinnacles, crouches on the horizon against a sickly sky. Small human figures scuttle in its shadow, but there’s no sense of the building being enterable; its grand arches seem bricked-up, a vision of authority at odds with the world around it. The drawing’s title makes some unnervingly jarring references to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the epidemic of methamphetamine abuse in America, the juxtaposition calling upon different structures of power in its feverish collision of signs.

The image’s original source, a 1903 photograph of a ‘Corn Palace’ in North Dakota – a huge temporary structure built annually of dried corn, made to celebrate agricultural abundance – gives the image its densely worked patterning and alarming swastika (actually a Native American symbol, but its resonances would be hard to miss). As in Fyan’s Hood Rich, the iconography of American power appears to have created its own enclosure – it’s both fortress and prison. A stack of Sudafed boxes (their contents the raw material for making meth) epitomize Fyan’s vision of the rotten heart of corporate America; the drawings’ dreamlike specificity and imaginative glee saves them from dogma.”

STORM THARP

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“The tension between old hat associations of two traditional modes – the provisional glimpse against the measured analysis, let’s say – create the stage for Tharp’s cast of sometimes grotesque, often sympathetic characters. Each face’s appearance is pitched between the seen and the glimpsed. As though mimicking the act of forgetting, faces blur and disappear in a cloud of marks: the act of description erases them. Ink is sucked backwards into the blankness of the paper (what was his name again?); the medium’s wetness makes nostrils and eye sockets splay madly (no, I don’t think we’ve met).

Tharp, inspired by the technique of Japanese calligraphy, uses the application of ink as a parallel of the mind’s movements, its unexpected focuses and elisions. As with any portrait, Tharp’s works are signs pointing to a void: the subject itself, physically absent, disappearing before our very eyes.”

JOHN KLECKNER

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“Kleckner’s descriptive line – both realistic and excessively so, with a focus on textures of hair, fur and grass – gives the image its air of amplified realism, which tips over into the graphic arabesques of Art Nouveau. These are characters disappearing into pattern. In another, untitled work, a decomposing human face deems either vomiting or being invaded by a sea of swirling textures: leaf-like, lava-like. The matter of the world itself, with all its complex internal patterns, seems bent on dissolution and decay; nature is an unbridled thing, teeming with destructive beauty, as in the clambering insects dismembering the title animal in Untitled (Dead Bird).”

YUKEN TERUYA

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“The detritus of urban life has long provided material solutions for artists; in Yuken Teruya’s work, the discarded becomes the site of poetic transformation. Shopping bags – in some ways the emblematic item of rampant consumerism, one-use receptacles quickly ditched – are placed within the gallery at a ninety-degree angle, their ends to the wall, becoming peepholes for one viewer at a time. Their dark interiors are speckled with light from holes cut into the bag’s paper surface; the shape of the hole is that of a full-grown tree, so the bag becomes both stage (with its own lighting) and source of imagery.”

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Dove Hires Criminal Sketch Artist to Draw Women as They See Themselves and as Others See Them: Moving work by Ogilvy Brazil

 

“Gil Zamora is an FBI-trained forensics artist with over 3,000 criminal sketches under his belt. Dove and Ogilvy Brazil hired him to interview and draw seven different women—two sketches of each. The first sketch was based on each woman’s personal description of herself. The second was based on a description provided by a stranger the woman had just met. Of course, the differences are vast. Watching these women come face to face with the version of themselves in their mind and the version everyone else sees is extraordinary. It’s one of the most original and touching experiments to come from the Campaign for Real Beauty in ages, because instead of making faux protests or annoying graphic designers with bullshit filters, they’re actually empowering individual women to appreciate their inherent beauty, and in turn, allowing us all to wonder if we’ve been judging ourselves too harshly. Like all of the best work, the commercial elements are barely there. Beyond the logo, Dove doesn’t even attempt to sell soap. Watch the documentary below, and mini-videos of selected women on the web site. Then enjoy the rousing comments section, where people are already attacking Dove for choosing too many skinny, white chicks.”

CREDITS
Client: Dove
Agency: Ogilvy & Mather Brazil
Chief Creative Officer: Anselmo Ramos
Executive Creative Director: Roberto Fernandez /Paco Conde
AD: Diego Machado
CW: Hugo Veiga
Sketch Artist: Gil Zamora
Producer: Veronica Beach
Junior Producer: Renata Neumann
Business Manager: Libby Fine
CEO: Luis Fernando Musa
Group Account Director: Valeria Barone
Account Director: Ricardo Honegger

Production Company: Paranoid US
Director: John X Carey
Executive Producer: Jamie Miller / Claude Letessier
Line Producer: Stan Sawicki
Director of Photography: Ed David

—Long Version
Executive Producer: Jamie Miller / Claude Letessier
Producer: Stan Sawicki
Editor: Phillip Owens
Music: Subtractive
Sound mix: Lime Studio
Composer: Keith Kenniff
Mixer: Sam Casas
Executive Producer: Jessica Locke
Production Sound: Tim O’Malley
Color Grading: Company 3
Colorist: Sean Coleman

—Short Version and Cinema
Editorial Company: Rock Paper Scissor
Executive Producer: Carol Lynn Weaver
Editor: Paul Kumpata
Assistant Editor: Niles Howard
Online: A52
Executive Producer: Megan Meloth
Producer: Jamie McBriety
Music: Subtractive
Composer: Keith Kenniff
Sound mix: Lime Studio
Mixer: Sam Casas
Executive Producer: Jessica Locke
Production Sound: Tim O’Malley
Color Grading: Company 3
Colorist: Sean Coleman

Never really been pulled into Dove’s adverts, but this is pretty cool as an experiment.

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It’s Vincent van Sloth! Artist who can’t draw when he is awake but creates masterpieces in his SLEEP unveils £1m collection

“An artist who can only draw in his sleep is hoping to raise £1million by selling his entire collection of work.

Lee Hadwin, 37, places pads of paper around his London flat for the bizarre talent which he picked up at the age of four.

He has drawn numerous portraits of screen siren Marilyn Monroe but most of his artwork is of circle-inspired abstract pieces.

Sleeping beauty: Lee Hadwin has drawn several portraits of Marilyn Monroe but most of his work consists of abstract pieces

Sleeping beauty: Lee Hadwin has drawn several portraits of Marilyn Monroe but most of his work consists of abstract pieces

Unique: The bizarre talent has baffled scientists who have examined Lee Hadwin several times

Unique: The bizarre talent has baffled scientists who have examined Lee Hadwin several times

Celebrity fans: The work has been snapped up by art collectors including a few famous faces such as Derren Brown and Donald Trump

Celebrity fans: The work has been snapped up by art collectors including a few famous faces such as Derren Brown and Donald Trump

Baffled: Scientists have even examined Lee Hadwin's schoolwork to test if he is lying about the talent

Baffled: Scientists have even examined Lee Hadwin’s schoolwork to test if he is lying about the talent

Now the artist, who has baffled scientists with his talent, has decided to sell off his entire collection on eBay and donate half of to the Missing Person charity.

Lee, a self-described ‘rubbish’ artist when he is awake, has sold sleep pieces for six-figure sums in the past with previous buyers including Derren Brown and Donald Trump.

He is hoping to make £1 million from the sale with £500,000 going to charity.

Charity: Lee Hadwin is hoping to raise £500,000 for charity with his latest collection

Charity: Lee Hadwin is hoping to raise £500,000 for charity with his latest collection

He said: ‘It can happen two-to-three times a week that I get out of bed and draw in my sleep.

‘But then then it might be another two weeks before I do it again. I sometimes go away and come back to finish a piece off.

‘When I wake up, I know I have done something but I don’t know what.

‘My partner Clint, who I have been with for 14 years, thought it was a joke at first. He used to wake me up but now he just leaves me to it.’

Lee, who wakes up with horrendous migraines after a night’s drawing and is often sick as a result, says it has been a nightmare proving he’s not a hoaxer.

Over the years he has been for inconclusive tests at the Edinburgh Sleep Clinic with experts going back over his school work to see if he is lying.

The artist, will put between 80 and 100 pieces on eBay on February 11, added: ‘My art is horrific when I’m conscious.

‘I have only sold a few drawings over the years and have held off selling a lot because I’ve been told to hold onto them because they will increase in value.

‘But now I have just decided to sell them all for charity.’

Lee, who is originally Welsh and lives with partner Clint, 40, chose the charity after meeting a woman whose sister has been missing for six months leaving her having to look who is looking after her children.

Contrast: Lee Hadwin says his artwork is 'horrific' when he is awake

Contrast: Lee Hadwin says his artwork is ‘horrific’ when he is awake

Sale: Around 80 to 100 pieces of Lee Hadwin's work will be put up for auction on eBay

Sale: Around 80 to 100 pieces of Lee Hadwin’s work will be put up for auction on eBay

Effects: Lee draws in his sleep two or three times a week and suffers migraines afterwards

Effects: Lee draws in his sleep two or three times a week and suffers migraines afterwards

Sleep artist Lee Hadwin
Artwork

The talent has astonished scientists around the world who have tested Lee several times

Valued: Some of Lee's work has been bought for large sums including a six-figure deal for a piece which was bought by an Asian businessman

Valued: Some of Lee’s work has been bought for large sums including a six-figure deal for a piece which was bought by an Asian businessman

Complex: Lee started off by drawing circles on walls as a child but later began making more advanced pieces

Complex: Lee started off by drawing circles on walls as a child but later began making more advanced pieces

Ross Miller from the charity Missing People, said: ‘Lee is a passionate supporter of the charity and we’re very grateful for his ongoing dedication, generosity and help so we can be a lifeline for families of missing people.

‘Lee never does things by half and his latest gesture is another sign of his serious commitment to philanthropy and to doing it with gusto.

‘On behalf of families currently facing the trauma of having a loved one missing, thank you for not forgetting us Lee.'”

 

Unbelievable! But believable. There are lots of people saying this is a sham, but I am sure these people know nothing about the power of the mind and the mind during periods or sleep. I see little difference between this and sleep walking. Sleep murder has been recorded, with psychological analysis showing absolute remorse and no genuine awareness of the act. If you can kill in your sleep, you can draw in your sleep!

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