I recently saw something familiar in a friends art work. There was a suggestive phrase in the top left corner. My friend Karly had placed a few gestures, a simple little flourish, over vibrant pastel colours. Perhaps an after thought, a simple addition. It does balance out the composition. Very sophisticated. I liked it a lot.
Those gestures reminded me of another artist, a famous artist. Jean-Michel Basquiat. I think Karly is very good. I love what she does. When I informed her of what I saw, I was politely told that this comparison was a bit too much.
I saw it. The phrasing of those little gestures was similar. Not the same. There is a free flowing expression in Basquit’s art that I recognised. There was a sophistication with these marks over the bright pastel background that held a shadow of what Basquiat did.
But why the correction from Karly? No one really wants to be that arrogant artist. Especially to proclaim yourself the next…...Picasso? One of those bad stereotypes that artists cringe at. Someone else can say it. But the savvy artist will automatically deny this. It happens in Sport to the same extent.
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I will walk past a tag at the train station and think, “That’s cool.”. I like a lot of art. I have seen, and studied a lot of art. I have the experience of knowing how much work goes into the act of creating. How much negative thinking and second guessing can plague you when you put you work out there. When I see a friends work, that I like, I will click like, and comment as well. More clicks and more interactions per post help the artist. So why not use this opportunity to promote artist I know of and their work?
Karly is on facebook, and instagram, there is also a website where selected works are available. Karly’s recent works are in inks and pastels they are bright, bold and awesome. The piece I saw a shadow of Basquiat in is called Earth and Sky, perhaps you’d like it or other works on your wall.
Phillip Hall has been too long in Melbourne to see AFL in the same light as those back in Fremantle. East Fremantle born and bred, he would love to see the Dockers back in the eight. But would settle for just beating West Coast twice a year.