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29 October 2014 - No Comments!

Art I’ve Seen: Yayoi Kusama

Considering how much I love art, I really ought to be more proactive when it comes to visiting galleries and exhibitions. However, I only seem to end up going when a friend has found an awesome one for us to attend. Being self-employed (and therefore glued to my desk on most days), I end up satisfying my avidity for art via the wonderful internet. Glossing over how embarrassing and shameful that is, I want to start a series for my blog called 'Art I've Seen', to share the art I've actually ventured out of the house to see. The last exhibition I visited was 'Pumpkins' by Yayoi Kusama at Victoria Miro in September. It's no secret that I adore abstract and patterned artwork so her meticulous and laborious attention to detail in her art really fascinates me. My hasty instagram photos really do not do her work much justice. You can browse my instagram account for exhibitions that I have previously visited; including artists such as Kara Walker and Kehinde Wiley, and stay tuned for more random blog posts in the future.

Yayoi Kusama @ Victoria Miro

21 March 2014 - 4 comments

A Random Got Beautiful Update

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After collating hundreds of colourful photos sent to me from scores of people around the world since 2007, I have decided it is the right time to close submissions for Random Got Beautiful. I built Random Got Beautiful eight years ago while studying for my Graphic Design degree at university. At that time, I had developed a fun but time-consuming fixation with finding and viewing the random and spontaneous photographs posted on the portfolio sites of other student designers and illustrators. It was fascinating to me how these momentary and impromptu images captured so much about the lives these creatives lived but also how non-photographers used this medium as another creative outlet. Eventually, I decided to create a place where these pictures could find its way to me. I used the concept of constructing a new context by coordinating images with the same dominant colour as an innovative incentive to get people involved in this playful project. After explaining this concept with a friend at uni, he proposed naming the site Random Got Beautiful; combining the RGB (red, green and blue) colour model term with my then "random is good" motto. With the help and support of many friends, online blogs and print publications (and the good old fashioned word-of-mouth method of course!) the site grew to be more than I expected. I am massively humbled and thankful to all the people who have participated in my little idea over the past eight years. It simply would not of worked without the contributors. Although submissions are now closed, Random Got Beautiful can still be viewed via my portfolio site. Happy browsing!

rgb.nikkifarquharson.com

13 January 2014 - 6 comments

A New Maidens Offer for the New Year


Happy New Year! I hope everyone has had a successful start to the year and are still sticking to their 2014 resolutions; big or small. I'm happy to announce that my online shop has reopened and that my Mixed Media Maidens are now only £12 each! Better yet, if you purchase all four Maidens together, you can get £10 (that's over 20%) off your order if you enter the code 'BIGTENOFF' at the checkout. All orders are packed with love and care, shipping for UK orders is still FREE and shipping for International orders is at a discounted price, so there really is no excuse to not grab a print.. or four! Happy shopping!

shop.nikkifarquharson.com

4 August 2013 - 23 comments

Illustrating the Elements


I am so happy to finally share the completed 'ink' stage for my creative collaboration with renowned photographer, Scott A. Woodward. Our project is inspired by Mother Earth [i.e. Gaia] and the Greek classical elements; Air, Fire, Earth & Water. I was immediately struck by both the strength and serenity of Scott's photography, so I suggested creating a 'Mother Nature' theme for them; an idea that we agreed would work really well. Creating abstract forms and colour combinations to depict these well-known elements was trickier than I anticipated, but I'm satisfied with the results so far. The next and final stage will be incorporating Scott's imagery with my artwork. Do make sure to visit Scott's wonderful portfolio and sign up to my newsletter to find out when this project is complete! Extensive documentation of projects in progress continue to be posted on my Instagram account.

see 'pencil' stage here
scottawoodward.com

20 March 2013 - 2 comments

Progress on a Collaboration

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It's crazy how quickly time flies! During the past 12 months, I've worked on several great projects, created my own online mixed-media print store, joined an amazing illustration agency and have been a part of some exciting collaborations. However, doing this much can ultimately have an effect on projects that don't demand immediate results. Having said that, I did want to share the progress of my collaboration with Singapore-based photographer, Scott A. Woodward. It goes without saying that Scott's photography for our project is beautiful and I found them very inspiring for a specific theme that we agreed would work wonderfully. Can you guess what it is? Progress of this project will continue to be documented on Instagram.

scottawoodward.com