heyheyheyhey! happy Sunday to you!
if you are reading this on a Sunday!
if not, happy Monday / Tuesday / Wednesday / the remaining days of the week, to you!!
i love exclamation marks!!!
um, ok. this work is by a brilliant / eccentric / obscenely talented artist called Jean-Robert P.Beffort 😀
Jean-Robert says ~ ~ ~
My collage art started 20+ years ago with art-mail postcard/letter correspondences with my older brother which still continues to this day. Due to this origin my collages nearly always include both text and images that provide a layered visual and mental narrative (telling a story). I find it essential that both modes exist in union for balance of polarities such as left brain/right brain, magnetic/electric, sound/light, and atlantis/lemuria. What started on my kitchen table has now grown to running a)sp.”A”©e Studio•Art•Gallery for the last 5 years in Silver City, New Mexico exhibiting my 2D text/image collages and 3D assemblage sculptures as well as showcasing other local artists.
ta ta for now [!!!!!!!] x
HELLO YOU CHAPS
Brickwork are also selling work by Andy Warhol and Peter Blake and they’re putting together pop-up shows in London and the South of France this summer so if you live round those parts let me know and I’ll let you know exactly where once I know, yepyep? !!
hope ur loving life ppl!!
from Ben 👍👍👍
after a little hiatus… hello again, you beautiful humans
i’d like to share some a-bloody-mazing things by Alex today
her bio is brief, her ideas are LARGE ~ ~ ~
Alex Robichaud is an artist living in Montreal. She mostly makes photographs, sometimes drawings, and other times poems. This is one of her poems. I hope you like it.
p.s ~ there is no poem. the bio was the poem. this girl is good
anyhow, the incredible photo above is ‘self-portrait with leaves’ and the one below is ‘limbs’
HEY YOU GUUUUUUUUUUUYS!!!
hope ur doing well and things are on the UP
so i have a new ‘special deal’ for you, the fine people of planet earth / the internet
basically, for a MERE £45 (66USD), you will receive
~ one ORIGINAL mini-collage (A5 size). you can choose the subject / content of this collage!
~ one signed HQ print (on Somerset enhanced velvet paper) of your choice from the ‘top 20’ of my collages (the ones that have gotten the best response across WP / facebook / tumblr / twitter ~ pls see links below…)
~ one signed copy of my poetry pamphlet, Edibles, recently described by Todd Swift as ‘an innovatively witty piss-take of modern culture’
~ one ‘mystery gift’, this could be a hand-drawn cartoon / a postcard / a completely random object from my home 😉
if ur interested please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org (secure payment can also be made to this address via PayPal)
here are the ‘top 20’ collages from 2 years of hello, figg-ing ~
man of 54 faces (this is the brand new collage above btw)
[Ben 😀 😀 :D]
HELLO! new work this week [week 5 of ‘Fresh Figs‘] comes from Danai Gkoni 😀 the collage above is called ‘Touristic Season’ and the one below is ‘Storm is Coming’… here’s Danai’s bio ~ ~ ~
Τhe cities I lived in are constant inspirations as spatial and social conditions ~ those images are dystopic and entertaining at the same time. Coming from the field of architecture I’m deeply interested in the dynamics of space and the built environment, the urban lifestyle and its aesthetics, the pleasure of urbanity as a space of togetherness and isolation at the same time- those are the concepts I try to explore as a digital artist.
Danai Gkoni is an architect and digital artist. She has lived, studied and worked in Greece and the Netherlands. During her studies, she developed a keen interest on the contemporary urban condition. With architectural collage as a starting point, since 2013 she is exploring a particular style of digital illustration- narrating surreal and sometimes dystopic urban stories.
h a p p y t h u r s d a y y a l l ❤
HEY! here’s the second installment of ‘Fresh Figs’, in which i post a-m-a-z-i-n-g art people have sent me (submission guidelines here)
this week i’m very proud to feature one of my favourite collage artists ~ Mr Zach Collins
‘Zach Collins was born in Grinnell, Iowa. He received his BA from Upper Iowa University, his MA from the University of Iowa, and his MFA from Minneapolis College of Art and Design. He is currently living in Saint Paul, Minnesota, where he is pursuing several art-related projects. His work, which is shown extensively both in the U.S. and internationally is about memories: tragic, humorous, and everything inbetween. Zach experiments with ironic and often unrecognizable imagery. His work is an investigation of the unexpected associations that are created by combining fragmented materials through collage.’
E N J O Y!!!
HELLO!!! ‘Fresh Figs’ (bad title? hmmmm) is a new ‘series’ featuring G O O D new artists who mailed me work after my call for submissions
first up is Kaitlyn! Jo! Smith! Kaitlyn says ~ ~ ~
‘Hi, I’m a young artist from Northwestern Ohio. I work in mixed media, printmaking, sculpture and collage: most of these pieces deriving from a photographic element. My art often includes found imagery/objects and contains themes of nostalgia, femininity, body image and societal pressures.’
i hope you enjoy her work, more ‘Fresh Figs’ (bad title? hmmmmm) soon!
(btw if you feel like submitting something yourself, please see the ‘guidelines’ here
H a p p y T h u r s d a y, P e o p l e! ! ! [Ben :D]
after 2 years of posting my own ‘things’ on Hello, Fig i’d like to open the blog up to submissions!
i’m looking for collages, paintings, photos, GIFs, multi-media work or any other visual stuff you’ve made yourself
all selected works will also be posted on my facebook, tumblr and twitter accounts, so will potentially be shared with almost 8000 people
i’m hoping to build a really strong collection of contemporary art and need your help! if ur interested, please send a maximum of 3 JPEGS to email@example.com
LOVE! and happy 2015, Ben
so i had some GOOD NEWS last week ~ a guy in New York bought 3 of my original collages ~ the one above (‘noel coward was a kind of lightbulb’), plus ‘oblivious’ and ‘room with a view’ YAAAA!!!YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!YA
(this is the sound of me being happy btw)
sounds like the buyer’s had a pretty amazing life to be honest, he produced MTV’s Unplugged series, including the Nirvana one, plus the VMAs when Britney and Madonna um, osculated. he’s also good friends with Elvis Costello, for reals
ANYWAY, if anyone fancies a very late Christmas ‘dash’, all my originals are available for a ‘special’ seasonal price of £80 including P&P to anywhere on planet earth
(+ prints of any collage on the site are £35. email firstname.lastname@example.org if ur interested)
OK. OK OK. happy december people of the internet!!! Ben 😀 ❤ 😀
hi i am on twitter now
my ‘handle’ is @likefigs because ‘hellofig’ was already taken hehe
please follow, if you like!
i’ll probably be posting weird little ‘poems’ / new collages / stuff about animals
happy monday / tuesday / wednesday / thursday etc etc etc 😀 😀 😀
as i’ve been nominated for a few ‘awards’ over the past year or so, i thought i’d do a series of my favourite WP blogs as a (sort of) response (that avoids answering questions about myself hehe 😉 ). here are the first 4, you all ~ ~ ~
an immaculately curated collection of photos / montages / collages / ephemera with no clue (i could find) of the curator’s identity. categories include ‘geometric’, ‘girls’ and ‘skateboarding is awesome’
gentle, surreal and satirical watercolours & drawings by Spanish artist Rosa de los Vientos, ‘just for the fun of sharing in a world full of decline’..
free-form architectural sketches by Italian artist, writer and musician Marco Bigliazzi. everything Marco does is full of skill, colour and a strange kind of dystopian energy
i’ll post another 4 soon! HOPE YOU ENJOY(ED) 😀