Fresh Figs #10 ~ Jean-Robert P. Beffort

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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 πŸ˜€

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”Β©e Studioβ€’Artβ€’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.

CHECK JEAN-ROBERT’S FACEBOOK / WEBSITE / GALLERY IF YOU LIKE, OK NICE

ta ta for now [!!!!!!!] x

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always on my mind #3 @ Brickwork Gallery

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HELLO YOU CHAPS

I’m feeling goooooood right now because three of my original things (plus an alternate version of the collage above, called ‘always on my mind #3‘) are now available at Brickwork Gallery, London

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 πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

Fresh Figs # 8 ~ Alex Robichaud

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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’

Alex’s facebook is here! and here is her blog! Love from Ben! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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NEW! SPECIAL! OFFER!

54 FACES master

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 Β£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 πŸ˜‰

if ur interested please email me at stainton9@gmail.com (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)

wave for the camera

always on my mind

gold-digger #1 / #2

man, book, er, prize

future travel #1

choose life

word

city by the sea

big bang theory

the new king

hollywood menu #1 ~ starlet sauce

the home guard

and now, the end is near

guns, flowers, fag

100% pure

pray for mercy from coca-cola

gravity

oblivious

future travel #3

will and grace

[Ben πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ :D]

Fresh Figs # 5 ~ Danai Gkoni

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HELLO! new work this week [week 5 of ‘Fresh Figs‘] comes from Danai Gkoni πŸ˜€ the collage above is called ‘Touristic Season’ and the one below is ‘Storm is Coming’… here’s Danai’s bio ~ ~ ~

Ξ€he 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.

and here are Danai’s tumblr, website and society6

h a p p y t h u r s d a y y a l l ❀

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Fresh Figs #2 ~ Zach Collins

ZC1 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.’

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here are Zach’s Tumblr, Flickr, Etsy and Instagram

E N J O Y!!!

Fresh Figs #1! ~ Kaitlyn Jo Smith

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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.’

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here are some ‘computer-links’ to Kaitlyn’s website, wordpress and tumblr

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]

Hello, Fig Submissions Now Open

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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 stainton9@gmail.com

LOVE! and happy 2015, Ben

GOOD NEWS!!!

noel coward was a lightbulb

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 Β£80 including P&P to anywhere on planet earth

(+ prints of any collage on the site are Β£35. email stainton9@gmail.com if ur interested)

OK. OK OK. happy december people of the internet!!! Ben πŸ˜€ ❀ πŸ˜€

hello fig on twitter

the opposite of glamping

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 πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

WordPress Blogs I Like a Lot (Part 1)

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 πŸ˜‰ ). here are the first 4, you all ~ ~ ~

‘cutcutpaste’ ~

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’

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‘purple woods’Β ~

vintage / weird (in the best way) collages by Naomi Vona. Naomi uses old photos, stickers, markers, price tags.. her work is dark and sweet; the other artists she admires are also amazing

naomi vona

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‘una mirada b’ ~

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’..

una mirada b (2)

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‘cardboard towns’ ~

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

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i’ll post another 4 soon! HOPE YOU ENJOY(ED) πŸ˜€