Fresh Figs #11 ~ Enrico Gaveglia

House of cards_benn

What up, folks? What, the heck, is up. The Figs have been ripening nicely over the past few weeks and here are two ready for squeezing, plucking, placing inside a bowl and devouring using our big human mouths / eyes

Or uhhhhhhhhh, idk 😉

BASICALLY, here is a wandering artist / troubadour of sorts named Enrico (aka kikontheroad) for you to enjoy

The painting above is ‘House of Cards’ and the one below is ‘Mr Smith’

Enrico’s work seems to me a highly-coloured blend of abstract and figurative; makes me think of almost-Cubist Picasso, but somehow seems contemporary too

Here’s Enrico’s bio ~

I left Tuscany in Italy since 2001, ever since I move around and I guess by now I may have lost the way back home. Had then to keep walking through countries, occasionally stationed for some time and charged and re-charged of places I passed through and from people I met. At times I do take snaps of what I see, at times instead its just my system offloading mix of memories and feelings in whatever form is able to.

kikontheroad is an Italian of 1975. He has mainly lived in Europe, Africa and Asia. Husband and father of a mixed race family, while he keeps expanding his milage on the road, you can see some of his art work, digital and non HERE. He has recently published on Aaduna & DiNK online magazines and exposed his work in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Last time we heard of him, he was heading to North Korea.

“Not all those who wander are lost” – J.R.R. Tolkien

HAPPY MONDAY YOU GUYS x

Mr.Smith_benn

Hello, Fig Submissions Now Open

the big bang theory 001 - Copy

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

‘The Girl who became a Tree’

i was recently commissioned by the Irish writer Jonathan O’Brien to make a cover for his novella-in-progress The Girl who became a Tree

here is Jonathan’s Tumblr

here are some of his Books, including essays on Schiller, Confucius and Aristotle

and here’s a link to Fallout, his collection of short stories about, amongst other things, “A boy who tries to derail a train. A superman who cannot fly [and] A husband attacked by a vacuum cleaner.”

hopefully the The Girl who became a Tree will be available sometime in 2015!

the girl who became a tree

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 😉 ). 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’

cutcutpaste

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‘purple woods’ ~

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

marco bigliazzi 3

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i’ll post another 4 soon! HOPE YOU ENJOY(ED) 😀