The image used for the Fine Art Sail is derived from 'EVE' 2008, a limited edition flat steel-panel sculpture.
For this artwork sculptor David Begbie has created an image produced from a unique steel-mesh sculpture and a photographic portrait of his subject. He then translated this into a drawing so as to produce the flat stainless steel panel version. The result epitomises sculptural economy and visual succinctness and is as bold and convincing as his unique, three-dimensional steel-mesh sculpture for which he is renowned. The detail from 'EVE' which he has used for 'AN EYE FOR THE BUOYS' is both humorous and striking and successfully translates into an image for the ARTSAILS concept.
David Begbie discovered the particular properties of steelmesh as an art student in 1977. Since then his work has been exhibited globally and has been an enormous inspiration to many people, including architects, designers, photographers, world of theatre and dance and collectors as well as to other artists and his work has been imitated and copied worldwide. He is the master of his medium and his work speaks for itself.
The mesh, almost transparent, 90% thin air, yet having a much greater physical presence than any conventional solid form. Begbie’s skill, perception, understanding and imagination are succinctly and economically contained within the confines of the simple shell that constitutes his sculpture.
The preoccupation with the human form as his subject stems from an early age, the fascination for reproducing figurative bodies in steelmesh has developed extensively over the last thirty five years. David Begbie achieves fine sculpting detail of musculature and an aesthetic completeness of human form which has even been compared to Michelangelo and Rodin, even though his subject is often that of the partial or truncated figure.
The real thrill of Begbie’s work is the experience of seeing it ‘in the flesh’, the sculpted bodies are powerful, erotic, tactile, and intimate. For the viewer the steelmesh material adds intrigue yet is somehow familiar; when you first experience Begbie’s bodies you are curious to know how the perfection of form is achieved. Begbie's exhibitions in the last few years have had huge success all over the world.
His intense exhibition schedule last year included top galleries of USA, Canada, Grece, Belgium, Netherlands, France, Austia, Italy, Spain, Singapore and Sydney.
In 2015 David Begbie's work will be exhibited in Germany at Continuum Gallery, Konigswinter and in Juliane Hundertmark Gallery,,Berlin. Other exhibitions include Van Loon Galleries in Netherlands, Opiom Gallery, Miami and the current "The Real Face Of Burns" exhibition in the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum in Scotland, where David Begbie's incredible piece "Burns" is displayed.
Ben Flynn, a.k.a. EINE, shot to international fame when David Cameron presented one of his works to President Obama as a gift on his first official state visit to The White House, but he is arguably more famous for ‘Alphabet Street’, the shutters and murals he painted in his trademark colours and typography in Middlesex Street, London. Described by The Times as “a street now internationally recognised as a living piece of art with direct links to The White House.” Born 1970, London, England, EINE is one of London’s most prolific and original street artists who specialises in the central element of all graffiti, the form of letters.
Originally a 'writer' he started his career over twenty five years ago as a vandal leaving his first “tag” all over London before eventually developing a distinct typographic style. EINE specialises in producing huge letters on shop fronts, his bright, colourful letters have transformed streets around the world in cities including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Mexico City, Miami, Paris, Dublin, Tokyo, Stockholm as well as his home city of London.
One of EINE’s recent gallery solo exhibitions, which took place at White Walls gallery in San Francisco, sold out prior to opening. He was also included in the World’s biggest exhibition of street art to date “Art in the Streets” at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA), Los Angeles. In 2011 EINE was invited by Amnesty International to design their 50th anniversary poster, joining other artists such as Picasso and Miro in supporting the charity through art.
EINE's work was also featured at Art Below's “The Peace Project” where he joined a growing list of street artists who have exhibited with Art Below, such as Banksy, Inkie, Mike Ballard and Goldie. One of EINE’s pieces, featured at Art Below in July 2012, which simply spelled out the word "love" titled "Circus Love", which was placed on the wall of the Central Line at Oxford Circus Underground Station in London.
EINE's recent hugely successful exhibitions include INNOCENCE at Corey Helford Gallery in Los Angeles, June 2013, and HEARTFELT at Judith Charles Gallery in New York in January 2014.
Eley Kishimoto are the shape-shifters of the print world. Mark Eley and Wakako Kishimoto were artistic directors for Paris based fashion house Cacharel between 2008 and 2009, they then created Japanese art for Laura Ashley, London. They have done collaborative works with BMW motorbikes, Eastpak bags, Duvel beer, and Incase (macbook, iPhone, iPad accessories).
Following its formation in the early 1990s, Eley Kishimoto quickly gained a reputation for incisive and intelligent print design with their craftmanship gracing the world's catwalks through work with Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, Alexander McQueen, Alber Elbaz and Jil Sander, to name but a few. In the mid 1990’s the partnership created their first women's wear collection and showed a catwalk collection each season at London Fashion Week.
Though initially earned as a result of these vibrant fashion collections, the company's renown has always been very much associated with their freedom to decorate anything and everything. Most recently they have been appointed by property developer, Almacantar, to be creative ambassador for the revival of Centre Point, one of London’s most iconic, brutalist buildings designed by R. Seifert and Partners in the 1960’s, initially creating a “wrap” for the entire building during construction.
The “Chevron” design for Fine Art Sails subtly reflects the constant port and starboard tacks (turns) taken by a sailing boat as it sails as close as possible toward the wind.
Furr became the youngest artist to have ever officially painted Queen Elizabeth II, when in 1995, at the age of just twenty eight, he was invited by the Queen to paint her portrait at Buckingham Palace.
In 2012 Furr curated the Art exhibition/auction 'Liverpool Love' featuring some of the countries leading and emerging artists at the New Museum of Liverpool in aid of the childrens hospice Claire House. Contributing artists included Sir Peter Blake and Yoko Ono.
Some of Furr's recent notable portraits include the portrait of Burlesque Star, Dita Von Teese, the late HRH Crown Prince Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor for Westminster Cathedral and tennis star Tim Henman. Christian has appeared on several television shows judging and teaching art and has written a book, entitled 'Take Art'.
Born in the Wirral in 1966, he lives in London with his wife Emma and three daughters. He has exhibited around the world and at shows and galleries including, the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, The National Portrait Gallery, the Royal Watercolour Society and at the Saatchi Gallery in 2010 where he acted as Judge and Curator for the 'Art of Giving'
Art work by Christian Furr features in the permanent collection at 45 Park Lane, a flagship London hotel from the Dorchester Collection. In 2013 Furr staged a show of neon artworks created with the late Chris Bracey entitled "The Staying Alive Neon Collection". The show received critical acclaim in the British press including The Independent.
Jaime Gili’s paintings combine the austerity of geometric design with the confidence and authenticity of painterly gesture. Presented in a cluster, his paintings are often not hung, but leant against the wall, creating a temporal architecture that suggests the transience and development of urban space. Executed in vibrant colours, Gili’s large-scale canvases capitalise on their visual power to motivate and allure.
Bold splinters of pitch black, copper metallic, or tainted pink pierce grounds animated with drips, smudges, and impassioned swipes. His paintings are fields of raw, potent energy. For “Fine Art on Sails” the artist describes his design as “having two sides to it”. “There are at least two sides to it. My previous work is one, references to dazzle ships and Burle Marx, and my colour palette, which appear in this sail especially in the turquoise and the fluorescent yellow. On the other hand, there is an idea of camouflage in the design. Planet earth. Blue planet. Camouflage not as symbol of war, rather the opposite, as a means of becoming one with planet earth, at least visually. Camouflage in the sea.”
Gili has shown work internationally in many exhibitions including "6 Bienal do Mercosul" in Porto Alegre, "Expander" at the Royal Academy of Arts in London, "Jump Cuts" at CIFO in Miami, and "Indica", a show recreating the 1960’s Indica Gallery at Riflemaker in London.
Apart from his recent exhibitions in Miami, Caracas and London, he has also been invited to make several permanent works integrated into architecture. In Venezuela he completed "Diamante de las Semillitas", a work in Petare, a very high density informal city with a colonial core in the East of Caracas. He was also chosen to create a site-specific design for 16 large industrial storage tanks, in what will become one of the world's largest art projects, 260,000 square feet (24,000 m2), entitled "Art All Around", the event and work was produced by Maine Centre for Creativity and is located along the Fore River in South Portland, Maine, USA.
Pam Glew, born 1978, is a contemporary artist who is best known for her unique bleaching technique on vintage fabric and flags. The artist plays with our notion of icons, patriotism and the culture of heritage by using flag iconography. Union jacks are prominent in her work, as she regularly paints directly onto vintage and antique textiles with bleach and dye.
As a British artist she has shown widely in the UK and showcased in Europe, USA, Asia and Australia in over 80 group exhibitions and 6 major solo shows and is keenly collected worldwide. Pam often supports charities including Big Issue, Teenage Cancer Trust and Save the Children. Her artwork has raised $20000 in auction for MTV Staying Alive Foundation and most recently her Fine Art Sails artwork was auctioned in San Francisco raising £14,000 for the Fine Art Sails partner charity, the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation.
She has exhibited in urban, traditional and site-specific exhibitions alongside such diverse artists as Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin and Shepard Fairey to HRH Prince of Wales. Commercial clients include Ralph Lauren and Armani as well as commissions by large brands including Mitsubishi Bank and Red Bull.
She was also given a challenge to paint an endangered species for the 2015 show at MYA London, which started in April 2015. Pam says: “My ‘Puma’ will sit alongside a menagerie of artworks of endangered animals, some of which are facing a high risk of extinction in the wild"
Pam Glew's work continues to be collected by art buyers worldwide Pam continues to exhibit in numerous charity exhibitions and supports causes including Teenage Cancer Trust, Big Issue and MTV Staying Alive Foundation.
Goldie, born in 1965, has been prolific in his production of artworks with music artists 3D (Massive Attack) and Sarah Gregory, and commissions to produce pieces for Neneh Cherry, Noel Gallagher, Bjork, James Lavelle, Nellee Hooper, Ed Sheeran, The Sex Pistols, Snow Patrol, Pete Tong, Jason Statham to name but a few.
Goldie earned his name as a graffiti artist in the West Midlands in the early 1980’s. His artwork around Birmingham and Wolverhampton was featured extensively in Afrikaa Bambaataa's 1985 feature film documentary Bombing (broadcast on Channel 4 in the UK). He took part in the largest British graffiti “art battle” competing alongside Bristol artist 3D, who later went on to form Massive Attack, and is also featured in the book Spraycan Art by Henry Chalfant & James Prigoff. His artwork was beautifully portrayed in the BBC’s 2009 “Classic Goldie”.
Following on from his hugely successful 2007 London solo art show "Love Over Gold", 2009 saw Goldie bring us "The Kids Are All Riot", a stunning installation of art in the duplex Maverick showroom space, with the likes of Ian Brown attending and commenting on the beauty of his work. His 2010 show, the “Lock Up”, was held in a secret pop up London location and attracted a huge celebrity crowd including Tracey Emin, Ian Brown, Danny Cipriani and Gemma Arterton.
For three consecutive years Goldie painted all of the artwork, and album sleeves for International DJ & artist Pete Tong's Ibiza club brand "Wonderland".
One of Goldie's recent great successes was his incredible 2013 London solo show “The Lost Tribes”. 20 stunning originals created in multi media on wood in custom made sculptured frames.
Whilst continuing to create more of his unusual and inspiring art and exhibiting around the world, Goldie is currently developing a brand new interactive app designed for iPAD called ARTA, which allows users to step back into the golden era of New York subway graffiti of the 1980’s, with the ability to paint classic NYC subway cars using a spray can tool, built-in fonts, image layers and a buff can. Your completed subway cars are then put into service and run alongside artwork of fellow artists around the world.
INSA’s beautiful women flaunting oiled skin and high heels or name brand sneakers serve as modern icons and symbols of our lavish and unsustainable, even unhealthy, lifestyle. He uses the inherent “want” of humanity in this most modern context to show that it isn’t really about any of that. “Fetishism is ‘the religion of sensuous appetites’, the fantasy of the appetites tricks the fetish worshipper into believing that an ‘inanimate object’ will give up its natural character to gratify his desires”. (Juxtapoz Magazine)
INSA is a fine artist and designer who has established himself from a graffiti background through extensive street level work and gallery shows around the world. INSA’s world is one where art, product, graffiti, fetishism, and desire collide.
Throughout his career, INSA has explored different approaches and outlets for his artistic agenda, including designing signature collections for brands such as Kangol, Kid Robot and Oki-Ni, as well as starting his own heel company ‘INSA HEELS’. He has undertaken many private commissions for clients such as Sony and Nike and in 2008 was invited to Sweden as one of only two British artists to help curate and sculpt the 2008/2009 ICE Hotel.
With a heavy sense of irony, INSA visually exaggerates the notion of objectification meets commodification with graphically depicted oversized body parts that are suspended in the controlled architectural lines of a sneaker or bold black and white graphic patterns. INSA uses these powerful patterns to play with and distort the spaces where his work is installed to entice the viewer into the ‘fantasy’; a shallow fantasy of materialistic aspiration where sexual objectification is flaunted as a symbol of wealth and success.
INSA’s most recent and exciting concept is what he terms "GIF-iti". He creates this by painting and repainting several times, each time with slight changes. He then photographs each change sequentially. This creates a series of images, these frames are then uploaded to the web in sequence. The result is an animated GIF (Graphic Interchange Format). In late 2014 INSA travelled to Rio de Janeiro and with a team of 20 set out on a uniquely ambitious art project, to create the world's largest animated GIF. It was a success!! INSA created an enormous "Space Animated Mural", and then had it photographed by a satellite in orbit above. The giant animated artwork was painted on the ground in Rio over 4 days, measuring 57,515 m2 with the action captured on film.
Julian Opie is a visual artist, one of the New British Sculpture movement. Born in London in 1958, he graduated from Goldsmith’s School of Art in 1983.
Opie has been an influential figure in the British art scene since he emerged in the 1980s producing a series of painted metal sculptures that humorously combined loosely painted imagery with steel shapes. Portraits and animated walking figures, rendered with minimal detail in black line drawing, are hallmarks of the artist style. His themes have been described as "engagement with art history, use of new technology,obsession with human body" and "work with one idea across media".
Recognised world wide for his contemporary art, Opie has exhibited his work nationally and internationally at galleries including Sakshi Gallery in Mumbai, City Hall Park in New York, the Lisson Galleries in London and Milan and both the Turner Contemporary and Saatchi Galleries in the UK. His work is represented globally in numerous public art collections, including the Tate, the National Portrait Gallery and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Alongside many other projects Opie was commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery in 2011 to create a portrait of the well-known engineer and inventor Sir James Dyson. Opie is also known for the LED sculpture ‘Ann Dancing’ which was installed in Indianapolis, as part of the Indianapolis Culture Trail.
Opie has a number of public installations around the world. They include "Promenade" (2012), a permanent installation in Calgary, and a series of glass panels commissioned by St Mary's Hospital in London. Three sculptures from his "Caterina Dancing Naked" series were displayed in Great St Helen's Square, London, as part of the Great St Helen's Sculpture Space.
Opie currently has an exhibition in The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, County Durham, which displays his contemporary portraits and LED art work.
Wendy Taylor was one of the first artists of her generation to "take art out of the galleries and onto the streets".
Her impressive range of large-scale, site specific sculptures, such as the well known Timepiece at Tower Bridge now number over seventy installations, probably more original permanent sculptures on public display than any other living British artist.
Examples of her work are represented in public and private collections around the world. She is recipient of numerous awards, including being given a CBE in 1988.
Although they may not be aware of the fact, for thousands of people, Wendy Taylor's work is part of their everyday life. Her sculptures can be seen in public places throughout Britain, with many in London and the Home Counties. Taylor's ongoing commitment to the visual aspects of our environment through her membership of the Royal Fine Art Commission and her work on many advisory panels, as well as her practice in this sphere, has contributed greatly to the development of sculpture in public places in the UK.
Here is the work of someone who is passionately interested in art as a means of communication, all of her work is appropriate to the site, the occasion and the raison d'être of the commission.
Her work has been included in the public collections at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, the Arts Council of Great Britain. British Council International Travelling Collection, the City of Christchurch Art Gallery, New Zealand, the Royal Palace, Qatar, the Geffrye Museum, London, the PepsiCo Collection, New York, USA and The Henry Moore Institute, Leeds.