Do you want to know who Lauris Lipton is? Check out more of her work online at http://www.laurielipton.com Yes, she really draws, with graphite and charcoal, and in incredible detail, all of these wonderfully haunting visions.
“Lipton was inspired by the religious paintings of the Flemish School. She tried to teach herself how to paint in the style of the 16th century Dutch Masters and failed. When traveling around Europe as a student, she began developing her very own peculiar drawing technique building up tone with thousands of fine cross-hatching lines like an egg tempera painting. “It’s an insane way to draw”, she says, “but the resulting detail and luminosity is worth the amount of effort. My drawings take longer to create than a painting of equal size and detail… I used to sit for hours in the library copying Durer, Memling,Van Eyck, Goya and Rembrandt. The photographer, Diane Arbus, was another of my inspirations. Her use of black and white hit me at the core of my Being. Black and white is the color of ancient photographs and old TV shows… it is the color of ghosts, longing, time passing, memory, and madness. Black and white ached. I realized that it was perfect for the imagery in my work.”
I honestly like this trend of bigger companies featuring special collections of artist’s designs. GAP did this with a variety of artists to celebrate the Whitney Museum’s Art Biennial in 2008. This is one of my favorite artists, Miss Kiki Smith.
Super cool Kim Gordon has been known to turn over her sketchbooks to fashionistas… I love these designs she did with No.6.
And if you feel like surfing… check out Marni who regularly picks up fine artists with great designs and turns them into clothing.