A Mondrian-Inspired New York Apartment

Mondrian’s iconic Broadway Boogie Woogie inspired the home of
architect and critic Joseph Giovannini.
He re-interpreted the painting in his New York City studio apartment.
I love how these small blocks of colour make a big impact and seem to
lead you around the appartment.
Simple, effective and super cool!

Photography by:Eduard Hueber

Photography by:Eduard Hueber

Photography by:Eduard Hueber

Photography by:Eduard Hueber


Feather Installations

I love these wonderful suspended feather installations by French artist Isa Barbier.
She suspends gull feathers in geometric arrangements, determining each piece's composition on site.
It is this visual juxtaposition of wispy feathers and uniform alignment that especially draws one's attention to each hanging structure's uniquely shaped components.

For completely different feather sculptures I recommend you take a look at the work of Kate MccGwire 

Light artists illuminate London's Hayward Gallery

A fantastic exhibition - a real must see.
'Light Show' spans generations of light-obsessed artists, from Dan Flavin's early investigative neon works through to Leo Villareal's sparkling new shower of LEDs 'Cylinder II', the dazzling face of the exhibition.

Light Show runs until 28 March at London's Hayward Gallery

'Chromosaturation', by Carlos Cruz-Diez, 1965-2013. Courtesy of the Cruz-Diez Foundation. Photography: Linda Nylind

'Chromosaturation', by Carlos Cruz-Diez, 1965-2013. Courtesy of the Cruz-Diez Foundation. Photography: Linda Nylind

'Rose', by Ann Veronica Janssens, 2007

'Rose', by Ann Veronica Janssens, 2007

'Cylinder II' (foreground), by Leo Villareal, 2012. Courtesy the artist and Gering & López Gallery, New York

'Cylinder II' (foreground), by Leo Villareal, 2012. Courtesy the artist and Gering & López Gallery, New York

Bridget Riley recognised for her use of colour

When Bridget Riley first started to make abstract paintings she banished colour from her art, using only black and white. It was six years later, in 1967, that she began introducing colour to her dazzling geometric compositions. Now, Bridget Riley has become the first Briton and the first woman to win the Sikkens prize, a Dutch award recognising the use of colour.

Read a rare interview with Bridget Riley on The Guardian on Facebook where she speaks about the use of colour in her work

To Midsummer by Bridget Riley

To Midsummer by Bridget Riley



Gerhard Richter's Strip Paintings, 2012

Using his Abstract Painting 724-4, 1990 as template Richter achieves, with the help of
digital software, a complex system of rules for a new game of chance which imposes on
the painting an extreme vertical fracturing of the space resulting in the creation of the
Strip Paintings.

A voluminous limited edition book Patterns visually documents this digital breakdown of
Richter's original painting. From this volume, one can follow the results of Richter's process
in action, which focuses on the many sections of the painting. 

Read more about the book at
Read more about the exhibition at the Marian Goodman Gallery


24 West 57TH Street, 
NY 10019. 
September 12 - October 13, 2012

Abstract Painting 724-4, 1990, 92 cm x 126 cm, Oil on canvas, by Gerhard Richter

Abstract Painting 724-4, 1990, 92 cm x 126 cm, Oil on canvas, by Gerhard Richter

925-1 STRIP, 2012

925-1 STRIP, 2012

920-4 STRIP, 2011

920-4 STRIP, 2011

Yayoi Kusama for Louis Vuitton at Selfridges

To celebrate Yayoi Kusama’s new collection for Louis Vuitton, seven major store takeovers
are launching worldwide – the latest of which has opened at 
Selfridges in London.

Inside Kusama’s organic dotted patterns adorn nearly every surface available, covering
the ceiling, floor and lamps. 
The dazzling take-over display can be visited until 19 October
at Selfridges. To see what's happening in store for the collaboration, 
click here.

Original source
September 03, 2012 Text by Lydia Parafianowicz

Jacob Hashimoto - The Other Sun

This beautiful, rainbow-like art installation is the work of New York-based artist Jacob Hashimoto.
It consists of hundreds of colourful bamboo and paper kites, which evoke childhood memories.
As visitors walk around, under and through the sculpture they encounter the texture, lighting
and angle of the work which shifts and changes to the individual as they explore its architecture
from their own perspective, creating an intensely personal experience. Hashimoto’s work creates
a sculptural environment conveying a sense of wonder and playfulness.

The Other Sun; until 28 August; free
Ronchini Gallery, 22 Dering Street, W1S

Read the full article at the Rochini Gallery website

Daniel Buren's Monumenta Pavilion of Floating Coloured Circles

Following large-scale interventions by Anselm KieferRichard SerraChristian Boltanski, and Anish Kapoor, it's French artist Daniel Buren's turn to have his eagerly-anticipated solo show for Paris's giant-sized Monumenta program of commissions. In this in situ piece, "Excentrique(s)" — which means both "elliptical" and "eccentric" The artist started with the north entrance, building a true artificial landscape, a passageway that takes visitors under a canopy of circle-shaped colored pergolas, leading to a clearing under the big space's large central dome. There, mirrors have been installed, reflecting the ambient colors of the installation in an extraordinary way.

Read the full artile by Juliette Soulez on artinfo


Festival of Lights - Ghent, Belguim

The was the second edition of the Festival of Lights Ghent which took place in the town centre of Ghent from 26 January until 29 January 2012. Belfortstraat (Belfort Street) was the domain of the Luminarie Cagna. A giant colonnade made of wood and hundreds of thousands of colored lights, with arches reminds one of Romanesque and Renaissance architecture. The entrance area is an imposing 28 meters high.
The audience walks into a fairy tale gallery, surrounded by light and color.

Energy Wasted? On the contrary, this immense work of art with 55,000 LED lights consumes only 20Kwatt / h of electricity.

November Wallpaper Download

Studio Parris Wakefield has created a new free wallpaper background for November

We recently visited the fantastic Gerhard Richter exhibition at Tate Modern This month's wallpaper is clearly inspired by Richter. The image was created entirely in Photoshop using a photograph I took of some peeling paint on a pillar in Ipswich. I did not want it to be a Richter copy, but I did want to capture his skill at layering and blurring digitally. It is testament to his skill as a painter that this was actually very difficult to do. I am pleased with the results of this homage to a great artist. I hope you enjoy it and if you have the opportunity to go to the exhibition you won't be disappointed.

This free download is available from our homepage

Available in 3 sizes 1024 x 768 px / 1280 x 1024 px / 1680 x 1050 px 
Click the required size, which opens a new window displaying the image.
For Macs: Ctrl + click on the image. Select 'Set as desktop background.'
For PC's: Right click. Select 'Set as background.'


SNAP - far from safe, quaint or parochial

Saturday saw the opening of SNAP, an exhibition of 12 living artists, some internationally acclaimed and part of the art movement Young British Artists or YBA's. The YBA's shared an ethos to bring fresh art to the fore, without pomp and ceremony, and often with a comic element. Snap delivers a similar sense of fun and co-ordinator and exhibiting artist Abigail Lane was determined it should not be elitist – there was an "open day" instead of a "private view" and local Aspall Cyder was served, not champagne.

For me, the exhibition was a great success, with a diverse selection of sculpture, moving image, photography, performance and sound - undoubtedly the festival's most ambitious contemporary art project.

Abigail Lane's film 'Forever always somewhere' shown in derelict outbuilding, festooned with pigeon shit created a real sense of drama and was truly mesmerising.

Gary Hume's sculpture stands impressively on the Hepwoth lawn juxtaposed against Suffolk's reed bed landscape.

On scale and impact Simon Liddiment's billboard poster 'Logo' was literally un-missable

The photographic posters of Children by Johnnie Shand Kydd were, I thought, a little overshadowed by the amazing junk yard setting which, to be honest I spent more time exploring than looking at the images.

Juergen Teller's photography book 'Keys to The House', an edition of 1000 were given away - the photos revealed a wonderful visual story of his walks, getting familiar with his Suffolk surroundings.

Comments on a recent article in the Guardian (written before Snap even opened) about Sarah Lucas's move to Suffolk, left me feeling angry, though I probably shouldn't have been surprised by them - why should moving out of London mean moving into obscurity or that your creativity is somehow lost by the move? Having moved to Suffolk from London 5 years ago, I feel neither obscure or un-creative. Suffolk life is obviously at a slower pace and the people quieter about their talents, but don't knock it until you've tried it - come to SNAP and see for yourselves.

For all those who those who have a closed mind to creativity outside London, journalist Kate Bernard wrote 'Dispensing with the usual gloss and glamour. SNAP brings the art of town to the country, discovering in the process that what is made here is far from safe, quaint or parochial. Sherlock Holmes mused on a train journey through the countryside - there's more going on behind the facade of those dear little homesteads that can be imagined in the darkest alleys of the metropolis (The Copper Beeches, from the adventures of Sherlock Holmes 1892)."

I couldn't have said it better myself. Quite clearly we need more of these events in Suffolk - please. And, please Aldeburgh, make SNAP a regular part of the festival.

SNAP runs until Sunday 26 June at the Snape Maltings near Saxmundham Suffolk IP17 1SP.

‘Snap – The Portfolio’ a unique collection of twelve large-scale prints published by Paul Stolper Gallery  coincides with the ‘SNAP’ exhibition at Snape Maltings, part of the Aldeburgh Festival of Music and Arts

Abigail Lane 'Forever always somewhere' 2011 Soundtrack by Dominic Young, animation by Oleg Veronka

Johnnie Shand Kydd 'The Yard'

Gary Hume 'Libertine Grip' 2008 Courtesy White Cube


Snap – The Portfolio

Having moved to Suffolk ourselves some years ago and finding the area inspiring, we were delighted to read about ‘Snap – The Portfolio’ a unique collection of twelve large-scale prints. The works have been published by Paul Stolper Gallery to coincide with the ‘SNAP’ exhibition at Snape Maltings, part of the Aldeburgh Festival of Music and Arts

Co-ordinator and contributing artist Abigail Lane explains, ‘It has become clear that a lot of interesting artists have rekindled links to this area in the last few years – it’s quite a result SNAP was initiated.’ All the artists share a connection with East Anglia, either as their home, their place of work or their place of origin.

Each image is a marker for how each artist has responded to such a distinctive landscape and a testament to the region’s creative magnetism. The artists are: Sarah Lucas, Gary Hume, Juergen Teller, Abigail Lane, Cerith Wyn Evans, Don Brown, Darren Almond, Simon Liddiment, Julian Simmons, Johnnie Shand Kydd, Russell Haswell and Mark Fuller

Snap is a fantastic opportunity to put the visual arts back at the centre of the festival, reminding people not only of this legacy but, more importantly, signaling the vibrancy of the visual arts scene in East Anglia and how a new generation of some of our best artists are being drawn to this inspirational place.’ Jonathan Reekie, the Chief Executive of Aldeburgh Music

The format of ‘Snap – The Portfolio’ is unusual in its scale, use of materials and subsequent display. Presented in an archival box, each print must be unfolded.The concept of a folded print stored in an archival box appealed to the artists as the project challenges the traditional nature of prints and printmaking. The images are printed on coated MG blue-backed paper, an unusual choice for fine art print, as the paper is more commonly pasted to walls and billboards for the use of advertising.  In light of the medium, several artists appropriate or allude to images from mass produced sources, such as magazines, album covers and beer labels, drawing on the complex, often competitive, exploitative and even sabotaging relationship between art and mass media. Within the gallery space, the twelve prints from the portfolio are, true to the nature of the material itself, plastered directly to the wall.


Cerith Wyn Evans 07985737568 Abigail Lane No Miracle in Sight

















 Simon Liddiment Cultural Worke
Gary Hume Big Bird


















Digital inkjet prints on coated MG blueback paper 115 gsm
Folded and presented in an archival box set
Ed: 50
Signed and numbered by the artist
Paper size: 1524 x 1016 cm. Folded: 508 x 381 mm

Los Angeles stitched by Peter Crawley

We recently worked with Peter Crawley to design his new identity and instantly developed a mutual admiration of each others work. We were delighted when Peter Crawley expressed an interest in our Cityscape Series and agreed to interpret LA as a stitched piece. The results were way beyond our expectations. The piece is hand stitched on 420gsm white watercolour paper | Coloured cotton thread | 700 x 420mm

If you are interested in any of the images from the Cityscape Series as either a giclée  print or a stitched piece please contact Sarah Parris.


Japan Art Auction

SPW are supporting this art auction to raise money for the Red Cross Japan Tsunami Appeal organised by David Milligan-Croft
Full details can be found on
The Smiths legend, Mike Joyce, is to open exhibition.
Studio Parris Wakefield have donated a Tokyo Cityscape print and there are also great photos donated by Johnathan Oaks and Robert Walker and many other pieces by some very talented artists
Tickets for the auction/exhibition are £10 each and also include entry to a Prize Draw for one of the works of art. (Not to mention some free sushi, wine and beer!) email if you’d like to come along.
You can also buy raffle tickets in advance of the night and on the night itself for one of the works of art. Tickets are £5 each or 5 for £20. email if you’d like some
If you can not make it on the night leave your bid online at

Tokyo Cityscape by Parris Wakefield with thanks to Idea Digital for donating the printing

Haroon Mirza - Limited edition based on Joy Division

Haroon Mirza has created a limited edition piece (500) using the inner sleeve from Joy Divison's Closer.
It is on sale exclusively at the Lisson Gallery for the opening night, tonight, of his new solo show, 14th February, 6-8pm.

This is the first London solo exhibition by Haroon Mirza, who works with video, sculpture, light and sound. Mirza creates large scale installations and assemblages that explore moments in social and cultural history and their points of intersection with aural traditions and music.

With permission, we supplied the artwork from the 2008 remastered release.

Haroon Mirza ‘In Conversation’ with David Toop and Greg Hilty - Free admission. Booking is essential.
Friday 18th March
12.30 – 13.30
52-54 Bell Street, London NW1 5DA

Gauguin's first UK exhibition in over 50 years

Gauguin is one of the world's most famous and best-loved artists from the early 20thcentury. For the first time in the UK in over 50 years, Tate Modern presents an exhibition dedicated to this master French Post-Impressionist, featuring paintings and drawings from around the world.

Gauguin was the ultimate global traveller, sailing the South Seas, and living in Peru, Martinique, and Paris among other places. This exhibition explores the role of the myths around the man – Gauguin as storyteller, painting himself as a Christ-like figure or even a demon in his own paintings, religious and mythical symbols in his work, and the manipulation of his own artistic identity. It features many of his iconic paintings, including those showing daily village life from the artist's colony of Pont-Aven in Brittany, nude bathers and haystacks in the Breton landscape, and decorative works such as the carved wooden door panels around Gauguin's hut in the Marquesas Islands in French Polynesia.

Gauguin's work is superb, combined with the story of his outrageous life makes it one not to miss at Tate Modern until 16 January 2011.


The art of the Pop-up from Marion Bataille

I was thrilled to find out that Marion Bataille has recently released a new book '10'

Marion Bataille was born in 1963 and lives and works in France. She is a widely published
graphic artist and illustrator who also works for the Pompidou Centre. She is the creator of
the best-selling 'ABC3D', her first book published in the UK, establishing herself as one of
the world's greatest pop-up designers.

Her latest book '10' playfully explores the shapes of numbers and how they morph into
each other. Marion has cleverly paired the numbers up. If you count on one hand from 1-10
hand from thumb to little finger and back again, each finger has two numbers associated
with it 01 & 10, 2 & 9 etc. these number pairs morph when you turn the page.

Just like her previous book 'ABC3D', '10' is simple and intelligent something that delights
every time you see it