Spinal columns: the joy of the collection

November 26, 2017 - The Guardian

As resurgent sales of vinyl records and printed books resist the digital tide, British artist Mark Vessey celebrates physical libraries in a series of striking photographs.

Nick Smith

October 31, 2017 - Widewalls

On first sight, artworks made by Nick Smith might appear just like random color chips stitched together to produce incoherent abstract images. However, if you move a few steps back, you will recognize the classic paintings in 8-bit form. Using Pantone swatch cutouts, the Glasgow-born artist recreated some of the most iconic works of art to date including Munch’s impressionist piece The Scream, Warhol’s portraits of Marilyn Monroe, Vermeer’s Girl with The Pearl Earring, and Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, among others. As his work developed, Smith has expanded the range of subjects. His latest series depicts modern nudes combined with excerpts from the Shakespeare’s sonnets and plays.

Melissa MacLeod Review by Suzann Zelazo

September 15, 2017 - Susan Zelazo

The sky blues and sandpiper hues of the classic Nantucket seascape are certainly soothing, and there’s no shortage of talented artists endeavoring to treat viewers to such escapes. Yet, as island dwellers know, the Grey Lady doesn’t always shine, though her variance is constant. Simultaneously appearing and disappearing, she wraps her shoulders in fog, while lifting her skirts at the water’s edge. It is this very tension between the drive to conceal and reveal that impels the newest work, Migrations Series, by long time Nantucket resident, Melissa MacLeod. Although you won’t find beach scenes or sand dunes in MacLeod’s biomorphic sculptures or metallic-based paintings, the very essence of the island lives in and through her spirited, and mesmerizing abstractions.

Carine Magescas Interview

June 16, 2017 - The Photographer's House

Last year I was looking for a photographer, that a friend of mine said “just google ‘galleries in Minnesota’ and you will find their work.” So without a name but armed with a description of their work, I began my search. Usually Google is very good returning links closely related to my search requests; but not always. On this particular search Google returned in the list a gallery called Minnesota Street Project (actually a collection of galleries) which is located in the Dogpatch neighborhood of San Francisco. And specifically, a body of work from Carine Magescas titled “La Plage Blanche”. That proved to be serendipity at its most elegant. I was struck by her high-key style. You can immediately see that Magescas has chosen to only leave in her photographs what is necessary. Creating scenes that challenge us to see beaches in a new light. Whether you are looking at surfers waiting for the next wave that we cannot see or chairs lined up and hinting of ocean just beyond our sight, her photographs compel you to lean in and look a little deeper at what she has chosen to share with the viewer. 


May 26, 2017 - N Magazine - Josh Gray

The modern art trend on Nantucket. The art market on Nantucket traditionally conjures the quintessential seascape, oil paintings of Brant Point or acrylics of the downtown skyline looming in the distance. But over the last decade, contemporary art has been on the rise and now makes up a significant share of the market, with several prominent galleries dealing almost exclusively in the genre.

Venice is a Stage for Damien Hirst's 'Treasures'

May 12, 2017 - Scott Raybern

VENICE — Damien Hirst’s “Treasures From the Wreck of the Unbelievable” is the most talked-about art show on earth. And all of it is for sale.

Occupying the Punta della Dogana and the Palazzo Grassi, museums run by the French billionaire François Pinault’s foundation, until Dec. 3, this privately financed exhibition purports to display artifacts that were once owned by the second-century collector Cif Amotan II and that have been salvaged, at vast expense, from the depths of the Indian Ocean. Mr. Hirst told the BBC that he had sunk “probably more” than 50 million pounds, or about $64.5 million, of his own money into the project.

The visitor soon discovers — maybe when seeing a coral-encrusted bronze self-portrait of the artist as a collector holding Mickey Mouse by the hand — that the shipwreck is an elaborate shaggy dog story. “Treasures” is Mr. Hirst’s latest body of work that aims to astound with the scale of its ambition and commercial success, like his $200 million “Beautiful Inside My Head Forever” auction at Sotheby’s in 2008.

Charles Patrick Studio Opening

May 11, 2017 - Fairfield County Look

Artist Charles Patrick (aka Lee Milazzo) and wife, Cindy Milazzo welcomed intimate friends to a housewarming party of sorts at the new Charles Patrick Studio in Stamford, CT. 

After weeks of developing his latest body of work, along with extensive studio renovations, Charles Patrick unveiled a space that is nothing short of mesmerizing.  The artist takes entertaining and the enjoyment of his art to an unprecedented level, working tirelessly the week before the party to build a bar of reclaimed wood within the studio walls.  Thus the hint has been given that this will certainly be one of only many memorable events to be held at the Charles Patrick Studio.  Artwork is currently on display at the Samuel Owen Gallery, both in Nantucket, MA and Greenwich, CT.

5 Minutes with Salavat Fidai, The Guy Who Turns Pencil Tips into Art

May 1, 2017 - Hannah Choo

Meet Salavat Fidai, the guy who turns boring pencil tips into intricate figures. If you're crazy about Game of Thrones and if you appreciate good art, you're in luck. There's an exhibit featuring 16 different characters sculpted by Fidai, happening right this moment.


March 27, 2017 - Written by Menswear Style in Interviews

We recently stopped by the latest solo exhibition by artist Nick Smith, currently on show at Lawrence Alkin Gallery in Soho. Not your typical artist, Smith takes inspiration from design, media, fashion and pop culture – with subjects such as Vivienne Westwood, Kate Moss and Patrick Bateman recreated in his distinct colour chip style. We were keen to find out more about the man behind the work so caught up with Nick for a chat…

The Magic of Cardboard Sculptures - Laurence Vallieres in an Interview

January 31, 2017 - Elena Martinique

Sculpting animals such as monkeys, elephants and rhinoceroses, Laurence Vallières considers their human correspondents or the ideologies they represent. Imbued with humor, her visually stunning pieces captivate the viewer with their meaning, leaving them with something to contemplate about. Her work is heavily influenced by political philosophy and criticism. Drawing upon the writings of George Orwell and comics of Art Spiegelman, she believes the deft use of metaphor to critique a philosophy gives an artwork the feel of a widely-circulated inside joke. She maintains a fascination of urban development and street art, exploring the juxtaposition of an artwork in an unexpected environment and the reaction it creates.