Thursday, January 7, 2010

Terence Coventry

Just a quick post to share a video I rather liked about Terence Coventry, once a Cornish pig farmer, now a sculptor of bronze and steel. I like that his work has been inspired by a lifetime of observation, particularly the part where he is talking about the weightlessness of rooks at the moment of take-off viewed from his tractor while ploughing. That said, perhaps I am just a sucker for the emotional major chord piano soundtrack?

Friday, January 1, 2010

Stephen Wiltshire for Order magazine

Last week I took a portrait of Stephen Wiltshire for an accompanying article in Order Magazine, an Los Angleses based hip-hop magazine. I will post the link to the article (written by good friend Zachary Gottlieb) when it's available.

Stephen is an artist and a Londoner. He is known for his ability to draw incredibly accurate cityscapes. In May 2005, following a short helicopter ride over Tokyo, he drew from memory an incredibly detailed panoramic view of the city on a 10-meter-long canvas. Since then he has drawn Rome, Hong Kong, Frankfurt, Madrid, Dubai, Jerusalem, London and New York on giant canvasses.

Although I must admit his work is not particularly to my taste, he certainly has an incredibly unique talent. I met him in the Stephen Wiltshire Gallery in the Royal Opera Arcade, Pall Mall, London. He struck me as a quiet, gentle but confident man and I hope this comes across in the portrait. Click on the images to enlarge.