In case you didn’t receive the memo, it’s International Women’s Day. To celebrate, we thought we’d showcase the girls (as in our female artists - not boobies), including our newest Addicted family member, Rasha Eleyan.
Who run the world? Girls!
The Cliff Notes: It all began on February 28, 1909 - the first National Woman’s Day (organised by the then Socialist Party of America). Not to be outdone, in 1910 Germany jumped onboard and proposed the idea of an International Women’s Day so people all around the world could celebrate and calm their FOMO. On March 19, 1911 the first International Women’s Day was held - albeit mainly in Europe, but it did create a snowball effect to the point where in 1975, the United Nations officially adopted International Women’s Day which was celebrated on the 8th March for the first time. Shazam! Here we are.
Happy International Women’s Day Addictees!
In alphabetical order:
'We'll Go Anywhere', Spray paint and acrylic on canvas, 2017
Arty-Fact: We’ll go anywhere together as long as we continue to nurture our dreams. The real moment of happiness shared with someone you love is often not when your dreams come true but the path taken to get there. Sharing life’s highs and lows and sticking together. Reminiscing on all we’ve experienced as a pair – the laughter and the tears, all the unforgettable moments. What would we laugh about when we reconnect to the past if we didn’t have those glorious stories about chasing our dreams together? Those tremendous moments of chase all happening to the cool tunes of Johnny & Mary in the background.
'Aladdin Sane', Hand signed (Celia Philo, David Bowie, Philip Castle), limited edition serigraph and giclée on paper, #119/195, 2008
Arty-Fact: “The photographic shoot for the cover of Aladdin Sane, David Bowie’s 1973 album, happened like magic. I always say its success was the result of a lucky collaboration of people who worked together just once, but created something truly special.
It was an evening shoot at the photographer Brian Duffy’s studio in Primrose Hill, north London. In the studio there was just Duffy, myself and Pierre La Roche, a French make-up artist who Duffy chose for the shoot. David arrived all by himself; there was no fanfare, no entourage, not even his then-wife, Angie Bowie.
There are lots of versions of the story about where the famous lightning flash make-up came from. Duffy – who sadly is no longer with us – had been heard to say that the lightning flash was inspired by a symbol that was on the little electric cooker in our studio. But I recollect all of us sitting round the studio table with a big pad of paper, talking through ideas, jotting them down. We knew that David had appeared wearing costumes with a lightning flash on them in the past, and Pierre said, ‘Let’s put the flash over his face’. I remember thinking, ‘That sounds a good idea’ and so we went with it. The orange, spiked-up hairstyle in the photo looked exactly as it did when David arrived at the studio – we didn’t have to do anything to it.
Source: Celia Philo, “The day that lightning struck”, Stylist Interview, 2013
'Black & White, Flora & Fauna', Hand signed, limited edition giclée on paper, Limited to 100, 2016
Arty-Fact: A window to colonial Singapore, with rich smells, sounds and colours of flowers, wildlife and weather. Monkeys in the back garden, colourful butterflies and dragonflies flitting between palms and flowers pots. Geckos scampering across white walls to find shade and chirrup in chorus with mysteriously loud bull frogs.
'Passion - Tentacles Of Seduction', Acrylic on paper, 2015
Arty-Fact: "My Expressions series, was inspired by Chinese opera and Japanese Kabuki theatre. It is a plethora of complementary emotions. The yin and yang of expressions such as: joy and sorrow, agony and ecstasy, are executed in a unique precision of painting style, using acrylics on paper. The influence of Chinese and Japanese culture over the last century and a half is notable and is an art form to be preserved and appreciated. Inspiration for this series came from every aspect – from the costume and makeup to the artist’s skill and technique of performing and expression, which is dealt with a high level of perfection. In Kabuki theatre and Chinese opera the artist brings life to expression, ‘the perfect inspiration’. Minimalism, an intrinsic part of the Japanese psyche has been much copied in the west, a major influence on styles such as art nouveau in the design of object d’art, buildings and costumes. The use of painted faces to symbolise qualities of human nature with its bold linear symmetrical patterns in red and black defines the character of the facial expression were to me the perfect resource in the creation of the series. You’ll notice most facial outlines have been eliminated with an approach to minimalism." ~ Lakshmi Mohanbabu
'Geisha Yume', Hand signed, limited edition giclée on paper, #26/50, 2009
Arty-Fact: The artist's detailed style reflects a refined monochrome palette with her name, 'Nanami' (meaning "Seven Seas" in Japanese), stamped in red. Fluid line-work, watery creatures, cranes and goldfish feature heavily in her work.
NH (Nicole Pon Horvath)
'Full Moon, Bamboo, Maple', Acrylic on canvas, 2016
Arty-Fact: “A dance between three elements. The full moon, the bamboo and the maple.” - NH
French born, NH (Nicole Pon Horvath) has been taught by Japanese Masters. She studied the traditional disciplines of ‘Sumie’ (ink painting), ‘Nihonga’ (painting with pigments) and ‘Ikebana’ (Sogetsu Master).
New Artist: Rasha Eleyan
'Kingfisher By The Window', Hand signed, limited edition giclée on paper, Limited to 40, 2018
Arty-Fact: Rasha's prints of Singapore's nature and heritage combine realistic and pop art graphics. This image is inspired by the Kingfisher who sits and chirps outside her window.
'True Love', Hand signed, hand embellished, limited edition giclée on Portrait Velvet paper with diamond dust detail, Limited to 25, 2016
Arty-Fact: Drawing inspiration from popular culture, True Love is part of a series of Sara Pope's famous lip paintings, reflecting the world of consumerism through the aesthetic of fashion and media. Using bold colours and a seductive glossy finish, the lips reflect the exaggerated synthetic sweetness of the love heart candy.
'Forget Mermaids', Hand signed, limited edition serigraph on paper, #16/30, 2012
Arty-Fact: The energy and power represented by the iconic poster for the 1958 American Sci-Fi film, “Attack of the 50 Foot Woman”, had an influence on Sarah’s works. She comments, “The women presented in the prints and collages draw strength from fragilities and bring promise for change on a grander scale.” Source: Artrepublic: Artist Interview
'Tales of Monkey Island', Hand signed, limited edition giclèe on paper, #5/50, 2011
Arty-Fact: "My artworks can be a reaction to my immediate environment or an attempt to depict the vivid landscape of my dreams." ~ Shannon Crees
'Come With Me! NOW', Mixed media (acrylic, paper collage, oil) on canvas, 2017
Arty-Fact: “Another call to travel... but this one takes me to an unlikely place, the ultimate ballad from which we never come back, a one-way ticket. Space, artificial paradise, death... I still don’t really understand what I am being called for.” ~ Virginie Pringiers
R - E - S - P - E - C - T ladies!
If you’d like to add some girl power to your art collection contact us at:
Blair@addictedgallery.com or Elena@addictedgallery.com
We’ll leave you with this year’s theme:
“Better the balance, better the world” - #BalanceforBetter
Until the next one Addictees…
I am woman hear me roar!
Blair & El xoxo