Exhibiting New Artwork

 

Over the recent few months I have begun exhibiting original artworks in several galleries in the UK which has been a very exciting new venture for me. It’s still something I am getting used to and feels considerably more scary than selling products since there’s so much more value and emotion involved in my paintings.

This is me at the private view of ACE Arts‘ British Wildlife Open Exhibition which has been on throughout October. In partnership with Somerset Wildlife Trust, this new open exhibition aims to raise awareness of the wildlife around us and was a fantastic and very varied show to go and see. I had two pieces selected called Gold Hop and Spring Tide. It felt a real honour to be selected and I now also stock my cards and kitchenware range in the gallery shop downstairs. The exhibition is on for a few more days until November 3rd so do try to see it before it ends if you are close to Somerton.

 

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I am also currently exhibiting several new original paintings as well as lots of framed prints in my usual haunt, The Malago restaurant, in Bristol together with Oil & Oak. The exhibition is called Landskien and is on until January 6th so perfect if you’d like to buy someone some art this Christmas. The exhibition is inspired by the beauty of nature with Landskien meaning the braiding of horizon lines on a hazy day.

 

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If you’re a bit further afield than Bristol, there may still be a gallery near you exhibiting some of my artwork currently. I also have some paintings exhibited with Obsidian Art in Stoke Mandeville, Buckinghamshire, The Golden Sheaf Gallery in Narberth, Wales and Carron Pottery & Gallery up in Strathcarron, Scotland. If there is a piece you are interested in that you have seen me share on Instagram or my website please do email me to find out where it’s available from.

Sky x

 

NOW IN THE SHOP – New Limited Edition Prints

 

Very excited to announce I have eight new limited edition giclée prints now available in my online shop. They are all editions of 50 and reproductions of a selection of new original paintings I have recently produced this year. They are printed in a range of sizes and include four 30cm square, two A3 and two 42cm square, all signed, named and numbered by hand of course. I have included images of three of them below but the full new range can all be viewed in my online shop here.

 

Bright Haze - Limited Edition Giclee Print
Bright Haze

 

Sundown - Limited Edition Giclee Print
Sundown

 

It’s been incredibly exciting for me to find myself on the path to establishing myself as a painter and artist as well as a designer of products. Sky Siouki is fast becoming an artist pseudonym rather than simply a brand name for me. I hope to continue producing new paintings as the year goes on and exhibiting them in more and more galleries too. This will also mean more limited edition prints to come, although I have chosen to select my favourite paintings rather than to produce prints of every single one.

 

Swoop - Limited Edition Giclee Print
Swoop

 

I would love to hear which are your favourites and if there’s anything in particular you’d like to see me do next? See the full collection of Sky Siouki limited edition prints right here.

 

NEW Limited Edition Giclee Prints

 

You may already be aware that I’ve been working hard on creating a lot more original artwork to sell this year. Since my open edition range of prints are all created by merging my wildlife illustrations over my abstract paintings digitally in Photoshop, I previously didn’t have the ability to show or sell ‘originals’ of the prints. So having been asked about original paintings a lot recently I have begun creating new artworks with my illustrations applied to the paintings directly using transfers. This has been so enjoyable and I’ve had such a wonderful response to these artworks! Lots of opportunities to sell the originals with galleries have opened up for me too and so I hope to continue producing lots more new artwork like this – taking Sky Siouki into a new and exciting direction of an artist based brand just as much as design based.

 

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I have decided to release limited editions of 50 of each of my original paintings since I believe it’s important to make art accessible to all. You can now find in my online shop a section for Open Editions and Limited Editions. The limited editions being mainly all prints derived from my original paintings as opposed to digitally composed designs as my open editions are. Head over to the new section now to see the latest set of paintings I have released as prints named Moorland, Drift, Spring Tide and Harvest Sun.

 

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There are also a couple of new open edition prints added to the collection, named Cormorant and Goshawk. The Goshawk design was a special design done for the Bristol Girl Bosses ‘Muse’ exhibition and the Cormorant was designed as a tribute to Bristol’s Harbourside.

 

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I am currently working on a new collection of water bird illustrations, with the intention of eventually launching four new designs across my full product range. These will be added to my current Waterbirds collection, splitting them into a British and an Exotic series.

Follow me on Instagram to see the drawings and artwork progress. I like to post little progress updates in my stories!

Sky x

 

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JUNE Pinterest Board of the Month

 

You know when you see something so beautiful your heart practically starts racing? That is how I felt when I discovered this month’s Pinterest board of the month. Featuring a stunning array of artwork all inspired by nature, literally every image is just utterly awe-inspiring.

The board is called Nature Inspired by Robyn Gordon.

If you love art and you love nature, I strongly suggest you have a browse.

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This is just a small selection of some of my favourites from the board. As always, it was so hard to choose just a few. There is a wonderful mix of ceramic art, embroidery, illustration, painting, printmaking, sculpture and 3D and pretty much anything else in between all there to inspire. Basically a textile design student or graduate’s dream!

Stay tuned for my next board of the month! Sky x

 

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ADVENT Exhibition at The Malago

In partnership with Tribe Aisthetica I am once again assisting in the curation of the latest new exhibition of artwork at The Malago Restaurant (where I also work a couple of evenings a week.)

This new showcase of emerging Bristol based artists will be called ADVENT and will run from 4th December 2017 – 4th February 2018.

There’ll be a private view on Monday, Dec 4th between 5-7pm with complimentary canapés, prosecco and live music plus a 10% discount in the restaurant for those who want to stay for dinner!

The artists we have selected for this show are Rosie Carmichael, Josie Falconer, Rachel Hall, Rae Roche, Studio Taro and ceramics by Hannah Walker.

There will also be a few of my own prints and artworks available as per usual amongst them. We’re really excited about the slightly cosmic, ethereal mood that has emerged through this selection of artists. There’s a very soothing colour range of dusky pinks, teal blue, turquoise and monochrome tying all of the work together beautifully with a very textural and natural appearance throughout. A show not to be missed!

Advent Exhibition Poster

 

Each exhibition has a subtle seasonal influence and focuses on promoting local artists, reflecting The Malago‘s focus on seasonal dishes and locally sourced produce. The restaurant provides us with a really beautiful space to exhibit in and our first Tribe Aisthetica curated exhibition, Equinox, has been a great success over October and November. The private view for this one will be lovely and festive with mulled wine and mince pies also available. The perfect opportunity to shop for a piece of art by a local artist to gift this Christmas!

Tribe Aisthetica and Artists at Equinox Private View

 

As you may have gathered, our exhibition titles have a moon phase influence, going with the seasonal theme. There are four more to go in the pipeline following Advent, which will called be Lenten, Ostara, Solstice and Harvest. If you’re interested in submitting your artwork, please contact Abi from Tribe Aisthetica at tribeaisthetica@gmail.com for more details.

The Malago is at 220 North Street, Southville, Bristol. We hope to see you there!

 

 

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EQUINOX Exhibition at The Malago Restaurant

I’m going to be taking part in a new exhibition titled EQUINOX at The Malago restaurant in Bristol this October and November!

Since I work in the restaurant a couple of days a week it has proved a brilliant partnership for me to also sell my work through it. The new exhibition is curated by Tribe Aisthetica, a new artist support organisation which I am also assisting, and will be the first of six exhibitions held by us throughout the next year with the featured artists changing on a bi-monthly basis.

 

Each exhibition will have a subtle seasonal influence and promote local artists, reflecting The Malago‘s focus on seasonal dishes and locally sourced produce. The restaurant provides us with a really beautiful space to exhibit in and having already been selling Sky Siouki prints in there since May, I’m looking forward to introducing some new original pieces to the mix.

The exhibition will include a varied mixture of painting, illustration, paper-cuts and sculpture with featured artists Victoria Ashdown, Hattie Buckwell, Sophie Galliers, Jessie Jerymn, Emily Krainc and Lisa Travers.

Come along to the private view this coming Monday to meet me and Abi from Tribe Aisthetica and all of the talented artists!  There will be free canapes, prosecco and live music all to be enjoyed! Plus there’ll be 10% off dinner after the viewing if you’d like to stay… the menu is really something special.

The exhibition runs October 2nd – December 2nd 2017.

 

 

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Inspired by… Madeline Denaro

There You Go, 2014

Over the past year or so I’ve found myself increasingly drawn to abstract art and painting. I have enjoyed abstract painting for a long time but recently it seems to have gained a real hold on me, perhaps even just because it has become an ever more frequent trend on my Pinterest feed as of late. I have become captivated by artists’ work like Madeline Denaro‘s and as you can probably see it has begun to heavily influence my own work and how my tastes have evolved in the last year. I appreciate art in many forms and do believe figurative painting can be just as beautiful as abstract but there is something about the pure focus on colour and texture in Denaro’s work that sucks me in and has so much more of an emotional pull.

Nora's Green, 2011

I think that the reason for this surge of emotion most likely comes from the root of each paintings’ creation. Madeline explains how the process of her art is uncontrolled “Working intuitively, I enter a realm of the unknown where there is more of a following than any real choice” and I believe that much as you can feel the emotion in the words of a soul singer, you can really feel the raw emotion when viewing the brushstrokes of an abstract artist. The deep layers of colour and varying pressures and speeds of each mark fill me with wonder. As a creative myself I naturally find myself wondering how did she create this beautiful texture and depth? What tool made that mark on the canvas? How can I create something so purely beautiful as this? Works like these inspire me more than anything to create because there is such an emotional drive behind it.

Plum Loco, 2011

Crimson and Clover, 2012

My love for art like this transfers directly to my passion for textiles in that all that really seems important is the beauty of the colour and the texture. The way Denaro uses a heavy pulse of vibrant crimson balanced against misty greys and dusky pinks in the artwork above titled ‘Crimson and Clover’ for example has such a satisfying calming sensation. The bubble like textures overlaying patches of dense maroon and flurried contrasting marks fighting for space beneath fill me with so much intrigue. Each of her paintings feels like a world to dive into and discover… so beautiful and so mysterious. I feel desperate to get painting myself now, if only just to feel that rush of emotion that it brings.

TOP 5… Wintery Wildlife Prints

I absolutely love getting lost online finding artist’s work I haven’t yet discovered. It’s so awe inspiring to see the talent out there and so I’m giving a little homage to just that this week with my favourite 5 winter wildlife based art prints. I’ve known the work of some of these artists for a while but some are entirely new and very exciting discoveries. Hopefully you might discover a new favourite of your own amongst them too! I’ve gone for the winter theme to remind us to appreciate the frosty beauty of nature during winter since it’s been feeling particularly nippy out this January.

Deer by Mark Hearld

1. Deer by Mark Hearld – A printmaker and a collage artist, I’ve been a big Mark Hearld fan for some time now but everytime I revisit his work I fall in love again. These vulnerable little deer trampling amongst the winter branches are just delightful.

En El Bosque by Daniela Dahf Henriquez     Ghost Owls by Helen Musselwhite

2. En El Bosque by Daniela Dahf Henriquez – I’ve come across this illustrator’s work many times on Pinterest but never known her name so I feel it’s about time I give her some recognition. Her drawings are so full of character and charm, some sillier than others. This one beautifully celebrates woodland wildlife.

3. Ghost Owls by Helen Musselwhite – I came across this paper cut artist only today and was blown away by the incredible intricacy of her work. Her website is a must see, honestly I was dumbstruck! This collection of works called ‘Ghost’  fits my winter theme perfectly, the subtle variations of colour really make you appreciate the complexity of layers she uses.

Brown Hare 3 by James Bartholomew     Wreath (February) by Denise Nestor

4. Brown Hare 3 by James Bartholomew – Another new discovery, Bartholomew’s work beautifully captures the energy of the animals he paints and his colour use has a wonderful fresh balance. I particularly liked this hare against the duck-egg blue background with his eyes wide and alert.

5. Wreath (February) by Denise Nestor – The attention to detail in Denise Nestor’s illustrations is second to none but besides that her compositions make for such wonderful pieces of art. I love how this fawn, hedgehog and blackbird are so perfectly nested together into a circular wreath sleeping peacefully together like a little woodland family.

That’s my Top 5 for this month, look out for Valentine’s Day ideas next month and next week I’ll be posting some news about an exhibition I’m going to be a part of very soon.

The New Sky Siouki Collection – ‘Flight’

This week was very exciting for me as I finally got to launch my brand new collection of designs after a long time coming! I’ve spent many weeks articulately drawing birds of prey and botanicals and spraying lashings of oil and acrylic paint to canvas boards and so it feels amazing to have now produced some final products just in time for Christmas. The new designs are currently available as linen cushions, A3 giclée prints and stone coasters although there may be more to come in the new year.

Cushions

I can’t believe I started planning this collection all the way back in June. There have been a few obstacles along the way as there tend to be in life but I’m so pleased to have got there in the end. The process really made me realise how limiting the project deadlines at university were and although I would never take back anything I did during my degree, I never could have produced a collection like this at uni because of the high expectations for quantity of work. I feel so much better about having four strong designs that I put my all into and didn’t rush than if I’d produced 20 quick and easy designs that meant little to me. These designs seemed to come together so much more naturally than ever before and I’m not sure if this was because I wasn’t under pressure to tick all the boxes on the marking scheme or perhaps just because it’s been so long since I created something new that all of my enthusiasm just fuelled me forwards.

Jackal Buzzard Cushion

After much deliberation I’ve named the collection ‘Flight’ highlighting the central focus on birds of prey but I also really liked that this word seems to suggest ideas of feeling uplifted and weightless. The collection has quite a natural, fresh look and the paintings used are very expressive and dynamic all of which I felt the word Flight emulated well as it relates to nature and movement. It is simple but creates impact, as does the composition of the designs.

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When I set out to design this collection I made a conscious decision to move away from the look of my previous work and create something more subdued in colour, less kitsch and more elegant. I didn’t originally intend to only draw birds of prey but once I’d drawn one, the rest sort of just followed. I’ve always loved birds and birds of prey in particular make me feel incredibly awed and empowered so I decided since it was working to just go with it.

Since I started Sky Siouki my tastes have changed a fair bit which I think this collection reflects very truthfully. I hope that it still sits well alongside the Curious Kingdom collection since my style of drawing tends to be quite recognisable but I also would be encouraged to know if customers can distinguish the change in direction I have taken. Anyway, this has been quite a wordy post but hopefully an interesting insight into my design process and the journey designing ‘Flight’ has taken me on. I hope the journey isn’t over yet!

You can have a proper look at my new products available in my online shop and I post little insights into my working day everyday on Instagram too.

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6 Ways to Give an Old Chair a New Life

I love a good DIY makeover especially when it involves interiors. Since I’m still renting at the moment I’m itching to one day be able to paint walls, strip carpets and fit shelving but for now I can at least make do with rejuvenating furniture. I recently repainted a pair of dowdy looking wooden chairs for our dining table with a fresh lick of minty pastel green and they now bring a lovely pop of colour to the room. But it got me thinking about what else can be done with a set of ordinary old chairs to breath a new life into them so below you can find my favourite six ideas.

Painted Chairs1. Paint – Perhaps the most obvious choice is to paint your chairs in beautiful bright hues like I did, however why not get a little more creative and just paint the legs or the top of the chair to create an edgy contrast. This colour combo from HeartHandmade UK works brilliantly.

Decoupage Chair2. Decoupage – I tend to find decoupage a bit unimpressive as I think it’s often overdone and looks somewhat tacky but this minimalist example featured on The Graphics Fairy works beautifully. The delicate lavender imagery is placed perfectly as if just naturally growing around the chair and the colours are really well balanced against the distressed white.

Folding Chair3. Paint and Recover Folding Chairs – This DIY tutorial using cheap folding chairs is ideal if you need some extra chairs for the garden or perhaps party guests. Read the blog post from My Fabuless Life to discover how to spray paint and recover the seats with spangly new fabric. I never thought a folding chair could look so good!

Seat Cushion

4. Seat Cushions – Perhaps you’ve already painted some chairs but you’re looking to add a little pattern to them or added comfort even. All it takes is some pretty fabric and these seat pads by Makezine are super easy to make so long as you’ve got some basic sewing skills. I love the use of contrasting ribbon to tie it to the chair.

Dip Dye Legs Chair5. Dip Dye Legs – Another take on painting your chairs, why not go ombre like these examples from Apartment Apothecary? Perhaps you really like the natural wood or the aged appearance of your chairs as they are already but just want to do something small to jazz them up. This is a perfect way to add a simple modern twist to your chairs using a subtle pinch of colour.

Reupholstered Chair

6. Reupholster – Last but definitely not least, if you’re up for a bigger challenge a reupholstered piece of vintage furniture can look really impressive when done well. This example from OhhSit! especially caught my eye as the upholsterer has used vintage photos of her mother and grandmother printed onto fabric making it really special and personal to her. The idea of using new technology to digitally print old photographs for an antique chair is something I love too and it works so well.

I hope you’re now bursting with ideas to makeover any old boring chairs in your house. If you liked that last one you might also like some of my cushion designs using old photographs, especially The May Queen. Check out more of my favourite DIY ideas on my DIY Pinterest board.

In love with… Shilo Engelbrecht Textiles

Since I’ve been researching abstract painting and ideas for a new collection of painterly designs, the work of a favourite textile designer of mine recurrently comes to mind… Shilo Engelbrecht. Shilo’s collection is branded Älv Textiles featuring a stunning range of digitally printed table linen, cushions, bags and scarves as well as fabric by the metre for furnishings. The designs are taken from Shilo’s vibrant, expressive oil paintings and printed onto linen and silk. The fabric accentuates every bold brushstroke and colour contrast fantastically showing off the beautiful texture within her work in an explosion of colour.

Alv Textiles by Shilo EngelbrechtShilo Engelbrecht Table Linen

Expressive painterly textile prints seem to be hugely popular at the moment and looking at Shilo’s work it’s easy to see why. I find looking at her textiles so invigorating and inspirational – each piece just injects so much energy into a space, they really are a must have. To see more of my favourite textiles designs you can follow my Patterned Wares Pinterest board and if you’re also an Älv Textiles fan I’d definitely recommend following Shilo’s Instagram too.

Shilo Engelbrecht Paintings

Inspiration from Abstract Painting

With plans of designing a new cushion collection ahead of me I’ve been getting really into my research lately. I’m hoping to produce some designs with a slightly darker edge than the original Sky Siouki collection using abstract painted textures as a predominant design element. So recently I’ve been totally engrossed in Pinterest looking at beautiful abstract paintings full of thick expressive brushstrokes and exciting bursts of colour. Below are a few of my new favourite artists and their work…

Heather Day

Heather Day – I love the simplicity and boldness of Day’s paintings. Using just a few high contrasting colours she creates an expressive statement that really grabs you.

Sam Lock

Sam Lock – There is a wonderful level of depth within Lock’s work, creating an aged and decayed feel to his paintings. I find the rough uneven textures and subtle variety of tones in his work incredibly absorbing.

Cy Twombly

Cy Twombly – Not quite as recent but a long time favourite of mine is Cy Twombly. I prefer some of his pieces a lot more than others but the Quattro Stagioni series and this particular painting from the Hero and Leandro series have always moved me since seeing them exhibited at Tate Modern.

Lola Donoghue

Lola Donoghue – Donoghue’s paintings are somewhat prettier than the other artists I have featured here due to her use of feminine pastel shades. I love the tonal blends of colour within her work creating very soft transitions between hues.

Patricia Sadler

Patricia Sadler – Sadler’s work is derived from more literal sources than the other artists in this post but I think she abstracts her subject wonderfully creating intense dark and moody scenes that move way beyond figurative depictions of landscapes.

Can’t wait to get painting more myself! Watch this space! But in the meantime, see more of my artistic inspiration on my ART Pinterest board here.