Thursday, 1 December 2016

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

50K TODAY!!

This afternoon, my blog will reach 50,000 pageviews. I don't advertise, I just like to share my art and talk about it, in a way that I hope helps people to understand and appreciate an artistic view of the world.

You don't even need to be an artist or a fan. As long as we are all engaged in what's going on, we will be better equipped to make sense of the constantly fluctuating world us around us. 

Thanks for visiting!

- Alexi
Birmingham, UK

Monday, 28 November 2016

NEXT SHOW: DIGBETH FIRST FRIDAY!

Here's the current piece ( previously referred to on this blog as 'Work In Progress 'C'' ). I was going to make some adjustments today, but having seen it in the bright light of the studio, I'm going to leave it alone. For now...

Harsh sunlight and a good angle is the best way to view my paintings...maybe the best way would be to hold them in your hands and read them like a book..?


See it on December 2nd at The Custard Factory, Digbeth, Birmingham.

Exhibiting as part of the Daphne Francis Gallery group show 'Balance'.


Below: As yet Untitled Acrylic-on-Canvas, 50cm x 75cm, Nov 2016



Friday, 25 November 2016

STARS AND STRIPES

While you wait for me to finish all the new pieces, please enjoy these from my back catalogue. In fact, I forgot how great they look. It'll be handy for me to have these at the front of my blog, so that I can refer to them while working on the current ones. 















Thursday, 24 November 2016

UPDATE 24 / 11 / 2016

Having three paintings all simultaneously 'in progress' is about as confusing for you as it is for me, so I have retrospectively gone back through my blog and renamed them 'A', 'B', and 'C' to avoid any confusion. This will also help to put them into some kind of order or chronology ( 'A' being the one that was started first ). Any further additions will follow this convention. ;)

WORK IN PROGRESS 'C' : 24 / 11 / 2016 - DETAIL

To see the earlier iterations of this, scroll down to the 11th & 10th November blog entries.


Full size: 50cm x 75cm, Acrylic on Canvas.




Including this, I have a total of three 'in progress' paintings. The other two are currently on display so I won't get to finish them until I get them back.




You'll notice I've changed the scale on the blocks and bars of this piece. Everything is bigger, which means there will be less art on the surface of the canvas. You can still see the 'histories' underneath, but over time some of these details will gradually be over-written.






Tuesday, 22 November 2016

WELCOME - Здравствуйте

My name is Alexi K. I am a contemporary artist, based in Birmingham, in the UK. My art is all about abstracting the everyday and speculating the future: architecture, people, diagrams, data, and bright colours. I'm inspired by Cubism, Futurism, Bauhaus and Constructivism. I love straight lines. Enjoy!


Below: The Alexi K SUPERHIGHWAY CHAIR, courtesy of Valley Forge Fabrics.






Friday, 18 November 2016

LET'S DO STUFF!

Every day, I get approximately 300 pageviews from the US, by far my biggest audience. If you are an artist, agent, curator, buyer, or design company, get in touch, especially if you are on the East Coast. 

I'm open to any and all ideas...and I'll be in the US soon!

Of course if you're not from the US, I still want to hear from you. I love to travel!




Mural Design, BPN Architects Summer Show, Birmingham UK, Aug 2016




Superhighway Chair & fabric by Valley Forge Fabrics / WeaveUp, USA, July 2015




Polygraph Nudes Artwork for NORA Apartments, Orlando, Jan 2015





 Electronique Shoes for Bucketfeet, Chicago, Summer 2015



- Alexi

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

CARBON-BASED LIFEFORMS: THOUGHTS ON LIFE-DRAWING

I was partially pleased with these drawings when I did them back in September. For the most part, the face came out really well - I always feel satisfied to capture the model's likeness - even though that's never really the point of life-drawing.

I'm also happy about the poses and the lighting of the body.




 '90% observation, 10% drawing'


Life-drawing is usually about reconnecting with your basic skills, and making sure you haven't gone rusty. It's about the power of the observation. My main complaint with art courses that don't have life-drawing classes, is that if you can't adequately render your own species, then your powers of observation and your ability to record the world around you could be stunted somewhat. The best thing that I was ever taught, was that life-drawing is '90% observation, 10% drawing'.




Life-drawing classes always seem to take place at night, when the powers of concentration are at their lowest. It was the same when I was at college: You're tired, hungry, the light quality is not good. 

As an adult, to get around this, I always draw with my wrong hand - in other words - my non-dominant hand, in order to keep myself awake. This usually results in a kind of spontaneity that I would never get by using my regular hand. It's like someone else has done the drawing, which is really interesting.




In these pictures, the thing I'm least happy about are the model's hands, which are usually one of my strong points. It's obvious that in this session, I was not able to use the charcoal - which is the bluntest of instruments - to clearly delineate the fingers. In my defence, some were very fast poses ( eg. two or three minutes ), so you didn't have the luxury of tinkering. With charcoal, it's very easy to attempt to make corrections, at the risk of turning the whole area into a smudged mess. So it encourages the artist to show some restraint.















It's amazing how elegant the strokes can appear when using a delicate and brittle medium such as charcoal:


As far as art-making goes, my personal philosophy is: Be as abstract and as out-there as you like, but try to also have the core skills on which to build

Friday, 11 November 2016

'BEAUTIFUL WALL' - WORK IN PROGRESS 'C' : 11 / 11 / 2016


Detail ( below ), showing the use of different surface textures.



I am going to title the current iteration this painting - which is still a work in progress - 'HOMAGE TO BARRAGAN', after my favourite Mexican architect.

People have speculated that the 'Beautiful Wall' that Trump intends to build along the Mexican border, should be painted pink ( see FastCo's article ). This would be in honour of Luis Barragan, an architect known for his clean, modernist designs and bright colours.

Again, I have to stress that this painting ( see below, and also the previous blog entry ) will NOT look anything like this in a few days, because I've decided it needs a drastic and complete overhaul / revision. However, that does not mean that I won't be doing a proper 'Homage to Barragan' at some point. It just won't be this one.

The same goes for the two other works in progress ( see 22nd August & 25th October ). All three still need to be re-edited and remixed until I'm happy with the results.

So until I get around to an appropriate tribute to the great architect Barragan, enjoy the pictures below, and the bright, Latin American colours.

Below: Current ( temporary ) composition, 50cm x 75cm Acrylic On Canvas, Nov 2016.





Detail ( below ).