Thursday, 12 October 2017

Feeling Blue

These are the first and last drawings I did in an attempt to take up the Inktober challenge.  I left home without my sketchbook or pens that day, so I borrowed a piece of paper and biro to draw my version of 'Underwater'...which was the Day 4 theme I believe. Anyway, I like the effect, they'd make great tattoos. The fish will be finding a home on my thigh as soon as I get a few hours to tattoo it.



Wednesday, 6 September 2017

New Exhibition - Jupiter waiting for the Moon


JUPITER WAITING FOR THE MOON brings together the work of artist Joni Belaruski and photographer Karla da Silva in an exhibit that combines darkness and light, chaos and class, in the quirky and vintage surrounds of The Beaucatcher Salon in London's trendy Stoke Newington.

Join us for a cocktail or two with music by the inimitable ROTTEN BOROUGHS 
https://www.facebook.com/rottenboroughs/

JONI BELARUSKI

Using figurative form of both humans and animals to devilishly blend the disjunction between her own reality and fantasy to devastating effect, the artist fuses darkness with light to create signature striking original artworks like no other.

‘I believe in beauty, faces as a window of expression and I draw with both dream and nightmare, splattered with the rawness and imperfection of what I see’

www.jonibelaruski.com

KARLA DA SILVA

Her distinctive look at the world comes alive in dream-like images, her work features people interacting in the natural world but in other worldly states. Colour and vibrancy and mystical magic influence the artwork both in her minimal landscapes and her portraiture.

www.karladasilva.com


DATE AND TIME

For more info, please contact:
karladasilva77@yahoo.co.uk or missmalarkey@gmail.com

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

INTERVIEW WITH MOSS PIGLET

As some of you may already be aware, Moss Piglet currently stock a range of jewellery featuring my artwork (and other artists') which are sold at a number of retail outlets across the UK. I had the pleasure of completing a short interview with them recently, discussing all things arty which you can read in full below. You can see some lovely examples of the designs at the bottom of this post too. Happy reading!

(Link to the interview on the Moss Piglet website HERE)

What first sparked your interest in your particular art form? Did a specific style or artist inspire you to go for it or was it independent of that?

I can’t remember a time when I’ve not drawn…I started as soon as I could hold a pencil and it just never occurred to me to not make art. I draw in the way I do because of the immediacy of it, maybe that’s because I’m impatient or get bored easily…I don’t know. Painting large-scale in oils for example just wouldn’t sit with me….I’d never get anything finished!

What’s the next Steps for you as an artist?  – What excites you about the future?

I have a few shows in the pipeline. One is on the 24th Sept at The Beaucatcher Salon in Stoke Newington, London with my good friend and photographer Karla da Silva. There will be a chance to catch some live painting as well in the lead up as I will be doing some artwork directly on their walls, so feel free to pop in.
I also have another collaboration in it’s infant stages combining a clothing and accessory range with a multi-media exhibition at Flaxon Ptootch in Kentish Town alongside Beryl Brewis, a wonderful artist and force to be reckoned with. This will take place in February but I don’t want to give too much away about that just yet. We will be debuting some pieces at a Designer/Maker fair toward the end of the year…details on that to follow.
Aside from that, I am still pursuing my career in tattooing which is super exciting.As much as I love seeing other tattoo artist’s interpretations of my drawings, I can’t wait to be the one tattooing them on skin. I’ve been practicing loads.
And of course…looking forward to passing some more art Moss Piglet’s way!
So yeah, super busy but verrrry exciting.

If you could have chosen a different art form to pursue what would it have been and why?

I’ve dipped my toes in a few different mediums, at college I dabbled in sculpture and jewellery-making but 3D isn’t really my forte. I even tried my hand at acting which I enjoyed and dare I say, not bad at, but ultimately painting and drawing is how I express myself and the stuff that goes inside my head best.
I do have a musical side though and I play drums in a band (The Great Malarkey) which is sheer joy. I love it.

There are many things that help drive and inspire an artist but if one of those things were a musical soundtrack, what music would help to get the creative juices flowing?

I’m just going to give you a random list of some of the stuff I’d put on….Nick Cave, Pixies, PJ Harvey, Gogol Bordello, Dirty Three, Nina Simone, Fleetwood Mac, The Dead Weather, At the Drive In…. and so it continues

Describe the perfect day for you, combining and balancing a day of creative productivity, along with the necessary unwind?

I’d wake up (hangover free)  and it would be sunny so I can paint outside. Art can be such a solitary discipline so it’s nice when someone else is in the studio to chat to and bounce ideas around with. I’d have to do something else in the afternoon, maybe go for a walk or watch a film, as I tend to work in spurts and then come back to it in the evening with renewed vigour and a glass of white wine!

If you could own any painting in the world, which one would it be and why?

I’m lucky enough to already own a piece by one of my artistic heroes, Guy Denning.
Francis Bacon ‘Three Studies for Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion (the original one, not the 1988 version) is my favourite painting. It gives me shivers.




'OK Cupid'


'But I love you so much I want to...'


'All the Pleasure of Now'


'Your Heart belongs to me Now'
'Things I've Seen'
www.jonibelaruski.com

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

The messenger from Beyond.....


I designed this Trash Polka-inspired crow tattoo for @cordeironeto recently and it was tattooed by Brazilian tattoo artist Gabriela Droguett. Absolutely love the finished version!




Sunday, 25 June 2017

Bring back Rock n Roll from the Dead


I'm happy to present the front cover album artwork for London-based rock n' rollers Neon Animal which is also being used across their merchandise. The title is in the drawing...

You can buy the album from their website www.neonanimal.com and check out the back cover and inlay artwork in context! (I did 'semi-portraits' of the boys in the band). Have a listen on their Soundcloud page and enjoy the music while you're there.


Iv

Jon

Mark

Miguel

Saturday, 8 April 2017

The Great Malarkey - Duck n Dive NEW VIDEO

Well....it's been a whirlwind couple of months and yesterday it culminated in yet another hot sweaty mess as our second studio album 'Doghouse ' finally got released to the public through Batov Records and we celebrated with a second launch at Posten Musikhuset in Odense, Denmark. Awesome venue, awesome staff (in particular, props to the stupendous Tasha who looked after us from the moment we arrived, fed us and partied with us right to the end.) We had support from the Danish Balkan groovemeisters Pulk who's clarinet/accordian/bass/drums set-up was right up our straza. LOVED them.

I'll be honest, I'm feeling a little fragile this morning. Bruised, battered, and very tired (I guess playing air-guitar on stage to Bon Jovi's Living on a Prayer at 4am isn't very becoming of a lady.....is it?) and perhaps a little anti-climatic as tends to happen when a years worth of hard work and build -up pays off in such a wonderful way. I couldn't be happier with the result! What next? WELL. We have a ton of new songs in the pipeline that we've already started rehearsing so.....album no.3 I suppose. Why stop when you're on a roll?

While I'm here, check out our video for the opening song on the album 'Duck n' Dive'. As you'll be able to tell, it was a total riot to film....ain't no party like a Dolly Party! Thanks to Paul-Ronney Angel of The Urban Voodoo Machine for guesting on vocals and to both Jack Lattimer for directing and Hartley Woolf for his cinematography. To get the lowdown, here's a review of the song from the folks at A&R factory:

A&R FACTORY PRESENT: THE GREAT MALARKEY

And finally the video......Can you tell who's who from the band?


'Til next time!

xx


Monday, 27 March 2017

Doghouse Album Release!

Exciting time for the band folks. We are releasing our second studio album 'Doghouse' on the 7th April through Batov Records which has been almost a year in the making and would have been impossible to produce without the help of all our amazing Kickstarter pledgers. THANK YOU. We had our UK launch on the 18th March at T-Chances in Tottenham (one of the last honest DIY venues left in London) which was everything we'd hoped and more with support from Eat The Evidence and King Punch. Currently we are sorting through all the pledges and getting all the little packages to send out so we appreciate all the patience from our fans.

Now we couldn't possibly release an album without also doing a launch in our second home of Denmark, which will take place conveniently on the release date of the 7th April at Musikhuset Posten in Odense. So we get to have the fun all over again! The album will be available both digitally and as CDs through the Batov website and our own website...and you can also pick one up from the merch stand at one of our gigs, which just one of many reasons why you definitely want to come catch a show.

I thought I'd post the Doghouse artwork here, minus the track listing.....I think it sums us up nicely. As quoted from our site:

"Doghouse promises to deliver not only the raucous energy of their live shows, as showcased in their first album 'Badly Stuffed Animals', but also the bruising vulnerability of the morning after the night before."

Front Cover


Back Cover