Saturday, 25 September 2010

Neon Art and Sculpture by Neon Artist Nick Malyon

Neon Artist, Nick Malyon has been producing neon art and sculpture from his studio in the UK since 1993.
Located just outside Farnham in Surrey, UK.

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

An Auction of Original Psychedelic Posters.

BG105 "The Flying Eyeball" Rick Griffin

The Fillmore Poster Company is to hold an auction of psychedelic posters on the 4th. November 2010, including this very rare, near mint, proof sheet BG105 "The Flying Eyeball" by Rick Griffin. Used to promote a series of Bill Graham concerts held at Winterland and the Fillmore Auditorium on February 1-4, 1968, the performers on the bill included Jimi Hendrix, Albert King and John Mayall and The Bluesbreakers.

Other artists in the auction include Victor Morsoco, Wes Wilson and Bonnie MacLean with some fantastic early examples of both Bill Graham and Chet Helme's Family Dog Productions posters as well as other from the Neon Rose and Fillmore East.

The Fillmore Poster Company has a huge collection of original pschedelic posters and handbills and their website is well worth a look at for lovers of acid based art and typograhy.

With thanks to Albert Hoffman without whom, none of this would have been possible.

FD38 Victor Morsoca

Thursday, 16 September 2010

The Neon Art of Simon Moretti.

Cameo, 2010, neon transformer, cables, overall 45 x 30 x 30 cm

Simon Moretti's latest collection of artworks called Talismen and Yantras include this piece, Cameo. Made from a single cane of 12mm purple  glass, filled with blue gas and using 30m/A electrodes running off a Mode NeoTran. The artwork is three dimensional, not dissimilar to a knot un-tieing, and was made to Simon's precise specification with help from both drawings and a small maquette.

Untitled (VAJRA), 2010, neon, transformer, cable,overall 200 x 90 cm

Untitiled (VAJRA) is made from a single cane of 15mm yellow glass coated 3500K, filled with blue gas, using 50m/A and running off a Mode NeoTran.

Simon's previous neon art works have included Pirate and Striptease.

Friday, 3 September 2010

The "Dutch Masters"; At it again.

With the help and support of the local community two Dutch artists, Jeroen Koolhaas and Dre Urhahan, have helped transform 34 houses in Santa Marta, one of Rio de Janeiro's most rundown neighbourhoods, into a stunning piece of urban art. The project called O Morro (The Hill) has allowed the locals to recieve a small wage while working as well as invaluable training in all aspects of painting.

Jeroen and Koolhaas started working together in 2005 while filming a documentory about the hip hop movement in the favelas of Sao Paolo and Rio de Janeiro. In 2006 they embarked on one of two massive murals, the first, three stories high and covering 150 square metres. The massive picture, of a boy flying a kite, took over 3 months to complete with the invalueable help of local youth and has since recieved worldwide aclaim.

Check out their facebook page and website for more information and to give a donation to the project.

Wednesday, 1 September 2010

More Not Neon....

There's nothing like a tin of red paint and a paint brush for getting the message across.

Just a couple of spray cans...

It's not all Neon Signs...

Much as I love the "Neon Sign" in all its various forms, I've  always been interested in Mankind's need to make his mark on his surroundings. From the fabulous cave painting at Lascaux in France to our modern day graffiti, it would seem that we have an inbuilt need to mark our territory. Here's a few examples that I've spotted along the way.

This was one of many hundreds of carvings, dating back several hundred, years on a rocky outcrop at "Little Switzerland" in Luxembourg.

This was spotted carved into a prickly pear on the island of Paxos, Greece.

Again in Paxos, this old olive tree and rock have been used to mark the boundries of an olive grove.

I photgraphed the above while working at the Venice Bienalle in 2009. Remarkably there is a surprisingly large ammount of graffiti throughout Venice, "Queen of the Adriatic".

Also spotted in Venice this beautiful stove enameled sign reading "Dangerous to Touch".

And finally...Not elegant but to the point.