Gruppa Monstfur

Monstfur Gruppa MONSTFUR is an indigenous unit of artland, subsisting on the by-products of modern life and the cultural degeneration of the past. It was conceived from a casual union and has evolved over a period of time into its current, more vivid incarnation. From the outset it drew inspiration from an urban dystopia with which it soon fell into a relationship of co dependant creativity. It expresses itself on the rusted steel sheets and redundant signage of its natural habitat equally as lucidly as on the rarefied canvas of the studio or gallery. This versatility has resulted in the colonisation of a variety of disparate locations: neither contemporary exhibition spaces nor abandoned factories are safe. Collective paintings can be found at prestigious fairs like Stroke Art Fair in Munich, where the objects are exhibited alongside high profile artists such as Banksy and Mr.Brainwash. Monstfur’s works have been presented at solo and group exhibitions in Berlin, Paris, Stockholm, Sydney and...

Man Ray

Man Ray 1890-1976 Born Emmanuel Rudnitzky, visionary artist Man Ray was the son of Jewish immigrants from Russia. His father worked as a tailor. The family moved to Brooklyn when Ray was a young child. From an early age, Ray showed great artistic ability and after finishing high school he followed his passion for art; he studied drawing with Robert Henri at the Ferrer Center, and frequented Alfred Stieglitz’s gallery 291. Ray found inspiration from the works of Pablo Picasso, Wassily Kandinsky and Marcel Duchamp. After experimenting with a Cubist style of painting, he moved toward abstraction. Along with Duchamp and Francis Picabia, Ray became a leading figure in the Dada movement in New York. In 1921, Ray moved to Paris. There, he continued to be a part of the artistic avant garde, with such famous figures as Gertrude Stein and Ernest Hemingway. Ray became famous for his portraits of his artistic and literary associates. He also developed a thriving career as a fashion photographer, taking pictures for such magazines as Vogue. A photographic innovator, Ray discovered a new way to create interesting images by accident in his darkroom. Called “Rayographs,” these photos were made by placing and manipulating objects on pieces of photosensitive paper. Returning to Paris in 1951, Ray continued to explore different artistic media. He focused much of his energy on painting and sculpture. Branching out in a new direction, Ray began writing his memoir. The project took more than a decade to complete, and his autobiography, Self Portrait, was finally published in 1965. In his final years, Man Ray continued to exhibit his art, with...

Anton Peschka

Peschka, Anton 1885-1940 Anton Peschka was born on 21 February 1885 in Vienna. After a commercial education he visited the painting school of Robert Scheffer. From 1906 to 1910 he studied with his close friend and contemporary, Egon Schiele, whose sister Gertrude he married later, under Christian Griepenkerl at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. Influenced artistically by his friend and brother-in-law, Peschka exhibited together with Schiele in the “Neukunstgruppe” in 1910. In the same year, as well as in 1919, his works were presented in the Wiener Künstlerhaus. From 1922 to 1935 he was a member of the Hagenbund whose exhibitions he stocked regularly. His main motifs included nudes and landscapes. Today his works can be seen amongst others in the Albertina and the Wien Museum. Peschka died on 9 September 1940 in...

Paulina Olowska

Olowska, Paulina Born 1976 Paulina Olowska was born 1976 in Gdansk, Poland, she studied in the US at the School of Art Institute in Chicago, the Fine Arts Academy in Gdańsk and the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam. Her works involving pop art, graffiti and Soviet propaganda have been exhibited at the 50th Venice Biennale (2003), the Stedelijk’s Museum’s 2004 exhibition, Time and Again, the 9th Istanbul Biennial (2005) and the 5th Berlin Biennale (2008). In 2010 she had a solo show at the Glasgow Tramway and another in 2011 at the New York Museum of Modern Art. In 2013 she collaborated with Mick La Rock to create the backdrop for her exhibition, Au Bonheur des Dames at the Stedelijk. Her work is now well sought after and can be found in many collections and museums...

Corneille

Corneille 1922-2010 Guillaume Cornelis Beverloo was born in Liege of Dutch parents in 1922 and studied in Amsterdam where he met and became friends with Karel Appel. He was influenced by German expressionism and French surrealism. He was, along with such luminairies as Asger Jorn and Appel co founder of the Cobra group (Copenhagen Brussels Amsterdam). On various trips to Africa and South America, he increasingly adopted a more primitive style of painting and drawing. In 1956 he won the prestigious Guggenheim prize and represented Holland at the Venice Biennale. His work is exhibited worldwide and his oil paintings fetch tens of thousands at...

Michael Landy R.A.

Landy, Michael R.A. Born 1963 Michael Landy RA, born in London in 1963 is one of the Young British Artists (YBAs). He took up art professionally after one of his paintings was selected for display on the BBC television programme ‘Take Hart’. After graduating from Goldsmith’s college he exhibited at the Frieze organised by Damien Hirst. He is best known for the performance piece installation Break Down (2001) in which he destroyed all his possessions, and for the Art Bin project at the South London Gallery. On 29 May 2008 Landy was elected a member of the Royal Academy of Arts in London. His credit card destroying machine, which simultaneously produced a spirograph style drawing was one of the main attractions of the Frieze art exhibition in 2011 (see YouTube). Among his many admirers and collectors is Charles...