The Art of the Brick

Lego and art. Two words you probably don’t associate with each other often. More likely when you hear the word “Lego” you think of those small plastic bricks that are strewn all over your house (well my house anyways) and hurt like hell when you step on one! Having 2 boys guarantees me that in every room of the house I will find either a fully built Lego “model”, a half built one, a broken one or just loose pieces lying in little piles or random containers!  Or a combination of all of the above. And I mean every room, including the bathrooms! I know what you are thinking……get organised woman! But those pieces seem to have a life of their own and turn up everywhere. It’s a lost cause.
But, you never know, one of my sons could be the next Nathan Sawaya. Who you say? He is the NYC artist who turns those little pieces of Lego into absolutely gorgeous pieces of art! And when I say gorgeous, I mean breathtaking. The detail in each of his works of art is just amazing. And you guessed it, all done with Lego! You have to see it in person to appreciate it and luckily for those who live in London, you still can!

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For more information check out http://artofthebrick.co.uk

Inspire yourself and your children!

A few examples……..

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What’s On Your Walls The Sequel

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What's On Your Walls The Sequel

Our new piece of art….a photograph of a graffitied wall in NYC. Amazing isn’t it? This piece was done by the British award winning photographer Barry Cawson. (www.barrycawson.com) He’s probably best known for “Tibetan Cowboy” which was featured on BBC2’s program “Show Me the Monet” This piece will go in our hallway…a perfect fit! I will try to show it “in situ” if I can get a good angled shot. (the above shot was taken in the art gallery where we bought the piece….in person it’s a much brighter frame and the colours are sharper and more vibrant than what shows up on this post!)

What’s On Your Walls?

Ok, so I am a bit behind the times but “what’s on your wall” was the WordPress Daily Prompt the other day and I never got around to writing about it!  In particular, I wanted to talk about a specific piece that I just love!  Being from Canada, we love to collect pieces that have something British about them so if and when we go back we will have lots of memorabilia. Anyways, last year at the Wimbledon Art Studios Fair (www.wimbledonartstudios.co.uk) we came across this picture:

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How cool is this?? And can you GET anymore British than Winston Churchill and the Queen??

Anyways, this piece is made by artist Gavin Mitchell (www.gavinmitchell.net ) He told us that he finds old photos in car boot sales and then “post marks” them with a stamp creating a unique and interesting piece of art.

Here it is “in situ” in my front reception room…..

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We love it!!!

Now to find something to put above the desk on the other side of the chimney breast.  The search continues!