This tiny 6x6" colour study for an upcoming painting was part of this years Rochester Contemporary 6x6 Exhibition in Rochester, NY. The 6x6 show is RoCo's largest annual fundraiser, which supports their work as a non-profit community arts center. Artist's from all over the world donate their work and 100% of the proceeds go to RoCo.
Check out their website for more info! http://www.rochestercontemporary.org/
Below images courtesy of Rochester Contemporary Art Center.
For scale, here's a photograph of the wee painting (above) with my Nana's tea cup and some of my beloved ye olde books, and below, a pic of me and my last portrait of Stacie. And my Siamese who did not agree to pose for a picture. Bad kitty.
Okay, here are some progress shots of this little beauty...
Okay, it's not teeny tiny, but compared to the huge canvases I've been working on lately, this 304x228mm cutie is wee.
Here are some progress shots from my latest painting. Her tattoos were so much fun to paint! Actually tattooing someone is on my list of things to do before I die. Human skin= the ultimate canvas.
Sketching & under-painting layers...
Trying to capture her glorious ginger locks was an absolute nightmare. I need to practice painting more red-heads.
My little sister is a ginger.
Here's the first painting I finished since our move to New York in September 2014! We each only brought a suitcase of belongings with us, so I had to build up a new studio with most of the supplies from scratch.
The Wistful Nymph is a 24x36" oil painting on stretched linen. My friend Ruby sat for the reference photo before I left New Zealand. We met while working together at a gallery, and I would look upon her perfect little face with it's mischievous smile and wicked eyes, surrounded by fire red hair- and see a nymph.
This is the first of two paintings of my friend Hannah Tasker-Poland, Burlesque performer and professional dancer from New Zealand. I'll be starting the next one soon...And the chrysalis on her finger will have hatched...
This painting has been driving me insane since I started it in November 2013. More than a year later I've finally decided it's finished.
The Contemplation of Saturn, by Vivien Masters, 2014, oil on canvas, 910x605mmRead More
To be honest, I forgot this blog was here. My bad. Since my last post in February a hell of a lot has gone down, so here is a compact update of my arty (and non-arty) shenanigans!
The first half of my year was really spent planning my wedding...Which is kind of art, so shhh. My beloved and I were wed by our dear friend Erikka under a 100 year old chesnut tree, on a sunny New Zealand day, surrounded by our most treasured friends and family.
International alternative wedding blog ROCK N' ROLL BRIDE were kind enough to do a feature on our wedding, check it our here if you want more details!
The painting below has slowly but surely been driving me mad. Well, madder. I just can't get it right. After months of umming and ahhing I decided to bite the bullet and just start it again. From scratch. Yup. I hate myself. God willing it will be finished soon. Or I will die. One of those things will happen.
I painted Chaos...
I painted The Contemplation of Saturn...
And I've NEARLY finished her sister-painting! Watch this space. Maybe.
I joined tumblr, and it's become a serious problem. But the kind I don't want help with. http://vivienmasters.tumblr.com/
Oh, and just casually, the husband-creature got a job in the States so we're moving to New York. In 8 weeks. Just casually.
Drawing is something I've neglected for a long time, and it feels so good to be active again! It gets me in such a different headspace than painting, both creatively and technically. Once again all the light fixtures and doors in our house are marked with graphite smears...And so am I :3
I created this tiny drawing on a 9x5" piece of plywood for the 'Flourish' exhibition in Melbourne. I drew him just over a month ago while travelling in New York. Our apartment was tiny, so I snuck in to the grand study halls of the NY public library to work on him...
A few months back the sumptous Ivy D'Auton of NZ label ASPHYXIA COUTURE approached me about a collaboration for her new street wear brand...Fast forward to present day and my art is now making people cooler, one item of clothing at a time ;p
ASPHYXIA COUTURE: STREET ARTSTREET ART IS A SIDE LABEL OF ASPHYXIA COUTURE WHICH COLLABORATES WITH AND PROMOTES TALENTED ARTISTS FROM NEW ZEALAND AND ABROAD TO PRODUCE EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED EDITION STREETWEAR.
THESE ARTWORKS ARE EXCLUSIVE TO ASPHYXIACOUTURE.COM. ONLY 200 ITEMS OF EACH ARTWORK WILL BE PRINTED. EVER!
All STREET ART clothing is Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP) certified and is handprinted by NZ-based professionals.
To celebrate her new side label, Ivy threw a launch party that kicked all kinds of ass...
This is my new blog, where I'll post about upcoming exhibitions and projects, post progress pics and new work, and ramble.
You can still check out my OLD blog here: https://sites.google.com/site/vivienmasters/news
I decided to move from Google Sites because they are NOT user friendly, and frankly, aint nobody got time fo dat.