Rochester 6x6 exhibition, New York

 
Study for 'Suckling', 6x6", oil on canvas, 2015

Study for 'Suckling', 6x6", oil on canvas, 2015

 
 
 

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/

Chilling in my apartment before I shipped her off to Rochester!

Chilling in my apartment before I shipped her off to Rochester!

Below images courtesy of Rochester Contemporary Art Center.

 
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Teeny tiny painting

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. 

New painting & progress shots

Stacie by Vivien Masters, oil on linen, 914x1219mm, 2014

Stacie by Vivien Masters, oil on linen, 914x1219mm, 2014

Glazing the beast once all the paint had dried. Look how sexy the shadows get once they're glazed! Argh. 

Glazing the beast once all the paint had dried. Look how sexy the shadows get once they're glazed! Argh. 

 

 

 

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. 

Fabriccccccc ;D

Fabriccccccc ;D

The Wistful Nymph

The Wistful Nymph, by Vivien Masters, oil on linen, 24x36", 2014

The Wistful Nymph, by Vivien Masters, oil on linen, 24x36", 2014

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. 

 

nymph

/nimf/

noun

  1.  

    a mythological spirit of nature imagined as a beautiful maiden inhabiting rivers, woods, or other locations.
    synonyms:spritesylphspirit
    "a nymph with winged sandals"
     
Rough thumbnail concept sketches

Rough thumbnail concept sketches

Sketching the final image on to strectched linen

Sketching the final image on to strectched linen

Underpainting

Underpainting

Laying it flat to be varnished on my kitchen table

Laying it flat to be varnished on my kitchen table

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2014 update...

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. 

My father holding my hand steady ;p

My father holding my hand steady ;p

What a bunch of emo kids. And Sean. 

What a bunch of emo kids. And Sean. 

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! 

http://www.rocknrollbride.com/2014/06/gothic-wedding-in-new-zealand-vivien-nick/

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. 

That's a pretty accurate depiction of me with my sweet Doc Martens, howling in despair.

That's a pretty accurate depiction of me with my sweet Doc Martens, howling in despair.

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. 

This image sums up both the United States of Amercia AND how I feel about moving there. Nifty. 

This image sums up both the United States of Amercia AND how I feel about moving there. Nifty. 

New drawings!


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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


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'Flourish' exhibition in Melbourne

Corey, Pencil on wood, 9x5", 2013

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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...  

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Concentrating on the task at hand proved difficult! *Drools*

Concentrating on the task at hand proved difficult! *Drools*

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Vivien Masters for ASPHYXIA COUTURE

 http://www.asphyxiacouture.com/

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 

L to R: The art I created for the project. Hot swamp goddess? Model Ashleigh Tovizi and Ivy D'Auton making my art look goooood

L to R: The art I created for the project. Hot swamp goddess? Model Ashleigh Tovizi and Ivy D'Auton making my art look goooood

ASPHYXIA COUTURE: STREET ART

STREET 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. 

 

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To celebrate her new side label, Ivy threw a launch party that kicked all kinds of ass...

Sandwhiched between hot ladies wearing my art...Art school pays for itself! Bahaha with Asleigh Tovizi and Nat Hugill. Photo: Anthony Corban

Sandwhiched between hot ladies wearing my art...Art school pays for itself! Bahaha with Asleigh Tovizi and Nat Hugill. Photo: Anthony Corban

Models Emma Love and Dean Parkin rock art by Dean Sacred. Photo: Anthony Corban

Models Emma Love and Dean Parkin rock art by Dean Sacred. Photo: Anthony Corban

Megababe Jessikah 'Ena Curran AKA Ara Cyanide in Andrew Swarbrick's design. Photo: Anthony Corban

Megababe Jessikah 'Ena Curran AKA Ara Cyanide in Andrew Swarbrick's design. Photo: Anthony Corban

Goths. Goths everywhere. Photo: Anthony Corban

Goths. Goths everywhere. Photo: Anthony Corban

Disaffected youths on a bike welcomed guests as they arrived. They welcomed them by not making eye contact and pouting. Models Morgan O'Reilly and Bay Rawlinson. Photo Anthony Corban

Disaffected youths on a bike welcomed guests as they arrived. They welcomed them by not making eye contact and pouting. Models Morgan O'Reilly and Bay Rawlinson. Photo Anthony Corban

Ashleigh Tovizi, Nat Hugill. Photo: Anthony Corban

Ashleigh ToviziNat Hugill. Photo: Anthony Corban

The models take a bow! Photo: Anthony Corban

The models take a bow! Photo: Anthony Corban

Enough beautiful people to make ones head explode. Photo: Anthony Corban

Enough beautiful people to make ones head explode. Photo: Anthony Corban

For more photos from the launch party check out ASPHYXIA COUTURE on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AsphyxiaCouture 

 

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