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Roads 'Living With' Series Showcase

Monday, 30 January 2017


Recently, I was lucky enough to win a giveaway from the amazing Roads Publishing. They sent me four gorgeous books from their 'Living With' series, all of which can be found here. Each book contains 32 art prints from the artist in question, and each print is slightly perforated at the spine so that you can tear out, gift, or frame your favourite pieces. It's a fantastic idea in my opinion, because typically a single print directly from the artist can cost as much as (if not more than) these books, which offer an astounding number of artwork for the price offered. The books I was sent are of the artists Eugenia Loli, My Dead Pony, Yuko Shimizu, and Hattie Stewart.


EUGENIA LOLI





Eugenia Loli is a Greek collage artist based in California, and probably my personal favourite of the four artists showcased here. Her art is very heavily influenced by vintage fashion, cinema, photography, and all things Americana. As a collage artist, Loli mixes her images either to complement or oppose each other. Loli sometimes combines black and white photography with garishly saturated images, as well as mixing the organic with the manmade. 


Eugenia Loli's prints would make a perfect gift, if I can force myself to tear out any of the gorgeous images. I'm already thinking about which prints I would like on my wall - especially if I end up abroad next year, desperate to decorate a bland student flat. 

The book can be bought here, and Eugenia Loli herself can best be found here.



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MY DEAD PONY





My Dead Pony, or RaphaĆ«l Vicenzi, is a Belgian illustrator whose art is a mixture of fashion illustration and street art. His art is gorgeous and girly in the best sense of the word. One of my favourites is the image above, which depicts a girl wearing a dress made out of the grumpy cat, surrounded by the word 'no' and looking generally badass. It's great. 



Find the book here and Vicenzi himself over here

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YOKO SHIMIZU 



Yuko Shimizu is a New York-based Japanese illustrator. Her work stood out to me for its narrative quality - it almost looks as though it was commissioned for a graphic novel or something similar. The people she depicts are very different to the model types seen in My Dead Pony or Eugenia Loli. They don’t necessarily feel any more real, but they come across more as characters. I’m not sure what kind of story would even suit Shimizu’s illustrations; her work is both childish and very dark. It would have to be a very surreal where's-wally of Pippi Longstockings going down the rabbit hole. 



You can buy the book here and find Yuko Shimizu here, if you so wish.  

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HATTIE STEWART



Hattie Stewart is a London-based artist. The bio on the inside cover describes her work as "Pop Art for the Instagram generation". While her work is certainly fun and playful, it's just not my thing. Stewart is massively successful, having worked with a long list of brands and companies, but unfortunately, I can't see myself using any of the prints provided in the book. I don't think Stewart's emoji-style artwork works with the Living With series at all. After all, the intention is to frame or pin up the individual prints either for yourself or for others, and I just can't see many people doing that with Stewart's art. It's one thing having a smiley face on a bag or a jumper or a phone case, but putting it on your wall is something else entirely. 

However, I could be entirely wrong. Maybe Hattie Stewart is your favourite artist - and in that case, you can get her book here, or view more of her artwork here.






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