Wonderful Other Worlds : Ysabel LeMay

Ysabel LeMay's phantasmagorical nature photographs defy all odds. In a world where nature photography has been done to death, LeMay' creates unique images that radiate with awe. 

 

Ysabel LeMay found photography later in life, after a successful career working as a graphic artist.Seeking greater fulfillment, she turned to painting, and photography. By combining her graphic design skills with her unique photographic eye 

 

LeMay creates ‘Wonderful Other Worlds’, which she builds through the process of hyper college. Combining her technical expertise with her painterly eye, LeMay creates photographs that challenge our perception of landscape.

 

Lemay’s photographs flora, birds, tree limbs, flowers, and anything else she finds along her daily walks. Once back in the studio, she assembles all her files and starts layering images, using hundreds of individual files to construct each final photograph. 

 

Balancing color, light and subject, Ysabel LeMay creates pieces that vibrate with an intensity often experienced in dreams. Wonders continues LeMay’s dedication to the land and the endless beauty it evokes.

Hamburg Kennedy Photographs Spring Sale!

Our Spring Sale is here and in full swing. Founder and Director Marla Hamburg Kennedy personally hand-picked and curated the finest selection of 20th century and contemporary photography, paintings, lithographs, and fine art prints.  

A small selection of the enormous offering on our site below: 



Who Is Miss Van?!

 

Playful, sexy, animalistic (and affordable) , informs much of Miss Van’s body of work. The French did invent 'joie de vivre,' which is exactly what we feel from looking at Miss Van's beautiful ballerinas, renaissance women & masked muses. But who is Miss Van?!

 

Miss Van, aka Vanessa Alice Bensimon (also known as Vanessa Castex), born in 1973 in Toulouse France, is considered one of the best known painters of the graffiti scene. She started wall-painting at the age of 20, in 1993, initiating the feminine movement in Street Art 

 

Miss Van has travelled the world painting her instantly recognizable women on the streets, as well as on canvas. She has exhibited extensively for decades worldwide in Europe, USA and Asia. Miss Van’s recent artistic pursuits have taken her to Los Angeles, Miami , Spain and Brazil, which hallmarks a recent return to street art, after several years spent solely painting in the studio, charging her new works with increased depth, emotion and an elevated romantic darkness and delicacy. Her iconic sultry female characters reappear in sensual yet dark animal masks and evolving environments. In a gauzy romantic compositions, they carry a surreal quality of burlesque, resonating with a beautiful synergy of rawness, softness and emotion. Miss Van stated recently in Juxtapoz Magazine, “I’m evolving and growing up with my paintings. It’s the only way, when you paint with emotions and feelings. I’m trying to be true with myself.” 

 

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Bailarinas 7,mixed media on wood, 36.25 x 24.75 inches 

   
  
 
  
    
  
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     Bailarinas 5,   acrylic on canvas, 55.125 x 66.875 inches 

Bailarinas 5, acrylic on canvas, 55.125 x 66.875 inches 

Countdown: The Top 30 Street Artists of All Time, Pt II

Winding down from Armory Week, and the success Hamburg Kennedy had at Scope New York, we continue our countdown of the Top 30 Street Artists of All Time...

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     19. Th  is legendary Parisian graffiti artist is considered by many street art aficionados to be the father of the type of stencil-based graffiti that has been used by some of the most well known in the world, including Banksy. Born Xavier Prou,  Blek  is another successful street artist who has enjoyed a good relationship with the gallery and museum worlds. He has also published books featuring his  artwork . His pseudonym comes from the rat images that he painted all around Paris early in his career. Despite his success, Prou is still active in the graffiti scene and his recent street works can be seen in London, Paris, Berlin and New York City.

Blek Le Rat

19. This legendary Parisian graffiti artist is considered by many street art aficionados to be the father of the type of stencil-based graffiti that has been used by some of the most well known in the world, including Banksy. Born Xavier Prou, Blek is another successful street artist who has enjoyed a good relationship with the gallery and museum worlds. He has also published books featuring his artwork. His pseudonym comes from the rat images that he painted all around Paris early in his career. Despite his success, Prou is still active in the graffiti scene and his recent street works can be seen in London, Paris, Berlin and New York City.

 Retna at Hamburg Kennedy Photographs

Retna at Hamburg Kennedy Photographs

18. Retna is a Los Angeles-based graffiti artist and muralist who has created an impressive collection of murals characterized by exotic lettering that brings to mind hieroglyphics, Asian calligraphy and other types of classical scripts. He often puts his trademark lettering and color patterns around lifelike portraits to create distinctive murals. His work can be seen throughout Los Angeles and in cities from New York to Miami to Barcelona.

Lady Pink, Los Angeles, CA

17. Lady Pink was born in Ecuador, but raised in NYC. In 1979 she started writing graffiti and soon was well known as the only female capable of competing with the boys in the graffiti subculture. Pink painted subway trains from the years 1979-1985. She is considered a cult figure in the hip-hop subculture since the release of the motion picture "Wild Style" in 1982, in which she had a starring role. While still in high school she was already exhibiting paintings in art galleries, and at the age of 21 had her first solo show at the Moore College of Art. As a leading participant in the rise of graffiti-based art, Lady Pink's canvases have entered important art collections such as those of the Whitney Museum, the MET in New York City, the Brooklyn Museum and the Groningen Museum of Holland. 

 

 

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16. David Choe is an American painter, muralist, graffiti artist and graphic novelist of Korean descent.  He achieved art world success with his "dirty style" figure paintings and raw, frenetic works, which combine themes of desire, degradation, and exaltation. Outside of galleries, he is closely identified with the bucktoothed whale he has been spray-painting on the streets since he was in his teens.

15. Jean-Michel Basquiat  first achieved notoriety as part of SAMO, an informal graffiti group who wrote enigmatic epigrams in the cultural hotbed of the Lower East Side of Manhattan, New York City during the late 1970s where the hip hop, post-punk and street art movements had coalesced. By the 1980s he was exhibiting his Neo-expressionist and Primitivist paintings in galleries and museums internationally. 

 Jean-Michael Basquiat, Bird on Money 1981, acrylic and crayon on canvas

Jean-Michael Basquiat, Bird on Money 1981, acrylic and crayon on canvas

Basquiat's art focused on "suggestive dichotomies," such as wealth versus poverty, integration versus segregation, and inner versus outer experience.[He appropriated poetry, drawing and painting, and married text and image, abstraction and figuration, and historical information mixed with contemporary critique.

 

 ROA, Zaragoza Art to Mural Festival, 2014

ROA, Zaragoza Art to Mural Festival, 2014

14. Roa only came onto the international street art scene in 2008 or 2009, but his talent was already clear. His arrival on the global stage seems to have marked the start of the trend towards street art festivals, large-scale murals, and the version of the globetrotting street artist. His artwork depicts the life and decomposition process of various animals, often on a massive scale, using predominantly black, white, and red.

 

 

13. Sam3 is a master of placement. Typically using nothing more than black paint, Sam3's conceptually driven works are massive in scale. He adds interest to his pieces by playing with the negative space on the buildings he paints. Street artists today who paint simple black silhouettes are almost inevitably compared to Sam3, but those who play with space are equally indebted to him.

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12. Ben Eine paints letters. Lots and lots of letters. He is known in particular for painting shop shutters in London's Shore ditch neighborhood, London's street art hub, and helping to spark the mentality of shop owners in the area who encourage street artists to paint their property. Eine found commercial success while being represented by Banksy's Pictures On Walls print company, and his popularity peaked when David Cameron, the British Prime Minister, gave President Barack Obama a painting by Eine entitled Twenty First Century City.

11. Interesni Kazki (IK) is Aleksei Bordusov and Vladimir Manzhos, a duo from the Ukraine who also goes by their respective aliases AEC and WAONE. They began working together in 1999. They were the precursors of the graffiti movement in the East European countries and since then, these guys have created many murals in the Ukraine and Russia and in countries all over the world, in their distinctive narrative and symbolist style. Aleksei and Vladimir are inspired by themes such as science, religion, cosmology and social subjects, though they usually make work with free meanings that everyone can interpret on their own.


Countdown: The Top 30 Street Artists of All Time

30. This man needs no introduction. Shepard Fairey's Andre and Obama Hope images are some of the best known artistic images of the past decade. His recent street work has mostly focused on complex layered patterns as backdrops to propaganda-style images.

29. Young and supremely talented, Aryz paints huge walls with a dark, illustrated style. The painter, who has drawn sporadically since childhood, began his career on a summer day with some friends. Aryz prefers to paint simply for the sake of painting; his passions for art and fun are his motivation. In fact, he is unsure of what to call his art. People often define it as graffiti, while others consider it street art.

28. Swoon is based in New York, but she is active all over the world. Her wood block images are precisely cut and then pasted on the street. The pieces often depict characters with expressive faces and elements of their life composed to form the body.

 Swoon, Thalasa, 2013

Swoon, Thalasa, 2013

27. Aakash Nihalani uses bright, bold lines at the forefront of all of his art as a means of visually creating 3D images on two-dimensional surfaces. The repetition of isometric squares and rectangles becomes visually pleasing to the eye, conveying complexities such as movement and space by something so simple as the placement of a line.

26. Conor Harrington's work draws a fine line between classical and contemporary art, and masterfully creates a world within those boundaries.  Harrington, a former graffiti artist, not only still enjoys painting huge outdoor murals but consistently tackles new, inventive forms of art, often in a gallery setting. 

 

25.The dark imagery found in ChInese born DALeast's art is undeniably captivating, woven with intricate detail while focusing on the simple subjects in his pieces. Each of his pieces of art is created using paint to look like thousands of shards of metal  are coming together to form beautiful shapes, often animals or humans. Within every piece of DALeast’s art, a pop of color observed in the background brings his subject to life

DALEast in North London, 2013

24. How and Nosm, or Raoul and Davide Perre', are identical twin brothers who have become prevalent figures in today's art world with their red, black and white based murals and paintings. Their large-scale murals are riddled with intricate detail while staying true to their graffiti roots. One glance at a How and Nosm creation commands your undivided attention due to it's impressive size. However, look again and you'll see another dimension to their art that goes unnoticed unless truly appreciated and studied.

  How and Nosm,   Last Departure  , 2014. Image courtesy of Jacob Lewis Gallery

How and Nosm, Last Departure, 2014. Image courtesy of Jacob Lewis Gallery

 

23. Born in France on February 22, 1983, JR was just another average teenager with a passion for graffiti.  However, it was not until he found a camera on the subway that his perception on street art changed. This allowed him to track the individuals who communicate messages via walls and street art. He quickly began to track people in the forbidden undergrounds and roofs of Paris, France. In 2004,JR photographed the riots that broke out in the banlieues and created his first major project by pasting up large prints of their faces around the city

JR

22. George Hambov aka Apeseven grew up in the 1980's Sydney skateboard scene . Spending most of his time exploring industrial areas , listening to hip hop,  he grew up on a healthy dose of anime , skateboard art and graffiti . Apeseven predominantly approaches work with a street art perspective, freehand aerosol and traditional brush techniques. Works primarily incorporate mixed media, acrylics, aerosol, inks, found paper and objects.

  Apeseven,   Together and Never,   2014. Limted Edition (50) Giclee Archival on Rag Paper

Apeseven, Together and Never, 2014. Limted Edition (50) Giclee Archival on Rag Paper

21. Os Gemeos is a Portuguese word meaning the twins. These duo street artists are identical twin brothers who were born as Otavio Pandolfo and Gustavo Pandolfo in 1974. The brothers were born in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Os Gemeos began their careers by being involved in spray-painting graffiti in 1987. Slowly but surely they began to gain large recognition in the underground urban scene. As their influence spread across the urban community they began to help define Brazil’s very own unique style. Their style evolved around traditional hip-hop style and the Brazilian culture.

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20. Brian Donnelly is currently best known as the artist KAWS. KAWS is a New York-based artist who has made a name out of him designing limited edition toys and clothing. He is also a world-renowned artist who exhibits in museums and galleries internationally. His art stands somewhere between fine art and global commerce. KAWS moved beyond the sphere of the exclusive art market to occupy a more complex global market.


Diamond Dust: Shining Bright with Artists

The use of diamond dust in art has a wide range of symbolism and presents a wonderful outlet for creativity. A glittering material that can be applied to paper and ink in the silkscreen printing process to create a textured and luminous finish, artists such as Andy Warhol and Russell Young use the famed diamond dust cover in their works to give them an added sense of significance and depth respectively. Anyone who has seen a diamond dusted work in person can attestthey capture the light in a way that beautifully plays to the colors on the work while bringing about a shinning aurora. An artwork can be greatly enhanced by such an addition in value and beauty, so what exactly is Diamond Dust?

Refined Diamond Dust

 

      The low-grade diamonds that are often ground into dust and used as abrasive powder. The powder is utilized for grinding wheels or polishing paste to polish high-grade gems and for technology industries as a coating for integrated circuits. With all of its utilitarian uses, true diamond dust is difficult to acquire for artist;, which is why it is a mixture of glass, diamonds, and other clear materials.

 Most artists commonly use the clear diamond dust as it gives off the best kaleidoscopic sparkle. The dust is then applied during the printing process instead of an ink layer. A hard material once glueddiamond dust is surprisingly durable and has been as enduring artistic material for several decades.

                                                                              Andy Warhol, Diamond Dust Shoes, 1980

 

Andy Warhol was one of the first artists to incorporate the diamond dust material into his silkscreens with his first use being the 1980 series Diamond Dust Shoes’. His 1982 series ‘Myths’ and the 1985 Royal edition of his famous ‘Reigning Queens’ series followed this. The use of diamond dust heightens the sense of glamor and myth, suggesting luxury and expense; all things Warhol famously appreciated and displayed with pride.

  Warhol, “Queen Margrethe II of Denmark (White) from the Reigning Queens Royal Edition with Diamond Dust of 1985″, Screenprint

Warhol, “Queen Margrethe II of Denmark (White) from the Reigning Queens Royal Edition with Diamond Dust of 1985″, Screenprint

Inspiring future generations, Warhol was the muse behind Sir Peter Blake’s first use of diamond dust in 2009 in his Warhol tribute piece.  Diamond Dust has now become a part of Sir Peter Blake’s Pop Art aesthetic; making for captivating works that present the subject in an almost virtuous tribute like form.

  Sir Peter Blake "Andy Warhol II," 2004.  Giclee print with diamond dust.

Sir Peter Blake "Andy Warhol II," 2004.  Giclee print with diamond dust.

 

Warhol’s portraits have inspired contemporary artist Russell Younginternationally recognized for his larger-than-life silkscreen prints that feature diamond dust.  Young has stated, “I am fascinated by the way light bounce off the three-dimensional surface of my Diamond Dust paintings. In this series, light and the way it is reflected are as important as the subject matter.”

 Russell Young, “Marilyn Monroe Laughing”, 2009. Black and gold, acrylic and enamel screenprint on canvas with diamond dust

A shimmering and elegant material, Diamond Dust adds unexpected texture, depth and intensity to any work. By drawing attention to the surface of a print eye-catching, diamond dust not only adds texture and twinkle but perfectly complements subjects with glittering surfaces and hidden depths, such as Marilyn Monroe, advertising, consumerism, and Pop Art itself.