As we wrap up another whirlwind year, we find ourselves surrounded by the warm glow of twinkling lights, the sweet scent of gingerbread cookies, and the unmistakable jingle of bells in the air - and flies, and mozzies, and sunstroke, 'cause we're celebrating the festive season Oz style ✌️
Gather around and enjoy some highlights from the year that was at Addicted.
Believe in your elf...
"Enjoy The Ride" by The Space Cowboy
February brought us The Space Cowboy - part Houdini, part multidisciplinary artist from Byron Bay, Australia. A natural performer, he started presenting his unique skills at local markets at the age of eight and has since shocked and amazed audiences worldwide. His numerous television appearances, including ‘Officially Amazing’, ‘Outrageous Acts Of Science’ and AGT, have solidified his fame as a Sideshow Celebrity.
Da da da da da da da da Circus Circus Circus Circus Circus (move it!)!
Icy what you did there...
"Awaiting, Vienna, Austria" by Florian Innerkofler
March unfolded as a visual feast with Florian Innerkofler's captivating exhibition, "The Art of Seeing." Each piece was a testament to the power of perception, drawing us into a world where art and vision intertwine seamlessly.
We 👀 you Florian!
Shake it like a pole-ariod picture...
"Smoking, West Hollywood" by Markus Klinko
April took us on a mesmerizing journey with Markus Klinko's exhibition, "Through The Looking Glass." The lens through which he viewed the world added a surreal touch to our perspectives, reminding us that art reflects the extraordinary.
Markus' photography is a wonderland (see what we did there?).
"Love" by Greg Beebe
In May, we joined the vibrant celebration of life through Greg Beebe's new series "It's A Celebration." Each piece is a testament to the joy found in simple moments, and we couldn't help but be inspired by the lively spirit. Cheers to that 🥂
With her vibrant and colourful paintings that blend pop art with touches of photorealism, Rasha Eleyan is adding her voice to a cause that has had a bearing on who she is her whole life - Palestine. And she’s doing it in her unique pop art style adding two original works to her portfolio.
"Watermelon (We Don't Forget)" by Rasha Eleyan
“And in Palestine,
Where it is [was] a crime to wave the flag of Palestine in Palestine,
Watermelon halves are raised against Israeli troops,
For the red, black, white, green of Palestine. Forever.”
~ Extract from ‘Ode to the Watermelon’ by Aracelis Girmay, Teeth, 2007
"Zaghrouta Solidarity" by Rasha Eleyan
"My sister, our land has a throbbing heart,
It doesn't cease to beat, and it endures the unendurable,
It keeps the secrets of hills and wombs,
This land sprouting, with spikes and palms,
Is also the land that gives birth to a freedom-fighter,
This land, my sister, is a woman."
~ Hamza, Fadwa Tuqan
All the jingle ladies, all the jingle ladies...
"Beyoncé, Dangerously In Love" by Markus Klinko
June had us looking so crazy right now as we commemorated the 20th anniversary of Beyoncé's "Dangerously In Love" album featuring the iconic cover image taken by Markus Klinko. The fusion of visual and musical artistry made it a month to remember uh oh, uh oh, uh oh, oh, no, no (yeah).
Time to spruce things up...
"Lady Luxe" by Amanda Johnstone
Amanda Johnstone graced us with elegance and sophistication creating visual masterpieces melding femininity, fashion, pop art and contemporary luxury to create all things ‘bright and shiny’. And like the magpies we are, we love the shiny!
Snow-body compares to you...
"BACK, New York, USA" by Florian Innerkofler
July presented us with Florian Innerkofler's latest series, SCULPTED. "SKIN", "BACK", and "BARE FEET". The series offered a contemporary reinterpretation of Greek and Roman marble statues while seamlessly blending traditional photographic techniques with a modern twist.
Head, shoulders, knees and toes (knees and toes)!
It's the most wine-derful time of the year...
"Rowbot" by The Space Cowboy
In August, we embarked on a cosmic journey with The Space Cowboy's special limited edition prints. No swords were swallowed during the creation of these prints. We don't think...
Sleigh queen, sleigh!
"Enly III" by Jamie Nelson
September brought us on a photographic odyssey with Jamie Nelson's captivating images. Each photograph tells a unique story, capturing the essence of moments frozen in time. And you can still view Jamie's works via our online exhibition "Jamie Nelson: Illusions and Truths".
We 💖 Jamie Nelson!
It's simple Claus and effect...
"Butterflies Only: Blush" by Tunku Khalsom
October was a month of virtual exploration as we popped our art fair 🍒 (yep, we said it) and participated in Printed Editions' inaugural online art fair. Our lineup featured:
Amanda Johnstone - Florian Innerkofler - Formento & Formento
Formento x Pastor - Jamie Nelson - Markus Klinko
Samantha Redfern - The Space Cowboy - Tunku Khalsom
And just like Arnie, we'll be back.
Your presents is requested...
"Tiger Tiger - Black" by Samantha Redfern
“Tiger got to hunt, bird got to fly;
Man got to sit and wonder 'why, why, why?'
Tiger got to sleep, bird got to land;
Man got to tell himself he understand.”
~ Kurt Vonnegut, Cat's Cradle
"All Of A Flutter - Blue Sky" by Samantha Redfern
The lovely Samantha Redfern created two new print series - "Tiger Tiger" and "All Of A Flutter" which were launched at the Printed Editions Online Art Fair.
But wait—there’s myrrh... (please make it stop!)
This is our Oprah moment where we share (one of) our favourite things - eL Seed's "Dream Big". The artwork is a calligraffiti piece which when unravelled reads as a quote from the Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish that says, “At the size of your dream, earth gets wider". It gives us the feels every time 💗💗💗
"Dream Big" by eL Seed
Snow thank you...
As we immerse ourselves in the festive season and eagerly anticipate the arrival of 2024, we want to take a moment to express our profound gratitude to each one of you.
Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! May 2024 be a year filled with artistic brilliance, creative exploration, and a canvas of endless possibilities.
Until the next one Addictees, peace out! 🕊
Blair & El xoxo