As a Way of forcing myself to update this more often I thought I would feature a few of my friends and colleagues work and talk about them a bit. One of the great advantages of being an artist is knowing other artists and being in a position to trade work with them, I have a lot of amazing pieces I have traded for and are incredibly special to me.
Today Im going to do a wee feature of My friend Tull Suwannakit, One of the most talented and humble people I know. His work uses animals (both taxidermied and illustrated) to explore themes of dislocation and alienation from the environment in site specific installations. Here is his website: www.nomadicfoe.com
I have a few pieces from Tull the first which was a trade is this tiny bird, nestled in a cigarette tin this is not taxidermy like most of tull’s work but rather is a created creature made from latex and modelling clay with kangaroo fur and paint for detailing, this one is from our masters year of 2011
Tull also is a published author and illustrator with his recent children’s book “What happens next?” winning awards and charming people worldwide (purchasable here) I have a couple of his illustrations in my rabbit wall of artworks the rabbit couple looking at each other and the small delicate water colour “raball”
When I asked Tull to be a part of a drawing show down at D11 he initially declined saying he didn’t have time, I pushed him and he gave me a sketchbook to exhibit. A sketchbook that he has been documenting animals in for about 10 years, what he considers a sketchbook not worthy of white gloves in a show I (and a lot of other viewers) would consider an outstanding record of animals bot realistic and playful. Its stunning. Here is a cheeky look at some of my favourite pages
Tull Currently has an exhibition on at Brunswick arts called Mimesis Transition (link) and I strongly recommend you go! This show incorporates both Tull’s Taxidermy work with his draws and one sets off the other brilliantly, the balance is fantastic. The work is installed carefully and thoughtfully and the lighting is very well thought out. Here are a couple of images: