Imi Keubel - Artist

Delighted to have discovered Imi Keubel this week, after reading that he has a show opening today at White Cube Gallery, Bermondsey, his first London exhibition in his 50 year career. I'm currently finding his work so inspiring! His bold, abstracted color, clean, graphic nature, and his unusual color combinations are endlessly fresh and feel perfect right now.....Happy  :)

Born in Dessau, Germany, 75 years ago - no less! Imi studied applied arts at the Darmstadt School of Arts and Crafts, following the theories of Johannes Itten and Laszlo Moholy-Nagy of the Bauhaus. He spent the next 7 years studying under Joseph Beuys at the Staatliche Kunstakademie in Dusseldorf....what an enviable experience all round! The results of which can be seen in a smattering of my favorite pieces below.

'Collages' of painted wood or metal in abstract geometric shapes, layered together creating inspiring color combinations and patterns....

'Collages' of painted wood or metal in abstract geometric shapes, layered together creating inspiring color combinations and patterns....

More formalized 'Frame' compositions again play with color theory spanning deep, bright and pastel hues.

More formalized 'Frame' compositions again play with color theory spanning deep, bright and pastel hues.

Exploded, messy Plaids and Weaves....or a crazy game of Jack Straws!!

Imi's playful 'Knife Cuts' 

Imi's playful 'Knife Cuts' 

And finally - it's just hip to be square

And finally - it's just hip to be square


Resort 16 Runway Pattern Inspiration....

This Resort 16 Season jumped off the runway in an explosion of Print, Pattern and Color! Vibrant, Innovative in it's translation in a myriad of fabrics and explorations - anything goes for this Pre-Season so the Designers went at it to their hearts content leaving plenty of room, for later maneuver.

This Resort 16 Season jumped off the runway in an explosion of Print, Pattern and Color! Vibrant, Innovative in it's translation in a myriad of fabrics and explorations - anything goes for this Pre-Season so the Designers went at it to their hearts content leaving plenty of room, for later maneuver.

 

Biggest Hits -

FLORAL - from Soft and Romantic, Tiny to Exploded scales, to Bold and Painterly or Tropical.

STRIPES - Bold, Multi Color to Color Families, Vertical to Horizontal to ZigZag

OVERSIZED GEO'S and PSYCHEDELIA - Painterly to Clean, Sharp and Graphic to Ethnic.

And everything in between!

Top: Fendi; Fendi; Altuzarra

Bottom: Carolina Herrara: Carolina Herrara; Calvin Klein

Top: Chanel; Chanel: Gucci Bottom: All - Christian Dior

Top: Chanel; Chanel: Gucci

Bottom: All - Christian Dior

Top: All Giamba; Bottom: Giambattista Valli; Giambattista Valli;Stella McCartney

Top: All Giamba;

Bottom: Giambattista Valli; Giambattista Valli;Stella McCartney

Top: Kenzo; Kenzo: Lisa Perry; Bottom: JW Anderson; JW Anderson; Marni;

Top: Kenzo; Kenzo: Lisa Perry;

Bottom: JW Anderson; JW Anderson; Marni;

Top: All Marni; Bottom All Mary Katrantzou:

Top: All Marni;

Bottom All Mary Katrantzou:

Top: Roksanda: Roksanda: Trina Turk: Bottom: Trina Turk: Trina Turk: Fendi

Top: Roksanda: Roksanda: Trina Turk:

Bottom: Trina Turk: Trina Turk: Fendi

Resort Concepts...

Inspired by the vibrant colors and graphic, clean compositions in the paintings of Alex Katz....and dreams of long hot lazy summer days to a soundtrack of Paul Weller's The Style Council! A palette of warm brights, grounded with deep forest green, natural vachetta, white and an acid note to pop! And some vintage inspired materials for print bases such as light weight terry cloth, sub silk linen mixed with the moderns of neoprene, rubberized matt leather finishes and rich vachetta which naturally ambers with age.......

Black Hat 2 2010  

Black Hat 2 2010

 

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Kats People Paintings...long hot summer passing by...

Miscellaneous Floral paintings by Alex Katz.

Miscellaneous Floral paintings by Alex Katz.

Materials Inspired by Katz Paintings....toweling, mesh, neoprene, croc, pompoms, wood veneer, metallic specchio, slubbed silk linen, suede, nappa, calf, rubberized finish textiles and leathers.

Materials Inspired by Katz Paintings....toweling, mesh, neoprene, croc, pompoms, wood veneer, metallic specchio, slubbed silk linen, suede, nappa, calf, rubberized finish textiles and leathers.

Color palette inspired by Katz work - warm brights with white, blues and greens from foliage and watery tones, contrasted with bright shiny metallic gold specchio.

Color palette inspired by Katz work - warm brights with white, blues and greens from foliage and watery tones, contrasted with bright shiny metallic gold specchio.

Some initial Slipper Mule Espadrilles utilizing the materials and color palette...easy throw on's in the key Gents Slipper trend silhouette - playing on it's natural novelty material carrying abilities, seen more traditionally on closed versions on leather outsoles. This makes a perfect casual Summer counterpart to cut-off's or languid dresses paired with a refreshing cocktail !

Some initial Slipper Mule Espadrilles utilizing the materials and color palette...easy throw on's in the key Gents Slipper trend silhouette - playing on it's natural novelty material carrying abilities, seen more traditionally on closed versions on leather outsoles. This makes a perfect casual Summer counterpart to cut-off's or languid dresses paired with a refreshing cocktail !