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August 4 2014

CJ Hendry is an exceptionally talented artist. Plain and simple. She has blown us away and created a major reaction among the art-buying public.

Her large-scale, black-and-white, pen-on-paper images are simply astonishing. They are so incredibly detailed and perfect that it is hard to believe that they are in fact unique, one-of-a-kind works of art, and not reproductions of a photograph.


 
CJ Hendry’s creative process starts with the selection of the object, continues with taking more than 100 photographs of the object to discover the shadows and angles that best present the object, and then starts the painstaking two-week process of transferring the selected image onto paper with a pen, one scrible at a time.

We have never seen work like hers, and we have never ever encountered a response similar to what the reaction to her incredible work has been. And we are now her exclusive agents.

As soon as we post an image of one of her pieces on Instagram, it is reserved and sold in a few hours.

We have written about her work before, and were the first to show her work at our art exhibition in Sydney

But her current project of creating massive (1.8 x 2.4 m), photo-realistic, original pen-on-paper works of shopping bags of iconic brands – from Tom Ford and Hermes to Lanvin and Chanel - really has had us gasping for air.


 
Each piece is absolutely stunning and art buyers are competing to own them. Each piece is painstakingly drawn by CJ Hendry with only pen and ink. Each takes about two weeks to complete and there will be only one of each image.


 
The series of IT Bags will include 12-15 bags in total. Serious art collectors get in contact

CJ Hendry is exclusively represented by thecoolhunter.

 

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August 2 2014

Like shiny specks of sunlight reflecting off of a lake or a field of snow, San Pierre’s three distinctive pieces of wall art convey a sense of illumination, transparency and tension.
 
Each piece consists of a gentle halo of shimmery thread, circling a digitally printed disk of graded pastel colour.


 
The 3D aspect of these 100cm x 100cm works draws attention, and attracts light in interesting variations.
 
At different times of the day, or in different lighting conditions, the work appears slightly altered. The shadows of the thread grow longer and darker, the colour in the centre more intense.


 
There is a folk-artsy quality to the threadwork, but the neon-hued digital printing pulls the viewer into an entirely different direction. It’s this unexpected mix that creates a feeling of controlled tension.


 
The artist is London-born and –based San Pierre, who attended Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication studying product and furniture design and graduated with Honours at the age of 21. For the past 15 years, he has worked in fashion and advertising while developing his unique experimental artistic style.



The centre of the piece is digitally printed, then mounted to Dibond. The thread forms a thin pattern around the edge of the entire print. The thread has a slight shimmer when the light catches it.
100cm x 100cm.

Digital print on photographic paper mounted to Dibond.
M2 silver plated nuts and bolts.
Blue/Pink/Yellow thread.
Exclusive to thecoolhunter

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July 28 2014

Francoise Nielly's massive, colourful portraits are delicious to look at. Even more wonderful – and particularly infuriating to those of us who have timidly dabbled in painting – is to watch her create them. She, in her confident, strong hand, wields her painting knife shaped like a miniature garden trowel, and makes painting look easy like cake frosting.

She paints her vivid, passionate canvases — some as large as 78 x 25 inches (195 x 62 centimeters) -- from black-and-white photos, further proof of her unfailing ability to interpret light, shadow, hue and tone by applying brilliant colours and daring strokes.

Born in Marseille, brought up near Cannes and Saint-Tropez, and now living in Paris, Nielly is at home among bold contrast and dazzling light. To add to her likeability, here is the list of her loves: Life, wide open spaces, sushi, blue lagoons, the Internet, humor, books, Paris, New York and Vancouver.

Six of her prints are available exclusively through TCH online store - 1000mm x 1000ml & 1200mm x 1200 metallic print on acrylic.

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July 10 2014

In March 2014, Particia Derks’s work turned heads at TCH - The Art Hunter experience in Sydney. The penetrating eyes, arresting colours and the sheer size of her original portraiture paintings are all attention-grabbers in  hemselves. Combine the three and you’d have to be dead to not stop and notice.

We have selected two of the Netherlands-based artist’s original works. Both paintings are head-and-shoulders images of a female, executed in muted pastel colours with striking, strong eyes and bright-coloured lips. The images are direct, somewhat aggressive but at the same time, there’s a sense of sadness and secrecy – there’s room for us viewers to make up our own minds about what the subject is feeling and why.

A great piece of art does that – it leaves enough undefined, so that we can come back again and again, day after day, and find our thoughts shifting once more.

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July 8 2014



We love these eerie portraits created by interactive artist and technical director, Mike Pelletier and available exlusively on our online store.



For many years, Pelletier has been researching and experimenting with methods of creating multidimensional portraits. Using his research in thermal imaging and MRI scanners as a technological basis and as inspiration, he started using  Microsoft’s motion-sensing Xbox device, Kinect, to create cool artwork with a strong, edgy look.

Pelletier’s 3D images made of a sitting subject appear to be pictures of a metallic sculpture, strangely alive yet scarily cold at the same time. An updated C-3PO with a beating heart, perhaps?



Pelletier has participated in exhibitions and festivals around the world including the Netherlands, Canada, Finland, Spain, UK, US and Australia.

He is originally from Saskatchewan, Canada, and works currently at Random Studio in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. - Tuija Seipell

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These designs are printed on metallic paper and mounted behind perspex for a dazzling and bold look. They can be wall mounted or free standing.

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April 17 2014

The art of Super Future Kid messes with our minds by mixing reality and fantasy in a way that seems thoroughly normal.

Her prints – based on original oil-on-canvas paintings – resemble family snapshots. We can imagine ourselves in them. We see characters that we can recognize – including Disney princesses and Storm Troopers from Star Wars - but they are all out of their “normal” environment.



And still they somehow seem to invite us in. Entice us, lure us, demand our attention and scrutiny. And although the worlds the German-born London resident artist depicts are thoroughly unrealistic, they are also happily perfect. These prints are great conversation pieces, and the images will light up any room in any environment.

Printed on fine art paper and framed on a white gloss frame

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March 13 2014

We discovered Australian artist CJ Hendry through her Instagram account and were immediately blown away by her work. Armed with only paper and pen, she creates magnificent, photorealistic black-and-white images in large format. Her subjects are generally high-end fashion objects, such as a Hermes scarf or a Louis Vuitton horse head, but they can also be other inanimate objects including sculls and guns.


 
The pieces are mesmerizing visual objects in their own right, but once you realize they are created by just pen and ink, you really start to appreciate the skill and patience involved.



We are very happy to be the first to introduce her work to the world at large. We are usually pretty good at knowing when we have found a winner, and we know she’s one.


 
All six of her pieces were sold prior to the opening of The Art Hunter in Sydney and all via Instagram.


 
CJ Hendry’s creative process starts with selecting an object, or in some cases the objects selects her and she becomes obsessed with it to the point of having to create an image of it in ink. She then photographs the object in different positions and lighting, sometimes taking more than 100 images. She looks for a strong contrast with negative space that then draws the focus onto the object itself.


 
She selects the image that evokes a sense of simplicity and balance, or that in her words “shows off” the item the best. She then prints a black-and-white image and creates a grid on a large sheet of Arches paper. She spends sometimes more than 200 hours painstakingly creating the final piece using only black UniPin pens

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Having dropped out of two university programs, the former almost-Olympic-level swimmer (she just missed the Athens Olympics and left full-time swimming after that) has now found a satisfying life to channel her creativity, mental endurance and obsession with fashion.



CJ explains: “The main reason I am so obsessed with expansive white backgrounds and highly detailed objects was through my early years of studying architecture. I was completely obsessed with the large plans with perfect lines, and this is where I was introduced to the black UniPin pens. I was not very good on the computer so I drew all my plans for all the assignments and drew detailed renderings of the buildings. The lecturers were not happy with me because I wasn’t using CAD and said I better learn, so I dropped out.”

 

CJ Hendry does not do private commissions and is exclusively represented by TCH. We will be having 4 shows a year of CJ Hendry's work in the coming next 12 months. Subscribe to our newsletetter to be updated.

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March 12 2014

More than 400 invited guests attended the opening event of The Art Hunter in Sydney on Tuesday night.

The Art Hunter launch is a collaboration between The Cool Hunter and Jaguar, and the opening night was also the Australian debut of the spectacular Jaguar C-X17 concept car.

To present The Art Hunter,  we engaged our dream team of collaborators, led by the incomparable Natalie Longeon, Peter Pengly and Phil Barker from The Artistry (they designed and executed our Summer Lovers store as well), to transform a 500 m2 warehouse in Alexandria into a genuinely exciting, temporary three-week art exhibition experience.

The Art Hunter is not a white-walled space where you quietly walk past pieces of art. Instead, it is an eclectic and vibrant environment where every wall is a different colour (by our paint sponsor Taubmans), where there is no natural light and where the work of more than 40 artists, curated by us, is not only on display but also for sale.

Every one of the seven exhibit spaces has its own unique theme in addition to having its own wall and floor texture and colour.

The 3D Wallpanels in this space, for example, provide the background for the stunning, exclusive-to-The-Art-Hunter artwork of CJ Hendry in her first-ever public show.

In this corner, more CJ Hendry art with Oliver Tanner sculpture and floor designed by Hollie Martin.

The incredible artwork of CJ Hendry -all hand drawn by pen – drew much attention via Instagram even before her public debut at The Art Hunter. Five of the six works shown, were pre-sold before the opening night. (CJ Hendry is now exlusively represented by TCH)

At every turn, The Art Hunter surprises by serving up powerful, stunning art, capable of turning heads in any environment, from private residences to public spaces.

And to further prove the point that art does not need to presented in a boring, bland environment, we engaged Joe Crossley to create an incredible pattern with tape on the concrete floor.

The video room at The Art Hunter has a continuous show of five videos by different artists but you need to visit The Art Hunter to find out who they are!

The visual artists represented at The Art Hunter include both well-established masters and startling new discoveries, such as CJ Hendry. Other artists involved include Stephen Oramndy, Dorryce Rock, Daniel Hollier, Phil James, Friends With You, Paul Ryan and Jasper Knight to name a few.

I would like to thank JaguarBlack Communications for making this all possible. It is incredibly rewarding to work with an iconic brand like Jaguar and to create an environment that is truly worth experiencing. And, of course, the Jaguar C-X17 is beyond incredible.

Matthew Beaven, Jaguar’s Chief Designer, Exteriors, Advanced Design, flew in from London to host the evening with us.

At The Art Hunter, the Jaguar C-X17 concept car and brand positioning – How Alive Are You?  was brought to life by The Creative Shop through the use of both audio and visual stimulus. Entering the room to hear a solid heartbeat that increased in speed and tempo, all the while visualising this through red pulse graphics on the walls, helped to create an immersive experience that demonstrated that the Jaguar C-X17 is a living and breathing machine.

I also want to thank our creative producers The Artistry specifically. I have never worked with a team of people who so enthusiastically showed so much interest and care in everything they do. The attention to detail, the design and execution, the construction of our enormous set, the managing of the food and drinks of the launch evening - every single detail was executed to an extraordinary level of professionalism. I am so lucky to be working with them.

In this space, the floor was created by Tania De Bono of #thewritings and the photograph is by Nick Samartis.

The confession room designed by Hendrik Gericke where people walk into a neon-lit room to write a confession and share it on the wall.

Neon art in this space is paired with the Rainbow Trooper by Super Future Kid.

At the opening, we also had incredible edible food art provided by the talented team of Studio Neon with Andy Warhol soup cans for serving fermentad tomato gazpacho with prawns. Large terracotta pots with zucchini flowers, goats cheese hazelenut and honey and vegetable puree served as edible paint.  And of course, we had the best mobile bar staff in Sydney with the Trolleyd boys along with our partners, Peroni, Nakd Water from NZ, Grey Goose, Karma Kola, Bombay Sapphire, Milagro Tequila.

The Art Hunter – open for three weeks only at
90-96 Bourke Road
Alexandria (directly opposite the Grounds)
Sydney, Australia

Hours
Mondays - CLOSED
Tue-Fri - Midday until 8pm
Sat & Sun - 10am - 5pm

Closes Sunday 30 March

Want to see more? Use the hashtag #thearthunter on instagram to see everyone’s images.

The Art Hunter is The Cool Hunter’s latest, and so far the largest, offline experiential endeavour. It started with two The Cool House wildly successful temporary boutiques in Sydney and Melbourne in 2012, followed by The Cool Hunter ‘Rotate” Summer Lovers store in Sydney in 2013, and now in 2014, The Art Hunter

We can do much more with this fabulous warehouse space, the sky is not the limit! If you have a corporate event, product launch, fashion show, or other happening in mind in Sydney the near future, let us know. We have not only the ideas, but also the teams to make your next event a stunner.

The Art Hunter – open for three weeks only at
90-96 Bourke Road
Alexandria (directly opposite the Grounds)
Sydney, Australia

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November 27 2013

Do you really think there is an interior environment that wouldn’t be made more beautiful, more tranquil, more cool with the addition of a peaceful image of ocean scenery?

We don’t think so. Without a doubt, the cure for the visual noise and image overload in our lives comes in the form of a stunning photograph by Luke Shadbolt of the central coast of NSW.

The picture seem like an oil painting, but it is in reality an expertly composed photograph.

Imagine a quiet beach, a soft morning breeze on your skin, the scent of the ocean, the sound of the soft waves. This image will transport you to your favourite seaside places as they expand and calm down any interior with its serene atmosphere and gorgeous colours. Now, just take a deep breath and relax.

 



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November 13 2013

Once again, we find ourselves mesmerized by abstract visual art that leaves an opening for our own interpretations. With the work of Houston, Texas-based Heath West, we are given the freedom to experience pixelated pattern in whatever way we wish to.

We see these mystery images, seemingly lit from the inside, as calming and meditative visual “white noise” that either energize or clam down a room, depending on how the images are placed and lit.

West is a practicing architect, who also studied art and art history. He uses several tools within Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop and describes his method as ”developing and working through an algorithm of vector and pixel color manipulation, a recursive loop, where the stopping point is when the image achieves the quality I am happy with.” 

These limited edition metallic prints, exclusive to the TCH store, are printed on metallic paper then mounted underneath perspex for a dazzling and striking look. 

A specialised process called 'face-mounting' is used to create a durable bond between the print and acrylic (perspex). A high quality acrylic is used to provide superior UV protection.

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