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20 Quotes On Creativity, Commerce & Design From Andy Warhol

Decades after his death Pop Art king Andy Warhol’s words still resonate with artists and creatives alike. Here are 20 quotes on Art, Creativity, Commerce and Design from Andy Warhol to get you through your day.


1. “When you think about it, department stores are kind of like museums.”

2. “Being good in business is the most fascinating kind of art. Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art.”

3. “If you want to know all about Andy Warhol, just look at the surface of my paintings and films and me, and there I am. There’s nothing behind it.”

4. “Isn’t life a series of images that change as they repeat themselves?”

5. “In the future, everyone will be famous for 15 minutes.”

6. “Everybody needs a fantasy”

7. “I’m for mechanical art. When I took up silk screening, it was to more fully exploit the preconceived image through the commercial techniques of multiple reproduction.”

8. “Land really is the best art.”

9. “Once you ‘got’ Pop, you could never see a sign again the same way again. And once you thought Pop, you could never see America the same way again.”

10. “Most people in America think Art is a man’s name.”

11. “I’ll bet there are a lot of artists that nobody hears about who just make more money than anybody. The people that do all the sculptures and paintings for big building construction. We never hear about them, but they make more money than anybody.”

12. “Art is what you can get away with.”

13. “It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop.”

14. “An artist is somebody who produces things that people don’t need to have.”

15. “Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.”

16. “I just do art because I’m ugly and there’s nothing else for me to do.”

17. “I’m bored with that line. I never use it anymore. My new line is “In 15 minutes everybody will be famous.”

18. “They say that time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.”

19. “When I did my self-portrait, I left all the pimples out because you always should. Pimples are a temporary condition and they don’t have anything to do with what you really look like. Always omit the blemishes—they’re not part of the good picture you want.”

20. “You know it’s ART, when the check clears.”

Victor Koroma Is A Photographer That Thinks Like A Painter #WhatABeautifulMess

“A Beautiful Mess” is Los Angeles based photographer Victor Koroma‘s artistic play on advertising ability to make certain products seem more appealing than they really are. Through carefully designed, aesthetic pleasing exterior packaging advertising companies deceive, trick and lure consumers.

Victor is a photographer that thinks like a painter. To create the work, Victor found cigarette packs on streets and sidewalks, and using watercolors, Tazo passion tea that he drinks before bedtime, Barefoot red wine he sips at dinner and morning Nescafe coffee he drinks in the morning hand painted mixed media deckle edge prints of the found cigarette packs. “A Beautiful Mess” is Victor’s attempt at making something dirty look beautiful.

Take a closer look at more images from the series below.

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Provision + NYC: On Not Giving A Chic

Provision + NYC is a concept retail platform empowering people through design to lead and impact in every sphere of life.​

​Within a few months of their inaugural launch the brand has grabbed the attention of Supermodel Iman, ​Model Cynthia Bailey, Emmy nominated Actress Niecy Nash, “The Real” Talk Show Host Adrienne Bailon, Stylist to Jay-Z and HSN designer June Ambrose, FashionBombDailly.com​ Creator Claire Sulmers, Mens Designer Angel Bespoke, Stylist to Justin Bieber Ugo Mozie, Kanye West’s former Stylist Alexis Phifer, and Tina Craig of VOGUE Magazine.



About the Vision:

Last year we ​had a vision in our​ heart​s​ about curating a line empowering people through design to lead and impact in every sphere of life. Just because one door closes doesn’t mean the entire building is locked. Never use the word “can’t.” Fear has failed. We exist to make His visions Famous. Your dream is your job. Believe in it so much that it hurts. We were CALLED to be something more. Answer the call and accept your calling. Awaken those dreams, those unshakeable talents — it’s time for you to RISE. Break all the rules and apologize for nothing — we are trying to change the world. Show up to your battle and reclaim what He created. Faith is the condiment that gives breakthrough its flavor so stop standing on the sidelines asking for permission to taste — give notice. When things shouldn’t have worked out but they did anyway; Faith is insurance with no co-pay. Don’t ask for permission to get insured GIVE NOTICE. Let’s create monumental moments, and international upgrades. Stay building — Bridges –Doors –Opportunities. We don’t do things FOR approval, we do it FROM a place of approval. Dreams inspire movement so start moving and break free of living in bondage. We are “CAN do people”. This isn’t our job, this is our life. Empowerment starts with us.

Exploring The New Mythology Of Eugenia Loli

After previously working in the technology sector, Eugenia Loli has ditched the coding for collage and filmmaking. Eugenia’s work explores objective obscurity, worshiped women for your illustration. Three minutes to nirvana doesn’t seem like that long of a wait.

Take a closer look at some of our favorite works from Eugenia below. Let us know what you think in the comments.
















Jellykoe For The Kid In Us All

Kelly and J. Spencer Shull are the owners of Jellykoe, an independent, South Carolina based company specializing in creating adult toys. But not the kind you’re thinking about. Most people grow out of their stuffed toys phase by the time they’re twelve, but Jellykoe’s cute yet eccentric handmade plushies make it almost impossible to resist buying your first stuffed animal, or whatever it is, in years. J. Spencer’s soft creations look like they came straight from space, just like the characters he draws in his art prints and books. His style can only be described as lowbrow pop surrealism; an art that makes you simultaneously laugh and think “What the hell is going on here?”




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Cheyenne Randall Learns A Lesson From The Bootleg School Of Design

Cheyenne Randall is a Seattle based visual artist working in various mediums including some vibrant digital collages…

inspired by trippy images and Native American motifs and art and my favorite of his works, vintage celebrity photos with hand drawn tattoos.  His work is self described as “neo-conceptual-post-urban-ndn-ism,” snarkiness aside, Cheyenne is one artist to watch. Here are some of our favorite works from Cheyenne’s frequently updated Instagram stream.


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Kills Billions: Success in a System Designed to Fail

From skid row to Bel-Air Los Angeles street wear brand Kills Billions stays trill. Founded in 2012, the brand strives to prosper off the record, all cash. Fuck a bank. Kills Billions is here to Reap The Rewards. This is your introduction to success in a system designed to fail.


Art Nouveau: Hunter are you the main designer for Kills Billions?

Kills Billions: Yes, but I do hope to work with other artists in the future.

AN: Please give me a little back ground story. Where did you grow up and what were some of the stereotypes are associated with it?

KB: I grew up in LA. You got valley girls, gang bangers, surfers, hollyweird, crackheads, trannies, bel-air and Beverly Hills. The stereo types are the same as anywhere. I don’t pay them much mind.

AN: What do you think the youth in your area is being robbed of most? Was this the same situation you encountered as an adolescent?

KB: Education. The school system in our country is a factory based conformity camp. You learn false history and are taught that authority has the truth. I don’t think our youth has the opportunity to get a decent education unless their parents can afford a private school.
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AN: What inspired you to start Kills Billions? What’s the significance behind the name?

KB: I wanted to be passionate about my work, I was tired of selling others peoples dreams and decided to work towards my own. Kills billions is a satirical commentary on modern culture and the world we inhabit. It’s not about violence or killing billions of people as if people think that then they are missing the point. It’s about success in a system design for failure.

AN: Your Instagram feed is intense. Where are you finding these images?

KB: The information super highway. My sources vary so much it’s hard to track.

AN: What does success in a system designed to fail mean to you?

KB: Unless you come from a privileged family then the chips are pretty much stacked against you. It’s simple just beat the odds. I don’t have to meet the low expectations that society has for me, I’m a high school dropout. Doesn’t mean I’m stupid. I’m a convicted felon doesn’t mean I’m a bad person. I did what I had to do growing up and am not going to let my past dictate my future.

AN: Who or what inspires you?

KB: People


AN: If you were a cartoon character who would you be?

KB: Wolverine.

AN: What’s your favorite lyric from a song?

KB: My favorite song is instrumental. I don’t really have a favorite lyric.I love the whole sketches of Spain album from Miles Davis. It’s says more than any lyric I’ve ever heard.

AN: What’s the proudest moment of your career to date?

KB: Being asked to collaborate with a brand I respect. Which is currently in the works.

“It’s not about violence or killing billions of people… It’s about success in a system design for failure.”

AN: Where do you see yourself five years from now?

KB: Maybe living in a small town running shit from behind the scenes.

AN: What’s your mantra?

KB: Rush forward slowly and do what you love.

AN: What’s your take on the Google Smart Lenses?

KB: Getting people used to have micro chips in them. Wearable technology will soon become implantable technology. If Uncle Sam announced today that we are switching from ID cards to RFID chips then people would be resistant to it. But if people are used to micro chipped contact lenses Google glasses and what ever else is next then they have a built up tolerance for this type of shit. You can do anything to a population as long as it’s done incrementally.

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AN: Would you consider yourself anti society?

KB: Yes and no. Depends on whether or not I’ve had coffee yet.

AN: What did you think of “Wolf of Wall Street?”

KB: Dopest movie of the year. Made me want to buy some blow and fill and airplane full of naked hookers.

AN: All Cops Are ______bastards__. (fill in the blank)

KB: no such thing as a good cop.

AN: What’s your favorite and least favorite thing about Los Angeles?

KB: Favorite thing about LA is the diversity. I love all the different cultures here. My least favorite thing about LA is the LAPD and the sheriffs department.

AN: What’s next for you?

KB: Doing more shirts and collaborations with other brands and artists.

Click here for more on Kills Billions.

Enter Them: Adrian+Shane Are Not Like You

Adrian+Shane are two artists working together as one since 1998. Using paint, collage, stencils, photos and video to create what is, without a doubt, pop art. Many piece’s are loaded with fresh and well-targeted social commentary. The colorful works address common themes that include family and sexuality and also touch on our exacerbation with the daily grind, feelings of confusion, loss and lack of personal identity. They first exhibited in 1999 and since then Adrian+Shane have had many successful solo exhibitions and group shows in Ireland and Internationally. Their work has appeared in numerous publications worldwide. Adrian+Shane are currently working on a collection of new work. Take a closer look at some of our favorite pieces from the artistic couple below.






















Tokio Aoyama’s latest exhibition “The Loop” opens Aug 1 at Cre8 Gallery

Japanese born painter Tokio Aoyama is back this summer with 2nd solo art exhibition entitled The Loop. “The Loop” will showcase Aoyama’s latest surreal psychedelic paintings from his 2013 art series “Dogu.” Through his paintings he creates a mystical landscape that explores music, color, birth, life, transformation, the spiritual world and ancient Japanese mythology. The exhibition is being presented by Cre8 Gallery and Earth Tone arts at London based Hoxton Gallery. The exhibition will open August 1, 2013 from 6-9pm. Come prepared to party and enjoy some mind blowing visual art.



#ArtPop Literally at Pop’s of Brooklyn

“Good burgers, good fries” and “GREAT art” go hand in hand at Pop’s of Brooklyn. The most interesting aspect is they give you crayons, markers and colored pencils and a copy of their logo to re-imagine with whatever your drunken imagination can come up with. Take a closer look at some of the images below. And if you’re in NYC, make sure to stop by one of their locations and add your image to the wall of fame.



From Tags to Riches

The man whose art changed the world, who created an army to de- stroy everything, who risked everything, and got what he deserved. This is the story of a small town troublemaker, with big city dreams, who went from tags to riches, from the streets of Aussie to the museums around the world, this is the story of our favorite brainwashed vandal ANTHONY LISTER.



Art Nouveau: How are you?
AL: On the brink. What’s up?
AN: Tell me about your latest show at New Image Art Gallery. Ballerinas have been a reoccuring figure in your work for a while. What is it about them that attracts you?

AL: I like drawing attention betwen the relationships between ballerinas and strippers. As much as I do with my public work, I’m trying to break down barriers between high- brow and low brow and destroy perceived value and judgement along the way.


AN: You’re known as much for your street work as gallery work. which do you feel benefits you more.

AL: Each are different and fufilling in their own way. I benifit most from not looking in the mirror or refecting on the past too often.
AN: You’ve traveled all over the world sharing your art. Out of all the Street Art scenes in the cities you’ve visited, which has been your favorite so far?

AL: It’s hard to make a clear decision so early in my reincarination. It’s probaly somewhere between New York, Sydney and Berlin.


AN: Do you listen to music while you work? What are you listening to now?

AL: My most productive audio vibrations come from bad white boy hip hop. It really pisses me off and it brings out the best in my
AN: What’s your guilty pleasure?
AL: My guilty pleasure is telling people exactly what I think.
AN: Tell me about your “LISTER” film. When will it be released?

AL: We had some complications with Madonna. It’s coming.
AN: From watching videos of you, I can tell your personality is as big as your work. How important is being yourself in marketing your work?
AL: I’ve never marketed anything in my life. If youre asking how important it is to be myself, well I’d rather forget what I am not who I am.
AN: What’s next for you?
AL: Miami in May, Sydney in August and launching my new secret project – Graffiti The Musical
AN: If you could tell yourself five years ago anything about your life today what would it be?

AL: You’re not working hard enough. Get busy cool boy.


Read the rest of this interview with Anthony Lister and more in the 10th issue of Art Nouveau Magazine. Click here to get your copy!

Musings on the atmospheric work of Ryan Wallace

Ryan Wallace’s atmospheric works evoke meditative qualities that fluctuate between angst and serenity. Embracing ambiguity with a simultaneous sense of assembly and disintegration, his multi-faceted practice cultivates a sense of surface, texture and tone. Wallace’s works act as visual solutions to his own curiosities and meditations on systematic themes.

He is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and a recent recipient of a Pollock Krasner Foudation Grant. Wallace’s paintings, works on paper, installations and sculptures have been exhibited in galleries, museums and institutions across North America and Europe. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn, and Amagansett, New York.


Ryan Wallace / Omega Point (Graphite 12.12) / 2012
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Ryan Wallace / Omega Point (Violet Gun Metal 12.12) / 2012
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Ryan Wallace / Omega Point (Violet 12.12) / 2012
Oil, enamel, pigment, crystalina, glass powder, cold wax on canvas / 48″ x 48″
Ryan Wallace / Omega Point (Chrome12.12) / 2012
Oil, enamel, pigment, crystalina, graphite, glass powder, cold wax on canvas / 48″ x 48″
Ryan Wallace / Omega Point (Silver 12.12) / 2012
Oil, enamel, pigment, crystalina, glass powder, cold wax on canvas / 48″ x 48″
Ryan Wallace / Omega Point (Gold Violet 12.12) / 2012
Oil, enamel, pigment, crystalina, glass powder, cold wax on canvas / 48″ x 48″
Ryan Wallace / Omega Point (Gold 12.12) / 2012
Oil, enamel, pigment, crystalina, glass powder, cold wax on canvas / 48″ x 48″
Ryan Wallace / Omega Point (Copper 12.12) / 2012
Oil, enamel, pigment, crystalina, glass powder, cold wax on canvas / 48″ x 48″
Ryan Wallace / Omega Point (Locnar 12.12) / 2012
Oil, enamel, pigment, crystalina, glass powder, cold wax on canvas / 48″ x 48″
Ryan Wallace / Consensus (Aluminum) / 2013
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Why The Chair? #QuestionsThatNeedAnswers

If you look up Industrial Design on Wikipedia today, these are the pictures that are included with the article: an iPod, a blender, a rotary phone, a typewriter, a guitar, a car, and a chair. It is the last of these objects that interests me today. As I am drinking a coffee and writing this, I am sitting on a chair. The chair I am sitting on is certainly not an aesthetic product of a brilliant industrial designer, but nonetheless, in order to serve its function as ‘chair’ it must have followed some sort of design. It is made of cheap particle board, has a trapezoidal seat which gets wider toward the ledge, and a slightly obtuse back rest made up of a frame and three vertical slats. To be honest, its not very comfortable, but it serves its purpose, at least until my back starts killing me and I’m forced into all kinds of neurotic personalized stretches.

Whenever people talk about industrial design, the chair is almost always one of the main cultural objects discussed. Indeed, almost every famous designer or architect has their signature chair: from the first industrially mass-produced No. 14 chair by Michael Thonet, to the Bauhaus school like Walter Gropius, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and Marcel Breuer, to more modern designers like Alvar Aalto, Charles Eames, and Arne Jacobson, to name a few popular figures. So why the chair?

An over-simplification of industrial design goes something like this: we need objects that function, and most aren’t found ready-made in nature. So someone somewhere needs to conceptualize what it should look like, how it’s made and with what materials, and how we interact with its functionality. The degree to which aesthetics, artistry and innovation come into play can vary from non-existent to excessive formalization. Great industrial design sits at the crossroads between form and function.

Now, the simpler it is to derive the function of an object, the more personalization a designer can inject into its form. The chair is one object that effortlessly offers up its purpose, meaning its function is relatively easy to achieve. For example, with an mp3 player, a blender, a typewriter or a telephone, all must contain mechanics and/or electronics as well as exhibit simple user interface, and this can greatly limit the design possibilities to serve their function. For a chair to be symbolically recognized as such, it needs only to be somewhat elevated and to have somewhat of a flat surface roughly the area of an human ass. Because the qualifications are so basic, the chair has a wide multitude of aesthetic possibilities without compromising its core function.

Let’s think of an early primitive caveman exploring the virgin landscape around him about four million years ago. This Australopithecus had just gotten a tibia upgrade and has started walking around, seeing over tall grass, and using his newly-freed hands to pick things up and examine them, all of which could be very tiring activity. He comes to a rock, one of the oldest and most natural objects in nature, in-itself serving zero purpose for living beings, just sitting there. But that’s it, the rock sits, and our hominid plops down on its rugged surface to have himself a sit as well. Is this the first industrial designer? Not really, for he didn’t design anything, if anything, he is simply a survivalist. But he did transform a natural object into a cultural object simply by giving it a function: something to sit on. The rock became a tool for rest.

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But not just for rest. This chair also became a tool for contemplation. I’ve already talked about this hominid’s newfound abilities: standing upright gives it a wider range of vision and more available hands. Seeing more in the distance, and holding more things for up-close inspection greatly increases the amount of sensorial information to process. And what better way to have a good think, than to have a good sit along with it? In imagining the possibilities to transform the natural world into one of anthropologically-based functionality—giving objects a human meaning, naming, claiming and possessing them—the rock-turned chair would be relocated, reshaped, and redesigned, and ultimately, signed and branded.

Perhaps this is why the chair is so important for designers. Design begins with new ways of looking and imagining how form can serve function, and how we can transform raw materials into culturally-specific objects. In contrast to the pure necessity of function, which has no use for aesthetics or individualistic expression, a designed object comes from the leisurely negotiation of function and form.
If function is more natural and form is more cultural, than the difference between sitting on a rock, a stoop, a ten dollar Ikea folding chair, or million dollar Pininifarina desk chair, is simultaneously participating in the natural act of rest as well as the cultural act of creation, or at least creative recognition. Our caveman may have lacked culture according to our standards, but the conditions of survival that he had to negotiate opened up the evolutionary possibilities of creation that today’s designers take as their primary raw material.

Ch0d3r is never out of line

Aleem, also known as Chod3r has been drawing for about 3 years now. Keith Haring and Freebase are a big influence in the artwork he does. But at first he used to do a little tagging and sticker slapping.
At the time he was obsessed with patterns and making art out of just lines. The patterns and art of people and other pictures came from playing around.

“I had showed my friend the stuff I was fooling around with, and he actually liked then once that was done,” Chod3r explains. “I decided to do more then a lot of people actually started liking it. I’ve done recent ones for Kdia, Aleali May, and several others. I plan on taking this to the next level, and make my style stay out and be known.” We’re excited to see where it goes. Take a look at some of Chod3r’s new work below.


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Shakespeare, Cigarettes and Religion: Consuming the Cool with Gordon Holden


All of us engage in irrational behavior from time to time, and have no idea why we feel the way we do about certain things because we’ve forgotten the experience that makes those certain things resonate with in. But it really doesn’t matter
because… This is a collection of things created by Gordon Holden and sometimes things with friends.

None of it is real, but then again, none of it is fake. The only way to do it is wrong. Things to look at. Things to buy. Things to like and things to dislike. some insight on things you may be thinking about. Maybe not. The idea is to think about it for yourself and try to comprehend why you are here. at this website. on this device.
times have changed. I get it. Consume some cool with our favorite pieces from Gordon.







GREATeclectic Lana Del Rey Shirt & Anna Wintour Crew Neck

Artist and designer GREATeclectic presents his latest limited edition apparel release. Using his original mixed media collages as inspiration, these features unique renditions of his vibrant, signature style. Retailing for $30 USD for the t-shirts and $40 for the crew neck, GREATeclectic’s latest drops are availble online now, and can be purchased via his online store, www.buybye.bigcartel.com.




These pieces and more new art and posters are available via my online store www.buybye.bigcartel.com


Five Artists Re-imagine Cover Art For Mach Five’s “Art Rap” Album

Aware and Corey Davis collectively known as Mach Five have been making waves lately with solid project after project. For their upcoming album “Art Rap,” the Atlanta based duo decided to call their artist friends to give their perspective on the title “Art Rap.” Here are some covers by myself, Corinne Stevie, Kevin Bongang and more.

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by Kevin Bongang

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by Carla Aaron Lopez


by Corinne Stevie



by Goldi Gold



by GREATeclectic

Mach Five’s upcoming album “Art Rap” drops tomorrow, January 15. Until then Watch This Space…