Thursday, 7 December 2017

First lil foray into animation..... needs some work!

This is my first attempt at animating one of my artworks... so forgive the wibbly quality! 

This is the moving version of Wrapper Rapids..
Just had to portray the excitement of these organisms (evolved from discarded bubble gum wrappers) swimming upstream to spawn...
...I think I need a little more practice in this new arena of video editing, but watch this space.... I've got LOADS of exciting plans to come!

Saturday, 2 December 2017

Boxbird Gallery Christmas Open House in Seaford

Today and tomorrow (2nd and 3rd Dec) it's the Boxbird Gallery Christmas Open House! Featuring arty gifty bargains galore... Including a range of my La Shuks artworks!

'This December pop over to sunny Seaford to experience a grotto bursting at the seams with beautiful affordable artwork by some of the UK's finest artists!
Explore prints, products & gift ideas starting from as little as £10 and make your Christmas gifts unique & every lasting this year. Or perhaps its time to breath some fresh air into your living room before the big day, treat your self to a new piece and bring your home to life.
We will be introducing new work by many of our artists including Dee Beale, Penelope Kenny & La Shucks. And welcoming new artists Charlie Sutclife & Anthony Peters to the Boxbird crew! There will also be some bargains to be had with offers only available in house during the show!!' Address: 48 Grosvenor Road, Seaford, East Sussex, BN25 2BT. Open 10am-5pm.

Thursday, 26 October 2017

My photo summary of The Other Art Fair London, Oct 2017

A huge thank you to the The Other Art Fair and Saatchi Art for a fantastic fair at London's Brick Lane, October 5-8th 2017. This is a special event for artists, you really do feel as if the organsers have our best interests at heart. I was so pleased to be selected and involved!
Four thoroughly enjoyable full days meeting & chatting to fair visitors and other exhibiting artists, discussing all things arty... and beyond. I had friends from different eras of my life stop by, and even meet each other which was fantastic! of course I'd like to say a special thank you to all the lovely people who bought a piece of my work! Here's my little photo round up:
The entrance at the Truman Brewery - hand painted signage by ART+BELIEVE

Framed artworks waiting in their space-age packages.  Surveying my allocated exhibition space
Think I've been given the best space in the building... right next to the action, AKA the bar!
I also have a few pieces around the side here.
Just a millimeter to the left.
And we are ....OPEN!

Time for the private view party
            Chatting to lovely visitors from all corners of the globe.

Hmmm... Uhuh, uhuh, quite.
Arty talks over at The Saatchi Art lounge

And that's a wrap! 

You can find the full collection of La Shuks limited editions and originals available HERE
or send me an email with any questions, queries or even requests!

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Exhibiting at The Other Art Fair Oct 2017

I'm very happy to announce that I will be exhibiting at The Other Art Fair, in just over a week's time. I will have my own stand featuring some of my newest artworks!
Just putting the final prep into place... Contact me if you'd like free ticket!
Welcome to The Other Art Fair presented by Saatchi Art, the UK's favourite fair to meet and buy art direct from the very best emerging and undiscovered artists.

This October 2017, we return to East London's iconic Truman Brewery on 5-8 October 2017 to present 130 of the best emerging artists handpicked by a committee of art industry experts. 

Celebrated for its unique visitor experience, The Other Art Fair’s 21st edition will continue to delight and inspire art lovers with a tightly curated and distinctive programme of fair features that will create a platform for the 'unexpected' at the fair.

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Embellishing My Newest Arty Blooms

 My two newest artworks are finally completed!
Thistle & Fructose
.. with a little bit of hand embellishing to give a 'sugary' sparkle!
Can't wait to launch these at The Other Art Fair in London Oct 5-8.. details to follow soon...

Thistle & Fructose available HERE and Glucosynthesis is available HERE

Thursday, 24 August 2017

First Bloom of a New Series!

I'm back! Unintentionally, I seem to have just emerged from a 2 month work-hibernation / or 'boot camp' of sorts... not posting anything on social media, just working on a series of brand new artworks, taking the concept within the world of La Shuks art into a slightly different direction.
Thistle & Fructose is the first of these new works to emerge in full bloom!
Kind of completely different to my previous work, yet exactly the same (?!) in that, it features the same future earth, (long after human extinction) where nature itself has evolved from fusions of mutated rubbish/ trash, packaging and other bits of long lost meaning. But instead of landscapes... We're zooming right in to an extreme close up of a patch of foliage and the colourful floral sproutings that have blossomed eventually from the oddments and ephemera. 
Thistle & Fructose SHOP page   Dimensions 70cm x 70cm (27 x 27 inches) 

how Thistle & Fructose might look on a wall near you....

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Feature in Create! Magazine

I Iove the beautiful art magazine "Create!", which highlights and helps to promote emerging artists worldwide, so I'm very excited to be today's featured artist! I can't wait to get my hands on an actual physical copy.. just have to locate a shop in the UK that stocks it... Create! Magazine

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

What is La Shuks?

La Shuks is my art name, (human name Katie Mac). I create limited edition mixed media prints and silkscreens, as well as 3-dimensional pieces and one-of-a-kind originals.

There's a theme running through my work, as it explores an imagined evolution of the earth in the far distant future, once humans no longer exist. 
I love the contrast of using landscape photography, strong and grounded in real life, and then warping the scene into a fantasy alternate reality using the relics of long gone human days; logos, symbols, adverts and graffiti... left behind on earth, eventually evolving and gradually fusing and weaving into the natural elements, a kaleidescope of drawn details forming wind currents, rivers, waterfalls and a new evolution of species... it's future nature! 
Well, you never know, in a universe of infinite possibilities, maybe this is one of them?! 

Friday, 12 May 2017

Life's a Breeze Over Hazy Ridge

Doesn't it look cosy in there? 
As seen at the mighty Saatchi Gallery! My screen print Breeze Over Hazy Ridge is for sale! £95 including postage + packaging. (unframed) If you'd like to give one a good home, 
here's the link to SHOP Breeze Over Hazy Ridge.

close up: A breeze of repeat pattern advert ladies, sweeping over the hazy ridge

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Ooh my artwork is looming across the AAF's home page!

What a lovely shock to click on to the Affordable Art Fair's main home page and be unexpectedly hit by my own artwork "Sunset Rising" looming across the screen!

It was for a featured interview with Liberty Gallery... who I, along with some amazing artists will be showing with at the next Affordable Art Fair in Hampstead.
11-14 May 2017 Hampstead Heath, London NW3 1TH  

link to my print SUNSET RISING

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Double page feature in Create! Magazine

Very excited to be featured in the beautiful Create Magazine! Looking forward to getting my clutches on the physical copy in a few weeks!

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

When the artworks just keep coming...

This one here is my brand new work "Afterglow". I really enjoyed making this one and think I wouldn't mind living inside it for a while...

Afterglow is a limited edition of 20. Size: 80 x 80cm
(31 x 31 inches)

" THAT'S what it would look like framed and in situ!"

Friday, 21 April 2017

Another fresh newbie: Shambling Alps

Sometimes it's hard to know when to stop working on an artwork. I could probably keep tweaking this beast for another month or so! But no.....Life dictates that it's finished now.  
So here it is; "Shambling Alps" A limited edition mixed media print. 70 x 70 cm

I don't quite remember deciding if it was going to be abstract, or an actual specific thing... But now that it's finished, it's so obviously a mountain dwelling candy-wrappered lava-dragon!  

More info: online shop

Monday, 10 April 2017

And then THIS happened...

Just when you thought things couldn't get any more bright and colourful in La Shuks land, Tropichrysalis happens!
Incidentally, the first draft of this artwork started twinkling almost two whole years ago, when
I decided I really wanted to create a tropical piece using my many photographs of luscious foliage and caribbean palm trees. But it just kept stalling somewhere in the execution, so 
I would put it on hold and move on to other works, completing around 10 artworks during this time. Over the two years since it's first glimmer of life, my ideas and techniques have changed and developed so much. So much so, that when I finally came back to it a month ago and worked on it to completion, the end product has turned out totally unrecognisable to that orignal incarnation!
"hmmm yes, very effective..."

Friday, 17 March 2017

New Art for Spring: Spring Burst

Sometimes I find it hard to actually make a definitive decision to stop working on an artwork, and not just keep adding and tweaking for weeks n weeks.... but I've downed tools and marked 'finished' on this one. It's called Spring Burst and coincidentally it suddenly feels a bit Spring-like here in the UK. (But just a teeny bit...) 

And nothing says "it's almost springtime" quite like some melty dribbly goo oozing slowly over the rocks and then bubbling up into the atmosphere, don't you think?


Thursday, 2 March 2017

Works in Progress

Just wanted to share a little sneaky peeky looksy at some snippits of my new works in progress.... Yup, it's future nature there.... some kind of mountainside fire or lava, and a cutting of foliage...

Full artworks to be birthed soon..

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Next Exhibit: Affordable Art Fair Brussels

As well as the "50 x 50" group show currently showing at London's Saatchi Gallery (extended to February 28th), I'm also exhibiting at the Affordable Art Fair Brussels, taking place this weekend from the 17th to the 20th February. So if you're Belgium bound and fancying an arty escapade, head for the Liberty Gallery stand, and hey presto: La Shuks artwork! MORE INFO

Friday, 3 February 2017

Dusk Hustle: The first of my latest artworks.

The first of my new works, inspired by my recent gallivanting. The photography element of the scene is a collage of photos from South Africa, Canada and UK. 
Mixed media with screen printed elements. 70 x 70cm. Limited edition of 50.


Thursday, 2 February 2017

Photo Diary of a South African Inspiration Reccy

Now it may at first seem that I am merely posting some holiday snaps in this post. But that could not be further from the truth! What lies below is a visual smattering of findings from my latest inspiration and photograhic research trip. Destination: South Africa. 
After 2 days, 3 flights, a diverted plane due to dust storm, an unscheduled overnight in Dubai, & a propellor plane landing in 70mph winds, we reached the first stop: Addo Elephant Park.
A delirious but happy La Shuks gets down to business. The busness of taking in one's surroundings from the moving vantage point of a swinging seat. Then a spot of sketching the nearby thatched mudhut roofs, while enjoying local delicacies... namely cheesy Nik Naks.
Then onto what I was really here for: a proper safari to take in the wilderness of the South African Eastern Cape in all it's glory, and take some photos. The colours! The landscapes! The wildlife! ...and observing the peaceful community life of elephant families. Is there anything cuter than the trunk of a baby elephant?? (If so, then please write and let me know)
Next stop: Nature's Valley. A couple of hours drive from the semi-arid surrounds of Addo, this magical eco treehouse-style hostel, is set within the luscious rainforest region, complete with hiking trails and even it's own 80 foot waterfall and rock pools on the property! Heaven.
 A couple of hairy encounters with baboons, some less threatening primate observations, an invigoratingly icy dip in the rock pool, and countless hours daydreaming with intent at sunsets, moons and other lofty sky spheres ...all help to re-set the mind, and get those new ideas brewing and tingling......
 I am currently back in the UK and in extreme-creative-production-mode, working on my next series of artworks, hugely inspired by my time being immersed in this beautiful country, & the landscapes of my South African adventure. Watch this space for more La Shuks Future Nature!

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Links to these two amazing places to stay:
Cryslin African Lodge  Addo Wild Spirit Lodge Nature's Valley

Thursday, 5 January 2017

Saatchi Gallery Group Show

Happy New Year to everyone!!! Hope this one turns out to be an absolute scorcher!
I am very excited that my first exhibition of the year is at the mighty Saatchi Gallery.

The exhibition called "50 x 50 II" features work from the Jealous Needs You show back in November, and will be shown in the Prints & Originals Gallery at the Saatchi Gallery, London from 5th January to the 28th of February. More info HERE