ArtAttack is proud to present our latest ‘Artist of the Week’, Louis-Nicolas Darbon. Artists of the week are selected by the ArtAttack team from the diverse and eclectic group of artist users on our app.
Parisian born, London-based artist, menswear & lifestyle blogger, Louis-Nicolas Darbon stands out from the crowd with a mixture of his two worlds of art & fashion colliding, sartorially influencing gentlemen around the globe.
I had the chance to talk to Louis about his career so far, and find out more about his artistic practise.
ArtAttack have had the privilege of recently meeting Nottingham Trent arts graduate, Jazz Rakkar. This young photographer specialises in fashion, beauty and commercial imagery. Jazz’s approach to photography commonly has themes surrounding form, the pose and classic photography styles. During his time at university, he also explored and researched themes regarding race and identity in fashion. Having studied with Jazz myself, I have had first hand experience watching his passion and talent develop.
I have had the chance to ask Jazz some personal questions about his photography for everyone to gain an insight into his process.
I find few things more desirable than pasta so traveling to Rome this past weekend, my plan was to eat as much spaghetti as humanly possible. (And so we’re clear, for me that’s A LOT!) Of course Italian coffee, Giolitti gelato and art were also on my Roman menu, and I must say nothing disappointed. I left the Italian capital Sunday night feeling utterly full, and I’m not just talking about my stomach, but culturally as well.
The first art stop on our Roman Holiday was a private tour of the Fondazione Giorgio e Isa de Chirico, a fantastic apartment on the Piazza di Spagna where the artist spent, alongside his wife, the last 30 years of his life, and which now serves as a museum. Of the house itself, Giorgio de Chirico said, “They say that Rome is at the centre of the world and that Piazza di Spagna is in the centre of Rome, therefore, my wife and I, would indeed be living in the centre of the centre of the world, which would be the apex of centrality, and the apogee of anti-eccentricity.”
But aside from the phenomenal location, this is truly a gem of a museum. Of course, it is always especially magical to see an artist’s work within his own home and studio, and the Fondazione is no exception. I fell utterly in love with de Chirico’s oeuvre, discovering his sculpture for the first time as well as his “d’après” paintings, in which he painted in the style of various Renaissance and baroque masters, before he began to dive into the iconic metaphysical art he is now most known for.
This weekend, the sun came back to London, and brought with it my favourite uni exhibition of the year thus far, the Central Saint Martins Foundation and BA shows.
Happily dawning a tee-shirt sans jumper, I walked on to the King’s Cross campus Saturday afternoon expecting exciting new work and that general freshness that comes with most student shows. However, what I got from the exhibition was beyond just that, for I left having seen many pieces I would happily have in my house, and feeling more inspired than ever by the impeccable variety and true uniqueness of the art on view, which spanned across Fine Art, Architecture, Fashion & Textiles, Graphic & Communication Design and more.
Yesterday, over much-needed Wednesday afternoon coffee, wecaught up with one of our closest friends — professional artist, long-time ArtAttack supporter and Chelsea College of Arts graduate, Charlotte Posner. If you follow us on Instagram, you’ll have seen some of Charlotte’s fabulous “Ladies,” which range from classic fashion sketches, to ice cream ladies, afternoon tea ladies, sushi ladies and beyond.