Our good friend Si from Cracked Ink delivered this skull recently. I love buying art and even more so when it’s art by people we love! Check out his website here and his Instagram here if you like this whimsical brand of character art. Tofu investigates. Click here to see more editions of Tofu Tuesday.
Starting this Friday at the Haus of Flox Showrooms at 13 Great North Road, Michel Tuffery, Flox and invited guest artists will be showing an Auckland version of the Oma Rapeti exhibition. “Oma rapeti” means “run rabbit” and any kiwi will fondly remember the song we sung as kids. The exhibition began at Pataka Gallery in Porirua and is traveling to various locations around New Zealand. More info here: https://www.facebook.com/N8VLaB and here: https://www.facebook.com/floxnz?fref=ts Here are a few pieces from the show.
Squeee! Timaru-based TradeMe seller Weta20 recently listed item “Wooden Robot Rabbit”. Let’s take a moment to appreciate how awesome this is.
I’m a fan of the Avett Brothers. I guess it’s odd to me because no one I know ever mentions them so I assume they must either be uncool or a dirty secret.
With special thanks to my sister Joanne Ho of Helo Birdie, I am pleased to announce the winner for the bunny art giveaway. Drawn by Random.org, the winner is… **drum roll please!**
To celebrate 4 years of Bunny Eats Design, I’d like to share a few wonderful things that I’ve gushed about, salivated over and adored. My sister Joanne Ho who paints under the name Helo Birdie, had a solo exhibition a couple of weeks ago at Mea Culpa in Ponsonby. The turn out was great and while her painting style has evolved considerably since her last show, there are still some food themes going on there.
I’ve blogged about husband and wife duo Kozyndan (made up of Kozy and Dan) way back in 2009 but more recently they created a piece called Vegans: Manatees ‘n Bunnies. The Koala has been referred to as a sea cow on more than one occasion so this piece is really special to me. It boggles my mind that this has been done before. It’s quite a niche. View this and more over on their Behance page here. p.s. Tofu is undergoing surgery today. Please keep us in your thoughts.
Bronze sculptures by Georgia Gerber. Some people size, some rabbit size, some pint size. See these and many more delightful sculptures including bear, deer, otter, warthog, fox and many more at her website here: http://www.georgiagerber.com/
An old friend of mine living in Australia shared news of this recent exhibition with me. Kind of a amazing and mind blowing if you like rabbits and art. I dunno, maybe you get a rabbity-arty vibe off me? Lepus Australis was an art exhibition celebrating domestic bunnies in Australia. 1000 origami bunnies was showcased along with art from 40 Australian artists at No Vacancy Gallery in Melbourne. All those origimi rabbits. I kind of wish I had thought of origami rabbits for our wedding. That would have been way cooler than the lame origami cranes I folded for months. “Lepus Australis aims to remember the lives of the beautiful bunnies lost to myxomatosis and highlight the need for a myxo vaccine in Australia.” Please visit their tumblr site http://www.lepusaustralis.tumblr.com for more information including a full list of artists and links.
I’m loving these watercolour illustrations by Etsy seller Blue Dog Rose. Whimsy and rabbits rolled into one. You can also visit her blog for current pieces. I like to imagine that this is the sorts of stuff Tofu gets up to during the day while we are at work.
It’s hard to practice any sort of self control when you have two art lovers in the house and an entire art festival filled with reasonably priced pieces. We’re not art collectors as such, we just like a lot of cool stuff. Cool being subjective of course. Over the weekend at the Japanese Art Festival, The Koala and I gained five new pieces of art. This is one of them. The Koala saw it first, fell in love with it and I didn’t need much convincing. The frame is made by the artists husband and I love how it has a really rustic feel. Titled Mushrooooom!! by Masmi Sakakibara, I thought it would be fitting to introduce the mushroom artwork to the rabbit with the mushroom coloured features.
Some bunny and bunny friend paintings by Auckland artist Joanne Ho. Ok, full disclosure, Joey is my little sister. It’s possible that I’m a little bias, but I love my sister’s paintings. She doesn’t just paint bunnies, but here are some of the bunny highlights plus some non-bunnies at the end of this post. If you like what you see, you should buy her art! Ideal for children of all ages. The Koala and I have been elbow deep helping out for the annual Japanese Art Festival over the weekend. Some amazing pieces shown from Japanese artists and also a handful of kiwi artists. Parp or the farting rabbit is clearly a mythical beast because rabbits don’t fart. I am the proud owner of this painting now. Acrylic on wood. Some of these are still for sale so head over to her Facebook page or her blog for more info or to contact her directly. Here are some of my favourite non-bunny ones too…
Hope you are having a great Easter! Today’s Monday Bunday is a real treat found via Pinterest. But try as I may, I cannot find any information on the original artist. How sweet are these foodie bunnies? The artist has expertly captured a specific type of bunny. I love the downturned mouths, short ears and compact shape and I can tell that the artist loves bunnies and food very much. I don’t know if these were posed and drawn from life or fictional scenes but I wouldn’t let Tofu the bunny within a metre of a whole croissant. He loves baked goods and would gobble it up without batting a third eyelid. I still remember one Easter when he stole a hot cross bun from my handbag. If you thought that rabbits couldn’t commit a crime, I can assure you, if there are baked goods involved, they are ruthless. If you recognise the these illustrations or better still, if you are the artist please comment below. Back to work tomorrow. Le sigh.
Loving these pieces by Swedish artist Margit Brudin. Most artists that use rabbits as inspiration usually use rabbits with upright ears. So I was delighted to see that Margit’s lop earred work also had Tofu-esque markings. See more of her work on her website http://margitbrundin.se/
I haven’t painted in a long time so it was nice to start and finish this painting on Saturday. It’s a friend’s baby shower next week and this will be my gift to her and the baby. Good old oil on canvas. I hope it dries in time!
Lauren Marriott a.k.a. Ralphi is a talented illustrator right here in Auckland. I find it comforting that she has largely etched out a successful illustration career based in bunny drawings. Is there room in the market for 2 bunny illustrators? You can view the Ralphi website here.
Some days, I feel like this beautiful painting by Kelly Vivanco. You can see more of Kelly’s artwork on her website www.kellyvivanco.com
This illustration by Jose Ortiz for client Linguagraphics makes me smile. Black cats and white rabbits are both recognized for their magical properties. The black cat as a witch’s familiar and the white rabbit as the magicians sidekick. Jose’s slick portofolio has a clean, cool finish and bears the hand of a perfectionist. His work can be found on his website www.jofolio.com.
Annie McIver’s exhibition ‘Navigating The Arteries Of Loss’ at Upstairs Gallery at Lopdell House in Titirangi just closed yesterday. If you missed it too, here are some photos of her work. Her ceramics are not all bunnies, but they all share a human, slightly nightmarish quality. More information can be found at the Upstairs Gallery website http://www.upstairs.org.nz.
This Lucha Rabbit 3d poster makes my heart squeak. Theodoru Illustration clearly devours and creates all things cool, funky and vinyl and more of his work can be found on his website www.theodoru.com. Working in Vienna, Austria, Teodoru takes bold, bright elements from various familiar graphics like Mexican lucha libre. His work makes me think of a childhood cartoon on acid. Here are some more bunny inspired pieces by Theodoru. Part fish, part bunny.