Saturday, October 17, 2009

Jamie Hewlett, Jezebel, Under Water Colours

I don usually read Jezebel to experience art. Usually, I frolic around that website looking for the latest news and snarky insights from folks that remind me of my closest friends. You know, it's news, feminism, sass, and pop culture in one place. What more could a gal ask for?

And yet, their post about artist Jamie Hewlett turned me onto some stellar art.
"LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 16: A woman views a watercolour by artist Jamie Hewlett, which he painted following a trip to Char Atra in Bangladesh, in Dray Walk Gallery on October 16, 2009 in London, England. A collection of nine works by Jamie Hewlett entitled 'Under Water Colours' were organised by the international development charity Oxfam and aim to highlight how climate change is affecting people around the world. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)"

His commentary/descriptions of the images are equally interesting. See the following:
"'This is one of my little friends, [Zahid Hossain, aged 5] looking up at the sky wondering when the rains will come.' Jamie Hewlett "

He says of the image at the heart of the Jezebel piece:
"We followed these two girls in the village looking happy and smiling. The children always looked so innocent. I wanted to portray the next generation and their future in an optimistic but realistic way – and show what a beautiful place Char Atra is. I think many people have sadly become numb (or immune) to footage of dying children. If people can relate to a picture, then it can sometimes have more of an impact. Showing two children being playful, walking down a path with their arms around each other is a connection that people here might understand from their own or their children's experiences."

Oh, and Hewlett? Yeah, he's the rockstar artist behind the Gorillaz and my favorite Tank Girl business.

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