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      Athena Art 2017 collection showing some of the work of Chloe Cheese.

      "I thought that ʻartistʼ was a common occupation and it certainly felt normal to express myself by making art."

      Chloe Cheese is a print maker whose work has been exhibited worldwide and is in public collections including the Victoria & Albert Museum, London and the Arts Council of Great Britain. This collection encapsulates the essence of her passion for finding the extraordinary in the ordinary of everyday life. She finds beauty in the things that we might not even notice and causes us to pause and relax in the moment. Her beautiful work is now available to you through Athena and our brand new collections for 2017.

      Chloe has kindly allowed us to interview her to allow you exclusive behind the scenes access to her practice and inspirations.

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      In our busy high speed lives it's easy to fall into a routine. The environments that we unwind in are as crucial to our success and happiness as the rooms we go to work in. It's easy to forget to give our home that bit of tender loving care in the everyday rush but with spring around the corner there is no better time to give your home a bit of a refresh.

      There are many trends of Spring 2017 that will brighten any space, but many require lots of time and effort. So here I am to cut through the bombardment of Spring 2017 ideas for your living room. Here you will learn  a few tips to create a more beautiful and nurturing space for you and your family this spring. 

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      With the hangovers now clearing it's time to cultivate your post new year motivation into a resolution that's both easy to stick too and full of healthy benefits for you and your loved ones. New design. Interior design can have a tremendous impact on how we feel and act, it can set us up for the day or help us wind down at night.

      So step firmly into 2017 by utilizing some of the latest interior design trends to create the perfect environment for you.

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    • Spotlight On: The Pink Print

      nicki_minaj_-_the_pink_printNicki Minaj, like many artists, has spent much time and effort developing her brand identity, vibrant with personality. Her work, has shocked and stunned for many reasons her free and bold use of sexuality and use of fashion or revelry in materialism may immediately spring to mind but also because of one simple smudge.

      I'm of course talking about The Pink Print, a design by Joe Perez, the Los Angeles-based graphic artist who also serves as art director for Kanye West's creative agency DONDA. Joe has explained that he gravitates towards working with musicians. "They can express themselves," Perez marvels. "There's very few moments that I can remember where an artist wasn't representing clearly what they saw and envisioned—I've dabbled in other industries, and that isn't always the case. Working with musicians is an ultimate joy." Continue reading

    • Spotlight On: Gaga's Artpop Project 1/2

      Lady Gaga’s flirtations with Fine Art in her Studio Album Popart have seduced many curious minds. What is it that she is expressing through the many references to other famous works? and what actually is Artpop?


      A quick google search will find you many ‘art history guides’; lists of Gaga’s references in her Artpop project. However her work is far more than a cultural collage. Each song has its own focused message, with a different take on the central themes of ‘Artpop’ (explained in detail by Gaga herself here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7Voaj0xzpc). But what is Artpop? There are many possibilities but none are quite as formulaic as these guides surmise. Here I will run through a brief, and not completely comprehensive guide of some of the suggested meanings of Gaga’s Artpop. Continue reading

    • Spotlight On: The Beatles’ ‘Anthology’ Artworks

      Companion releases to the much-lauded Anthology documentary and book projects, The Beatles’ three Anthology albums contained some of the most significant Beatles music issued since their split, 25 years before. Anthology 1 focused on the years 1958-64, Anthology 2 covered 1965-68, and Anthology 3 brought the story to a close. Along the way, the releases charted the group’s transition from local skiffle group The Quarrymen to globe-straddling icons, and also offered a stash of rare demos, live recordings, and other outtakes that offered an invaluable insight into the group’s creative process.

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    • Spotlight On: ‘It’s Only Rock’n’Roll’

      By the time The Rolling Stones released their 12th album (14th in the States), it seemed as though they couldn’t get any higher.  Having terrorised the authorities in the 60s, the group spent the early 70s cultivating their image as the most dangerous band on the planet, recording several masterpieces while living the rock’n’roll lifestyle to the hilt.

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    • Spotlight On: David Bowie’s “Heroes”

      Essentially living his own life as an ever-evolving art project, it was perhaps unsurprising that David Bowie would become an avid collector of fine art – a hobby which became particularly pronounced in the 90s, when he released Outside, an album set in a fictionalised world where body mutilation had become cutting-edge art (so to speak). Perhaps the first glimpses of Bowie’s interest in collecting art, however, came in 1977.

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    • Spotlight On: Blue Note

      Formed in 1939 by Alfred Lion and Max Margulis, Blue Note Records has rightfully earned a reputation for epitomising jazz’s “cool” aesthetic. From the 40s onwards, almost anyone who was anyone in the jazz world passed through its ranks, among them Miles Davis, Art Blakey, Donald Byrd, Sonny Rollins and John Coltrane. Yet while the music it issued during the post-bop years was groundbreaking in its own right, part of the Blue Note legacy also rests on its pioneering album artwork.

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    • Spotlight On: The Beatles’ ‘Abbey Road’

      For a band whose album covers include the psychedelic masterpiece that is Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band, the iconic minimalism of The Beatles (aka “The White Album”) and the instantly recognisable, half-lit moodiness of With The Beatles, by the time The Beatles’ career wound down, it was going to take some effort to create an artwork which would surpass all that had gone before.

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