BOOK LAUNCH

November 7, 2015

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Leonard Mattis Studio presents a two day event to launch and celebrate a new book by legendary rock photographer Tony Mott.

Tony is regarded as one of the world’s best rock photographers. In the early 80’s he got his break with a photograph of Chrissy Amphlett, lead singer of the band Divinyls, and since then has had over 30,000 photographs published in 20 countries and his images have appeared on the covers of over 500 CDs.

His portfolio features the biggest and greatest names in popular music, such as the Rolling Stones, Madonna and U2 as well as the rich and varied Australian independent band scene.

LAUNCH NIGHT: Friday 20th November, 6-10pm

The studio will be transformed for a live four hour experience, with art installations and performances by:

– Lexi Land
– Matt Format
– DJ Suzie Q (Longrain)
– Simon Rosa (Musician/Guitarist)
– Matthew Gode Matthew (Choreographer)
– Erica Stubbs, Ashleigh Tavares, Shivawn Joubert (Dancers)

Please forward your rsvp to leonard@leonardmattis.com

EXHIBITION: Saturday 21st November, 11am-5pm

A selection of prints will be on display, with a live stream of music from the launch night providing an aural backdrop for the visuals. Tony will be presenting and story telling from 3-4pm.

Signed limited edition copies of the book will be available for purchase on both days.

Proudly sponsored by Two Birds Brewing and Grandeur Wellington

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HAND OF THE CREATOR

June 28, 2015

‘The hand grasps the world it creates. In serving its master, it reflects his being, as if through a mirror, in a thousand and one ways’ – Walter Sorell

Even before my passion for the craft of hairdressing began I had always been fascinated by hands. I guess with life in general I find nothing more intriguing than the hidden meaning of the most obvious, and our hands are certainly something we can often take for granted.

As the servant of our bodies and the instrument of our mind, the hand has always been part of our physical and intellectual life. Reacting to every tremor of emotion, responding to outside stimuli faster than we can speak, they are a mystery with which we live and a reality which we use as a tool, and a means of expression.

With hairdressing, like any artist; our tools become an extension of the hands, a channel for pure creativity to flow.

The images below are the outcome of a recent collaboration with Sydney based photographer Byron Spencer, featuring model Alex Thorn.

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Conception and hair: Leonard Mattis using Leonard Mattis products
Photography: Byron Spencer
Location: Leonard Mattis Studio
Model: Alex Thorn at IMG Models

FRIDA KAHLO

June 20, 2015

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Self-portrait with cropped hair, 1940.

Frida Kahlo’s first self portrait after the divorce from artist Diego Rivera. In place of the feminine clothes seen in most of her self-portraits, Frida appears in a large, dark suit, and has cut off the long hair that Rivera once admired.

The song verse above her head reads: ‘See, if I loved you, it was for your hair; now you’re bald, I don’t love you anymore’.

KUSHANA BUSH X SKARFE

June 15, 2015

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Recently shot here at the Studio. Sydney based boutique Skarfe (Brad McGlashan) are back with another collaboration, this time with acclaimed New Zealand based artist Kushana Bush.

Three of Bush’s intricate gouaches on paper have been transformed into an exclusive collection of wearable art. Each luxurious, lightweight silk scarf is digitally printed and finished with hand-rolled hems.

Artist Kushana Bush lives and works in Dunedin, New Zealand, and regularly exhibits throughout New Zealand and Australia. In 2009 she worked in South Korea at the National Art Studio, Changdong, Seoul. That same year she won the Art and Australia Contemporary Art Award. Since then she has been the Frances Hodgkins Fellow at The University of Otago and was awarded the Arts Foundation New Generation Award. The three artworks featured in this range were first exhibited at the 2014 Melbourne Art Fair and acquired by the prestigious Michael Buxton Collection.

The limited edition range is available now at www.skarfe.com, in store and from selected stockists from this Tuesday.

Photography by Byron Spencer.

CLEMENT LOUIS

June 12, 2015

Artist Clement Louis.  Interview by Benjamen Judd.

At first glance, the work of French artist Clement Louis proffers a macabre, almost grotesque interpretation of beauty.

Bone structure and facial cavities are exaggerated; flesh is bleached to a corpse-like pallor that is made the more shocking due to the juxtaposing colour palette. For anyone from the MTV generation they might immediately recognize the treatment of the human form as redolent of Peter Chung’s groundbreaking animation Aeon Flux, with a touch of Egon Schiele’s stunning skeletalism.

A similar haunted beauty operates within Clement’s photography (Clement is one of those rare artists with a genuine eye for both mediums). Stark and romantic, these images are as haunting as Louis’ paintings, and no less peregrine for all the visible flesh of his human subjects.

This affected gauntness, and delicate dance between revulsion and romantic in Clement’s art, may be what brought him to the attention of Rick Owens, for whom Louis was commissioned to photograph one the renowned designer’s most recent collections.

I got to chat to Clement and learn a little bit more about his art, his inspirations and the process of becoming a self-taught artist and what inspires him to create.

INTERVIEW WITH CLEMENT LOUIS

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Firstly, can you tell us a little about yourself? Where did you grow up and what inspired you to become an artist?

I grew up in the north of France near Lille, it was the most inspiring time of my little life. I was a solitary child, always finding himself better in his mind than outside playing with other children.

I don’t remember deciding about art or to be an “artist”, it was just simple, it was me – I didn’t choose anything. My parents were very open about this and helped me this way. My sister is a photographer too so I think that’s the thing in my family – you can do whatever you want to if you do it good.

You have mentioned in previous interviews that you are mostly self-taught. Can you describe the process of how you honed your skill and developed your particular style of painting?

Yes true! I didn’t take any classes in drawing. I’ve always drawn, even as a child, of things like flowers or my mother. I’ve never not drawn, really. I tried to learn drawing and technique when I was in middle school with my best friend, trying to understand the style and the brush of artists like Hans Bellmer or Dali. I don’t’ really know where my style comes from, I think its more about an eye. I know what I like and want I can do. After that I just express myself with my influences and my inspiration.

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Your work is reminiscent of Austrian painter Egon Schiele and the illustrator Robert Gould – have these artists ever influenced our work?

I love Egon Schiele! I went to his museum in Vienna to see his paintings in person, he is amazing and I think he will always inspiring me. His brush is strong and bad. I love that. I’m trying to be more direct and brut too but I’m at that level yet.

Can you name some of your favourite artists?

As you said before Egon Schiele, Van Gogh, Hans Bellmer and a lot more designers, architects and even people from Instagram! I see so much talent there.

How would you describe the overall aesthetic of your work?

I’m trying to show the beautiful in the scary and disturbing things. I always loved villains, not for what they do but for the little beauty and magical thing you can see in their eyes. So…in a way strange, and not so much understood by word or concept but the little thing. You could say, “it’s ugly strange, I don’t understand it…but I like it”.

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Where else do you turn for inspiration in your work?

From many designers, from light? and my life everything can be inspiration if you know how to open your eyes.

You work across two mediums – photography and painting. Do you have a preference for one? If so, why?

No at all! It’s always a fight with myself about this cause I can’t choose, and in fact I just think maybe I will not – I love both of them, I find inspiration in both of them so I will just try to combine my two passion to become maybe stronger in both.

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What is next on the horizon for you?

I don’t know. I’m just about to leave London to go back to Paris. Let’s just hope more projects, more collaborations, more paintings, more photography. And just keep the passion intact.

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Follow Clement Louis on Tumblr, Facebook, Instagram.

NATURE

June 11, 2015

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During the past year, my interest in 19th century philosophy has lead me to many great writers and their theories. I recently read the biography of infamous Austrian neurologist Sigmund Freud, where I came across a quote traditionally attributed to Goethe. Research however, proves the source to be otherwise.

‘Nature’ is an essay by Georg Christoph Tobler (1757-1812), which is often incorrectly attributed to Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832). It was first published in 1783 in the Tiefurt Journal. Tobler wrote the essay after repeated conversations with Goethe.

Read the full essay here

THE CREATIVE MINIMALIST

May 10, 2015

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Leonard Mattis has the sexiest hands on earth…

He also happens to be a highly regarded Sydney hair stylist with a super cool studio space that has become the local hub HQ of artistic show-casing. This entrepreneurial, softly spoken creative has some exciting irons in the fire and it seems like the boy from London’s East End won’t be twiddling his thumbs any time soon.

Read the full interview here