Gallery: Artist Duncan MacAskill Creates Painterly Portraits From Thous...

 
Scottish artist Duncan MacAskill's work encompasses many mediums, including sculpture, performance and sound - but one in particular is better associated with the office supply store than the gallery: thumbtacks! A recent show at The Royal Opera House, commissioned as part of Deloitte Ignite 2011, included a large scale black-and-white portrait of the artist's father, created with more than 25,000 thumbtacks. For the 2012 London Design Festival, fashion accessories designer Ally Capellino commissioned MacAskill to show a series of small works in her East London shop - read on for a first look with our original photographs!

Ally Capellino was drawn in part to Duncan MacAskill‘s work by their shared appreciation for humble materials and honest production. Ally Capellino’s bags, crafted from leather and wax canvas, are manufactured locally as much as possible, with several lines made by small family businesses not far from the East London shop.

The self-portraits and abstract paintings by MacAskill sport fields of colorful thumbtacks and pins, the hues complementing Ally Capellino’s bags. Some thumbtacks are left bare, while others are painted to get the desired effect. The intention is to pay tribute to the design classic that is the thumbtack — or as they’re called in England, the drawing pin. Tempted to raid the office supply cabinet yet?

+ Duncan MacAskill

Photo of Duncan MacAskill courtesy Duncan MacAskill. All other photos by Charlene Lam for Inhabitat

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