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Mail Me Art…

March 7, 2013

I was happy to be asked, together with some 200 artists from 19 countries, to submit Art on a A6 envelope for ‘Mail Me Art’.

All submitted artworks will be exhibited at The Framers Gallery / London from 30th July – 3rd August 2013.

 Here’s what I did:

‘Black cat on the windowsill’. Follow this link to see ‘the making of’…

Mail Me Art / Black Cat in Windowsill


Huub Slabbers: children's books

My father Huub Slabbers, 1910-2002, was a multi-tasking artist.
Between 1955 and 1975 his main activity was writing and illustrating children’s
books for the international market. After ‘escaping’ school I was his assistent for several years and we worked together on illustration projects. When I look at the Peter and Pat series my flower power influences seem rather obvious.



Steinberg Surprise…

January 4, 2011

Saul Steinberg: Sheila: happy new year...

I sent this drawing some years ago to accompany a new years gift to my Saul Steinberg-friend Sheila.
She was probably expecting Champagne but inside she found a rare (empty) bottle of 1983 Chateau Mouton-Rothschild, with a label illustration by Saul Steinberg,  that I found on eBay.


‘Nature Morte / Still Life’. Painting by Caroline Maurel, a contemporary French painter who lives near Paris and creates great paintings with an extreme level of detail.
Many of Caroline’s works are based on Barbie and Ken and other plastic characters that surround our modern lives and show us their other or darker side.

This particular painting is a still life of the famous Barbie Dinner Table Set. It is on the Slabbers’ Dining Room Wall now!
When people see it for the first time it usually takes some time before they realise that this is not painted ‘a bit out of proportion’, but that they are actually looking at Barbie proportions.

As Caroline Maurel states on her website: “Les jouets font l’Art”.


caroline maurel still life

caroline maurel still lifeClick here to see the large file on Caroline Maurel’s website to ‘feel’ the plastic
and here to see this and other work in progress.
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