29th of April 2016BioCup Art Series

New Art Series release!

We are releasing the next round of eighteen different artists on our BioCup Art Series. Once again we are so impressed by our artists who have been sourced from all around New Zealand and Australia. Read artists statements here.

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Luna Series by Alicia Beech

"The 'Luna Series' is a satirical group of work which encompasses the influences of the moon on the earth as well as humans impact on our planet. It takes a slightly cynical look at the beauty of our oceans, our minerals, our flora and mankind’s exploitation of the environment. I hope that it reminds people that we are very lucky to inhabit such a beautiful and unique planet with the earth's friendly cousin the moon watching over us."

Save the Bees by Bridget Purtill
"Food production as we know will be lost or seriously altered without the help of bees. I choose these little guys as my muse, they help produce all of the wondrous foods and flora that we love. I believe creatively and collectively we can build awareness about their and our fate and save the bees. Together we can change the world." Bridget Purtill is a conceptual artist residing in the Mid North Coast of NSW, Australia.

Magpie Playground by Edith Rewa
Based in Blackheath in the Blue Mountains, Edith's work dips into botanical and Natural History illustration with a special fondness for the native Flora and Fauna of the Australian Bush. She often uses her illustrations to reignite the sense of reverence in our natural landscape and its bounty from the time of the burgeoning plant hunter. 'Magpie Playground' shows frollicking magpies amidst wattle, banksia and bottlebrush – look at them having a grand time, let's keep them and their environment safe!

Nature's Framework by Ben Creighton

"A rich and colourful depiction of the rainbow of flavour that’s provided for us from our oceans, our earth and our trees. Using the naturally occuring beauty found in the pattern of a leaf’s skeleton to create an intricately detailed and texture filled framework. This piece was created digitally, as a designer of many years Ben has always been, and remains, constantly aware of the impact of his industry on the environment, over the years he has become more and more involved in the digital landscape and so has reduced his footprint considerably. He still produces printed work but only uses preferred suppliers that practice sustainable printing, the environmental benefits of which are numerous including less waste and energy use, a healthier workplace and ease of recycling."

The Final Howl by Cairo Bean
Kyle Boonzaier, a young, Auckland-based illustrator was raised in Island Bay, Wellington. Half Spanish, half South African and half New Zealand, Kyle's perpetual identity crisis and questionable counting abilities only add depth to his ever-growing artistic style and story telling abilities. Sourcing inspiration from fables, friends and his ever-growing family, gaining
steady momentum exhibiting throughout New Zealand. A dedicated advocate of supporting young art and creativity in Auckland city and abroad, he hopes to soon be able to pay rent on time and continue his passion for arts through his own self-initiated projects on local shores.

Bee Stung by Sarah Howell
"This work was initially created on silk crepe de chine as a response to the declining bee population and the environmental effect on our intricate balance of life. The work is a dense and delicate collage layered with hand drawn elements. I wanted to portray the heavy hum of the insects going about their work and the sweet thick smell of summer in Sydney."

It's all about Balance by Debbie Laan

"I am a Coffs Harbour based artist. I use various mediums including paper-mache, clay, acrylic paints and inks and more recently revisiting the use of watercolours. I predominately sell my work from the famous Bellingen Market and am best known locally for my big bright and bold paper mache Pinatas and more recently my intricate dreamy mandalas. Because I live, work and play on the north coast of NSW I can't help but be heavily influenced by my surroundings including the rainforest, rivers and beautiful beaches. My mandalas reflect the calmness I feel when I put pen and brush to paper. The Mandala or 'circle' traditionally represents the universe. All things within the circle are equal and have a radial balance. 'It's all about Balance' is about finding a balance in a our busy lives – a balance between work and play, reaping and sowing and taking from nature and protecting our environment. I painted this mandala while travelling around far north queensland on a camping holiday. I have drawn it with pen and ink and then painted the design using acrylic inks and watercolour."

Beautiful Collision by Mandy Emerson
Mandy is a self-taught artist from Christchurch, New Zealand. Her inspiration is drawn from the nurturing environments of the garden and Mother Nature with all her beauty and memories they hold, with an air of vintage. Her works are often seen as an explosion of new growth, with buds bursting or pods rejuvenating – everything is competing for survival whilst all flourishing together.

Ocean Gemming by Michelle Pinkis
"The gem like faceted forms in my work sprung from a desire to explore both simplicity and complexity. There is an enviable level of mastery in the way that nature blends opposites – It is effortless. I am constantly playing with
watercolour, attempting to use the medium, the water itself to blend colour in a way similar to mother nature. The colours
for this piece are drawn from the space between deep ocean, the shoreline, and beyond into dense rainforest. These are rare, precious and powerful environments and it is our responsibility to protect them, if for no other reason than they are truly, magnificently beautiful."

Melting City by Jaclyn Tan
"When you're living in a golden age of technology and information it's easy to take the little things for granted. 'Melting City' is inspired by our current civilisation and the legacy we leave for the future life on Earth. It's up to us to make sure the environment has room to breathe too, because even with all of the world's shiniest technologies, we still need nature's ecosystems too. I am a graphic designer and illustrator who simply enjoys creating things. I like exploring the contrast between the digital and natural worlds, and digital painting/ink is usually my medium of choice. Concepts around nature, city life, and technology always seem to inspire me."

Forever In Our Hearts by Jarrah Johnson
"The gesture of flowers is perhaps the most beautiful expression of love, and we are significantly moved by their
presence. 'Forever In Our Hearts' depicts the events that followed the siege at Martin Place, 2014, with the overwhelming and incredible outpouring of love from the people of Australia and around the world. Two Sunflowers lay among a sea of colour which represents both Tori Johnson and Katrina Dawson. Sunflower's will always turn and face the light,
even in the darkest of times. As family, I know Tori absolutely loved being surrounded by nature, and above all he adored the Sunflower."

Triumphant by Pip Spiro
"The allure of flowers is as indisputable as it is timeless. From the smallest of buds to the biggest, blowsy blooms; flowers have been a thing of beauty across cultures, classes and ages. It is little wonder, then, when we as humans undertake to create beauty through art, that blooms feature as much as they do – but often sidelined as decoration, a background, or a small part in a greater scene; the supporting role to a greater idea or notion. So, in an ode to these things of wonder my work returns the focus to the flowers alone. The precision and clarity with which they are portrayed is a tribute to the divine design inherent in each and every petal, stamen and stem created by Mother Earth. Positioned on stark white backgrounds in intricate and unexpected compositions, the floral form all of a sudden become empowered as the glorious creations that they are; leaping from the page with triumphant and vitality."

Heaven Scent by Cher van Schouwen

"The brilliance of colour uplifts our spirits and increases our happiness – true medicine for the soul! A conscious organic approach to ones canvas, like the preparation of one’s garden, is fundamental to the overall beauty and magical outcome, that attracts both buyer and bees. As an young girl I knew that I wanted to bring a lot of joy, love and colour into the world. Now as an Internationally acclaimed Artist, well loved Art Teacher and Artistic Director at STUDIO 124 I feel I am able to improve a persons ability to trust, uplifting their confidence and self esteem, alleviating hopelessness and despair making this world more beautiful with natural ease. Artists are moving from a place of passivity to a place of activity. As art is able to weave its creative threads throughout the world, allowing us to interact more powerfully together. The BioCup series like honeybees is adding biodiversity through pollination, providing a significant benefit and awareness of the protection of our local environment and ourselves."

Apple Aisle by EM IN INK
"'Apple Aisle' is a quirky representation of the iconic apple orchards of Tasmania – with an injection of bright colour and intricate line work, in a combination of ink and watercolour. This piece celebrates the personality and vibrancy of the Tasmanian landscape. I love to capture aspects of nature and life in my work – with occasional glimpses of the ‘surreal’ thrown in! In a beautiful and pristine state like Tasmania, I can’t help but be inspired by the unique shapes, colours and textures of the environment."

The Flowers That Birthed Me by Ololade Adeniyi
Ololade Adeniyi is a multidisciplinary artist currently studying an honours degree in Architectural Design while majoring in Fine Art and Digital Media. Inspired by Japanese minimalism and eclectic materiality, Ololade draws inspiration from her extensive travelling and original roots in the vibrant city of Lagos. As a result, her love and appreciation of culture has enabled her to develop a unique eye on colour, texture and design as a whole. Ololade was part of the 2015 inaugural Young Blood Exhibition at Redsea Gallery (Brisbane). 'The Flowers That Birthed Me' is from an ongoing series that explores concepts of femininity, the female ethos and what occurs psychologically when that is compromised. "Each piece is dedicated to women I've met throughout my life and the way their stories mimic the symbolism and appearance of different species of flowers." 

I'd rather by here by Carmel McGrath

“'Pinnacles' encapsulates the raw energy of a mountain scene and the solace that can be found when you lose yourself in nature. Our natural environments in their pure, untouched form are a sight to behold. Art is the perfect tool to open minds to the beauty around us, and the ongoing need to respect and preserve it."

In the Moment by Cyndi Rogoff
"The continuous colourful landscape is a transformation of a living space or physical state into a visual, expressive and spiritual state. I source much of my abstraction from my inspiration of nature, land and environmental life.The colour, light, luminosity and form in this artwork reflects the constant movement of the land, sea and sky. My paintings are multi-layered and richly textured with gestural movements which describe our joyous and colourful surrounding nature. 'In the moment' is based on spontaneity, emotions and a feeling for colour; expressing the beauty and mood. It is full of empathy and sensitivity for the vast expanse of this land. It reflects the vibrant fertility, richness, excitement and busy productivity; which shows a positive outlook on all the elements that embody our country."

Reflections by Nathan Ramsey
"During a hike with my family around the Travers Sabine Circuit we stayed along side this lake that I photographed. The 80km track reaches deep into the heart of the mountains in the Nelson Lakes National Park and shows off amazing scenery from tranquil beech forests to 2,000 meter high mountains surrounded by beautiful rushing streams. Places like this have always captured my attention, largely because they are simply beautiful and almost slow me down and help me think – in a way they reflect what I want to be like – at peace, rather than caught up in the hustle and bustle of the world. I love the outdoors because it takes me back to my roots – it doesn’t complicate life. It’s just me, my hiking boots, fresh air filling my lungs and the beautiful world that we live in."