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Murakami X Abloh mash up at Gagosian Gallery London

Murakami X Abloh mash up at Gagosian Gallery London. A must see art exhibition for the fashion forward.

Ends April 7 2018

Opening reception:
Tuesday, February 20, 5–7PM

We want to see the newest things. That is because we want to see the future, even if only momentarily. It is the moment in which, even if we don’t completely understand what we have glimpsed, we are nonetheless touched by it. This is what we have come to call art.
—Takashi Murakami

We are driven by an innate ambition to make art works that are shaped by societal observations—in a variety of media—which by their existence produce a new cultural impact.
—Virgil Abloh

Coinciding with London Fashion Week 2018, Gagosian is pleased to present “future history,” collaborative works by Takashi Murakami and Virgil Abloh.

Working together in Murakami’s Tokyo studio, Murakami and Abloh have produced a unique series of works in which their styles and trademarks intersect in a stream of free-wheeling, punkish mash-ups. The two artists, kindred spirits from opposite axes of a broader cultural zone, reflect incisively on the signs of the times in which we live.

In his protean oeuvre that has captured the imagination of an entire generation, Murakami draws from sources as diverse as traditional Japanese painting, otaku subculture, Western art theory, Hollywood, and hip-hop. His expansive art production spills over into fashion, film, and commercial commodities, exploding the divisions of high art and pop culture.

Trained as an architect and engineer, Abloh works across fashion, architecture, performance, and consumer products, often deconstructing the creative process in public to challenge and analyze existing aesthetic systems and their distribution. The street-couture label Off-White, which he founded in 2013, combines traditional tailoring with more subversive references, dispensing with common conventions of fashion.

The duo’s ironic and insouciant artistic gestures are designed to disrupt the divisions and tiers of stratified cultural production. The sculpture Life itself (2018) is a kind of architectural carapace designed by Abloh to house one of Murakami’s brightly sinister flower sculptures. In another instance, Glance past the future (2018), they transform Gian Lorenzo Bernini’s 1623 self-portrait by superimposing Murakami’s character Mr. DOB to affect a graphic blur of pink and black, like a desecrated street poster leaving behind traces of an art-historical lineage.

Takashi Murakami was born in 1962 in Tokyo, Japan. Recent exhibitions include “© MURAKAMI,” Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2007; traveled to Brooklyn Museum, New York; Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt; and Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao through 2009); “Takashi Murakami Versailles,” Château de Versailles, France (2010); “Murakami-Ego,” Qatar Museum Authority, Doha (2012); “Arhat Cycle,” Palazzo Reale, Milan (2014); “Murakami: The 500 Arhats,” Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (2015); “Murakami by Murakami,” Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo (2017); “Takashi Murakami: The Deep End of the Universe,” Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY; and “Takashi Murakami. Under the Radiation Falls,” Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow (2017); and “The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg,” Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2017; traveled to Vancouver Art Gallery in 2018; and opens at Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, TX in 2018). He founded the Hiropon factory in Tokyo in 1996, which later evolved into Kaikai Kiki, an art production and art management corporation. In addition to the production and marketing of Murakami’s art and related work, Kaikai Kiki functions as a supportive environment for the fostering of emerging artists.

Virgil Abloh was born in 1980 in Rockford, Illinois. After earning a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, he completed a Master´s degree in Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Abloh’s experience has spanned varying platforms over the past two decades. In the year 2016, Virgil Abloh curated an exhibition with the works (“free cubes”, “material table”, and “trivision sign”), from his furniture collection for Design Miami at Art Basel. 2013 marked the inception of a Milan-based clothing line entitled Off-White, for which he was awarded the British Fashion Council’s Urban Luxe award, in 2017. In 2019, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, will hold a retrospective of his work, curated by Michael Darling.


PlayinChoc is the most ethical plant based organic product you can buy

The story of PlayinChoc

PLAYin CHOC is for the ethically conscious. The entire product is organic plant based and biodegradable. No plastic is used.

This is a wonderful well thought out product created and designed by my beautiful and talented friend Maja.

This time last year I got to taste her chocolate recipes from her house and now the final product is ready and already flying off the shelves.

The contents inside the cute packaging include organic vegan chocolate and an educational self assembled eco toy of an endangered animal made from 100% recycled board and a paper description.  There are 7 to collect in the endangered animal series and 4 to collect in the bunny series.

It recently launched in the UK and is available in many stores including the Conran Shop and the swanky the Ned in London.

You can order them online at


PlayinChoc: Our Story I still remember the anticipation, excitement and joy I felt as a child when my parents would buy me a special treat – a chocolate with a small toy!

Now as a parent I still enjoy chocolate as much – if not more! – than ever, but have become more health conscious about what we as a family eat. I was determined that sweet does not have to mean unhealthy. My kids (being my kids…!) love chocolate, and while I have learnt about the benefits of cocoa I also know about the nasty health effects of refined sugar. To get the best of both worlds I started experimenting with chocolate recipes at home using only the highest quality organic ingredients, and NO refined sugars. Sebastian, my eldest, my husband Dominic and myself are lactose intolerant so my recipes also had to be dairy free.

It took a while and we had lots of fun taste testing, before I eventually developed a delicious chocolate recipe we all fell in love with. It so happens that it is vegan, organic and made out of just 3 natural ingredients: cocoa beans, coconut and vanilla.

They say the best things are the simplest, and I can only agree.

With a background working in design and teaching, after a Masters degree in Scenography at Central St Martins, I gave myself a challenge of designing a playful, fun, educational and eco conscious toy. 

With kids growing up so quickly I’ve been reflecting more on the world we will be leaving to them. I became more aware of the dangers to our planet from discarded plastic waste which ends up in our oceans, woods and environment. This has motivated me to design a series of fun, educational, self-assembled toys made entirely from 100% recycled, biodegradable card – including the packaging. In this way I hope to excite children about our planet through play.

Combining my love of chocolate and nature I came up with Playin Choc.

When trying out my recipe with family and friends it turned out that the parents enjoyed it as much as their kids, so I decided to offer ‘a grown-up version’, the same delicious chocolate without the toy (sorry grown-ups – you get more chocs inside!)

Hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

Maya x




Chihuly now exhibition at Halcyon gallery London


Chihuly now exhibition at Halcyon gallery. Dale Chihuly is an iconic American sculptor who’s works has revolutionized blown glass and his masterpieces can be seen in museums all around the world.


Chihuly NOW

20 Jan 2018 – 22 Apr 2018

Halcyon Gallery presents Chihuly NOW, the latest solo gallery exhibition by American artist Dale Chihuly. Chihuly NOW, which explores the artist’s current art-making process, is on view 20 January through 22 April.

Chihuly NOW reveals the continuing evolution of a master artist known for over 50 years of innovative experiments with light, space and form. The body of work curated for the gallery exhibition demonstrates the artist’s desire to push boundaries when developing new work.

Chihuly NOW celebrates Chihuly’s tenacious creativity and shows how essential experimentation is to his art-making process,” said Paul Green, President at Halcyon Gallery. “This show is the manifestation of how Chihuly continues to stretch the limits of his chosen media, and we are thrilled to share this immersive experience with art enthusiasts.”

Chihuly creates unexpected experiences in unlikely places, and he is renowned for his ambitious architectural installations in historic cities, museums and gardens around the world. He strives to create visceral experiences that ignite the imagination of atypical art audiences and utilizes a variety of media including glass, paint, charcoal, graphite, neon, ice, and Polyvitro, to fulfil his vision.

The selection of works featured in the gallery exhibition are comprised mainly of new works by Chihuly—many of which demonstrate new techniques and applications used by the artist. Highlights include Rotolo, heavy coils of glass wrapped around a core vessel which the artist premiered in 2013; a study of Chihuly’s penchant for asymmetry demonstrated through dramatic compositions of Persians; the artist’s celebrated Baskets; and Light Drawings, two-dimensional paintings on acrylic which showcase the artist’s expressive hand and his interest in the transmission of light through transparent media. ~ Halcyon Gallery

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Sotheby’s contemporary art auction London, Wed 8 March 2018

Sothebys contemporary art
Sotheby’s contemporary art London

Happiness is when I am surrounded by beautiful works of art. London is definitely the centre of the art world.
I’m so lucky to have caught this exhibition. Timing is everything. The Sotheby’s contemporary art auction today is going to be epic! The day auction is open to the public but the evening auction is only for registered bidders.

What a rare and special opportunity to see all these great works in the same room. Anyone have any spare change? 💰💷💷💷
Basquiat, Banksy, Kusama, Warhol, Calder, Gilbert & George, Grayson Perry, Damien Hirst, jeff Koons, yayoi kusama, Keith Haring, Hume, Valdes, Hockney, Lucien Freud, Murakami, Ai Wei Wei, Richter, Doig, Hodgkin to name a few…

Sketch of the day no 1176 in my moleskine art journal: bird of paradise

Some days are better than others…

Some days are better than others but tomorrow will be a better day.

Sketch of the day in my moleskine art journal is of a tropical plant bird of paradise.

Sketch of the day no 1175 in my moleskine art journal: wildflowers

The scent of spring is just around the corner

The scent of spring is just around the corner
Sketch of the day in my moleskine art journal are some wildflowers

Sketch of the day no 1174 in my moleskine art journal: frangipani from my garden

Frangipani botanical illustration

I bloom for the moon and the magic of the stars.

Have a beautiful Sunday ♥️

Sketch of the day in my moleskine art journal is of a frangipani from my garden. I’ve seen grown this small cutting es into a little tree and i finally see it flowering. What a joy to be able to appreciate its beauty.

My art exhibition at G hotel in Penang is featured in Malaysia Airlines in flight Magazine “Going Places”

March 2018 Going Places 2018
Treasures of a Straits Chinese Solo Art Exhibition at G hotel Penang

I am happy to announce that my art exhibition in Penang is featured in Malaysia Airlines in flight Magazine “Going Places” March 2018 issue. It is really heartwarming to be getting such great coverage from the media.

Treasures of a Straits Chinese art exhibition is on at G Hotel Gurney Penang, Malaysia until 30 April 2018

Sketch of the day no 1173 in my moleskine art journal: Bonzai. The tree of life 🌱

Bonzai. Tree of life

Happy weekend.

Sketch of the day in my moleskine art journal is of a Bonzai. The tree of life 🌱

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