Sometimes Instagram just won’t cut it. At the Park Avenue headquarters of the Americas Society, where Stella McCartney staged her pre-Fall presentation this past January, the surroundings evoked pre-digital luxury. Wood-paneled libraries, Louis XVI sofas, and omnipresent chandeliers filled the building’s turn-of-the-century interior. And as socialites, celebrities, and editors from Jeff Koons to Anna Wintour looked on, a team of three live painters captured the scene.
Though each painter worked from the same tableau, a look behind the easel revealed differing approaches. Panamanian ad man Miky Fábrega favored loose shapes and bright splashes of color. The same gown and jumpsuit that dripped wide bands of oxblood and navy in his hands took on a softer tone in Catherine Delphia’s pencil sketches. The garments’ stripes had a dark intensity when contrasted with the medical illustrator’s precisely rendered figure drawings. John Gordon Gauld interpreted the entire scene in glowing watercolor, with an impeccable feel for light and dimension. McCartney connected with the painters through the Grey Area project, a series of collaborations designed to foster unique partnerships between artists and retailers. Judging by the images, we’d say this one was a success. The best filter is always an artist’s eyes.
Professional medical artist Catherine Delphia explores the crossovers between anatomical illustration and fine art. Her soft pencil sketches display a certified mastery of the human form.
John Gordon Gauld paints realistic oils in the Renaissance tradition – with a satirical pop culture twist. No stranger to fashion, his paintings have adorned Bergdorf Goodman’s famous window displays.
Miky Fábrega has a lot of creative energy. The founder of Panama City’s NEO! creative consulting agency, Fábrega brings ideas to life in marketing and advertising as well as on his own colorful Expressionist canvases.