Dave Barnes’ Eatin Right!

Evidently Dave Barnes is a somewhat famous soul musician, but that’s not the Dave Barnes we’re talking about here. The Dave Barnes we’re talking about is a Canadian artist and illustrator who combines gritty materials and dated colors with polished illustrations to form what he calls “oldification.” His pieces are nostalgic yet humorous and modern at the same time — the best of all times.

And, as you’ll notice in this piece below, Eatin’ Right, Barnes pays a lot of attention to small details. Check out the random related newspaper clippings, the pen marks added around the rooster’s head, or the slightly faded starbursts in the background.

Barnes will be a part of a group show titled “Made In Canada,” at the Bear and Bird in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The show opened yesterday, and Barnes’ work will be shown alongside that of artists like Rey Ortega and Lori Joy Smith.

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Vivian Hua 華婷婷

Vivian Hua 華婷婷 (they/she) is a writer, filmmaker, and organizer. As the Executive Director of Northwest Film Forum in Seattle and Editor-in-Chief of the interdisciplinary arts publication, REDEFINE, much of their work unifies their metaphysical interests with their belief that art can positively transform the self and society. Vivian regularly shares human-centered stories through their storytelling newsletter, RAMBLIN’ WITH VEE! In 2021, they will begin production on a BIPOC metaphysical comedy film entitled RECKLESS SPIRITS. They are passionate about cultural spaces, sustainable practices, and finding ways to covertly and overtly disrupt oppressive structures. YEAH!

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