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Brilliant Brazil: A Rio Olympics Inspired Collection

Posted on August 05 2016

The Rio Olympics open today and we couldn't be more excited (well, unless we were sunning ourselves in Rio of course)!

As we wait in anticipation for the opening ceremony, we've curated a Brazilian-inspired collection featuring everything from our best Brazilian artists, to tropical rainforest patterns and our favourite sporting artworks inspired by the Olympic Games.

Read on to get yourself into the Olympic swing...

Spotlight on Brazilian Artists

Raul by Vik Muniz
Vik Muniz is a Brazilian artist and photographer who delights in subverting a viewer's expectations. He uses unexpected materials to create portraits, landscapes and still lifes, which he then photographs and destroys.

Art On A Postcard original by DMS
David De Melo Santos aka DMS began his journey with graffiti in 1998 in his hometown of Belo Horizonte, Brazil. In recent years he has collaborated with big brands on everything from illustrations, CD covers to book illustrations. You can win this original artwork in the Art On A Postcard lottery for just £10.

Love and Peace China Bowl by Beatriz Milhazes
Beatriz Milhazes is considered one of the leading Brazilian artists, well known for her vibrantly colourful, kaleidoscopic works which draw on both Latin American and European traditions. Milhazes’ rigorously structured compositions are punctuated by a recurring set of arabesque motifs inspired by Brazilian culture, ceramics, lacework, carnival decoration, music, and Colonial baroque architecture.

Olympic Art

Logo for the Hackney Looting Team 2012 by Pure Evil
Charles Uzzell-Edward is a graffiti and street artist better known by the cheeky moniker Pure Evil. The name and his art reflects the darkness that's in the world right now - "you can't just ignore it and do a nice picture of a unicorn. Unless it's a unicorn with a rocket launcher on its head" he says. 

Yellow Divers by Anna Marrow
A brand new release for 2016, we love this bright and beautiful hand-printed limited edition by Anna Marrow. Anna has been working as a printmaker, illustrator and image-maker for 20 years - "I love the craft of drawing and think it is more important than ever in our fast paced digital age, to take time out and observe carefully" says Anna.

Swimming Pool by Lucy Banaji
Lucy Banaji is an illustrator and designer living and working in London. Her work is a playful mix of flat colour, texture and line-work influenced by mid-century modern illustration and contemporary painting.

Chariots Of Fire by Steven Quinn
Steven Quinn plays with imagery in a fresh and unique way, toying with ideas and twisting images from their original context into new narratives.

Tropical Delights

Blue Parrot by Jane Tattersfield
The colours in this limited edition print of this native Brazilian bird are simply stunning. Perfect for adding a splash of colour to any room.

Faliln Viltur Blar 1890/2014 by Kristjana S Williams
All the animals of the rainforest adorn this stunning map, where South America takes centre stage.

Twilight Jungle Deckchair by Yoko Honda
This deckchair, with its neon florals and peeping Amazonian animals, ignites an optimistic promise of an endless summer. Yoko Honda has the ability to draw you in to an artwork, the more you look the more you see.

Tristes Tropiques #1 by Katsutoshi Yuasa
Katsutoshi Yuasa makes woodcut prints from his own digital photographs. By combining two processes – the camera’s ‘snapshot’ and the woodcut’s lengthy reinterpretation of the same image – he crystallises the atmospheric and emotional character of this tropical forest perfectly.

Watermelon Hot Pan Trivet by Juan Is Dead
A fun, sunny way to add a slice of colour to your kitchen! We love this quirky yet practical mosaicked kitchen trivet to place your hot pots and pans on. The watermelon is handmade from start to finish by artist Leah Reeves in her South London studio.

Jewellery by Lee Renee
Delicate Bananas and Pineapples feature heavily in Lee's collection. She effortlessly blends fashion and craftsmanship, and is fast growing a name in the fine-fashion jewellery sector thanks to her signature blend of delicate, exacting and narrative-driven pieces that are easy to wear and tell powerful, distinctive stories.

Blue Jungle Tapir Plate by Mira Santo
This wonderful little pig-like animal can be found roaming the forests of Brazil - and we think he's just the cutest. Combined with the simple, hand-painted design in on-trend blue and white, this is the perfect addition to your homeware collection.

Monkey Eyes by Tim Flach
You'd be sure to find this cheeky monkey wondering the mountains of Rio. Flach has become renowned for his highly stylized animal portraits, which are far removed from traditional wildlife photography's images of animals observed in their natural habitat.

Palmapple Deckchair by Yoko Honda
This limited edition deckchair combines two of our favourite trends - palms and pineapples. Combining the colours of the Brazilian flag, it's the perfect place to while away the Summer and take in some of the Olympics.


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