Having grown up in the Bahamas and the Hamptons, Lulu DK comes by her floral, sunshine-fueled look honestly. After studying at Parsons School of Design, she went to Paris to learn trompe l’oeil painting, but it was a visit to a French fabric mill that turned her on to making textiles. Working in various media, she remains an artist through and through, sketching and painting every design herself.
Lulu DK’s husband is from Rome, and her family spent a recent summer on the Italian coast. Looking out on that horizon, she said, "I couldn't get enough of how dark the trees seemed against the blue-green ocean, the way the light flickered on the water." Lulu painted outdoors every day, making the private visual diary offered in this sale.
John Robshaw Goes East
Like many an artist before him, it took a trip to the East for John Robshaw to find his passion. Fresh from Pratt Institute, he went to China to study block printing, and then to India in search of natural painting dye. There, Robshaw began working with local artisans to make fabrics, blending his own imagery with the traditional, rhythmic designs of Southeast Asia.
The art in this sale gives a glimpse into the workings of Robshaw’s imagination—and the way he finds raw images and applies his own artistic slant. When he spotted handmade kites in Jaipur, for example, he thought of the "geometric planes of solid color of Ellsworth Kelly"—and the result is a series of beautifully minimalist paintings of kites.