To celebrate her first Christmas at Lexington Street, Alex Eagle wanted to create something very special and very festive. What could be more festive than a Christmas bauble, or more chic than asking artists to hand paint them? So she turned to three of her favourite London artists and asked them to reimagine the bauble in their own inimitable styles.
Her chosen trio, Luke Edward Hall, Fee Greening and Julianna Byrne, have already been showered with critical acclaim – Hall for his gorgeous linear portraits of Greco-Roman boys, Greening for her delicate illustrations in pen and ink and Julianna Byrne for her ethereal watercolours. Their styles are different, but they are closely linked – all working from studios at the Cob Gallery in Camden.
Luke Edward Hall
So as the limited edition baubles arrive in store, here we delve deeper into the creative worlds of the artists behind them.
Luke Edward Hall
Artist, illustrator and interior designer Luke Edward Hall has had a busy year. His whimsical iterations of Mario Testino photographs for Burberry saw him lining the windows of the brand’s Regent Street store, he curated the Young Hearts exhibition at Christie’s and he began his first major interior decoration project – a large country house in Kent. He still found time to collaborate with Alex Eagle on a crockery collection, “Friends”, which sold out as soon as it arrived in autumn. One of his baubles is the perfect thing to bridge the gap while waiting for the next batch to arrive.
Fee Greening uses traditional, old-fashioned methods to create beautiful work that expertly treads the line between old and new. Inspired by William Blake, and Medieval and Flemish arts, her calligraphic pieces conjure the atmosphere of gothic fairy tales and The Brothers Grimm with echoes of William Blake. The delicacy of the craftsmanship and the distinct flavour given by pen and ink makes her work highly unusual, and this magic translates perfectly into her vision for a bauble.
Illustrator Julianna Byrne’s ethereal watercolours present a mythical landscape of ferns, flowers, woodland nymphs and hypnotic river bathers. Delicately coloured and detailed, they are spooky yet serene, calling to mind Millais’ Ophelia and Karl Blossfeldt’s botanical photographs. By applying this aesthetic to the festive bauble, Byrne has created something very special.