Artist Review: Kaffe Fassett

I am thrilled to be able to share some inspirational art with you every Tuesday morning as Rachael’s new ‘Art and Creative Writer’. This week, we’re paying tribute to the creative genius that is Kaffe Fassett.

Kaffe was a native of San Francisco until he moved to London in 1964 to paint. He has since become one of the world’s most prolific textile designers and has been honoured as Britain’s greatest colourist by the Colour Group (Great Britain) who awarded him the prestigious Turner Medal earlier this year. 

Whichever medium Kaffe works with, be it textiles, ceramics, needlepoint, patchwork, painting or knitting, his signature style is evident through his vibrant use of colour. His professional achievements during his 50 year career are too many to mention and his influence continues to inspire through his many published books, exhibitions and workshops.

Over 100 pieces of Kaffe’s work will be exhibited at the Fashion and Textile Museum from 22nd March (this Friday) – 29th June 2013. ‘Kaffe Fassett – A Life in Colour’ is a celebration of the work of one of the great practitioners of contemporary craft.’ 

Kaffe Fassett was the first textile designer I was introduced to at school by my teacher who was a massive fan of his work. I wasn’t aware he produced such amazing paintings though so to find these on his website was great, just goes to show that his talent knows no limits which is a lesson to us all. More arty inspiration next Tuesday – have a great week! Justine x

Blue and White on Bark Cloth

Cups and Saucers on Beige

Black Temple Jar

Dahlias in Pink Teapot

Ginger Jar Series Green Still Life

Ginger Jar Series Yellow Still Life

Pot Tapestry Sketch

Red Blue and White

Roses Galore

Swirling Stripes