She may well be entering “it girl” territory, but Aurel Schmidt isn’t just talented-by-association. She is a genius artist first; the wacky downtown NY sense of style & ascent to indie darling are just icing on a delish cake. She has serious talent, the permanent kind, the kind worth framing – things that I’d actually pay money for. From her signature black frames and cow-licked hair, to her unabashed honesty, to the profanity and humor in her artwork – I love this girl.
Once I’m in a position to buy art, Aurel’s pieces will be among the firsts I’m after. My Grandmother’s definitely going to hate it, and my neighbors might not want to come over for dinner, but I like my art to talk, not just sit there and look pretty (though that has a time and place to). Aurel’s amazingly detailed, beautifully executed pieces are grotesque (maybe), honest (definitely), and fantastic conversation starters.
Aurel in Interview
Tiny Vices / Burn Outs / Maneater
Interview Magazine: The New York Art Scene – Aurel Schmidt
January 08 Art Talks Video Interview with Aurel Schmidt (watch!)
Sophomore Fall 2009 Lookbook
Style.com’s Front Row Faces 2009
[more of her style & art under the cut]