Now that our Holiday Look Book has made the rounds (if you still haven’t seen it, you must! Click here) – we thought we would shine a light on the artist generous enough to open his studio and artwork to be photographed.
Tahoe the Contender
Alexander Rokoff is a Portland-based painter originally from New Mexico. Rokoff is known for the old-world influenced style and sometimes dramatically large scale of his work, as well as subject matter. His paintings are executed in the style of old masters with unconventional, modernized subjects ranging from Issac Brock of Modest Mouse and Storm Large of Pink Martini to everyday “forgotten” people – as he terms. In the neighborhood between Mississippi Avenue and Killingsworth Street, Rokoff has documented many long-term residents and notable personalities, capturing a unique moment in time for an area that is rapidly gentrifying.
Clockwise from top left: Ruth Simon, Virgil Baker, James “Chip” Simon, Bruce Holloway, Alexander Rokoff, David Reese.
Clockwise from top left: The Contemplative, The Recipient, The Underworld, The Retreat
Rain Hell from Above
One reviewer said this of Alexander Rokoff and his work: “Alexander Rokoff is perhaps the leading young Attitude painter. His paintings are wise, quirky, and often cocky. Drawing exclusively from the people, community, events, and environments of contemporary life, Rokoff nudges viewers around, pushes them into curious and sometimes uncomfortable corners. At the same time, he challenges them to entertain foreign and awkward imagery. Appearing almost voyeuristic, his paintings make bare the emotion, restlessness, or contemplative states of the models.
“Each work is executed in Rokoff’s signature style, one that presents direct quotations from the great European masters and yet has a looseness of brushwork and an exploration of color and texture that is entirely Rokoff’s. His command of anatomy coupled with a complete understanding of how states of being—emotions and thoughts—manifest physically in the human form, make these images haunting and hypnotic.”
Issac Brock and the Seven Deadly Sins, left, and Storm Large
We would also like to extend thanks to the Falcon Art Community, which opened it’s doors and allowed us access not just to Mr. Rokoff’s studio, but to hallways, props and generally, being underfoot all of the artists for a day.
The Falcon Art Community (via their website) “Founded in 2006 by Portland real estate developer Brian Wannamaker, The Falcon is a privately funded and thriving arts organization supported by a portion of rents gleaned from a portfolio of vintage properties encompassing commercial mixed-use and residential rentals. This unique model helps to fund artists directly through low-cost studio space, patronage of work and marketing and career support from full-time staff.
“The Falcon Art Community provides an intentional community in which experienced and emerging artists inspire each other in an atmosphere of beauty and elegance. Imagine walking through the halls of the Louvre on the way to write, compose, paint, act or practice music in your studio—the Falcon aims to catalyze great art by surrounding artists in inspiring and masterful artwork. A unique live/work space where artists can live close to their work without having to live in their workspace, the Falcon recruits artists whose work combines excellence in craftsmanship and vision. Falcon artists are actively engaged in their career, using the facilities for creating new work and teaching, and taking advantage of special services to help promote their careers in Portland and beyond, while maintaining their personal and working vitality.”
We’re pleased to debut our second Eden Look Book – just in time for Holiday!
The concept: off Kensington’s swinging High Street, and into the artists studio go two muses – one light, one dark… possessed with the eccentric allure of rock star girlfriends, rivaling the strength of Gaelic warriors, the dark glamour of high priestesses, their closets heaped to the brim with opulent furs, tweeds, silks and sequins, bodies stacked with glittering metals and stones…
“…A silver sword by an ancient ford was my gift from this child of the trees…” Painting by Alexander Rokoff. On Haley: Vintage “Harper” blouse, $78. “Divine” green agate and onyx necklace by Brehan Todd, $199. “Triple Serpent” necklace by Jesseca Anne, $65. Vintage “Hollis” tweed skirt, $42. On Annie: “Hel” earrings by Jesseca Anne, $45. Vintage “Autumnal Daphne” dress, $145. “Woven Conversation” necklace by Sahlia. “Torched and Tied” necklace by Sahlia. “Metropolis” necklace by Jesseca Anne, $95. “Pharoah” ring by Jesseca Anne, $45. “Prophecy” rings by Jesseca Anne in black (one worn on each hand,) $30. Silver sequin belt on loan from stylist Ryan White.
“…Torch girl of the marshes, her kiss is the whip of the moon…” Paintings in progress by artist Alexander Rokoff. On Haley: “Noir Princess” hat by Brehan Todd, $54. Vintage “Silver Geometry” cocktail dress, $85. “Rosette” necklace by Kiowa Rose, $550. “Prophecy” ring by Jesseca Anne in green, $30. On Annie: “Coral Byzantine” earrings by Jan Michaels $108. Vintage “Chestnut” fur coat (shown in second photo,) $145. Vintage “Peach Bellini” dress, $135. “Coral Fascination” necklace by Kiowa Rose, $95. “Madeleine” long pendant necklace by Brehan Todd, $112. Vintage magenta velvet ribbon (used as belt.) Vintage “Creme de Cocoa” belt, $36. “Noir Armor” cuff bracelet by Brehan Todd, $82.
“…Chariots of silk she rode, stallions of gold she owned…” On Annie: Rhinestone earrings by Brehan Todd, $108. Vintage “Madrigal” wrap dress, SOLD. “Elouise” statement necklace by Brehan Todd, $175. “Cyborg” necklace by Jesseca Anne, $65. Brass cuff bracelet by Mishakaudi, $42. “Wish Upon a Star” cuff bracelet by Brehan Todd, $70.00. “Prophecy” ring by Jesseca Anne in green, $30. Druzy ring by Jesseca Anne, $50. Vintage Butterfly in glass apothecary jar, $68. Gorgeous George the Peacock, $1800.
“…A mask of jade I shyly laid to thy form of finery – a root of star, baby…” On Haley: Vintage hat on loan from stylist Ryan White. Vintage “Shake Senora” blouse, SOLD. Vintage “Liesel Dancing” vest, $38. “Cairo” necklace by Kiowa Rose, SOLD. “Prophecy” ring by Jesseca Anne in black, $30.
“…Oh Debora, always look like a zebra, Oh Debora, always dressed like a conjurer…” Painting by Alexander Rokoff. On Haley: Vintage Red Fur hood, $52. Vintage “Catalina” dress, $185. “Mandala” necklace by Pure Jewelry, $260. “Sterling Silver Crochet Cuff” by Pure Jewelry, $680. Vintage tambourine, $78. Jeffrey Campbell Lita Boots provided by Solestruck. On Annie: “Louisa” chandelier earring in green agate by Acanthus, $96. Vintage “Osaka Noir” silk robe, $165. Vintage “Belle Felicidade” sequin leotard, $66. Vintage Turkish necklace, $95. ”Biba Primavera” necklace by Brehan Todd, SOLD. “Nagini” cuff by Urchin Redesign, $165. Boots and socks, Annie’s own. Oscar the vintage papier-mâché Zebra, $185. Vintage wingback armchair, one of set of two, $325 each.
“…Take me down to Sensation Boulevard…” On Annie: “Hanging Gardens” earrings by Jan Michaels, $110. Vintage “Moi Aussi” dress, $68. “Hanging Gardens” necklace by Jan Michaels, $85. Black and Aqua Fringe necklace by Kiowa Rose, $145. “Arachne” crocheted cuff, $68. “Noir Armor” cuff bracelet by Brehan Todd, $82. “Pharoah” ring by Jesseca Anne, $45. On Haley: “Golden Shield” earrings by Ay Marieke, $60. Fur vest and vintage sequin shorts on loan from stylist Ryan White. Vintage “Pointelle Peaks” strapless top, $38. “Wish Upon a Star” necklace by Brehan Todd, $72. “Maria” necklace by Jesseca Anne, $65. “Freder” bracelets by Jesseca Anne, $60. Bangle bracelet set by Jesseca Anne, $45. Druzy ring by Jesseca Anne, $50.
“…The Huntress stands, with peacock hands she’d take me to where she’d lie…” On Annie: Vintage tulle and peacock feather veil, on loan from stylist Ryan White. Sterling silver cross earrings by Pure Jewelry, $280. ”1000 Cranes” dress by Ms. Wood, $1300.
“…Like a white star, tangled and far, Tulip that’s what you are…” On Annie: Vintage “Madcap Coral” cloche, $42. ”Biba Primavera” necklace by Brehan Todd, SOLD. Annie is surrounded by assorted Vintage Suzani pillows, made exclusively for Eden by Lees Lamar.
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Many incredibly talented ladies and one (incredibly out-numbered) man lent their hands to making this shoot a success. We were happy to include some familiar faces from our Fall 2011 Look Book: Annie Montgomery, the photographer then, is the model now. Former behind-the-scenes photographer Anja Verdugo acted as lead photographer, models Consuelo Wise and Marika Emerson helped style along with last year’s stylists Brehan Todd and Jesseca McCloskey. And of course, proprietress Cindy Rokoff furnished the incredible vintage goods, props and acted as Art Director.
Art direction: Cindy Rokoff
Lead photographer: Anja Verdugo
Behind-the-scenes and detail photographer: Carlie Armstrong
Models: Annie Montgomery and Haley Robison
Hair: Jessica Adams
Makeup: Firiel Harbin
Styling and set design: Ryan White, Jesseca McCloskey, Brehan Todd, Consuelo Wise, Marika Emerson.
Shoes provided by Solestruck PDX.
Caption quotes are Marc Bolan (T. Rex) lyrics.