Elliott Puckette and Hugo Guinness

Elliott Puckette is a Kentucky-born artist whose latest exhibit at Paul Kasmin Gallery in New York runs through November 8, 2014. Her linear work is often compared to calligraphy. Hugo Guinness of the British banking and brewing family sells paintings and lino cut prints through John Derian. Cousin of fashion muse Daphne Guinness, Hugo helped director friend Wes Anderson write the screenplay of The Grand Budapest Hotel.  Anderson wanted to film scenes for The Royal Tenenbaums in the Brooklyn brownstone that Puckette and Guinness, who are married, share with their two daughters. The house, unfortunately, is too narrow, so Anderson used the couple's artwork - rather than their home - in his film. Mr. Guinness contributed to another Anderson film by providing the voice of Nathan Bunce in Fantastic Mr. Fox

Elliott Puckette and Hugo Guinness | Artists
"The artists Elliott Puckette and Hugo Guinness entertain often in their rambling Brooklyn town house. 'Young and old, domestic and imported, gay or straight, all are welcome,' Guinness says. 'Most of our friends seem to be artists of one sort or another, poets, priests, plumbers, that sort of thing. I try to look pleased to see them, give them a drink and then disappear.' Puckette . . . loves to prepare down-home dishes, like Brunswick stew and grits souffle. And for tabletop accouterments, the couple looks no farther than the Bowery in downtown Manhattan for 'everything you could possibly need for a party: plates, vases, tablecloths and antlers,' says Guinness."
Photo: Robert Maxwell.
Copyright 2004 The new York Times Company.
The New York Times Style Magazine (November 7, 2004).

"Hugo Guinness's botanical paintings are hung in the drawing room as each is completed. The previous owner, an antiquarian, left the nineteenth-century cornices and fireplaces intact."
"Elliott Puckette and Hugo Guinness - Brooklyn, 2003"

"Hugo Guinness's botanical paintings are hung in the drawing room as each is completed. The previous owner, an antiquarian, left the nineteenth-century cornices and fireplaces intact."
"Elliott Puckette and Hugo Guinness - Brooklyn, 2003"

"Puckette and her daughter Violet on a velvet armchair in the wood paneled master bedroom of their home in Boerum Hill."
"Elliott Puckette and Hugo Guinness - Brooklyn, 2003"

"Guinness's studio is in the adjoining room. The whole house tends toward fern hues; there is a lot of sun-splashed whitewash."
"Elliott Puckette and Hugo Guinness - Brooklyn, 2003"

"Opening onto the back garden, the kitchen has a country feel. The house's proportions may be narrow, but tall ceilings and pale walls make it light and airy."
"Elliott Puckette and Hugo Guinness - Brooklyn, 2003"

"Violet stands by the tub in the top-floor master bedroom, which leads to a roof terrace - all laid out by Puckette. 'She's the architect. I'm the tweaker,' Guinness says."
"Elliott Puckette and Hugo Guinness - Brooklyn, 2003"

"It's one of my favorite houses anywhere," the filmmaker Wes Anderson tells me. "I wanted to film scenes for The Royal Tenenbaums in it, but it is too narrow, so we re-created it a few blocks away. We used Elliott's paintings and Hugo's prints and old metal garden furniture with the paint chipping off, and a washed-out whiteness across the whole place. They both have perfect taste."
Director Wes Anderson regarding husband-and-wife artists Hugo Guinness and Elliott Puckette
Vogue Living: Houses Gardens People - Hamish Bowles


"Briefs"
Small Hugo Guinness print offered by John Derian.
"These whimsical linocuts are printed by hand on fine Italian paper in Hugo's Brooklyn studio. Printed with India ink and signed by the artist, each print is unique and ink application and paper color will vary from print to print." 

Hugo Guinness's "Briefs" appear in this scene (via YouTube) from The Royal Tenenbaums.

Here are two images from The Royal Tenenbaums (via "Two Wilsons and Two Puckettes," Style Court, June 22, 2010) that feature works by Elliott Puckette:

Scene from The Royal Tenenbaums by Wes Anderson featuring Owen Wilson and Luke Wilson. 

Scene from The Royal Tenenbaums by Wes Anderson featuring Owen Wilson and Luke Wilson. 
Elliott Puckette
Bellerophon, 2014
Gesso, ink, and kaolin on board
60 inches diameter
152.5 cm diameter
Photo via Paul Kasmin Gallery.

"Making beautiful paintings is rarely seen as an act of rebellion, but when Elliott Puckette began defining her aesthetic, painting denied popular convention. 'It was a time when it was very uncool to paint,' she says. 'Everyone was making video art and political stuff.' "

"For Puckette's latest series, the artist tried her hand at something new: sculpture. . . . wire sculptures fashioned by Puckette herself served as the subject for a new series of paintings. The resulting works are awkward and visceral in appearance, but that isn't to say that they aren't still in the same vein of beautiful paintings that captured . . . the art world's attention years ago. As Puckette says, 'Paintings are, ultimately, decorative.' "


"At a ranch in Southern California, an ironwood table and chairs decorate the great room's dining area; Dogger, by Elliott Puckette, hangs on the concrete column. The stairs lead to the library, which is suspended above the kitchen; the range, ovens, and wine refrigerator are by Viking."
Murrieta, California, home of Bruce and Barbara Goldreyer.
Architect: Geoff Sumich Design.
Photography by Mary E. Nichols.
Architectural Digest (January 2010).

“ 'They remind my husband, Hugo, of shagreen,” says artist Elliott Puckette of the hundreds of tiny black dots that punctuate the background of her latest work . . . 'I was playing with the idea of the dot going for a walk,' she explains."
 Photo: Courtesy of Christopher Burke Studio via Vogue.
Vogue (December 13, 2010).

"An Elliott Puckette drawing hangs above the original mantel in the dining room." 
Brooklyn brownstone.
Interior design by Lucien Rees Roberts.
Renovation architect: Steven Harris.
Photography by William Waldron
Styled by Martin Bourne.

"Each of the limited-edition Pima cotton shirts in the series are covered in a different version of Puckette’s signature hand-drawn renderings, and come in colors swiped directly from the artist’s palette. 'The aqua shirt is actually the same shade as a piece Elliott made for me about a year ago that hangs in my living room,' says Leach, who has the yarn custom-dyed in Peru. 'I have lots of art in my apartment, but Elliott’s work is special; she gets her own wall.' ”
Elliott Stripe Simple Tee by Chance - a collaboration between Chance's owner Julia Leach and artist Elliott Puckette.
Photo: Isabel Asha Penzlien.
Vogue (May 30, 2012).

Here is the art that inspired the aqua shirt above:

"A painting by Elliott Puckette, a close friend of Leach's, is given pride of place on a quiet wall."
Lower East Side (Manhattan) apartment of Julia Leach, founder of Chance.
Interior design by Julia Leach.
Photography by Patrick Cline.
Art direction by Michelle Adams.
"Urban Oasis" written by Robert Leleux.
Lonny (July 2012).

"In the main hall, an Elliott Puckette painting hangs above an antique Swedish bench from Dienst + Dotter Antikviteter."
Francisco Costa's 1930s Georgian mansion on Long Island.
Interior decoration by Mark Cunningham.
Photography by William Waldron.
Text by William Norwich.
Architectural Digest (September 2014).

"Elliott Puckette silhouettes of DeStefano and Costa hang in the master bedroom; the four-poster and bed linens are by Calvin Klein Home, the ’50s stools are from Wyeth, and the carpet is vintage Swedish."
Francisco Costa's 1930s Georgian mansion on Long Island.
Interior decoration by Mark Cunningham.
Photography by William Waldron.
Text by William Norwich.
Architectural Digest (September 2014).

"The kitchen features a honed-stone backsplash and counters, a Thermador cooktop, and a Brazilian-slate floor; a Malcolm Morley work is propped between the windows, with a Hugo Guinness print from John Derian Co. nearby."
Francisco Costa's 1930s Georgian mansion on Long Island.
Interior decoration by Mark Cunningham.
Photography by William Waldron.
Text by William Norwich.
Architectural Digest (September 2014).

"In a corner nook, a lino cut pig print by artist Hugo Guinness sits next to a branch-filled tortoise hurricane from Furbish Studio."
Josie Maran's farm in rural Pennsylvania.
Photography by Melanie Acevedo.
Prop styling by Kaylei McGaw. 
Written by Melissa Goldstein.
"Free Bird" produced by Sarah Storms.
Lonny (September 2014).

Works of Hugo Guinness offered by John Derian.

"Bright yellow walls — Benjamin Moore's Inner Glow — and an even brighter citron table from HB Home brought the white-and-gray kitchen to life. Harper turned wire side tables from ABC Carpet and Home into stools. Dark brown floors were transformed with a large geometric pattern, painted by Jay C. Lohmann. Pendant light from Robert Abbey. Hugo Guinness prints from John Derian."
Home in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Interior decoration by Lindsey Cora Harper.
Photography by Ngoc Minh Ngo.
House Beautiful (February 2012).

"The hallway's wallpaper features a Dagobert Peche design, and a John Derian sofa is upholstered in Hable Construction's Ball and Chain linen-cotton; among the artworks is a gouache by Louise Belcourt above a Hugo Guinness drawing."
Athens, Georgia, home of textile designer and artist Susan Hable Smith and her family.
Photography by Richard Powers.
Text by Ingrid Abramovitch.
"Georgian Revival: Susan Hable Smith at Home" produced by Anita Sarsidi.

 "A vintage console acts as an island, narrow enough for the galley kitchen yet powerful enough to dominate the space. A Karl Springer table, a ship’s brass lantern-turned-pendant, and art from Hugo Guinness pack a dramatic punch in the tiny space."
Home of Ryan White and Warren Cohn.
Interior design by Ryan White, Ryan White Designs.
Photography by Michael Garland.
Text by Jenny Bradley.

"The living room features linen-upholstered armchairs by Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams, a rug by Shaw Floors, and an Ochre light fixture; [Shane] Deary built the side table and mirror from reclaimed wood, and the tufted ottoman and Hugo Guinness drawing are from John Derian Dry Goods."
1860s brownstone of Keri Russell and Shane Deary.
Photography by William Waldron.
"Keri Russell at Home" by Kathleen Hackett.

"Though artist Elliott Puckette was raised in Tennessee, she—along with daughters Bella and Violet and family pets Louis (the dog) and Odette (the rabbit)—chose leafy Boerum Hill to put down roots." 
Photography by Boo George.
Editor: Tabitha Simmons.
Vogue (August 11, 2013).

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