Meet the artist: Jody Paulsen
The Capetonian references modern realities in witty, eyepopping works
Born and bred in Cape Town, artist Jody Paulsen finds inspiration in everything around him. But you’ll know him for his cartoonish, large-scale felt works that run a wild gamut of pop icon logos, food, caricatures, animals and phrases.
“I work on phrases with meaning,” says Paulsen. “Often I have something to say and meaning becomes very evident... I’ve worked with themes of masculinity, consumerism and even myself as the subject.”
One of his latest projects includes a revamp to the central space at Neil Barrett’s huge Via Ceresio HQ in Milan. Based around a graffitied, psychedelic pop-print floor and a backdrop for his SS20 runway presentation, it quickly became a labour of love. “Neil was very particular about the graphics having a handmade feel in that collection,” says Paulsen. “I loved working on the knitwear patterns. Once made, they were abstracted digitally and the result was always pleasantly surprising.
“I’m starting this year with a solo presentation for MiArt in Milan in April,” says Paulsen. “I’ve been focusing on figurative collages, particularly portraits of edible people made out of fruit and vegetables,” he concludes, like it’s the most normal thing in the world.
Jacket, t-shirt, shorts, boots, prices on request, Louis Vuitton
Pastels for spring – yes, indeed. It’s all about blissed-out blues, yellows, greens and, of course, pink – aim for warm weather subtlety. If you’re feeling brave, layer up your sorbet shades to your heart’s content.
At first glance, it might look like your grandad’s old shirt, but it’s not. Once you’ve paired the new bowling shirt with a pair of slacks and some eye-catching sandals, you’ll get what we mean: a flex that will get a strike out of anybody in the vicinity.
Shirt, trousers, prices on request, Dolce&Gabbana
Coming of Beige
Yeah, we’re down for the count on this one. Right now, it’s all about shorts that look like you’ve stepped out of the ring. A billowy shirt and eye-catching jacket will complete your look. Just add attitude...it packs a little punch y’know?
Out: form-fitting looks. In: loose tailoring. You just can’t argue with the ease and breeze of a no-nonsense wavy fit. Pairing your baggy trousers with oversized wardrobe essentials is the secret to staying cool.
Jump to It
Jumpsuit, $2720, sneakers, $800, Fendi
Photographer: Niquita Bento at Supernova Creative Management
Styling: Rusty Beukes
Talent: Jody Paulsen
Grooming: Justine Alexander
Junior Producer: Malaika Naik
Fashion Assistant: Luke Ruiters