Jamie Drake's IFPDA Fine Art Print Fair Online Picks

"I’ve taken a bit of a political stance, as it ‘tis the season."

Oct 6, 2020 6:30pm
IFPDA Executive Director Jenny Gibbs invited mega-award-winning designer Jamie Drake to preview the booths of the IFPDA Fine Art Print Fair. The alacrity with which he approached the task combined with the tight focus of his curated picks speaks volumes about why his clients include discerning clientele like Madonna and Mayor Bloomberg. In speaking about what guided his selections Jamie said, "I’ve taken a bit of a political stance, as it ‘tis the season."
I’ve long admired Alyson Shotz’s work, and these luscious piles of “spaghetti” seem to engender the complexity and entanglements of our time. Why stop at one plate?
The prolific Polly Apfelbaum’s forays into color talk directly to me. As all the fundamental issues are targets this election season, these seem playfully eloquent. I’d group nine together in a grid, and really take pleasure in a rainbow of freedom for all.
Who’s laughing now? George Condo always puts a smile on my face….and then again not. Elegantly drawn, these clowns aren’t all happy.
Pedro Friedeberg’s joyous Desfile de Perros(Parade of Dogs) makes me want to cuddle up with some four-legged unconditional love. Why limit yourself to one quarantine pooch, when you can enjoy dozens.
This early Bridget Riley draws me into its vortex, and down the rabbit hole I go. Flashing back to Jefferson Airplane’s White Rabbit, the intoxicating mesmerization of this exacting screenprint definitely responds to their exhortation: Feed your head.
The sun shining in, nourishing this modest plant, gives me comfort and joy. For everyday a new dawn comes, and with it hope. David Hockney on a bright day, is at his best.
Jamie Drake is co-founder of the award-winning, multidisciplinary interior design firm Drake/Anderson. Arguably the foremost colorist of our day, Drake brings his singular, exuberant design sensibility—which he has developed over 40 years—to every project. A graduate of Parsons, he is lauded for his ability to distill his vast knowledge of periods and styles with a discriminatingly modern connoisseurship, he creates environments that are both glamorous and eloquent, yet always interpreted through the unique prism of each client and assembled with a sense of contemporary comfort.
Equally adept at appointing a cosmopolitan glass-sheathed penthouse, a sprawling oceanfront estate or such commercial interiors as private foundations and state-of-the-art medical facilities, Drake is also a prolific designer of luxury products for the home. His collections include everything from carpets, rugs, and furniture, to fabrics, lighting, and bath fixtures and accessories.
Drake’s work has been featured in virtually every design publication of note, including Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, House Beautiful, Interior Design, and more. Among accolades too numerous to mention, he has held a spot for several years on the prestigious Architectural Digest AD100 list and the Elle Decor A-List. He also has been bestowed with Fashion Group International’s Night of Stars Award for Interior Design, inducted into the ASID College of Fellows, named to Interior Design magazine's Hall of Fame, and was designated by House Beautiful as a Master Class designer.
Extremely active in many causes, Drake currently serves on the boards of The Alpha Workshops, the New York Community Trust, Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club and Parsons School of Design. He is co-chair of the Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse and their President’s Dinner, benefitting the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club, and he is a recipient of a Partnership for the Homeless Director's Award.