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Artist Howard Fonda captures the vibrancy of summer for Ace & Tate

Oregon-based artist Howard Fonda is an artist whose work leans heavily towards mysticism and symbolism “as a means of expressing the fragility, folly and joys of life.” His paintings often contains elements that allude to deeper narratives for the viewer to untangle. As part of our collaboration with Amsterdam-based eyewear brand Ace & Tate, we commissioned Howard, and illustrator Louisa Gagliardi, to create original artwork that has been printed as two separate lens cloths and limited edition Litho print posters.

To celebrate the fact that people wear sunglasses year-round, Howard’s print relates to spring and summer and Louisa’s emulates the darker months of autumn and winter. Howard’s colourful print is of happy flowers dancing in the breeze: “Believe it or not, it’s a still life. I was looking at a beautiful bouquet!” Says Howard. “It’s a pretty straightforward theme – bright, happy, silly, sun and fun. Think of the sounds of Dennis Brown with the sun warming your thighs as an ocean breeze kisses your cheeks, the smell of Hawaiian Tropic SPF30, your fingers moist from the sweaty glass of your Negroni.”

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