Caution: This Art May Induce Happiness

6 Dec

There seems to be a pervasive thought in the art world that in order for work to be “serious”, it must be dark, introspective, moody.  And while I do enjoy some deep cynicism and social commentary as much as the next art lover, there is some work that I love simply for its joyfulness and frivolity.  Enter New Orleans artist Ally Burguieres.

Elephant With Blue Banklet, oil and acrylic on canvas, 24x18

Ally’s work is filled with the characteristic joie de vivre of the famous city she calls home.  Full of festive color, riotous movement and fanciful motifs, these are paintings that dance and sing.

Bamboo Pond, acrylic on canvas, 60x48

Each work is brimming with energy, like little canvas hummingbirds.  Your eye flits from one delight to another.  What can I say, they make me smile.  And while I love work that makes me think deep thoughts, sometimes, I just want to grin with joy.  Any designers or art consultants reading, her work would be fantastic in healthcare settings ( pediatrics, especially! ), restaurants or homes with a whimsical flair.  *hint hint*

Fishbowl, oil and acrylic on canvas, 24x18

Cats in a Boat, acrylic on canvas 24x18

Did Ally’s work make you smile, too?  If it did, mosey on over to her website and have a grand ol’ time.  If you’re in NOLA, be sure to stop by her gallery  at 736 Royal Street.  She’ll also be showing at C’est La Vie, a new French bistro on Magazine Street all through December.  AND you’ll be able to see her work in a National Geographic IMAX feature, “Hidden Worlds” coming to an IMAX theater near you in 2012!

Oh and Ally is also having a print sale for the holidays!  Her paper prints are BUY TWO GET ONE FREE for the holiday season.  You could knock out three gifts, lickety-split!

All images are via the artist’s website.

4 Responses to “Caution: This Art May Induce Happiness”

  1. elbrigaking December 6, 2011 at 1:45 pm #

    Although it is very coloured and bright, I didn’t find it that cheerful, but it might just be me. I think art that touches people on a deep level is always sad someway… just an opinion though.
    Thanks for posting!

    • Lesley December 6, 2011 at 2:50 pm #

      Interesting perpective! Think I’ll ponder them a little taking into account your sadness theory.


  2. mediaudio December 6, 2011 at 2:34 pm #

    I like this a lot! Wonderful technique and colors – how could anyone NOT smile at this!?

  3. brittany December 8, 2011 at 12:11 pm #

    I love the movement and the activity in these paintings. Such wonderful color!

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