Tag Archives: Brad Kunkle

Anticipated Moments: Shaun Downey

21 Mar

We all know what it is like to wait.  Wait to grow up.  Wait in line for coffee.  Wait on hold for customer service.  Wait for a new life to come into the world.  Sometimes it seems that life is a series of transitioning from one type of waiting to another.  Toronto artist Shaun Downey captures fleeting occasions of expectancy in his subtly emotional scenes.

Kelly and the Red Dots, painting on canvas, 65x42

How many of us have consoled ourselves with the monotony of the every day while we long for the arrival of what we have been waiting for?  Even when we have no idea what or who it may be.

Last Glance, painting on canvas, 32x48

How do we console ourselves when it seems our waiting is in vain?  We wait and wait and wait, but the door never opens.

The Tooth Fairy, painting on canvas, 65x42

Perhaps we are too distracted when our awaited arrives to even notice and before we know it, the opportunity is gone.  Or maybe it remains and is just watching for us to awake to its presence.  And sometimes, once the waiting is over, the transition is bittersweet.  Because who knows what is around the corner?  More waiting, perhaps more wonderful.

The Old Apartment, painting on canvas, 18x24

Packing Up, painting on canvas, 48x48

To see more of Shaun Downey’s work, please visit his website.  I’m waiting for spring to finally arrive here in North Idaho.  What are you waiting for today?

Featured image is Packing Up, 48×48.  All images are via the artist’s website.  Found via artist Brad Kunkle.

Artsy on Escape Into Life: Brad Kunkle

21 Feb

There are certain artists who create worlds so beautiful, I find myself wishing I could live inside one of their paintings, even if just for a little while.  Today’s Escape Into Life artist, Brad Kunkle is such an artist.  He creates stunning images of visual fairy tales.

Bird of Paradise, oil, gold and silver leaf on linen, 40x30

Brad Kunkle on Escape Into Life

Be sure to check out my feature on Brad’s work on Escape Into Life ( linked above ) and to read more of my thoughts on his work, check out his Artsy Forager feature here.

Friday Faves: Angels Among Us

23 Dec

We are each of us angels with only one wing, and we can only fly by embracing one another.
Lucretius

Tree Angel by Nicholas Wilton, oil and mixed media on panel, 36x40 ( via Selby Fleetwood Gallery )

Sentinel by Steven DaLuz, oil and mixed media on panel, 36x36

The Source by Brad Kunkle, oil, gold and silver on linen, 18x26

Se Escapo by Maribel Angel, mixed media and acrylic

At this time of year, angels are everywhere.  Both in ornamentation and figuratively.  Hope you’ll be an angel to someone this holiday!

Be sure to be an artsy angel and check out these artists’ websites:

1.  Nicholas Wilton 

2.  Steven DaLuz 

3.  Brad Kunkle 

4.  Maribel Angel 

All images are via the artists’ websites.

Resplendent Enigmas: Brad Kunkle

9 Aug

A man gives many question marks, however, a woman is a whole mystery.  ~Diana Stürm

Artist Brad Kunkle is a creator of feminine mysteries.  Haunting, glistening visual fairy tales which are at once throwbacks to the past and yet thoroughly modern.

Candela, oil and silver leaf on wood, 33x32

His work takes inspiration from the Pre-Raphaelite era, as evidenced by the medieval-feel of the compositions, near photographic precision and intricate surface detail.

The Quickening, oil and gold and silver on linen, 44x22

But don’t be mistaken, Kunkle’s figures and compositions are not antiquated, but rather fresh and current.  The paintings are like pages of out a Vogue magazine fairy tale– and I mean that in the best possible way.  These aren’t helpless ingenues, but contemporary women caught up in circumstance.

Afela's Nature by Brad Kunkle, oil and gold and silver on linen, 16x14

The Arrangement, oil and silver leaf on linen, 34x18

These are the modern daughters of Eve, tempted and tempting, the subject of desire and blame.  Filled with sensual strength tinged with sadness.  Kunkle tells the story of their past by placing them in classical compositions and poses, but the elegant background treatments and inherent edginess keep them firmly on current ground.

The Source, oil and gold and silver on linen, 26x18

To see more of Brad Kunkle’s work, please visit his website.  If you’re in the New York area, his work is represented by Arcadia Gallery, where he will exhibit a solo show in Spring 2012.

Featured image is “Girl With Serpent and Pearls”, oil and gold and silver on linen, 25×30.

All images are courtesy of the artist’s website.

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