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Enigmatic Entities: Jenny Brown

24 Jul

One of the benefits of our rural home for the summer is the large garden our landlords maintain on the property.  For the first time in my life, freshly picked vegetables and berries are mere steps from my door.  Pulling up fresh spinach for our salads a few nights ago got me thinking about roots.  And so does the artwork of Providence, RI artist Jenny Brown.

Untitled Yellow, ink & found collage on paper, 8.5×11

As people, we, in the same way as plants, are growing our roots and reaching for the sky at the same time.  The roots provide nourishment and hold us steady, while our very nature and soul fights against their pull as we stretch toward who we are meant to be.

Untitled #1, ink, gouache, pencil and collage on paper, 8.5×11

Flowering Crab, ink, gouache, pencil and collage on paper, 8.5×11

Some people, like smaller plants, don’t grow far vertically, keeping very close to their roots.  But others, like giant redwoods, soar to unimaginable heights far above their rooted beginnings.  Yet, it takes incredibly strong roots to steady one whose reach is so high.

Untitled #3, ink, gouache, pencil and collage on paper, 8.5×11

To see more of Jenny Brown’s work, please visit her website.

Featured image is Untitled #1, ink, gouache, pencil and collage on paper, 8.5×11.  All images are via the artist’s website.

Woodland Delicacies: Kari Herer

19 Jul

As you may have gathered by now, hubby and I spend a lot of time in the woods.  Which means we’ve had our fair share of wildlife sightings, heck, we have deer visiting our yard every night at our current lakeside rental.  The sight of a moose, elk or bear is thrilling in a yikes-if-he-wanted-to-he-could-take-me-down kind of way.  But for me, it’s the lovely quiet and grace of smaller woodland creatures that captures my heart.  These prints from photographer and artist Kari Herer really impart their impish qualities I love so much.

No. 9893 Fox & Flower

No. 9889 Fox & Flower

Even though deer sightings are pretty frequent for us, I still get a thrill when I look up and see them grazing in the woods around our yard.  Their quiet, peaceful movements always entrance me.  Rabbits and foxes are less frequent visitors, but we’ve had our glimpses..

Rabbit No. 0048

Rabbit No. 0031

Herer’s mix of whimsically sketchy drawings juxtaposed with elegantly styled florals truly speaks to the dignity of these creatures and how we delight in them.

To see more of Kari Herer’s work, please visit her website.  You can purchase prints of her work in her Etsy shop— a series of these would be lovely in a nursery!

Featured image is No. 9894 Fox & Flower.  All images are via the artist’s Etsy shop.

Botanic Modern: Jennifer Bain

30 May

One of the things I love about my husband is how excited he gets about wildflowers.  He is the manliest of men, but when spring arrives, he begins the hunt for perfumed beauties.  Our camera card gets filled with glorious specimens to remember and identify.  We joyfully observe butterflies and bees making their rounds, testing each bud.  Artist Jennifer Bain shares our fascination with the beauty that awaits just outside our windows.

Regeneration, mixed media on panel, 24×24

Like yesterday’s artist, Charlene Liu, Bain takes the traditional floral still life and reinvents it.  Each work may contain a few realistic portrayals of birds or flowers, but it is the juxtaposition of more contemporary, silhouetted elements and textile-like patterns that give these pieces post-modern punch.

Uphill Climb, mixed media on panel, 12×12

The simple linear shapes give the work a fleeting, unfinished quality which creates a beautifully dynamic tension between those and the more detailed elements.

Seekers, mixed media on panel, 36×48

Butterflies and birds flit across each piece, seeming to be drunk on loveliness.  Like the butterflies, I too, would love to dance among these beauties.

Pretty Bird, mixed media on panel, 36×48

Swallowtail, mixed media on panel, 18×24

To see more of Jennifer Bain’s work, please visit her website.  Oh and Jennifer is another artist represented by Skidmore Contemporary.  I told you they had great taste!

PS– Didn’t realize when scheduling these posts that I featured two floral artists within two days.  I’m interested to hear your takes on both!

Featured image is Seekers, mixed media on panel, 48×36.  All images are via the Skidmore Contemporary website.

Delicate Pulp: Charlene Liu

29 May

I like to think that a big part of an artist’s purpose is to present the world with a new way of seeing something familiar.  Assumptions that were once made and scenes taken for granted are turned on their ear by the artist’s unique vision.  In Eugene, Oregon artist Charlene Liu’s most recent body of work, the artist takes an often prosaic subject and gives it fresh, new life.

Comings and Goings, handmade paper, pigmented pulp, acrylic, 35×37

Upon Waking, handmade paper, pigmented pulp, acrylic, 24×32

Her use of handmade paper brings the organic nature of her creations to the forefront.  She then takes her playfulness with material a step further, using pigmented pulp to create her delicate floral palette.

Swoops and Cyclone, watercolor, handmade paper, pigmented pulp, 40.5×50.5

Like a cottage garden, the elements of each work are layered and wild, where floral still lifes were once a staid domain, they are now delicately set free.

Mad Bloom, mixed media on paper, 30×30

To see more of Charlene Liu’s work, please visit the website of her representing gallery, Taylor de Cordoba, another of my favorite gallery resources for amazing work!

Featured image is Mad Bloom, mixed media on paper, 30×30.  All images are via the Taylor de Cordoba website.

Renewings: Anne Ten Donkelaar

18 Apr

Spring is finally here!  This season always brings with it such a renewed sense of energy and love of life.  While I’m enjoying a day of renewal of my own following our Seattle weekend, I hope you’ll enjoy the work of Anne Ten Donkelaar.

Flower Construction #3, 70x120x6.5cm

Flower Construction #3 ( detail )

Landkaart, wings are partly made from maps where the butterfly originated, 26x20x5.5cm

Flower Construction #8, 70x120x6.5cm

Flower Construction #8 ( detail )

Please visit Anne Ten Donkelaar’s website to see more of her beautiful work.  Be back in full swing tomorrow!

Featuerd image is Flower Construction #3 ( detail ).  All images are via the artist’s website.

Art to Inspiration: Pakayla Biehn

4 Apr

This blogging world is chock full of creative and inspiring people.  I am so excited to participate in the collaborative blogging project, Art to Inspiration!  Art to Inspiration is a monthly collaborative blogging project in which bloggers around the world post how the same piece of artwork has inspired them on the first Wednesday of every month.  So let’s get started!

I was pumped when I saw the artwork inspiration for April, 2 Years, 264 Days and This Morning by Pakayla Biehn, an artist whose work I love and recently featured!

2 Years, 264 Days and This Morning, oil on canvas, 26x18

In my gallery days, one of my absolute favorite tasks was to help curate, design and plan how the work was hung in the gallery.  Laying work out, figuring out how pieces relate and the best way for them to work together visually.  So for my first Art to Inspiration, it felt natural to curate my own gallery of work inspired by Biehn’s piece.

RIGHTTORETURN(DONAUDELTA) by Markus Linnebrink, c-print, epoxy resin on wood, 60x72

Floral Study by Kristina Bailey, acrylic on canvas, 60x48 ( via Gregg Irby Fine Art )

The Unending Amends We've Made ( Imperishable Wreath ) by Lauren Clay, Acrylic on cut paper,papier-mâché, wire, wood, 30x25x6

Z.T. by Wil Jansen, oil on canvas, 40x30cm

The Things We Miss by Lissy Laricchia

Eggplant by Michelle Armas, acrylic on canvas, 30x40 ( via Gregg Irby Fine Art )

Pakayla Biehn

Markus LinnenbrinkKristina Bailey | Lauren Clay | Wil Jansen | Lissy LaricchiaMichelle Armas  

Visit the artists’ websites, linked above, for more inspiration!

You can find more information on Art to Inspiration here and if you would like to participate in the next Art to Inspiration, just fill out this form! Follow me and all the other Art to Inspiration bloggers on Twitter by subscribing here.  Let the inspiring begin! 
All images are via the artists’ websites unless otherwise noted.

So Bright, You Gotta Wear Shades: Karen Schnepf

29 Mar

Being a hyper visual person, I remember imagery like nobody’s business.  Names, however, often escape me.  So I was very excited when on Pinterest last week, I spotted the Omaha artist Karen Schnepf.  We’d carried a few of her paintings while I was working in a gallery, purchased through an art rep, so we’d never had any contact with her personally.  I was so delighted to find her again so that I could share her striking, color saturated work with you!

Painting-026, Petals Series

Let me just say that none of these photos do Karen’s work justice.  Her canvases are super high-gloss, making it nearly impossible to get accurate photos.  But that deep shine is one of the things that I love about her work.

Painting-031, Petals Series

The glossy surface enhances the brilliance of her saturated color palette.  Her use of such vibrant color tempered with black and lustrous surfaces call to mind modern stained glass on canvas.  The color seems to virtually ooze across the canvas.  I want to swim in it!

Remains of the Day 1, 18x24

Tropical Vacation

To see more of Karen Schnepf’s work, please visit her website.

Featured image is Painting-033.  All images are via the artist’s website.

Bringing Spring Flowers: The Latest From Lily Stockman

6 Mar

As much as I LOVE winter and though we still have snow on the ground here in Coeur d’Alene, I find my heart longing for spring.  Maybe it is because, since moving from Florida and experiencing my first real winter, it’s March and I feel ready to trade my fur-lined boots for sandals. Or perhaps it is because since visiting George in Seattle two years ago, I know how utterly beautiful a Northwest spring can be!  And we’ve heard that as gorgeous as these snow-covered mountains are, Coeur d’Alene is the place to be in the warmer months.

My anticipation for spring is likely pretty obvious in this week’s posts.. The latest series from Brooklyn artist, Lily Stockman have me longing to grab a few pencils and a sketch book and take off into the woods to see what wildflowers I can find.

Garden Club, acrylic on unstretched canvas, 156x96

Following in the footsteps of her plant-loving family and Victorian-era amateur botanists, Stockman examines her own existence in the natural world. The works are, at times, modern interpretations of botanical illustrations whose style has been made familiar by naturalist artists such as Ernst Haeckel.  Others, much more loose and abstracted, remind us more of the feeling of being connected to the natural world– its brightness and simplicity.

Brooklandia, oil on panel, 24x18

She is examining the natural Renaissance we seem to find ourselves in– the reaction perhaps to the pervasiveness of technology.  We are planting gardens in our backyards, enjoying farm-to-table dinners and find ourselves yearning for engagement with nature like never before.

The Way We Remember It, oil on canvas, 60x72

Advances in technology have led us far, far away from living our daily lives entwined with the natural world.  Instead of being essential to survival, our relationship with nature has changed to one of pleasure and preservation.  When we spend time cultivating that relationship, it is not just helping preserve the earth, but to preserve our own natural souls.

Concord Silhouette, oil on canvas, 60x72

Clover for Ajay ( Jaipur at Night ), oil on canvas, 72x60

To see more of Lily Stockman’s work, please visit her website.  Her work can be seen in the NYU 1st Year MFA Show at The Commons Gallery in New York, opening tomorrow March 7, 2012.

All images are via the artist’s website.

Salvaged Surfaces: Valerie Roybal

25 Jan

When was the last time you wrote a hand-written letter?  Or read a book made of paper instead of on your Kindle?  Wrote a check? As we shift closer and closer to becoming a paperless society, it seems that by foregoing that physical connection with common materials, we are losing some little part of the soul of our humanity.  Albuquerque, New Mexico artist, Valerie Roybal takes the forgotten ephemera of the past and resurrects it, giving it a new life through her work.

Transmutation, mixed media

Just as much of the joy of a handwritten card comes from the process– the choosing of just the right design, taking the time to sit down and write, the physical sensation of putting pen to paper, walking it to the mailbox– so is Roybal’s work process-driven.  From her artist statement, “Order, association, and reverence emerges from the sorting, arranging, and placement of each accumulated piece into a whole.”

Transmutation 4, mixed media

In her “In the Library” series, the artist uses that process of sorting and arranging to create compositions reminiscent of stacked book spines.  There is a kind of random orderliness to these not unlike a library of treasured collections.

In the Library 14, mixed media

Through her work, Roybal also explores natural physiological processes such as cell mutations.  The resulting compositions possess the seeming precision of scientific illustrations, but with the bursts of life and color that remind us of the wonder of the organic world.

A Brief History 3, mixed media

Transmutation 5, mixed media

To see more of Valerie Roybal’s work, please visit her website.  Thanks to Hillary at Stellers Gallery Ponte Vedra for introducing Artsy Forager to this artist!

Featured image is Transmission, mixed media.  All images are via the artist’s website

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