Archive for June, 2010
Artists have long been inspired by the dramatic landscapes of California, giving The Golden State a unique and rich artistic history. Among the many art movements to develop out of California over the years, I’ve always been in love with one in particular: the Bay Area Figurative Movement. Initiated at the height of Abstract Expressionism in the 1950′s, the multi-wave movement sought to abandon non-objective abstraction, seeking a return to more figurative painting, specifically characterized by the colors and light indicative of California’s landscapes. Some of my favorite artists are those who pioneered this movement, namely Richard Diebenkorn, and Wayne Thiebaud. Spanning multiple decades, the movement continues to inspire contemporary California painters.
Born in Marina del Rey, CA, Jesse Wood also lived in New Mexico, Georgia and Massachusetts, before returning to New Mexico to paint. His iconic compositions recall elements from each of the places he visits.
[ via platformart.com ]
Veerakeat Tongpaiboon is a prolific painter originally from Thailand who now calls the San Francisco area home. Among some of my favorite subjects by Veerakeat are his luscious sushi, and colorful edibles. Painting around 250 paintings a year, and roughly 1-2 a day, Veerakeat admits that only about 20% of them end up in galleries, while the rest end up being completely painted over!
Sydney artist Lang Leav is admittedly inspired by fashion, art, and books. Having exhibited locally and overseas, her work is also stocked in boutiques around Australia and in Japan. For more by Lang Leav, check out her website: akina.com.au
Nessa Guillet is an illustrator based in Boston, Massachusetts who works in gouache and pencil. A graduate of Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Nessa’s artwork is inspired by French vintage poster designs, Australian aboriginal art, the colors of nature, flower gardens, Japanese prints, and dreams from her childhood growing up in France. When she isn’t drawing and painting, you can find her in the kitchen, baking pies and cupcakes.
Dan is an illustrator and designer hailing from the Philippines. He is the founder of Ideals, a print and interactive design agency, and has worked with an impressive array of clients.
Dogs in China are experiencing a true identity crisis: a recent trend by pet owners has transformed regular pooches into exotic new animals through elaborate salon dye jobs.
[ via dailymail.co.uk ]
Wendy Ding is a Toronto-based illustrator specializing in digital illustration. Her work is inspired by pin-ups, food, fashion, and music—making for some interesting concepts.
[ via wendyding.com ]