“nothing in nature clashes”

“The outdoors spills through a window or door, location or setting. Pots and plants teeter on the edge of a table whilst trees grow convincingly from rooftops and pillars are cut off abruptly, hovering slightly above ground level. The interiors are minimally furnished with large glass open spaces, leaving it exposed to the vulnerability of the outside world that encroaches upon us. The landscape has no boundaries; we are unable to control and confine it, forcing the inside out and the outside in.” ~ Charlotte Keates, Artist Statement

The only other statement that would’ve been a better way to introduce London based artist Charlotte Keates, would be the insightful words of her grandmother: ‘Nothing in nature clashes.’ Sigh. Grandmas are so smart. Charlotte and I are talking all about architecture, nature, epic trips in small vans, and even an up close and personal mama bear sighting. Oh boy. You can listen to our chat right up there under Charlotte in her studio, or you can subscribe on iTunes.

First up, these are the architectural “cut-aways” that I brought up right out of the gate, because yes, I totally want to live in one of her paintings:

Ahhhh! So beautiful. And can you see why I asked her if these pieces are mixed media or paintings… doesn’t her chalky underlay look like marbled paper or something? Those dreamy backgrounds are also an excellent example of how wonderful “happy art accidents” can be!

These next few images cover a bunch of things we talked about – she has started working on dark backgrounds lately, not just the light wood she normally uses as her starting place; her love of Palm Springs and the Florida Keys; and of course, the epic North American road trip she went on last year. Here’s a peek:

Palm Springs influence? Um, yep! And, clearly, the Canadian in me had to show some of her Canada-inspired pieces, including the boat house in Banff and the cosmic ray station…

Oooh, I can almost smell the fresh mountain air! So, if you’re going to do a crazy amazing, super scenic trip across North America, it’s a very good idea to travel with your professional photographer boyfriend, Ian Froome, who will capture some very lovely moments along the way:

Gorgeous! Charlotte drawing in their van {before it died}, and Charlotte standing on the edge of a cliff that you could not PAY me to stand on. I wonder if this was moments before the mama bear showed up!? Thank you so much to Charlotte for taking time from her very busy schedule to chat with me; thanks to Saatchi Art for continuing to support me and this podcast; and big high fives to you for listening! There will be more art for your ear next weekend.

Other links:

  1. Charlotte on Instagram
  2. Golden Acrylics
  3. Arusha Gallery, Edinburgh
  4. London Art Fair 2018
  5. Ian Froome, Photographer / Boyfriend
  6. US & Canada… VOTE FOR ME! Bombay Artisan Series




michelle kingdom

Um, how have I never written about Los Angeles based artist Michelle Kingdom before?! Well, as of this moment I’ve corrected the error of my ways. I absolutely love it when artists use materials traditionally considered a “craft material”, for fine art purposes instead… I also happen to love artists with this kind of skill! Here is part of Michelle’s artist statement that touches on the use of embroidery in her work:

“Decidedly small in scale, the scenes are densely embroidered into compressed compositions. While the work acknowledges the luster and lineage inherent in needlework, I use thread as a sketching tool in order to simultaneously honor and undermine this tradition. Beauty parallels melancholy, as conventional stitches acquiesce to the fragile and expressive.”

Love. Happy Friday.





elaine jones

Oh. My. I would love to spend a week or two vacationing in these abstract landscapes by UK based painter Elaine Jones. Not only is Elaine’s work beautiful, but so is both her inspiration and her process…

Inspiration: Elaine’s paintings embrace nature and through travel to remote, often uninhabited places she transports her viewer to wild and extreme climates. Organic shapes often provide a starting point to her work, the essence of which often focuses on the ethereal and the serene. Elaine often visits expanses that are devoid of humans, where expeditions to the glaciers of the Arctic and the rain and cloud forests of Costa Rica provide diverse contrast and subject matter.

Process: Paintings evolve a little bit like nature itself, structures are formed and then repeatedly broken down, changed, obliterated and then rebuilt. Paintings metamorphosis from layers of paint poured, scratched, brushed, pushed and rubbed out across the surface of the painting. Each painting takes on many forms until it meets its final resting place, a harmonious balance of chaos and order, serenity and movement, contrast and unity, space and colour.

Sigh.

ps. You can find more of her work via her gallery, First Contemporary in Bristol UK





anne ten donkelaar

Oh my goodness. This is the latest breathtaking work from Dutch artist Anne Ten Donkelaar. I’ve written about her insanely beautiful and intricate botanical collages before but, as you can see, her work has taken a slightly new, slightly wetter direction! Enter “Underwater Ballet”…

“A choreography for flowers, dancing on the subtile sounds of air bubbles. Floating gracefully around in the cold water. 
A silent image of a spirited dance.”

Sigh… absolutely beautiful.

ps. The Cold Press will be exhibiting new work by Anne ten Donkelaar at the London Design Festival, this weekend from 21-24 September 2017. Find them at the London Design Fair, Truman Brewery, London. Stand – E1 





ruth shively

Love love love … these are the latest, Japan-inspired, paintings of Portland based artist Ruth Shively. I popped over to her site to see if I could find more, and I did! Granted, she had sent me a link to her paintings {which I love}, but oh my goodness… her drawings. I’ve written about them before, but I hadn’t seen these pieces. Obviously I had to show you:

Gorgeous.





june glasson

Deep blue denim and a lot of fire power! This is the gorgeous, “American West” inspired, work of Wyoming based artist June Glasson. These gouache & pencil pieces can be seen right now at Kenise Barnes Fine Art in New York. Here is their description of her work:

In her multidisciplinary practice of drawing, painting, and installation art, Glasson explores and questions iconic “Western” imagery. Depicting women juxtaposed with buffalo, beaver pelts or pistols, for example, sets up a visual investigation into dominant narratives about the region and narratives that often ignore its complicated and violent history. Glasson’s figurative work depicts semi-realistic representations of the women in her life, a personalized way of expressing concern for the treatment of the female figure in art and popular culture while challenging historic and contemporary notions of gender roles.

From the artist’s statement: “Through drawing, painting, and installation, my work often deploys iconic “western” imagery — buffalo, weaponry, truck nutz, etc. — to investigate dominant narratives about the region, narratives that often ignore its complicated and violent history.”

ps. This gorgeous show will run until October 28th, 2017.





“showers and shamanism”

Hello! Here we are… September and Season No.2 of ART FOR YOUR EAR! I couldn’t think of a better way to kick things off than with the ghostly dresses, strange animals, delicate faces of the incredibly talented German born, Seattle based artist Anne Siems! I was so excited to finally talk to her, and thrilled to have another excuse to post a bunch of her stunning paintings. You can listen to our conversation right up there under “Squirrel Boy” {whom I love more than I can explain}, or you can subscribe on iTunes.

First up, the strange and beautiful work of Anne’s that I first fell in love with a few years back:

Oh, those translucent clothes! They give me chills. Her work has evolved away from this slightly, but I had to include them. LOVE.

Next, antlers and animals… this was Anne’s first venture into the subject of Shamanism {she felt it might have been a bit literal, but I still love them very, very, very much!} :

See? Amazing. This is where her work is heading now… more mystical, less literal, always beautiful:

That closeup. I mean, come on!

And for her most recent work, which will be showing at David Lusk Gallery in Nashville this November {2nd – 30th}, she seems to be merging many of her themes and images from the past few years together. Magical, mysterious, and the animals are back:

Sigh. Gorgeous.

And finally, in the first “Not-So-Speedy Speed Round” of Season No.2 I asked Anne which animal is her favorite to paint:

Rabbits. Big ones! Love, love, love {and of course, I still love you “Squirrel Boy” even though there’s no hare in sight.}

And finally, I can’t finish this post without giving you a peek into Anne’s studio. I love seeing an artist in action:

Ahhh, beautiful light and a woman filled with beautiful light! Thank you so much to Anne for being my first guest for this new season; thanks to Saatchi Art for continuing to support me and this podcast; and of course, THANK YOU for coming back for Season No.2! There will be more art for your ear next weekend.

Other links:

  1. University of the South at Sewanee
  2. David French, Sculptor
  3. Anne’s workshop info! 
  4. “Inquiry” show at David Lusk Gallery, Nashville (Nov)
  5. Memphis Show, David Lusk Gallery
  6. Fibromyalgia
  7. Anne on Instagram

 





katie donovan

Oh, I love this on so many levels. This is the latest series by St.Louis, Missouri based artist Katie Donovan. I’m going to let her explain the smart, insightful, and hilarious ins & outs of this work:

“If No Publicity Is Bad Publicity, Am I Any Good?” is a drawing and performance-based project. In creating this work I was thinking about my experience as an artist and a question posed by the Jealous Curator, Danielle Krysa. Often when Krysa interviews artists she asks them how they introduce themselves at parties. Generally Krysa asks this to see if they feel comfortable claiming their art calling and how they describe their day-to-day work. Often when I tell people that I am an artist, specifically a draftsman/drawer, they immediately ask, “Are you any good?” I find this question more compelling than insulting. While I assume that these individuals are actually inquiring whether I can draw realistically or not, this question has provoked me to consider the artist as a worker, albeit a very different kind of worker. I decided to make a series of drawings advertising myself as an artist, but in the way that one would advertise themselves as a dog walker, house cleaner, or babysitter. I added the type of imagery that I typically use in my drawings to give the viewer a sample of what I am selling, so to speak. I also added value-based statements about myself as an artist to continue to play with the question, “Are you any good?”

During the fall of 2017 I will be putting these drawings up in public places. Look out for a piece from “If No Publicity Is Bad Publicity, Am I Any Good?” in Starbucks, at the park, in a gallery or any other public space near you. 

Are you really hoping these show up in your city? Me too! So. Smart. {ps. Also, honored to have been a tiny catalyst for this… who knew!?}





jean smith

First, oh my word I love these portraits {acrylic on canvas panel} so, so, so much. Second, Canadian rocker turned painter Jean Smith sells these paintings on Facebook for $100 a pop. WHAT? Yes, true story. Are you wondering what you’re still doing here and why you’re not over there buying a whole bunch of these 11×14 beauties? Me too. Here you go… Jean’s Facebook page. You’re welcome.





sue williams a’court at START


Sigh… this is the latest dreamy work from London based artist Sue Williams A’Court. And yes, I included close-ups because these “portraits” are drawings. If you happen to be in London this weekend, you can see Lady Di, Rocky, Belle and Audrey starting THIS THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 14th at START Art Fair {Stand 12 BoLee Gallery} Saatchi Gallery in London, 14-17th September. Here is a description of this Rococo-ish work:

Sue Williams A’Court’s exquisitely intricate and beautiful Escape From Eden borrows details from Arcadian landscapes of historical works to create an extraordinary series of ‘portraits’. Exploring the way we subconsciously see human forms in the world around us, the muted, delicate paintings evoke Victorian photographs, yet the faces within emerge from delicately interwoven trees, paths and boulders. Playing with ideas of identity, and perception questioning reality, the portraits are landscapes of our own imagination, a state of mind rather than a specific location. Hovering ambiguously between our inner and outer worlds, their mesmerizing, miniature scale invites viewers to lose themselves in an intimate, contemplative reverie in which we no longer feel wholly separate from what we observe.

Lovely. For ticket info etc, visit the START site.