andrea torres balaguer

Are these paintings or photographs? Yep. “The Unknown” is a surreal, ongoing series by Barcelona based photographer Andrea Torres Balaguer. Given that I’m a huge fan of juicy brushstrokes, polkadots, and mysterious portraits of women … well, this is perfection. Here is part of her translated artist statement:

“My work is made about dreams, surrealism, mystery and the idea of break-up story. I’m interested in every image that tells something, that lets you the possibility of imagine, that generates stories and opinions.”

Happy Monday.

lia tajcnar

How do you make crazy, whimsical, totally unique sculptures even more beautiful? Stick flowers in ’em! Yes, all of these organic-inspired artworks actually double as flower vases. What? Yep. This is the fun and fabulous work of Australian artist Lia Tajcnar, aka Curiosity Smith. That’s Lia above, surrounded by the gorgeous ceramic jungle she’s creating piece by piece. Happy Friday.

jae yong kim

Ahhhhh, the glazed donuts of Korean born, New York based artist Jae Yong Kim… it’s ceramic glaze but still, oh, so yummy! Some of his work is currently showing at Lyons Wier Gallery in New York as part of a show, titled “FIRE AND WATER” {Michael Boroniec, Jae Yong Kim, Dylan Martinez : June 4 ~ July 6, 2019}. Go if you can… and try not to lick the art.

ps. Note the “Homage to Kusama” up there. Love, love, love!

thenjiwe niki nkosi

What is a hero? Who should be called a hero? These are just a couple of the questions behind this series titled, yes, “Heroes”. This powerful portrait series is the work of New York born, South Africa based artist Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi. It’s a huge series of gorgeous portraits, but I was able to control myself and just picked a handful of my favorites. The people she has selected range from Thenjiwe’s own grandmother, poets and artists, to refugees and civil rights leaders. Powerful, moving, and beautifully painted.

olivia erlanger

Can you imagine walking into a Los Angeles laundromat and seeing a couple of iridescent mermaid tails hanging out of the rinse cycle? That’s where this beautiful and bizarre work by LA based artist Olivia Erlanger started out in 2016.  Last month, however, her fabulous tails/washers were at Frieze New York {with And Now Gallery}. Obviously they were a crowd favorite, because mermaids!

*Final, fabulous image above was found on Instagram via @imastudio

susanna bauer

I always find myself holding my breath when I look at the work of  Cornwall based artist Susanna Bauer… you know, just in case. Delicate, crocheted, lace-like adornments connecting, surrounding, and transforming fallen leaves into fine art. Susanna’s work is currently showing at VOLTA Art Basel in Switzerland June 10th – 15th. Look for Swiss gallery Le Salon Vert (Stand C13), and you’ll find these lovely masterpieces.

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ps. Susanna’s work – and story – is featured in my book, A BIG IMPORTANT ART BOOK – Now with Women!

mathilde tinturier

Gasp! As a person who loves forgotten bits and pieces, my garden, and vibrant color… well, these pieces are everything. This is the work of Swiss artist Mathilde Tinturier. I could go on and on, but the description on her site does a lovely job. Here is just a portion translated into English:

There are thousands of them, lost materials, trash, abandoned twigs, umbellifers, scotches, confetti, dandelions, Christmas balls, thrown at random into a world that is no longer theirs. What unites them? Nothing. What are they whispering to us? Nothing. What do they tell us about the world? Few things … What unites them? Chance and necessity, a secret order that Mathilde for each work reinvents and gives all these forgotten objects a place, a voice, a presence. 


matt shlian

Sooooo, apparently this is paper. What? Yes. These meticulous pieces are the work of American artist / paper engineer Matt Shlian. I wrote about him way back in 2010… he was good then, but now? Whoa. Here is part of Matt’s artist statement:

“As a paper engineer, my work is rooted in print media, book arts and commercial design. Beginning with an initial fold, a single action causes a transfer of energy to subsequent folds, which ultimately manifest in drawing and three dimensional forms … He begins with a system of folding and at a particular moment the material takes over. Guided by wonder, his work is made because he cannot visualize its final realization; in this way he comes to understanding through curiosity.” 

His latest show, titled “Relief”, opens this SATURDAY JUNE 8th {2pm} at Duran Mashaal Gallery in Montreal.

justin richel

Move over bologna and cheese… here comes silicone, urethane plastic, and acrylic. Mmm, yummy! These verrrrrrrry tall sculptures are the latest work from American artist Justin Richel. If you recognize his name, it’s because I wrote about his paintings – a whole bunch of times – years ago {he was featured in my first book, “Creative Block”, too}.  His paintings from back then also involved stacks of 2D stuff, but in the past couple of years Justin has taken his work to new heights… sorry, I tried to resist but it was RIGHT THERE. I’m always in awe of artists who push themselves to evolve. So inspiring, and very exciting to watch!

cara guri

Paintings. All of these are oil paintings… okay, I guess the woman folded on the canvas-looking couch might have given that away, but still, I’m amazed by people who can paint like this. In today’s case, that person is Vancouver based artist Cara Guri. She “re-examines conventions and symbols that are found in historical portraiture by translating them into her current reality.” Yes, yes she does… enter a post-it note mask, spectrum-covered eyes, and of course, the aforementioned folded couch lady. Stunning.