medium /// art show




erik jones

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This explosion of nostalgia and color is screaming at the sticker-collecting, rainbow-loving twelve year old in me. The absolutely gorgeous figures and stunning compositions are in a mature conversation with the art-loving curator in me. This is the work of Brooklyn based artist Erik Jones, and this is a description from his latest show, “Twenty Sixteen”:

“Jones challenges viewers to see beauty in his chaotic, mixed-media works that merge nude subjects with nonrepresentational, abstract elements. Describing the human figures in his compositions as “aesthetic anchors,” they are the calming foreground upon which bursts of color, stenciled shapes and custom-made stickers create surreal landscapes. Using multiple mediums, such as watercolor, acrylic, colored pencils, wax pastels and oil paint, Jones’ portraits are technically complex and express a heightened sense of realism.”

And also rainbows, unicorns, and orcas! Sorry, that was the twelve-year old again   ♥   

{Just missed this show… damn. “Twenty Sixteen” was at Jonathan LeVine in New York and just came down at the end of April}





tiffanie turner

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May 4, 2016May 29, 2016. That’s how long paper artist Tiffanie Turner will be spending as the fabulous artist-in-residence at the de Young Museum in San Francisco! I had her on the podcast last year, while she was tucked away at another residency in a beautiful barn, and she talked about this… and now it’s finally here! If you’re in San Francisco, you can pop by to see “Nature Constructed”… you can see her giant flowers hung on the walls, watch her working on new pieces, talk about flowers, talk about paper, etc. And if talking’s not enough for you, you can get in on the flowery action:

During her month-long residency, museum visitors are invited to work on a giant communal botanical paper sculpture, learning how to stretch the paper into the proper shape and adhere it to the flower. The first two weeks will be spent creating something vibrant and beautiful, and the last two weeks will focus on taking the piece to a state of decay, inviting visitors to return to the gallery toward the end of the residency to see the piece’s transformation.

Beautiful, on every level. Pop by the museum if you can {tell her I say hi!}, and if you’re too far away then you can follow along on Instagram: #natureconstructedsf





maude white

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Hand. Cut. Paper. Mic drop.

This is the insanely meticulous work of American artist Maude White... I am completely in awe. Yep, she’s giving Mother Nature a run for her money with the delicate detail in these lovely white blooms. Sigh. So good.

{Some of Maude’s work is currently showing in “Bloom”, at Walker Contemporary in Vermont}





brian donnelly

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Oh. My. Beautiful, sad, perfect, destroyed… all of that. This is the work of Toronto based artist Brian Donnelly. He has a solo show coming up later this week in Portland at Stephanie Chefas Projects. The show is titled “Nothing Lasts Forever” – appropriate – and this was a chunk of text that I found on the gallery’s site describing Brian’s process:

“Donnelly is well known for his aggressive approach to portraiture that involves defacing meticulously executed figures through the use of turpentine, hand sanitizer, and other materials. The resulting work is a study in deterioration, fortified by the philosophy that to take away from something can be just as provocative as to add to it.”

Agreed. I think I’d put the word “brave” in there somewhere too. I’m not sure I’d be able to pour turpentine over a perfect painting… although I bet it would be fun!





shawn huckins

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Lol’s meet beautifully painted classics. Yes. These are paintings! Everything – from the lace collars, to the romantic landscapes – and then of course there’s the perfect lettering… I rly cant even. This is a sneak peek of the latest work from American painter Shawn Huckins. I wrote about him yearrrrrrs ago, but with this amazing new show, titled “Everything is Hilarious and Nothing is Real”, about to open on May 5th at Modernism Inc in San Francisco, clearly I had to write again. If you want to see the full reveal of these big, perfect beauties up close and personal, you really should. The show runs from May 5 to June 25, 2016 and the opening reception is May 5th from 5:30- 8pm.

Good luck, Shawn! L8R

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scott sueme

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I don’t write about abstract paintings very often, but when I saw the most recent work of Vancouver based artist Scott Sueme, well, I couldn’t help myself. His palette, the graphic compositions, and let’s be honest… those stripes pulled me right in. All of these pieces are from his upcoming show, titled Retreat, that opens at Kimoto Gallery this Friday, April 8th in Vancouver. Retreat indeed… looking at these paintings makes me want to pack my bags in search of summer.





lisa golightly

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Oh. My. Goodness. This recent series from Portland based painter Lisa Golightly is killing me. That black beach? That little bike gang? Gorgeous! Not acrylic, or gouache or oil… nope, it’s house paint. Kinda perfect considering how homey her work is. As always, Lisa’s paintings bring back the sweetest, sometimes slightly faded, memories of childhood. Sigh… they make me feel like I’m eight again… “if only for a little while.”

Lisa will be showing several of these pieces at LA’s Good Eye Gallery. The opening reception is on Saturday April 9th, 5-9pm… and ps, a little birdie told me that Lisa is coming in from Portland for the party! For more information contact 323 255-4538 or info@goodeyegallery.com





what goes around … at nahcotta

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Oh! Get it… oh… circles… anyway. These are 7 of 34 pieces in Nahcotta‘s latest exhibition, “What Goes Around”.  Yes, 34 artists – many of whom I’m slightly obsessed with – have created 12″ circular pieces of art. From Jeremy Miranda, to Jennifer Davis, to Leah Giberson {who hinted about this piece during our podcast interview a few weeks ago} – the roster is just fantastic! This was the inspiration for the show:

Choosing a particular selection of 34 artists, predominantly from the gallery’s significant stable, Nahcotta challenged them with the task of creating work on a twelve-inch circular panel. Since Greek antiquity and making resurgence throughout the Renaissance, circular works of art, called “tondi” (“tondo” when singular) have been made in architecture, sculpture, and paint. Botticelli and Michelangelo, for example, both painted and sculpted more than a few scenes utilizing this form. Deriving from the Italian word “rotondo,” meaning “round,” the shape very much informs the context and narrative of the art itself, so “What Goes Around” promises an incredible range of work launching from the same dimensional foundation.

It’s a gorgeous show, so if you can make it to the artist reception/opening – which is TOMORROW from 5-8pm – well, you should! It will be up from April 1 until May 1, 110 Congress Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Now, if you can’t make it to the show, all of these pieces are available for purchase online… but hurry because a few of them are already SOLD.

{Artists shown above: Jeremy Miranda / Timothy Wilson / Michelle Morin / Travis Hetman / Jennifer Davis / Laura Berger / Leah Giberson}





charlotte evans {and a giveaway from saatchi art}

… and the winner is… NICOLE REDDINGTON! Congratulations Nicole, have an amazing time – I hope you get to see Charlotte’s work in person! And thanks to everyone that entered – stay tuned because there are always more giveaways around the corner.

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Sigh… these vibrant oil paintings make me want to go swimming on a warm, tropical night! Mind you, they also make me want to go to the Affordable Art Fair in New York next week. Yes, these gorgeous paintings by Brooklyn based artist Charlotte Evans will be there… and you might be too! Saatchi Art has given me a pair of VIP tickets to give to you! Leave a comment below and I will draw one name on Saturday March 26th, at noon pst. The winner can decide which of their lucky friends gets that second ticket. Here are the details:

Two Complimentary Tickets to the Private View of the Affordable Art Fair  ~ Courtesy of The Jealous Curator and Saatchi Art

Join Saatchi Art on Wednesday, March 30th from 6-9pm for the VIP Private View of the Affordable Art Fair in New York City. Saatchi Art will be presenting new works by 9 outstanding emerging artists on the first level in Booth #1.49. VIP guests will receive a copy of Saatchi Art’s new print catalog, as well as a limited edition tote bag, while supplies last! We look forward to meeting you in New York. 

VIP Pass includes admission to each day of the fair, including After Dark and the Sofa Session with Saatchi Art Chief Curator Rebecca Wilson on Thursday, March 31st at 1:30pm.

Featured artists: Kevin Bradley and his Church of Type, Fabio Coruzzi, Charlotte Evans, Alex Jackson, Koen Lybaert, David Fredrik Moussallem, Robert von Bangert, Dean West

The Affordable Art Fair, Metropolitan Pavilion 125 West 18th Street, New York, NY  *between 6th and 7th Avenues

Ok, if you’re going to be in New York next week, leave your comment below… good luck! {ps. HUGE thanks to Saatchi Art for this fantastic giveaway xoxo}





lindsay arnold

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Ah, a series of lovely traditional doilies. Well, that’s what I thought… until I looked a little closer. These are drawings. DRAWINGS! They are from a series, titled “Tedium”, by Canadian artist Lindsay Arnold. Here is her beautiful description of these drawings (DRAWINGS!):

“Tedium is a series of drawings using the doily as a metaphor for feminine experience and the process of aging. The crocheted pieces I use as models are sourced from yard sales, auctions and second-hand stores. Each portrait includes stains, holes, loose threads and errors. The imperfections which have rendered the doily unusable for its original purpose now provide narrative and meaning to the drawing. This series honours experience, acknowledges tedious labour, and attempts to reveal a part of the anonymous maker’s story.”

Love. So much.

{ps. Lindsay has a show opening, titled “Hearth”, on March 17th at Estevan Art Gallery}