medium /// contemporary




“from pancakes to painting”

Sure, she used to serve pancakes to unhappy customers, but those days are long gone! Today, Ekaterina Popova is a painter, the founder/editor of Create Magazine, and she’s about to become the host of her own soon-to-launch podcast called Art & Cocktails… yep, it involves drinking with artists. Works for me! The only way I was able to get Kat on my podcast was to agree to be on hers, so we’re interviewing each other today. Since it was only 9am my time, I opted for Baileys in my coffee. Yum! You can listen to all of our dirty laundry right up there under Kat’s dirty laundry, or you can subscribe on iTunes.

First, her absolutely beautiful domestic “messes”:

Gasp! Those color palettes, and don’t even get me started on the light in these “everyday” spaces. Speaking of every day… here are just a few of Kat’s daily sketches:

What!? These are just sketches?! FRAME ALL OF THEM and call it a day!!!

Sorry for the outburst. Ok, moving on… to a residency in Iceland:

Sigh, so dreamy. I truly admire Kat for not only her sense of adventure, but the hustle she puts into getting herself to all sorts of fabulous places. Grants, applications, selling work… yep, this woman makes things happen.

Oh yes, and when she’s not painting, or traveling, or both… Kat runs Create Magazine. And it’s FANTASTIC:

Look at her … like a proud mama bear with her baby {if her baby lived in a magazine shop}. I love the calibre of artists she includes in Create, the beautiful design, and I also love how much artists love being included in its pages! Most of the images above are Instagrams taken by the artists featured in the spreads. Yeah, I’d Instagram the hell out of that too! ps. I had to include Ashley Longshore‘s cover … Jesus in Guccis for the win.

And finally – this is the best – little Ekaterina in Russia doing what she was meant to do…

… and a grown-up, about to turn 30 later this year, Kat doing what she is meant to do! Destiny? I believe so. Thanks so much to Kat for doing this double interview with me {and giving me a reason to drink at 9am};  thanks to Saatchi Art for supporting this episode, and of course, thank you so much for listening. There will be more Art For Your Ear next weekend.

Other links:

  1. Art & Cocktails Podcast {launching soon!}
  2. Kat on Instagram
  3. Create Magazine
  4. Elspeth Pratt, Artist and Professor
  5. The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron
  6. Janna Watson, Episode no.133
  7. Bunnie Reiss, Episode no.78
  8. Vancouver Mural Festival
  9. “A Big Important Art Book … Now with Women” (my new book)
  10. Big Important Merch! (mugs, shirts etc)
  11. My art site / My art Instagram

 





denise gasser

YESSSSSS! These are just a few of the hilarious, inspiring, and very REAL paintings that Vancouver based painter Denise Gasser did for her self-imposed “100 days” project. She is an artist and a mother of three little boys, which begs the question: WHEN DOES SHE HAVE TIME TO MAKE ART? Well, she kinda doesn’t at the moment… but that hasn’t stopped her. Denise embraced her lack of time and abundance of interruptions by creating this series titled “Art After”. Lovely beginnings, and an absolutely beautiful documentation of her day to day life during these crazy little kid years. Truly brilliant.

ps. These lovely paintings are an example of what Denise does when she can actually finish a whole painting…

Denise’s work is available via her online shop.





janna yotte

Ahhhh, nothing like a whole bunch of #WIP to get me through the day. I set out to write about the finished work of Montreal  based collage artist Janna Yotte, but somewhere along the way I got lost in the amazingness of her Instagram feed! Some finished pieces, others still in progress, and all sorts of lovely bits and pieces that are eagerly awaiting their place in the next collage. Get over there and follow along!





daniel jacob

“Shortcake”, “Firecracker”, “Dreamsicle” … oh, and a TON of Swarovski crystals! These decadent pieces are the pop culture inspired work of American artist Daniel Jacob. They also happen to be my new favorite summer treat. LOVE.

{via Colossal}





ilona szalay

Oil paint on aluminum… LOVE! This is recent work by Beirut-born, London-based artist Ilona Szalay. I love her loose brushstrokes and lovely color choices, but it’s the way she paints women that gets me every single time. If you’d like to see some of Ilona’s stunning works in person, visit Arusha Gallery‘s booth {C05} at VOLTA14 in Basel Switzerland from June 11th ~ 16th.

ps. Ilona is one of the artists featured in my new book, “A BIG IMPORTANT ART BOOK … Now with Women”. I am so thrilled to have not only her beautiful work nestled into the pages of this beauty, but also her inspiring story. The book will be on shelves this Fall, but pre-orders are already underway. So. Exciting!





maricor/maricar

“DON’T WORRY IT’S ALL FUCKED” … a hand embroidered, double-sided piece of art. This is the work of a Sydney based duo known as Maricor/Maricar… aka sisters, Maricor and Maricar Manalo. They make all sorts of beautiful things {for both art lovers and commercial clients}, but given the state of the world at the moment, I thought this piece was appropriate. Here’s why they made it:

“In this double sided embroidery the positive and negative messages are contained within each other. Often self help/uplifting quotes can seem a little overly positive and off-puttingly earnest, so we wanted to create a tongue in cheek response to that stereotype. Everything is all fucked so you may as well try not too worry and be happy while you can.” 

I’ll try.

ps. Prints of this work are available in their online shop.





mowing lawns & making art

You know when you set out to interview a complete stranger, but instead you end up with a new friend who somehow totally understands your love of weeding other people’s gardens, staring into space, and eating at gallery cafes?  Yep, my plan had been to interview New York based artist, designer, and general creative genius Doug Meyer about his beautiful new book, but as usual, one thing led to another and we wound up talking about WAY more than that. You can listen right up there under that still from New York Magazine’s video about Doug’s amazing apartment, or you can subscribe on iTunes.

Where do we even begin? Well, let’s start with just a few of the wildly wonderful environments Doug has created for various clients:

Oh my word, yes! In any of those spaces, you’d feel like you were living INSIDE a work of art. Speaking of which, Doug and his husband live INSIDE a work of art:

Yeah, that’s his apartment in Chelsea. ?!? All of these images are from an article in New York Magazine. Here’s the video from the same article that Doug and I were talking about. You have to see this place to believe it:

Right!?

Ok, and now… the cameos! Have a look and tell me you don’t want one:

Well, now I want one for each member of my entire family, mounted on that crazy beautiful wallpaper.

And finally, yes, we even talked about the book! “Heroes : A Tribute” is exactly that:

“The book pays homage to some of the first victims of AIDS and AIDS-related diseases—brilliant creative figures such as Robert Mapplethorpe, Keith Haring, Rudolph Nureyev, Freddie Mercury, Rock Hudson, John Duka, Tina Chow, Klaus Nomi, Halston, and Angelo Donghia. In Heroes, artist Doug Meyer honors 50 innovative pioneers from the worlds of art, design, film, and dance whose contributions may be unknown to a younger generation.”

And here’s a little peek into this neon-covered object d’art:

So gorgeous, so powerful, and so important. ps. I had to throw in that group of heroes I found on Doug’s Instagram feed… it makes me really happy to see a bunch of them hanging out together. Thanks to Doug for sharing all of his hilarious/inspiring stories; thank you to Saatchi Art for supporting the episode, and great big thanks to you for listening. There will be more Art For Your Ear next weekend.

Other links:

  1. Heroes : A Tribute {BUY the book today!}
  2. Doug on Instagram
  3. Doug & Gene Meyer
  4. Holly Solomon, Collector & Curator
  5. DIFFA
  6. New York Magazine / The Cut

 





annette davidek

Don’t you want to wander around in these paintings for a little while? This is the dreamy {and BIG … 48″x42″} work of Brooklyn based artist Annette Davidek. I bet these “places” would smell like flowers and warm tropical air. Layers of layers, rich colors, and oh, so much depth… thanks to “multiple glazes of oil paint on wooden panel”. Amazing. I was going to guess textiles, or encaustic, … or magic. Happy Friday.

{via Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, New York}





rachel sager

Oooh, explosions!  This is the big, beautiful work of San Francisco based artist Rachel Sager. What are you looking at? Charcoal and oil on canvas! What is it all about? Well, I’ll hand this over to Rachel:

“My current body of work continues an examination of matter in transformation; metamorphosis, one state to another.   I am particularly drawn to how such elemental shifts coincide with the sometimes devastating effects of human beings on the world around them.  Here, I portray this transmutation of matter as calculated explosions on aerial landscapes; the ground living, breathing, and dying all at once, in a heavenly haze. Simultaneously, these images of meteoric combustion and uncertainty loosely depict colorful images of global warming as seen on climate change maps, thus liberating the mind from any certain and singular symbolism. Created through a unique process of brushing, rubbing and dusting, my charcoal underpaintings are comprised of the same material they seek to portray, the natural tools of my chosen trade.  The charcoal is left in its crude form in order to create an organic, almost visceral surface on which the lush properties of oil paint naturally contrast.”  

Boom, indeed.

 





tammy kanat

Oh. My. Word. The textures, the color choices, THE SHAPES. Sigh. This is the wonderful woven work of Melbourne based textile artist {former jeweler} Tammy Kanat. Those ovals. Seriously, my heart is beating faster than it was a minute ago!

{Studio photos taken by Emily Weaving, found on Tammy’s feed … and speaking of Instagram, that’s where I found her work! Via Thrive Art Studio’s.}