medium /// contemporary




nettie wakefield

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Oh my goodness. These gorgeous “reversed portrait” pencil drawings are the work of London based artist Nettie Wakefield. Braids, buns, twists… but I’m sure you know which two are my favorite {scroll up. top left corner.}  Yep. Double buns. Every time. ♥♥

{via Booooooom}





alison foshee

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Staples. Whoa. This is the very clever, very careful work of Portland based artist Alison Foshee. Why staples you ask? I’ll let Alison explain:

“Thumbtacks and pushpins explode into extravagant floral arrangements. Staples trace the jagged contour of a leaf. Office labels spin out in hot, firecracker explosions. Over the past 20 years, I have been exploring the artistic potential of everyday stuff. I enjoy working these raw materials with the geeky intensity of a Rubik’s cube puzzle master and relish the challenge of finding new meanings in objects that have become banal…”

Oh. So, so good! Many of her originals {and custom commissions!} can be purchased through Good Eye Gallery.





monika petersen

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Sigh. Linocut printmaking was one of my first loves… my only regret? Never using gold ink! This is the simple yet complex work of Danish artist Monika Petersen… and now I want a juicy pear… and an afternoon in the print studio with a tub of gold ink and a stack of black paper! Love.





alice wellinger

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I’m scared, but completely smitten at the same time. It was literally impossible for me to put this post together without creating some kind of disturbing narrative… the Jekyll/Hyde wolf boy next to the burning underpants? Yep, that’s gonna tell a story whether you want it to or not! These are the beautifully bizarre works of Austria based artist/illustrator Alice Wellinger. I love all of them for various weird reasons, but it’s this sweet little purple coat that really got me:

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It instantly brought tears to my eyes and made me miss my amazing grandmother… and her beautiful, wonderful, complicated life.





ruth shively

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Wow. If I could do this with charcoal & graphite, I don’t think I’d do much else! These gorgeous drawings are the work of Portland based artist Ruth Shively. I wrote about her paintings in 2011, but just stumbled across these stunning portraits yesterday… I gasped, and then immediately started writing this post! That first piece? With the hair flip? Ah-mazing.





marta spendowska

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Oh. I am desperate for spring to arrive, but considering it’s only February 9th I think I’m in for a bit of a wait… maybe I’ll just stare at these gorgeous, washy, abstract floral watercolors for the next two months! These beauties are the work of Polish born, US based artist/illustrator Marta Spendowska … ahhhh, I can almost smell those pink, purple, and sunrise-hued blooms from here. Almost.

{You can find the originals for sale on Marta’s site [scroll down when you arrive on her site], and I have the original of the black & white piece in my gallery.}





hollie chastain

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Vintage meets contemporary, and they fall madly in love! Found images, bright pops of color, and simple/modern compositions… hm, I think I’m madly in love too! These four collages are the work of Chattanooga based artist Hollie Chastain. They were in my show at the Bedford Gallery in California – what an absolute thrill to see them in person. The show came down yesterday, and I’m feeling a little bit sad… but you know what’s cheering me up? I just added these four pieces as prints {insanely affordable prints … $25!} to my online gallery! There are only a few of each so pop over now if you want to scoop one up. Happy weekend!





annie kevans

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I have loved French born, London based artist Annie Kevans‘ work for years {I wrote about her in 2009}. These pieces, oil on paper, are a selection from her latest series, “Women and the History of Art”… which I have a very soft spot for. I minored in Art History, and as a female visual arts major, I was curious to know who came before me. More than half way through my first year of Art History I put up my hand and asked, “Um, when are we going to learn about women artists? Surely there were women creating art at this time… right?!”  Here is Annie’s description of this work:

This exhibition centres on women in art history who were once part of the art world and whose history and significance have been gradually eroded so they are ultimately forgotten to a modern audience… Kevans was astonished to learn throughout the course of her extensive research that, despite the massive obstacles in their path, many women managed to have successful careers as artists as early as the 16th century. Although many have been championed in the last decades having been ‘rediscovered’ by later art historians, these women still remain ‘separate’ from art history…. Kevans has selected to paint artists who were as successful and in some cases, more so, than their male counterparts. Kevans shines a light on artists such as Sofonisba Anguissola (1532/5-1625) who was the first Italian woman to become an international celebrity as an artist in her own time. Other artists are known for their personal lives but their works remain invisible. Despite being the first woman painter admitted to the Société Nationale des Beaux¬Arts, Suzanne Valadon is more famous for her personal relationships with Renoir, Erik Satie and Degas. Likewise, Victorine Meurent is more famous for being the subject of Manet’s paintings than she is for being an artist. Her paintings were selected for the famous Salon numerous times including in 1876, a year in which Manet failed to get any of his work accepted. Like many of her female contemporaries, her name means nothing to the general public or to many female artists working today.

A beautifully painted spotlight on some very talented women… by another very talented woman.





Ignacio Canales Aracil

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Pressed flowers. Just flowers. Spanish artist Ignacio Canales Aracil collects flowers from the private gardens of the most renowned landscape designers in Europe and then presses them into large molds. He gets no help from adhesives… just a month long drying process and the loving, miraculous touch of mother nature. When they’re complete he adds a spray of light varnish to protect them from moisture. So amazing… delicate and stunningly beautiful.

{via Colossal}





andre yi

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If I was a bird I would absolutely want to live in one of these gorgeous, layered, mixed media bird nest collages by Los Angeles based artist Andre Yi. Pencil shavings, paint, paper… and is that pink masking tape I see? Love, love, love!

{Thanks to Good Eye Gallery for showing me Andre’s work}