medium /// contemporary




alex kanevsky




Oh. I love these so much. The fur coats, the dreamy blue backgrounds, the overwhelming emotion in each gorgeous oil on wood painting. This is the work of Russian born, Philadelphia based artist Alex Kanevsky. I featured some of this work on SFGirlByBay almost a year ago… why I didn’t write about it here? I have no idea! I’ve corrected the error of my ways. Phew.





clare celeste börsch





I’m gonna need a pair of scissors, and the name of the used bookstore where Berlin based artist Clare Celeste Börsch shops! Vintage books, cut up and pasted back together into bizarre, yet perfect, compositions… birds, flowers, gemstones, and of course, water skiers!  I love all of them so much, but I happen to own that little birdie perched on his flowery gemstone island, so I’m gonna have to call that one my favorite. Or the water skiers. Or those gazelles. Or that sake drinking bride. Hm.

{To purchase Clare’s work, originals and prints, visit her shop}





jonas wood




They don’t require water, their patterned pots are gorgeous, and half of them make me wish I was in college again {ie., milk crate as end table}. Los Angeles based artist Jonas Wood and his painted potted plants make me want to paint… and grow stuff! Love.





tara donovan


Giant/fluffy pussy willows, and pink stalagmites? Nope. Bunches of acrylic rods, and stacks of buttons. Insane. This is the breathtaking work of Brooklyn based installation artist Tara Donovan. Just imagine seeing this work in person… well, you can if you happen to be on either US coast this summer! Yep, PACE New York and PACE Menlo Park California have Tara’s work showing until mid August. You’re going to go, right?!





shannon rankin



Sigh… gorgeous, layered, stitched-together, colorful cut-vellum by American artist Shannon Rankin. I’ve written about her large-scale paper installations before {and she’s one of the artists in my book}, so when she opened a maker studio on GREAT.LY I just knew I had to have these pieces in GALLERYONE! All of these delicate, papery inkblot-like prints are part of my Bold & Bright collection because, well, they’re bold & bright! I love this body of work sooooo much… so much in fact that I have an original framed and hanging on a gallery wall in my house:

Ahh, so dreamy! Happy weekend everyone, and Happy Fourth of July to my American friends!





michelle blade





Chills. There is something about this ethereal work by American artist Michelle Blade that gives me goosebumps. I can’t help but take a deep breath when I look at these… especially that last one. Heavenly, magical, amazing… the end.





lena wolff







Traditional quilt patterns {and a few exotic animals}… with a modern hand-cut ‘n painted paper twist! I am always in awe of precise, intricate hand-cut work {this is when you should scroll back up and have a closer look at that first black & cream piece… I’ll wait} So gorgeous, yes?! Ahhh, the collages of San Francisco based artist Lena Wolff. Love.

{Some of this work is part of a group show at CULT in San Francisco – up now until August 2, 2014}





guest curation /// saatchi art

Whenever I don’t have a post lined up for the next morning, I pop over to Saatchi Art and search for “portraits”… I am never ever disappointed! So when Saatchi reached out and asked if I’d be interested in curating a selection of work, I said Um, YES! They asked me to pick 10 ~ 20 pieces in any theme that interested me. Yeah, you guessed it, I went with all portraits all the time! Here’s my curatorial statement:

Oh, portraits. There are two main reasons why I love them so much. One: I am always in awe of how such a familiar, every day subject (a person!) can be handled so differently depending on the artist. Washy and mysterious. Unbelievably realistic. Partially complete, allowing your mind to fill in the rest. And two: Um… it’s hard! To capture the likeness of a person in a few brushstrokes or pencil lines? Yes sir, that’s tricky, and I admire anyone that can do it… like these fourteen artists, for example:

This is when you pop over to Saatchi to see the entire collection! I hope you love it as much as I loved putting it together and thanks so much to Saatchi for inviting me over. I’m so honored that you’d ask.

{Art above by: 1) Hyunju Kim  2) Christopher Stacey  3) Pawel Mendrek  4) Karoline Kroiß  5) Miguel Laino  6) An Siying}





deedee cheriel





I wrote about Deedee Cheriel and her screaming bears a few years ago, but when I was in LA last week I saw those three zebra girls at a great shop in Silver Lake called Reform School… yep, time to write a new post! Zebra girls, fish-riding birds, and bird girls in a cat fight… so, so, so much love {almost as much love as that burning tree guy and his sassy birdfriend… almost.}





yao cheng



Sigh. This has been a very busy, very crazy week and so this is exactly what I need… washy, colorful, happy and light. Ahhhh yes, the watercolor work of Ohio based artist/designer Yao Cheng… this is where I want to live for the next two days. ps. Clearly I’m going to have to make a batch of pink melty popsicles too. Happy weekend!

{via curate1k}