medium /// contemporary

jaco putker


Ah, I think collage and printmaking fell in love and had a bizarre little family. So dark, so intriguing… they’re like strange dreams. This is the work of Jaco Putker, an artist from the Netherlands. He combines many techniques {photopolymer, or solar plate, etching} to produce these wonderfully weird scenes… mushroom parachutes and hippo-balloons? Yes, please.

vee bee


GLASS. These are GLASS. And spray paint. And butterflies and guns. How?

“These original paintings are painted directly on the reverse side of the glass using hand cut stencils and spray paints.
Framed in a deep box, the [subjects] seem to be floating in the air.”

Yes, yes they do. Oh my goodness, I absolutely love these paintings on cut glass by a UK based artist that goes by the name of Vee Bee. That’s all I know. Well, I also know that I really, really want that polka-dot butterfly. And that blue china pattern covered gun. Love.

{via Saatchi Art}

anna collette hunt


Portraits and ceramics in one… I might be in love. This is the work of UK based artist Anna Collette Hunt, from a series titled Newstead Odditites. Here is the behind-the-curtain statement about this work:

“The Newstead Oddities is a collection that features marble statues as ‘characters’, who are found on research adventures to museums and galleries. Anna’s first characters came from Newstead Abbey in Nottinghamshire. She often visits Natural Trust Houses and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London especially to meet new characters and find fresh faces. It might be particularly eccentric hair, or a mysterious sparkle in their eye that capture Anna’s attention and imagination. The artist likes to playfully assign heads to different bodies. Marie Antoinette’s clothing and body can often be spotted with a different head. What’s odder still is that sometimes the heads have a striking resemblance to the artists’ face- Anna likes to see if anyone will notice.”

Hilarious! There’s a photo of Anna on her contact page… see if you recognize her on any of these pieces!

jay dart


Oh, Canada. I love this colorful ode to Canadiana {magical beards included}. This is the work of Canadian artist Jay Dart. That hot pink log in the first drawing instantly made me think of “The Log Driver’s Waltz” … ah, memories. Yep, between Jay’s whimsical drawings and that classic tune, every Canadian should be feeling quite nostalgic! Ok, now that I’ve got you in the right frame of mind…

GO VOTE. See you at the polls, Canada.

lea maupetit


Ooh la la! I love these paintings by Paris based artist/illustrator Lea Maupetit… and that first one would have come in really handy when I was trying to meet my book deadline this summer. I was tempted to buy it, but the original is SOLD {wahn wahn}. Maybe that vase of yellow flowers would make me feel better.

kristin vestgard


Rosebud lips, pink cheeks and the occasional mouse hat… ah, the lovely work of UK based artist Kristin Vestgard. I have loved her oil paintings for years, and I’m sure you can see why. Dreamy.

lourdes sanchez


Ah, delicate, washy, floral perfection. This is the latest work from Brooklyn based painter Lourdes Sanchez. I wrote about her watercolor and ink pattern paintings a couple of years ago… in fact, there were a few new ones in that department too, so obviously I had to include them! Voila:



jennifer angus


Wallpaper. Made from bugs. A lot of bugs. This is the beautifully buggy, ornately patterned work of American artist Jennifer Angus. Crazy iridescents, bright electric colors, delicate wings… yes, she absolutely shows off these little wonders of nature, but she also wants this to be known about her work: “Part of my work is the rehabilitation of the image of insects — that insects are so vitally important. We need insects to pollinate flowers that, in turn, produce fruit. We need insects for decomposition… “ because without insects, we couldn’t exist. She uses her inventory of bugs {none of which are endangered btw}, over and over again in each of her installations. Creepy? Kinda. Mesmerizing? Definitely. If you want to see them up close and personal, the installation in this hot pink room will be opening on November 13, 2015 at the Renwick Gallery in the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

{quote from Fast Company / images from designboom, photographed by rob blunt}

myriam dion


Today is Thanksgiving in Canada… you know what I’m thankful for? Insanely talented Canadian artists like paper-cutting genius Myriam Dion. These are newspapers. Newspapers! Newspapers cut into delicate, ornate, paper lace. Sigh. Amazing. Now I need some pumpkin pie. Happy turkey day to my fellow Canucks xo

ps. I wrote about her two years ago. Right here.

“a really slow magician”


Yes, you’re seeing that correctly. It’s a bunny-deer. Today I’m talking to LA based ceramicist Debra Broz. Her work is so fun, and oh so very labor intensive. They’re like ceramic collages! All of these pieces are one of kind – two pieces truly merged into one… that’s right, no molds… just very precise cutting tools, a truckload of patience, and some major talent. I couldn’t wait to find out how she worked her “slow magic” to reimagine these little animals, and she was kind enough to tell me everything. Listen right up there under the bunny-deer, or subscribe on iTunes. As you’re listening, take a look at the things we talked about in the order that we talked about them. First up, the two-headed lamb that started it all {and a couple of my other favorites}:


Gah! So weird and amazing and bizarre and beautiful! I told her I was going to find a few critters at my local thrift shop so she could work her slow magic with them… this is what I found:


Um, yeah. I’m going to need to see that pig head on something… I’ll have to pack up a box and send him down! Ok, next up, the “Twin Persians” and the horses with hands {ps. she bought the hands in 2007 and the horses 2014… ah, a seven year wait but oh so worth it. They’re now joined in harmony!}


Weird! And wonderful. Here’s the bird/deer that she mentioned. I love this one. Oh, these colors!


I love it all! And before we wrap this up, here are a bunch of links to some other tidbits we talked about:

~ To buy her work, please visit her site, and if you’re brave enough to have her do a commission with your grandmother’s ceramics you can contact her via her site too!

~ If you’re in California before December 27, her work is in a show, titled RE-MADE, at the American Museum of Ceramic Art.

~ Speed-round gem, her favorite movie from her teen years… Reality Bites (classic!)

Thanks so much to Debra for giving us a peek behind the curtain, thanks to Saatchi Art for supporting this episode, and thanks to YOU for listening! There will be more art for your ear next weekend.