medium /// contemporary




pip & pop

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Oh, thank goodness… she’s still at it! I wrote about Australian artist Tanya Schultz, aka Pip & Pop, waaaay back in 2010, so I was thrilled to see that she’s still creating her magical, sugary, glittery, rainbow-filled worlds! I would love to spend an afternoon in the middle of this insane dream. So many colors. So many special details… pastel sugar lakes, shiny little beads, weird plastic flowers, and that pink polka-dot horse. Yep, I’m gonna need that pink polka-dot horse.





joël penkman (on my birthday)

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Yep, it’s my birthday. A perfect excuse to show a few delicious paintings by New Zealand born, UK based artist Joël Penkman. It’s also a great excuse to play hooky for the day… I’m off to give #creativeUNblock no.5 a shot! See you tomorrow!





han yuliang

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Oh, I wish I could hear the songs that those little voices are singing… I’m kind of glad I can’t hear that accordion though. This is the lovely work of Beijing based painter Han Yuliang. His color palette for this series is killing me, and his loose/quick brush strokes that work in perfect harmony to create these gorgeous portraits… sigh… stunning.





gabriela ibarra

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Gasp! Bold botanicals that are calling my name! These are “embellished linoleum prints” by Atlanta based artist Gabriela Ibarra... I didn’t know what that meant, but it sounded fancy so naturally I needed to know how she made these gorgeous, layered, neon color-blocked bouquets! Gabriela told me that for each piece in the series she starts with layers of collaged tissue paper, then arranges the lino-print flowers individually, and finally she paints & draws on top of the botanical layers below. Sigh. Gorgeous. 

{These three pieces are available in my online gallery.}





michael carson

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Oooh! This is new{ish} work by American artist Michael Carson. The last time I wrote about him was in early 2013, and yesterday I stumbled across some work he’s done since… instant love. His work is always very recognizable as his, but I’ve never seen him paint men before, so these jumped out immediately. Same Michael Carson amazingness, now with the occasional suit & tie.





fumi koike

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Let’s stay home all day. These lovely, calming pieces are the work of Japanese artist / illustrator Fumi Koike. Her muted palettes and simple observations of day-to-day life make me want to slow down for a moment, take a deep breath… and then have a nap with my dogs. Zzz.





elin thomas

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I have never been so happy to see mold. In fact, this might be the prettiest “mold” I have ever seen! UK based artist Elin Thomas crochets and embroiders these little art-meets-science specimens in the prettiest of palettes. Hurray for spores and fuzzy growths!

{via Brown Paper Bagps. if you’d like to own some of this pretty mold, you can find it in Elin’s shop.





mairi timoney

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So many beautiful bits & pieces that have been snipped & torn – birch trees, little run-down dwellings, that laundry line! Love! This is the collage work of Edinburgh based artist Mairi Timoney. She is a recent-ish (2013) graduate of Edinburgh College of Art… if this is what she’s making now I’m excited to see what the future holds for Mairi!

{ps. I have the piece with the little peach garage door in my gallery, the rest of the work can be found on Saatchi Art}

 





anne canfield

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Pretty. Weird. My favorite! This is the narrative still life work of Philadelphia based artist Anne Canfield… hm, I may have just made that up. Is “narrative still life” a thing? Well if it is, I think this is it! Here is Anne’s description of her work:

“I draw and paint on a tiny scale and am inspired by the detail, the whimsy and the geometric naturalism of both early Netherlandish and Indian Miniature painting. I use a variety of media as point of departure, ranging from personal photography to elements of film. Loosely narrative, my pieces reveal quiet, solitary moments as a sense of time or place is trapped and brought to stand still. ”

Some of her work can be seen until May 9th {that’s this Saturday!} at Nancy Margolis Gallery in New York, so if you can pop over there you should… and then tell me all about it!





anna westerlund

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Gasp! Ok, I fully understand that these are functional pieces meant for my kitchen, but I would be very tempted to put all of these on special little shelves in a gallery! I am totally in love with the ceramic work of Portugal based artist Anna Westerlund. Delicate flowers, decorative pencil lines, beads ‘n embroidery, and little hits of neon? Yes, please.

{These pieces are available in my gallery… ps. there are not many of each, they are all under $100, shipping is free… and they are selling fast!}