medium /// painting




sara khan


Whoa. Ok, clearly I had to include all of those closeups because, well, these details are fantastic! Flowers, figures, narratives… it’s all happening! This is the work of Sara Khan. She was born in England, raised in Pakistan, and now lives in Vancouver… that’s the super quick version of her life story. Now, how about the story behind these beautifully bizarre watercolor paintings from her series titled “Ubiquitous Follies”:

I am interested in the repulsion and beauty found in ordinary spaces and situations, and question the normalcy of the seemingly mundane matters in life. For example; how a man inside a woman leads to the birth of another human; turning the woman into a mound of soil in which a human germinates like a plant from a seed, and in the process disfigures the woman to the limits of possibility.

It is in dealing with these observations that I draw them out, to find a place for things that are neither here nor there. Slowly laying out translucent layers of watercolour, I work toward pronouncing some areas, while covering others entirely, almost decoratively as if to say “you didn’t belong, but now you do, or you did belong and now you don’t.” I leave some questions to chance, answer others more definitively, hovering somewhere between restraint and complete spontaneity. The idea is to develop a space or landscape with both extremes in it; the abhorrent and the fantastic. Coexisting to form one complete picture; thriving in the gray areas, it’s a subtle dance between “is it” and “is it not”. ~ Sara Khan, 2017

Whoa, again.





teagan mclarnan

Ah, yes. Sometimes, usually on Mondays, paintings that exude a sense of quiet calm is exactly what I need. These succulents and cacti are the work of American painter Teagan McLarnan. She usually works with oil paint, but this lovely series has been created with egg tempera. Those muted colors and matte finish make these pieces even more lovely… happy Monday to you. {I need more coffee}





angela deane

Look, the heart wants what the heart wants, ok!? … And yes, my heart desperately wants these insane flowers by American artist Angela Deane. I’ve written about her fabulous ghosts before, and then earlier today I stumbled across that first rose, and well, here we are. Weird, hilarious, and fun … with just a touch of pure ‘Alice in Wonderland-ish’ terror. Happy Friday!





samantha french

Sigh. I have loved the work of Brooklyn based painter Samantha French for YEARS. Now, Sam is known for her large-scale, underwater oil paintings, which I’ve written about several times and even had her on the podcast to talk about. I’m so smitten with her aqua blue pools filled with reflected sunlight,  so often just pop over to her website to see what she’s up to…  and this time I found these! Smaller works on paper using gouache…. love, love, love! If you’re looking for a more affordable way to add a Samantha French original to your collection, this might be the way. Also… gouache!? ♥





wayne white : new show

Ok, so, it’s no secret how much I love the work of LA based painter Wayne White, especially his text pieces. Look how brilliant that last painting is?! Those ladies from the original thrift shop painting popping up in front of his gorgeous letters. How? I don’t know. Wayne has a new show opening tomorrow night, titled  I TOOK THE MACHINE APART BUT COULD NOT PUT IT BACK TOGETHER”, at the Joshua Liner Gallery in New York.

The show will be composed of five main components: his signature “word paintings” on vintage offset lithographs, as well as text-based works on paper over the Artist’s painted abstract backgrounds, mixed-media marionettes, and an installation of drawings. The fifth element encompasses the entire gallery, which is painted over with White’s personal doodles, words, and phrases, pulled directly from his notebook. 

Um, that sounds amazing. The opening reception is on Thursday February 8th (6-8pm), oh, and Wayne will be there… ie., GO! ps. The show runs until March 10th.




rochelle redfield

Sigh… I want to take a deep cleansing breath while also jumping for joy! These absolutely gorgeous paintings are the work of American artist Rochelle Redfield. They are all part of her “Confetti Skies” series which are inspired by “Hudson Valley skies and person moments of stormy optimism.” Beautiful.





brenda cablayan

Sigh, I can almost feel the Hawaiian breezes… oh wait, I can! Yep, I’m in Hawaii this week in full-on tourist mode, but oh how I wish I could buy a little pink cottage in the burbs. Alas, I’ll just have to pretend by staring at the work of Oahu based artist Brenda Cablayan. Her paintings might look familiar because I’ve written about her before. I can’t help it! Hawaii is one of my most favorite places on the planet, and there is something absolutely perfect about the way Brenda captures this beautiful spot … not the ‘pina colada’ tourist version, but the ‘regular old day-in-the-life’ version. Granted, it’s a day-in-the-life in paradise, but still.





“paintings, pinholes and pina coladas”

Those are needle-hole perforations in paper… because I know you’re wondering! Today I’m talking to the very prolific artist, and teacher, Wendy Kawabata. I wrote about her needle-hole series, titled “Blind World” a few years ago, but they are just one of many gems in her extensive portfolio. So, this episode is coming to you from Hawaii… I’m in Maui, and Wendy lives on Oahu… mai tais for everyone! Listen right up there under that intricate beauty, or you can subscribe on iTunes.

First up, some of her newest work. Wendy has recently gone back to oil painting after a very long break:

Ahhh, gorgeous! Each of these are titled “Cairns III”, “Cairns II”, and “Cairns VII Here Comes The Sun”.

Now, these pieces are both drawings and mixed media. Wait… is it fabric… or drawings .. or both? …

You can see why I wasn’t sure! The top two are gouache and colored pencil on paper, and the bottom two are gouache, colored pencil, and kantha cloth on paper. Love them all!

Next, the work inspired by her month-long residency in Iceland. This is “In The Land” when it was shown in 2016 at Sanderson Contemporary in New Zealand:

Dreamy, icy watercolors and that amazing crocheted flower piece… which has oh so much more behind it than grey, metallic paint covered flowers.

Oooh, I love this series too {see, prolific!}. This is a gouache and pencil on paper series, titled “Acts”:

Note the “mama”… such a beautiful reason for having that word woven into these drawings from a few years back.

And here we are, the first body of work of Wendy’s that I ever saw. “Blind Worlds”. So gorgeous:

Needle-hole perforations in paper, or as Wendy would say, drawing with holes. Love, love, love!

And finally, this is the piece she mentioned near the beginning… logs covered in crochet with Wendy’s made-up stitches {thank goodness for mothers}:

Beautiful… right stitches or wrong stitches! Thanks so much to Wendy for doing this with me; thanks to Saatchi Art and Thrive for supporting the episode, and thanks to you for listening! There will be more art for your ear, not next weekend but the weekend after that {Feb 17}

Other links:

  1. Material Slip Show, March 4 ~ April 6th
  2. Sanderson Contemporary, NZ
  3. University of Hawaii at Mānoa

 





holly elander

Gorgeous architecture… with a few “guests”. This is the work of LA based artist Holly Elander, from her series titled Their Home. She grew up in Los Angeles in a mid-century home, and apparently there were many visitors who wandered through from time to time. This is Holly’s ode to her furry and feathered neighbors. Some of these paintings, along with another body of her work, will be in a show that opens tomorrow night at Launch LA… February 3rd until March 3rd / Opening reception is this Saturday, Feb 3rd, 6 – 9pm RSVP to rsvp@launchLA.org





“really looking”

Whoa … well, clearly I had no choice but to kick things off with that insanely beautiful closeup. Today I’m talking to Cornwall based artist Lisa Wright. I had so many questions for her – did she study art history, why the masks, how big are these beauties, does she like Marmite? She does. Listen right up there under that beautiful blue “lace”, or you can subscribe on iTunes.

First, some of Lisa’s paintings that I wrote about a few years ago:

Oh, I love all of them… but that girl smoking might be my favorite. So, from there her subjects started to wear masks:

Masks, inspired by the button masks of Venice. The wearer holds a button in their mouth to keep the mask on, which of course, prevents them from being able to speak. Hm. This could go in oh so many directions… and I can’t wait to see where Lisa decides to take it!

So, Venetian masks go hand-in-hand with lace-like patterns… here they are veiling her art history-esque subjects:

Seriously… so unbelievably beautiful. And yes, I included that closeup again because that blue paint is absolutely mesmerizing.

Next up, some of the pieces that Lisa exhibited at CONTEXT New York. This is also a great way to show scale… from little and lovely to big and beautiful:

Yes! And speaking of exhibiting at cool shows, here is Lisa’s work in the Coates & Scarry booth at PULSE Miami:

Isn’t that installation great!? I love that Lisa painted her lacy patterns all over the wall! And finally, a podcast post wouldn’t be complete without a peek into the artist’s studio:

Sigh… that light! Beautiful. Again. Thank you so much to Lisa for such an inspiring conversation; thanks to Saatchi Art for supporting the episode; and thank YOU for listening! There will be more art for your ear next weekend.

Other links:

  1. Charlotte Keates, Episode 107
  2. Falmouth University
  3. Faction Art Projects, NY {her show in Fall 2018}
  4. Coates & Scarry Gallery, London