medium /// painting

barbara hoogeweegen

Found images, portraits, women … these are a few of my favorite things! Lucky for me, Dutch painter Barbara Hoogeweegen combined all three in this series, titled “Incandescent (Gorgeous)”:

“In this series, Barbara Hoogeweegen works from found photographs of women. She aims to impact the viewer with visceral emotion and the incandescence emanating from the female psyche. The work also celebrates strength, beauty and diversity.”

Gorgeous, indeed.

{via Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London & New York}

monica kim garza

Real Ass Women, indeed! A bit Gauguin-ish … if his subjects chest bumped, slam dunked, and wore high heels to pump iron. These fantastic paintings are the work of Atlanta based artist Monica Kim Garza. I just read an interview with her on Juxatapoz – this is just a small snippet, but I thought it was kinda perfect:

People often see your work as a political, body-positive activist statement. How do you feel about that?
It is what it is, and it ain’t what it ain’t. I’m a pretty chill person, and my work, for me, is inspired by life, not conceptual ideas relating to movements. But art should be free for interpretation, so that’s what it is. 

Chest bump.

dominic joyce

Whoa. These geometric paintings – yes, paintings – are the precise work of UK based artist Dominic Joyce. My high school math teacher told me I’d need math even if I became an artist … maybe this is what he was talking about?! Gorgeous.

{His work is available via Saatchi Art}

mark dyball

Ahhh… clean lines, muted palettes, elegant compositions … I would happily move into ANY of these paintings! This is the architecture inspired work of UK based painter Mark Dyball. Keep an eye on his lovely Instagram feed for in progress work (because they’re beautiful before they’re even finished, too!)

vanessa lam

Gasp! This is the dreamy abstract work of Vancouver based artist Vanessa Lam. She paints and collages, each medium clearly influencing the other. Also… her palette!? LOVE. Here is part of Vanessa’s artist statement:

“… She refers to Abstract Expressionism in her work through the use of gesture and automatic painting. It is an action-oriented process that involves a balance between chance and control. Although her mark-making may appear incidental, Lam loosely directs paint through the immediacy of brushwork and use of non-traditional painting tools.”

Ok, now I want to know what all of those tools are! Vanessa currently has a show in New York, the result of being last year’s grand prize winner of the Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series, a creative partnership between Bombay Sapphire and Artsy {psst… I’m one of the judges this year}, and the deadline is coming up one month from today: JULY 11, 2018! It’s FREE to enter, and open to all artists in North America who are 25 years and older. Good luck… but in the meantime, go and see Vanessa’s work in person, because jpgs don’t do it justice :  “There is Another Sky” /  Openhouse Gallery  168 Bowery / June 7 – June 17  / 11am-7pm

{images via Vanessa’s Instagram / Artsy’s Instagram}

naomi devil

If there were hipsters during the Baroque era … I’m pretty sure we’re looking at them! These gorgeous / hilarious paintings are the work of Hungarian artist Naomi Devil. An absolutely beautifully painted blend of past and present. Also, I am that bird. FRIES!

lisa golightly

Sigh… she’s done it again. This is the latest work from Portland based painter Lisa Golightly. Dreamy, sun-filled memories of beachy days gone by. I can smell the lake from here. Lisa has a show opening in Seattle at Lisa Hodges Gallery {316 1st Ave S}… so Seattle, I guess you know what you’re doing this Thursday from 6 – 8pm!

“playing jenga under a fool moon”

Doesn’t this look like one of those “artists in their studio” photos that you’d find in an art history book … well, I’m pretty sure that’s exactly where this photo is headed. Today I’m interviewing TWO talented ‘n successful artists at the same time… two talented ‘n successful artists who also happen to be a married couple. Mark Todd and Esther Pearl Watson live together, make art together, have a daughter together, teach together, and yes, they even show their work together! In fact, they’ve got a show opening next Thursday, June 7th, at Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles (Culver City). I’ve been lucky enough to get to know this hilarious, insightful, talented couple over the past few years, but this episode gave me a chance to ask ALL of my very important questions… like who made the first move!? Listen right up there under that super cute photo of Esther & Mark from 2002, or you can subscribe on iTunes.

First, a zine. Now if I’d had this ahead of time, I wouldn’t have had to ask Mark about his childhood in Las Vegas:

Ok, now I have more questions.

Speaking of zines, I give you the BUTT BOOK:

Hilarious! This is one of many collaborative creative projects these two do when they get together with all of their amazing friends. Butts as a zine theme … pure gold.

So, I’ve interviewed Esther before – both on the podcast (Ep.28), and also for my new book about women artists. Her “memory” paintings are a beautiful, funny (and sometimes sad-ish) nod to her childhood:

Gah! I love them so much! She doesn’t have any sculpture in this upcoming show, but I couldn’t control myself … I had to put that tornado in.

Next … Mark’s records! Paintings, ceramics, googly eyes, and Lionel Richie:

Seriously … SO FUN!

I got to hang out in their home studio last time I was in LA, and it really is filled to the brim with fantastic stuff. Here’s a tiny peek:

Love! AND, that final piece above is finished and ready to hang in the new show… it’s the FOOL MOON painting Esther was talking about. Yet another serendipitous moment 

Ah yes, and here’s one more moment (brace yourself if you’re afraid of heights):

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No. Just NO.

Almost finished, but clearly I have to show you Esther’s bulldog cowboy boots:

… and since Mark doesn’t have boots that are this cool, here he is with a dinosaur. Thanks so much to Mark & Esther for doing this with me! I’m counting down to hanging out with them when I’m in LA this fall! Speaking at Art Center, eating mac ‘n cheese, and hopefully painting a butt on something. Thank you to Saatchi Art and Thrive for supporting this episode, and of course, big thanks to you for listening. The final episode of season two will be up next weekend.

Other links:

  1. Esther, Episode no.28
  2. Esther on Instagram / Mark on Instagram / Lili on Instagram!
  3. Art Center College of Design, Pasadena
  4. Aaron Smith, Episode no.90
  5. Martha Rich, Episode no.1 & Episode no.72
  6. Fun Chicken (their online shop!)
  7. Kolaj Fest, New Orleans
  8. JUNE 7, 2018 … Their show at Vielmetter Gallery, Culver City CA


scott listfield : show opening

Seriously, I don’t think that final image, titled “Tesla” could be more appropriate! American painter Scott Listfield has a new show opening this Saturday, June 2nd at Spoke in San Francisco {816 Sutter St}. The show is titled “ALGORITHM”, and here’s what it’s all about:

The new series continues the saga of Listfield’s central protagonist, a lone astronaut navigating the post-apocalyptic landscape of San Francisco and Silicon Valley. His latest oil paintings are set in a world populated by drones, self-driving vehicles, and robots. The work presents a derelict aftermath, inviting the view to consider a cityscape overrun by technology and devoid of human life. The work is critical of the ways in which we interface with an ever-changing technological landscape. Examining this pivotal moment in time, Listfield ponders:

“Just because we can do something, does that mean we should? What is technology without the human component? And what kind of problems are we solving?”

Excellent questions, Scott … excellent questions.

rebecca adams

These are paintings… absolutely gorgeous, black and white, super tricky paintings! This is the work of Rhode Island based painter Rebecca Adams. Is it just me or does it seem like she must really love a good puzzle!? Of course there’s the dark shadowy settings, but then she throws in geometric laser beams and mirror reflections. Clearly, Rebecca is a woman who loves a challenge.