medium /// painting




maz dixon

Do you love spray tans, red swimsuits, and giant pineapples? Well then have I got an artist for you! These mixed media collages are the work of Australian artist Maz Dixon. I wrote about her paintings, also featuring large fruit, waaaay back in 2013... 4 years without mentioning big pineapples? That just seems much too long. Oh, and if you happen to be in Sydney, keep your eyes open for Maz’s Bondi wall mural

When you see the big pineapple, you’ll know you’ve found the right spot! Happy Friday!





alexandra levasseur

Sigh. So hauntingly beautiful. I wrote about Montreal based artist Alexandra Levasseur just over four years ago, and yesterday I came across the final piece above on Thrive Studio’s Instagram feed. I may have gasped out loud when I saw that pierced apple. Sigh… again.





lucia dill

A few years ago I accidentally saw the work of California based artist Lucia Dill. I was walking through the studios at California College of the Arts in San Francisco and peeked into her space. Chairs, everywhere! Well, I just popped by her site today and was thrilled to find even more! She uses folding chairs to “convey relationships, interactions, and body language” often observing people in coffee shops and cafes. As a huge fan of eavesdropping in cafes, I wonder if those lovely tags reference what Lucia may have overheard, or if it’s the positioning of the chairs after the coffee drinkers have gone home that inspires an imagined conversation. Hm. {Lucia, if you read this, let us know!}

{Some of this work is available in her shop}





casey gray

I had to include that studio shot so that you’d believe me when I told you these are paintings … aerosol paint and laborious, hand cut masking techniques making paint feel almost digital. Amazing. This is the work of  San Francisco based artist Casey Gray, and here’s why he does what he does the way he does it:

In the internet-age of cultural production, collections of mass objects can often stand in for genuine individuality. As images stream in and out of our news feeds, mobile apps, and internet searches, we are granted access to an unprecedented array of content divorced from its context or origin. Individual images become malleable and interchangeable within this visual framework. Casey Gray is interested in how people process and manage this visual overload. He aims to create work that explores and emphasizes the collision of visual experiences inherent to the contemporary landscape, and in the process find a deeper understanding of himself.

If you happen to be in San Francisco, Casey has a solo show, titled “Double Knotted”opening at Hashimoto Contemporary tomorrow night – April 1 from 6pm – 9pm {runs until April 22}.





wendy matenga

These bouquets, all of them, I need them. Perfectly painted petals, illustrated blooms, flat graphic backgrounds… and those vases circa 1966-ish? I LOVE IT ALL! These paintings are the work of New Zealand based artist Wendy Matenga, and this is a chunk of her lovely artist statement:

“I currently have an obsession with flowers, I love painting them because I can arrange them like a florist can and then play with them in ways a florist can’t, floristry with a brush. I feel the need to honor them with accurate rendering before I allow myself to play. I am immensely thankful to be living in a time when there are so many different medias available and so many artists before me and around me to be inspired by.”

Amen, sister.





“a cat in paris”

If you are not experiencing this episode from Paris, brace yourself because you’re gonna wanna go! Artist, designer, author, shop owner, traveler, and mother (phewf) Cat Seto is my guest today. She owns the lovely shop & studio, Ferme à Papier, in San Francisco. However, as much as she loves the city by the bay, I am quite certain her heart belongs to Paris … and its pastries. You can listen to this episode right under that lovely little collection of all things Parisian, or you can subscribe on iTunes.

First, Instagram proof of a Cat in Paris:

Are you booking your flight? Yep, me too. (See, that was the photo on the balcony I mentioned… she looks very at home if you ask me!)

Next, a tiny peek at just a few of the gorgeous things (art prints, cards, planners etc) at her shop in San Francisco, Ferme à Papier:

Those shoes. I need this print maintenant!

So, along with everything else she does, Cat is also a mama… so how perfect was this collaboration?! Mom Inc., the inspiring, advice-filled book she co-authored with Meg Ilasco in 2012:

… and, the “Joie du Jour” line of loveliness that she also created with Chronicle Books, with of course, just a petite touch of Paris.

Well, clearly a petite touch wasn’t enough for Cat! Enter her new book (on shelves April 4, 2017 released by Harper Design), Impressions of Paris – An Artist’s Sketchbook:

Oh mon Dieu, so lovely. The book is broken up into four sections: color, pattern, perspective and rhythm … and it captures Paris beautifully. Well, not only does her book do that, so does her dreamy little shop & studio! Here’s a little look into Ferme à Papier’s HQ in San Francisco:

Ahhh… a bike in the window, navy walls, wood accents. Now, I wonder if she has any pastries in there? My money is on ‘YES’.

During the Not-So-Speedy Speed Round™ I asked Cat for her favorite dessert in Paris. She couldn’t name just one. Who’s surprised? Me either. Here are a few that she mentioned… illustrated!

Oui, oui, oui to all of that scrumptiousness! And, if those rainbow-hued macarons aren’t sweet enough for you, how ’bout this:

Aw, come on! The cutest!  Thanks so much to Cat for taking time out of her insanely busy life to do this with me; thanks to Saatchi Art for supporting this episode, and big high-fives to you for listening! There will be more art for your ear next weekend.

Other links:

  1. Ferme à Papier on Instagram
  2. ParisToSF on Instagram
  3. University of Michigan (Go Wolverines!) 
  4. National Stationery Show, New York
  5. Anthropologie
  6. Alt Summit
  7. Mom Inc. Book
  8. Sylvia Weinstock Cakes
  9. Kate Woodrow (book agent!) + her episode
  10. Lisa Congdon LIVE episode
  11. Japanese Paper Place
  12. Saving Faces 

 





carly waito

OIL. PAINTINGS. Yeah. This is the absolutely exquisite work of Canadian painter Carly Waito. I wrote about her waaaaay back in 2011… I was in awe then, and six years later my jaw is still on the floor. OIL. PAINTINGS.

{Her work is available through Narwhal Gallery, Toronto}





kristine zingeler

Canadian artist Kristine Zingeler does all sorts of amazing things, but it’s her latest series of oil paintings that take my breath away. Ornate vessels with backdrops that are equally as elaborate … those brushstrokes, her color palettes. Sigh. Gorgeous.





emily fromm

These are the comic book inspired acrylic paintings {paintings!?} of San Francisco based artist Emily Fromm. Her color choices are stunning, her subject matter is fabulously kitschy, and I cannot get enough of her hand-painted signs! And, I hope she doesn’t mind me making the comparison, but there is a touch of Margaret Kilgallen in some of her pieces {who happens to be one of my most favorite artists of all time.} Here are a few words from Emily’s site about why she paints what she paints:

“Having been raised in the outskirts of Los Angeles, she was heavily influenced by the over-the-top yet seedy aesthetic of the American West, and often highlights signage, architecture and the iconic style of the region in her paintings. She applies a graphic style that is familiar and nostalgic to these settings, incorporating imagery that is mundane and often low brow, to contrast these grandiose scenes with everyday life.”

… and so  you can see the ‘grandiose’ scale of some of her work:

*This image is from a show at Mighty Box Gallery, SF





shawna gilmore

shawnagilmore

Ahhh, such a pretty game of hide & seek. These paintings {acrylic on cradled wood panel} are the work of American artist Shawna Gilmore from her series, “Chameleon”. I’ve never been much of a wallflower, but I’m suddenly inspired to give it a try!

{These paintings are exclusively available at Gallery 360 in Minneapolis}