medium /// painting

kelly puissegur


How do I get an invite to that after party? I need to be there. This is the weird ‘n hilarious work of LA based painter Kelly Puissegur. I have written about Kelly before {here and here}, but I have never seen her crazy narratives in person… but that is about to change! Kelly is one of six LA based female artists in my latest show, titled “California Girls”. It opens this Thursday night in Culver City… I’m kinda hoping there’s an after party, and I’m kinda hoping it looks like this! ps. You should totally come.

{Her work is available on Saatchi Art}

chambers austelle


Seriously. Odd portraits have been the name of the game over here lately! Well, why stop now… these paintings on panels are the work of American artist Chambers Austelle. She did a huge series of these ladies {in all of their black & white B-movie meets cartoonie beauty} for the Charleston Supported Art’s Spring 2015 share. To see the full series, please visit her site.

{seen in the latest issue of FreshPaintMagazine}

lisa wright


Historic, yet modern … beautiful, yet disturbing {I particularly love that cigarette in the final piece}. This is the work, oil on canvas, of UK based artist Lisa Wright. This description from her site says it better than I ever could, so:

The childhood adornments of bonbons, ribbons and laces may have altered considerably but what they represent has not: the growing desire to escape prepubescence and the trying on of the adult persona is inevitable. By pulling visual threads through time and fastening them to the present, these gently unsettling images pinch the viewer and connect them with a shared history.

Gently unsettling, indeed.

{Lisa has a show opening soon at Coates and Scarry , from Thursday 1st to Sunday 18th October at Gallery 8, Duke Street St James, London}

tracy kerdman


Bizarre portraits? Yep, my favorite! These are the oil paintings of New York based painter Tracy Kerdman. Her “models” are a combination of found images: “There are shops that collect vintage, black and white photographs. Sometimes I buy a bulk selection of photographs and derive my paintings from them.” Love.

{work available on Saatchi Art}

jenny parsons


Ahh, and now I want to spend my weekend running through these candy-hued, foliage covered hills… or maybe snorkeling through coral reefs! Strangely wonderful that these oil paintings could really go either way depending  how you look at them. This gorgeous work by South African painter Jenny Parsons makes me want to go outside. Right now. Here I go. Have a lovely weekend!

counting down to…


Oh, I have been dying to announce this! Earlier this year the fabulous curator at Saatchi Art, Rebecca Wilson, reached out and asked if I’d like to curate a show in LA. Um. YES! I decided on a “California Girls” theme and chose six, very talented LA based female artists. In exactly two weeks from tonight I’ll get to stand in a room, with a glass of wine in hand, surrounded by the work of these amazing women. It’s feminine, strong, and just a little bit sexy. Ok. A lot sexy. If you are in LA you should absolutely stop by! Here’s all of the info, and then a tiny peek at some of the work:

Opening reception: Thursday September 24 6~9pm / Saatchi Art at Helms Bakery District : 8745 W Washington Blvd, Culver City {RSVP  here}

Show runs: Tuesday September 22 ~ Tuesday September 29 / 10am ~ 5pm / Monday to Friday / By appointment Saturday & Sunday


So. EXCITED. See you in two weeks, LA.

{Erin Tenquist // Laurie Raskin // Stephanie Vovas // Jill Sykes // Kelly Puissegur // Ophelia Chong}

rbc canadian painting competition… a few finalists!

Oh, this annual competition is such a fantastic supporter of Canadian artists! Here’s the deal:

Since 1999, the RBC Canadian Painting Competition, with the support of the Canadian Art Foundation, has been a unique initiative, which helps bridge the gap from emerging to established artists. The RBC Canadian Painting Competition is RBC’s cornerstone RBC Emerging Artists Project property which focuses on supporting artists at the early stage of their careers. More than just financial support, this program offers mentorship, exposure to audiences and more.

So, so great … and $25,000 to the winner, $15,000 to the next two finalists, and $2,500 to the other 12 isn’t bad either! There are 15 finalists: 5 from Eastern Canada, 5 from Central Canada, and 5 from Western Canada. The winner will be announced on November 18th at the Vancouver Art Gallery… but until then, here are just a few of my personal favorites, although it was really hard to pick:

west: robert taite, mixed media



central: caroline larsen, oil painting



east: hangama amiri, mixed media


Ah, makes me proud to be Canadian… but I’m really glad that I’m not a judge {how could you decide!?} Good luck to them, and good luck to all of the finalists!

johnny abrahams


Whoa. I cannot even close to imagine having the patience to paint these. Yes, they’re paintings… acrylic on panel, by New York based painter Johnny Abrahams. I love that he creates such unbelievable, dizzying, detailed pieces, but also creates those very simple pieces … they’re like palette cleansers for my eyes before heading on to the next insanely patterned piece. Oh, and to give you a sense of scale:


{via but does it float}



Sigh. Sometimes, especially on Friday after a very long and busy week, I love to look at art like this. Ah, the soothing palette and of course the promise of scones, lattes, and general quiet for two whole days… enter the lovely work of Ontario based artist Yuliya. Yes, this is exactly what I need today.

{Prints of her work are available on Society6}

albert ruiz villar


I wrote about Spanish artist Albert Ruiz Villar, just over two years ago… his work has evolved from looser compositions into these lovely mixed media “structures”. I kind of wish I could walk around in them, from “room” to colorful “room”.

{His work is available on Saatchi Art}