medium /// painting




jonathan crowther

Flowers and some very odd vases… glue lids, drink spouts, and of course, a soy sauce fish! These are the wonderful paintings {oil on canvas} of Melbourne based painter Jonathan Crowther. I love everything about these – the realism of the flowers, the fact that those flowers are poking out of glue lids, and the flat/colorful abstract backgrounds. Gorgeous. ps. Jonathan has a new show, featuring a different body of work, that just opened today in Sydney {which I guess would be yesterday there?} at Palmer Art Projects. It runs until June 24th, 2017.

And, because seeing scale {and the artist!} is always fun:





victoria reichelt

Oil paintings. What!? Yes. This is the very analog work of Australian artist Victoria Reichelt, and all of these pieces are part of her latest show, titled Precipice,  that opens on June 1st at This Is No Fantasy Gallery in Melbourne {runs until June 24th}. Why hundreds of little stickers and tiny erasers you ask? Well that takes us back to the whole analog thing …

“For this exhibition Reichelt takes ordinary objects and office stationary, strips them of their context and presents them in a fresh tableaux. These items, which were at one time essential to rational organization and workplace efficiencies, are facing redundancy as we turn our backs more and more on the analogue, in favor of the digital.”

Go if you can! In person. Not online ; )





sketchbook project, brooklyn art library

Oh, I am so doing this. In fact, my little sketchbook for the Sketchbook Project just arrived in the mail from the Brooklyn Art Library yesterday! Wanna do it too? Yes! We just missed the 2017 cut off, but I’m all in for 2018. Here are the ins and outs of this very cool project (est. 2006):

A GLOBAL ART PROJECT

Submit your work to the world’s largest collection of sketchbooks where it will reside in Brooklyn Art Library’s permanent collection, travel to exhibitions across the country and become part of a massive worldwide community of creative people. Anyone – from anywhere in the world – can be a part of the project. To participate and receive a sketchbook {from $30} which will become part of Brooklyn Art Library and our traveling exhibitions, sign up here.

Sign up by: January 5th, 2018
Postmark by: March 31st, 2018
Exhibition starts: June, 2018 
2018 THEMES : UNDERWATER / THIS IS NOT WHAT IT SEEMS / TEXTURES / LINES AND GRAPHICS / LONG STORIES WITH SHORT ENDINGS / A COMIC BOOK ENDING / NO WORRIES / TACOS / CONNECTIONS / PEOPLE I WISH I KNEW 
I chose, “long stories with short endings” – granted all of these are just starting places, but that one spoke to me. Wish me luck, and please come along for the ride if you’d like to! Happy Friday.
*example sketchbooks above by James Oliver and Nuria Riaza.




“see you through it”

Sigh … spray paint never looked so sweet. I am beyond thrilled to have American artist Mando Marie as my guest for the final episode of AFYE Season One, and I have to say, it’s feeling very ‘full circle’ for me. One of the first artists I ever wrote about was a woman named Amanda Marie. ‘Obsessed with her work’ might have been an understatement at the time. Anyway, we emailed back and forth all those years ago but somewhere along the way I lost track of her. Her url had changed and I couldn’t find her work, until a few weeks ago when I got a PR email from her gallery in Amsterdam. My heart skipped a beat and I immediately emailed to see if she’d be my 100th guest. Spoiler alert : she said yes! She now goes by the name Mando Marie, so that was the first question I asked. You can listen right up there under those floating/falling girls, or you can subscribe on iTunes.

First things first, some of her older work that I was in love with back in the day. Please note the brilliant use of animal heads on children:

Gah. Amazing. Slightly soul-crushing for me at the time, but inspiring none the less … you’ll have to listen to know what I’m referring to!

Mando’s animal head days are mostly behind her, except for the odd wolf that shows up here and there:

Oh, I’m so glad they’re not totally gone… I still love them!

Next, a very important element. Rainbows:

Ah yes… pastel-hued rainbows created with spray paint. So dreamy {and her 8 year old daughter approves}.

This might be my favorite thing about Mando’s current work … her murals ie. strange / sweet street art. Here are just a few of the many in her portfolio, and a few shots of Mando in action:

The ghosts. Seriously, I could not love them more.

These images cover a couple of things we talked about … sparkles and sewing patterns:

I said ‘sigh’ already, right?

And finally, the golden walls of Spain… one of Mando’s favorite places to paint:

I would love to wander past one of her works, well, anywhere in the world {Japan one day, perhaps!}. Thank you so much to Amanda Mando for being my 100th guest! It was so surreal to finally talk to her and I loved every second! Thanks as always to Saatchi Art for supporting the episode, AND this entire season… all 100 episodes! Now, don’t worry, just because Season One is over, that doesn’t mean there won’t be Art For Your Ear… because Art For Your Ear SUMMER CAMP starts next weekend! Get your art supplies and s’mores ready!

Other links:

  1. Original posts I wrote about “Amanda Marie”
  2. Andenken Gallery, Amsterdam
  3. The Marcy Project, New York
  4. Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design
  5. Bunnie Reiss episode
  6. Cave Gallery, Venice Beach

 





oriana (kacicek) ingber

Ok, if we’re going to take our relationship any further, you should know that I love my birthday. Like, LOVE it. Obviously these dreamy, delicious, perfectly painted paintings {oil on panel!?} by American artist Oriana (Kacicek) Ingber are a wonderful way to celebrate. I am in awe of her realism, her color choices, and her sweet subjects. I’m also very hungry. Scroll back up and look at that ice cream cone? Those donuts? PAINTINGS?! Happy Friday to all of you … I’m off to do a little Birthday / Mother’s Day indulging!





terry thompson

Paintings. What?! This is the work {oil on canvas} of San Francisco based artist Terry Thompson. I am a sucker for old signs, and these beauties are no exception! Here’s why he does what he does:

“For more than a decade, I have focused primarily on paintings of old neon signs that have somehow avoided the wrecking ball—signs that have lived. I see these signs as historically and emotionally charged metaphors for unrelenting time. In these paintings I strive to reveal the hidden beauty of these banal, rusty relics, by rendering them in oil paint.”

Revealing the hidden beauty… check!





kirsten beets

Mermaids and unicorns + oil paint on paper … I could not be more in love with the work of South African artist Kirsten Beets. Simple shapes, gorgeous white space, and oh, those lovely little beach-goers! They look like collages, no? I was totally smitten the moment I saw those beautifully painted turquoise shapes, but yes, the unicorn floaties sealed the deal. Happy Friday!

{Be sure to check out her Instagram feed too}





martine johanna

Electric palettes, beautifully painted faces, and oh, that key line kitty! This is the latest body of work from Amsterdam based artist Martine Johanna. All of these acrylic paintings, are from her latest solo show, titled “SOMETHING’S WRONG”. It opens tomorrow night, Thursday May 4th, in New York at Massey Lyuben Gallery.  The opening reception is from 6-8pm, but if you can’t make it to the party, the show will be up until June 10th… but I’d vote for going to the party!  RSVP :  info@masseylyuben.com





marina dunbar

Oooh, juicy! I just wrote about Belarus-born, US-based artist Marina Dunbar’“Horizon” series a few months ago, but earlier this week she sent me an update … those horizons have now found themselves on wooden circles! I love the rectangles but, I have to say, these circular pieces truly flow! Layers of multicolored resin overlapping to create ocean-like depth… dreamy.





“m is for mysterious”

Magical forests, triangle mountains, Sasquatches, small towns, a question about beaver tails, AND a fellow Canadian … painter Meghan Hildebrand is my lovely guest today. This is a description of her work that sums it up perfectly: With a unique vocabulary of symbols, she translates her northern coastal landscape into electrifying dreamscape scenarios, each image often alluding to a larger narrative. Exactly. Listen right up there under “If The Flame Rises”, or you can subscribe on iTunes.

First up, Meghan’s visual vocabulary that she calls on in all of her work. There are dots, dashes, rainbow-esque lumps, upside down Vs, and lots of pointy Ms. Take a peek:

Sigh. Love.

These are a few pieces from her latest series, titled “Fire Season”. It was the body of work she mentioned that began with a coat of light pink gesso! Gorgeous, and a really smart way of getting around the whole ‘scary white canvas’ situation:

Oh, it’s all just so beautiful! For those of you in Toronto, this is the info for her solo show of this work opening at Mayberry Fine Art on May 6. GO!

Up next, “Giants”. This is my favorite series… Sasquatches staring back at the viewer, dreamy watercolor tree bark, tiny faces hiding in the trees, and oh, all of those patterns! Seriously, just so gorgeous:

Doesn’t that just make you want to make stuff? Beautiful.

Speaking of beautiful, Meghan lives in a lovely small town on Vancouver Island overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Not a bad place to spend your days:

Ahhhh, that view. I’m kind of waiting for a bear or a Sasquatch to pop up into frame though.

And finally, I’ve always thought Meghan’s work would be perfect for a mysterious, beautiful, fantastical kids’ book… especially her whimsical watercolors. I mean, just look at these:

Right!? Someone call her about this because seriously, these could become one of those books that children remember forever … much like the three books that Meghan and I were reminiscing about – links below. Oh, and btw, I am totally reaching out to galleries in LA and Portland because this woman should be showing up and down the coast, yes? YES. {Watch out Seattle and San Francisco, you’re on my list too.}

Alright, and with that I will say thank you so much to Meghan for doing this with me,  granted I wish we’d been eating ‘Beaver Tails’ during our conversation… next time! Thanks to Saatchi Art for supporting this episode, and as always thanks to you for listening. There will be more art for your ear next weekend.

Other links:

  1. “That Night In Toronto” – the show Meghan is doing with me!
  2. Mayberry Fine Art
  3. The Tragically Hip
  4. Madrona Gallery, Victoria BC
  5. Martha Rich, Episode 1
  6. Kootney School of the Arts, Nelson BC
  7. NSCAD
  8. “Norbert Nipkin” / “The Rainbow Goblins” / “Swimmy”
  9. Beaver Tails!