medium /// painting

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

“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


zoe hawk

Girlhood, unleashed. This is the work {oil paint on aluminum} of American artist Zoe Hawk. My first guess – Zoe attended an all girls school, and didn’t enjoy it, but I can’t find any proof of that. I did, however, find this quote from an interview she did which beautifully explains why she does what she does:

“My work delves into the world of adolescence, depicting girls and young women within carefully constructed scenes: at school, in the home, or out in nature. Themes of gendered socialization, anxiety, group dynamics, and performance are tackled within scenes of girlhood play and interactions, often stylistically referencing children’s storybook illustrations.

The narratives described in the paintings are meant to be sweet and somewhat familiar to the viewer, yet upon closer inspection they take a mysterious or unsettling turn. Sometimes conveying innocence and curiosity, other times confronting violence and fear, my work investigates the complex experience of coming of age. The costumes, colorful dresses, mournful funeral attire, and matching uniforms signify various modes of feminine identity, and set the stage for the girls’ interactions. Somewhere between childhood and adulthood—between fairytales and the dark realities of womanhood—these characters develop an intricate play of yearning, contention, camaraderie, and mischief, as they navigate their social and physical environments.” (quote via Art Maze Mag)

marc dennis

Gasp! Absolutely stunning oil paintings, overflowing with flora and fauna. This is the work of  Brooklyn based painter Marc Dennis, who creates “alternate reality rich with hype, narrative and humor where art, history, nature and pop culture intersect.” I included the close-ups so you could see the gorgeous detail in each of these large-scale beauties, BUT, if you happen to be in New York all of these paintings will be hanging in a fabulous group show at a new gallery that opens on February 2:

“FACTION Art Projects presents their inaugural exhibition, “All That You Have Is Your Soul”, a group show of 17 artists, all of whom are tied together by their responses to building identity within a foreign land. The exhibition uses the link of heritage between the artists to present artworks that celebrate difference in identity.”

Go!  ps. FACTION is a new flexible collective, from the team behind the hugely successful Gallery 8 and Coates & Scarry in London, who in this, their foray into the US, are adapting a unique model for artists and gallerists to work together. It sounds fantastic! 

amelia millard

Yep. Paintings. Acrylic and airbrush on canvas to be exact. This is the work of Australian painter Amelia Millard. So dreamy … like a layer of white gauze covering each canvas. Happy Monday.

{via Saatchi Art}

jared small

Gorgeous … but lonely. This is the work of American artist Jared Small. All of these dark ‘n stormy oil paintings are part of his latest show, titled ‘Dimension’. If you happen to be in or near Memphis. you can see this work and meet Jared… tomorrow, Saturday January 20th at 11am, Jared will be doing a talk at the  David Lusk Gallery in Memphis {97 Tillman St.}. Pop by if you can!

ps. The show runs until February 3rd.

sonia pulido

Oh, the work of Barcelona based artist and illustrator Sonia Pulido. Love. I’ve written about Sonia’s ceramics before, and so today my plan was to focus on her 2D work… but then a bunch of porcelain bird ladies got in there! I couldn’t help myself, they’re just too good.

karine léger

Annnnnnd exhale. These gorgeous mixed media paintings are the work of Montreal based artist Karine Léger. Pebbles in a river, ocean shells, the night sky… or maybe just a little bit of all of that. Here is a description of the way Karine works:

“In the studio, bits of torn and cut-up paper and photographs form a growing stack on the work table. Individual pieces from the pile will be meticulously selected for color, texture and shape, to be arranged and rearranged, assembled and reassembled, in a quest for the right balance.This slow, deliberate, creative process is how Karine builds the foundation of her next work. Nothing is rushed, nothing is forced. She stops only when that balance has been achieved.”


ps. Her work is available via Lanoue Fine Art, Boston and Simon Breitbard Fine Art, San Francisco.

peter adamyan

Gorgeous, cheeky, and absolutely making a point. These hexagonal pieces are the work of California based artist Peter Adamyan, and this is why he does what he does:

“Post Consumerism imagines a world where humanity has returned to a way of life closer to the land. In this world people hunt and gather their food and cultures are based around the brands we worship in our own time. In this work I try to explore our replacement of cultural identity with brand identity and humanity’s disconnection with the natural world.”

Chills… which may have also been brought on by the final image above. Shudder.

janna watson

Oh my word. This is the dreamy abstract work of Toronto based painter Janna Watson, and if you happen to be in Vancouver, you can see it in person. Her new show, titled “Light is Heavy” opens this weekend at Bau-Xi Gallery in Vancouver. The opening reception is on Saturday January 13th from 2-4pm… go if you can! I’ve been lucky enough to stand in front of Janna’s large-scale beauties, and they are absolutely breathtaking.

ps. Show runs until January 27th