medium /// painting




kimberly brooks

I’ll be honest… it was those opulent gold frames and the illuminated silver doorways that pulled me into the world of LA based artist Kimberly Brooks. All of these pieces, and many more, are currently hanging at Zevitas Marcus in Los Angeles {until October 28th, 2017} in a solo show, titled “Brazen”.  Why brazen you ask? Here is a small passage from an interview she did with ArtScene that explains it beautifully:

… Using the word “Brazen” as a  mantra to free her paint brush to wander where it would, allowing the paintings to find new shapes, feelings and themes, the artist set to work. This rather extensive exhibition of large and small works attests to the fact that she met, if not exceeded her goal. It’s not that the figure and the landscape subjects of earlier paintings have vanished, far from it. Rather Brooks this time coaxes forth their visual DNA in a different manner. ~ Andy Brumer, ArtScene Review

“Free her paint brush to wander where it would” …. oh, YES!





“nothing in nature clashes”

“The outdoors spills through a window or door, location or setting. Pots and plants teeter on the edge of a table whilst trees grow convincingly from rooftops and pillars are cut off abruptly, hovering slightly above ground level. The interiors are minimally furnished with large glass open spaces, leaving it exposed to the vulnerability of the outside world that encroaches upon us. The landscape has no boundaries; we are unable to control and confine it, forcing the inside out and the outside in.” ~ Charlotte Keates, Artist Statement

Ah, I love that artist statement. I also love the insightful words of the grandmother of today’s guest… ‘Nothing in nature clashes.’ Sigh. Grandmas are so smart. London based artist Charlotte Keates and I are talking all about architecture, nature, epic trips in small vans, and even an up close and personal mama bear sighting. Oh boy. You can listen to our chat right up there under Charlotte in her studio, or you can subscribe on iTunes.

First up, these are the architectural “cut-aways” that I brought up right out of the gate, because yes, I totally want to live in one of her paintings:

Ahhhh! So beautiful. And can you see why I asked her if these pieces are mixed media or paintings… doesn’t her chalky underlay look like marbled paper or something? Those dreamy backgrounds are also an excellent example of how wonderful “happy art accidents” can be!

These next few images cover a bunch of things we talked about – she has started working on dark backgrounds lately, not just the light wood she normally uses as her starting place; her love of Palm Springs and the Florida Keys; and of course, the epic North American road trip she went on last year. Here’s a peek:

Palm Springs influence? Um, yep! And, clearly, the Canadian in me had to show some of her Canada-inspired pieces, including the boat house in Banff and the cosmic ray station…

Oooh, I can almost smell the fresh mountain air! So, if you’re going to do a crazy amazing, super scenic trip across North America, it’s a very good idea to travel with your professional photographer boyfriend, Ian Froome, who will capture some very lovely moments along the way:

Gorgeous! Charlotte drawing in their van {before it died}, and Charlotte standing on the edge of a cliff that you could not PAY me to stand on. I wonder if this was moments before the mama bear showed up!? Thank you so much to Charlotte for taking time from her very busy schedule to chat with me; thanks to Saatchi Art for continuing to support me and this podcast; and big high-fives to you for listening! There will be more art for your ear next weekend.

Other links:

  1. Charlotte on Instagram
  2. Golden Acrylics
  3. Arusha Gallery, Edinburgh
  4. London Art Fair 2018
  5. Ian Froome, Photographer / Boyfriend
  6. US & Canada… VOTE FOR ME! Bombay Artisan Series

 





elaine jones

Oh. My. I would love to spend a week or two vacationing in these abstract landscapes by UK based painter Elaine Jones. Not only is Elaine’s work beautiful, but so is both her inspiration and her process…

Inspiration: Elaine’s paintings embrace nature and through travel to remote, often uninhabited places she transports her viewer to wild and extreme climates. Organic shapes often provide a starting point to her work, the essence of which often focuses on the ethereal and the serene. Elaine often visits expanses that are devoid of humans, where expeditions to the glaciers of the Arctic and the rain and cloud forests of Costa Rica provide diverse contrast and subject matter.

Process: Paintings evolve a little bit like nature itself, structures are formed and then repeatedly broken down, changed, obliterated and then rebuilt. Paintings metamorphosis from layers of paint poured, scratched, brushed, pushed and rubbed out across the surface of the painting. Each painting takes on many forms until it meets its final resting place, a harmonious balance of chaos and order, serenity and movement, contrast and unity, space and colour.

Sigh.

ps. You can find more of her work via her gallery, First Contemporary in Bristol UK





ruth shively

Love love love … these are the latest, Japan-inspired, paintings of Portland based artist Ruth Shively. I popped over to her site to see if I could find more, and I did! Granted, she had sent me a link to her paintings {which I love}, but oh my goodness… her drawings. I’ve written about them before, but I hadn’t seen these pieces. Obviously I had to show you:

Gorgeous.





june glasson

Deep blue denim and a lot of fire power! This is the gorgeous, “American West” inspired, work of Wyoming based artist June Glasson. These gouache & pencil pieces can be seen right now at Kenise Barnes Fine Art in New York. Here is their description of her work:

In her multidisciplinary practice of drawing, painting, and installation art, Glasson explores and questions iconic “Western” imagery. Depicting women juxtaposed with buffalo, beaver pelts or pistols, for example, sets up a visual investigation into dominant narratives about the region and narratives that often ignore its complicated and violent history. Glasson’s figurative work depicts semi-realistic representations of the women in her life, a personalized way of expressing concern for the treatment of the female figure in art and popular culture while challenging historic and contemporary notions of gender roles.

From the artist’s statement: “Through drawing, painting, and installation, my work often deploys iconic “western” imagery — buffalo, weaponry, truck nutz, etc. — to investigate dominant narratives about the region, narratives that often ignore its complicated and violent history.”

ps. This gorgeous show will run until October 28th, 2017.





“showers and shamanism”

Hello! Here we are… September and Season No.2 of ART FOR YOUR EAR! I couldn’t think of a better way to kick things off than with the ghostly dresses, strange animals, delicate faces of the incredibly talented German born, Seattle based artist Anne Siems! I was so excited to finally talk to her, and thrilled to have another excuse to post a bunch of her stunning paintings. You can listen to our conversation right up there under “Squirrel Boy” {whom I love more than I can explain}, or you can subscribe on iTunes.

First up, the strange and beautiful work of Anne’s that I first fell in love with a few years back:

Oh, those translucent clothes! They give me chills. Her work has evolved away from this slightly, but I had to include them. LOVE.

Next, antlers and animals… this was Anne’s first venture into the subject of Shamanism {she felt it might have been a bit literal, but I still love them very, very, very much!} :

See? Amazing. This is where her work is heading now… more mystical, less literal, always beautiful:

That closeup. I mean, come on!

And for her most recent work, which will be showing at David Lusk Gallery in Nashville this November {2nd – 30th}, she seems to be merging many of her themes and images from the past few years together. Magical, mysterious, and the animals are back:

Sigh. Gorgeous.

And finally, in the first “Not-So-Speedy Speed Round” of Season No.2 I asked Anne which animal is her favorite to paint:

Rabbits. Big ones! Love, love, love {and of course, I still love you “Squirrel Boy” even though there’s no hare in sight.}

And finally, I can’t finish this post without giving you a peek into Anne’s studio. I love seeing an artist in action:

Ahhh, beautiful light and a woman filled with beautiful light! Thank you so much to Anne for being my first guest for this new season; thanks to Saatchi Art for continuing to support me and this podcast; and of course, THANK YOU for coming back for Season No.2! There will be more art for your ear next weekend.

Other links:

  1. University of the South at Sewanee
  2. David French, Sculptor
  3. Anne’s workshop info! 
  4. “Inquiry” show at David Lusk Gallery, Nashville (Nov)
  5. Memphis Show, David Lusk Gallery
  6. Fibromyalgia
  7. Anne on Instagram

 





jean smith

First, oh my word I love these portraits {acrylic on canvas panel} so, so, so much. Second, Canadian rocker turned painter Jean Smith sells these paintings on Facebook for $100 a pop. WHAT? Yes, true story. Are you wondering what you’re still doing here and why you’re not over there buying a whole bunch of these 11×14 beauties? Me too. Here you go… Jean’s Facebook page. You’re welcome.





sue williams a’court at START


Sigh… this is the latest dreamy work from London based artist Sue Williams A’Court. And yes, I included close-ups because these “portraits” are drawings. If you happen to be in London this weekend, you can see Lady Di, Rocky, Belle and Audrey starting THIS THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 14th at START Art Fair {Stand 12 BoLee Gallery} Saatchi Gallery in London, 14-17th September. Here is a description of this Rococo-ish work:

Sue Williams A’Court’s exquisitely intricate and beautiful Escape From Eden borrows details from Arcadian landscapes of historical works to create an extraordinary series of ‘portraits’. Exploring the way we subconsciously see human forms in the world around us, the muted, delicate paintings evoke Victorian photographs, yet the faces within emerge from delicately interwoven trees, paths and boulders. Playing with ideas of identity, and perception questioning reality, the portraits are landscapes of our own imagination, a state of mind rather than a specific location. Hovering ambiguously between our inner and outer worlds, their mesmerizing, miniature scale invites viewers to lose themselves in an intimate, contemplative reverie in which we no longer feel wholly separate from what we observe.

Lovely. For ticket info etc, visit the START site.





shaun downey

Sigh. This is the absolutely exquisite work of Canadian painter Shaun Downey. I’ve written about him before, and I’ll do it again. Shaun’s oil paintings take my breath away … his color choices, those lovely everyday settings, and don’t get me started on those mirrored portraits. Beautiful. {Also, I need a rose for my hair now.}





fidencio fifield-perez


Paper, maps, paint and pins all living together as a delicate, intricate, important narrative. This is the gorgeous, mind-boggling work of Fidencio Fifield-Perez. He was born in Mexico and grew up in the USA. After graduating from art school, he has focused on creating these beautiful, intricate, paper-cutting mixed media pieces. How do I know this? Well, I got an amazing email from a woman that runs the galleries and visiting artist lecture program at his alma mater. She wanted to make sure people knew about Fidencio’s work, and his very important/timely story:

“… Last semester I hosted an exhibit of paintings and cut paper installations made by one of our alumni, Fidencio Fifield-Perez. Fidencio is a DACA recipient, and has spent his life as an artist advocating for fellow undocumented residents and making gorgeous, pointed artworks about his experience living undocumented in the United States  …  Some of his most poignant works are made from appropriated, painted maps. He cuts away the “real” things the map represents- land, water, cities, people- and leaves the imagined, the drawn- roads, latitudes, boarders. Is this mud? A field to be harvested? A body of water to be crossed? Fence, net, or viscera? Every piece is meticulously cut and pinned to the wall with red map pins.”

Beautiful. The world needs more artists like Fidencio, and more people who send this kind of email.