nicci sevier-vuyk

Ok, well now I want to eat stacks of Licorice Allsorts alllllll day long. These sweet paintings are from a series, titled “Totems”by Texas based artist Nicci Sevier-Vuyk. Why so many piles of pastel-hued candy?

“Little stacks of fun. Or are they small comments about our culture…?”

I’ll leave you to ponder that… while I go eat candy. Happy Monday.

annie kevans

Gasp! Just when I thought I couldn’t love the work of UK based painter Annie Kevans any more than I already do, I discovered this recent series titled “Drag”. Gorgeous paintings of {in this order above} Andy Warhol, Robert Mapplethorpe, Grayson Perry, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Marcel Duchamp as ‘Rrose Selavy’, and Andy again. The paintings are lovely, but her reason for the series … perfection:

“Both ‘The History of Art’ and ‘Drag’ series examine gender inequality in the art world. ‘The History of Art’ features women in art history who were once acclaimed in the art world – some were even international celebrities – and whose history and significance have been gradually eroded so they are ultimately forgotten to a modern audience. 

In the ‘Drag’ series, Kevans reveals male art stars comfortably posing as women but confident that their achievements will not be forgotten.  Artists such as Francis Bacon, Marcel Duchamp, Andy Warhol, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Robert Mapplethorpe and Cecil Beaton all photographed themselves in drag but the question remains: would these artists continue to be so revered had they been born women?”

Excellent question. And on the same topic, I could not be more thrilled that Annie’s story and work is featured in my new book, “A BIG IMPORTANT ART BOOK – Now With Women”. The book will be on shelves this October, but you can pre-order it right this very minute. Thank you!

lauren mycroft

Exhale. This is the dreamy/washy work of Canadian painter {and mother, clearly}Lauren Mycroft. Through pouring, staining, and mark-making Lauren makes these lovely worlds come alive. Here is a little snippet from her site that explains her hows and whys:

“Using a contemporary palette and methodical layering technique, Mycroft creates process-driven artwork that feels both fresh and familiar. The compositions are created freely and intuitively, learned through years of practice and formal art training. Inspired by memory of place, Mycroft reflects on our emotional attachment and not specific locales. Through her unique palette and fields of stains, Mycroft offers the viewer a sense of nostalgia and elicits a personal response based on their own experiences with the landscape.”

Yep, I’m definitely getting flashbacks of life on the West Coast. Love.

ps. I just discovered Lauren’s work last week. How? She’s in my new Thrive Mastermind group! Seriously, talent is spilling out of this crew. BTW, Thrive is already half full for their September 2018 sign up, and the next intake isn’t until Spring 2019… so if you’ve been thinking about it, now might be the time. Give them a shout if you have any questions about the ins and outs.

matthew quick

I want to kiss these oil paintings too! This is the work of Australian artist Matthew Quick, from his series titled Monumental Nobodies”. I love all of them, and had to stop myself from posting the entire series. That said, the first piece in this post, titled “The Last Lap” comes with an artist statement that is, well, fantastic!

“There are lots of women in the great art galleries of the world. Just not many women artists. In 2012 about 62% of art and design students in the UK were female. But an audit of London galleries found that just 31% presented work by women. The Tate purchased only 21% of the works from living females artists, while in LA and New York galleries the number was 32.3%.  In an age where gender equality is legislated, it still seems the way for a majority of women to get into galleries is to be featured in the work. Often sans clothes. But surely this life preserver keeping the old ideology afloat is an anachronism. Eileen Cooper (the first woman appointed Keeper of the Royal Academy) says the art schools graduates of both genders are as strong as each other. With both quality and numbers, the institutions must surely collect and promote female talent. And yes, the irony that this painting featuring a naked woman was made by a man is not lost to the artist. Does this diminish the issue or lessen the voice?”

Nope! As for the full series, Matthew’s statement is just as eloquent :

“By replacing their crowns and thrones with ordinary objects, the aura of emperors and gods are demoted to powerless nobodies. Through ridicule I play with their initial grand goals, querying their motivations and questioning the orthodoxy of accepted history. And in doing so I reference themes such as individual freedom, social control, surveillance and the deceit of rulers who intentionally fail to act as they speak.”

{found via Booooooom}

briana corr scott

Ahhhh, yes. These lovely still life paintings make me want to take a deep breath, relax my always tight shoulders, and stop for a moment to truly notice simple, everyday beauty. Given the news we’re being bombarded with each and every day, these quiet paintings – by American-born, Nova Scotia based painter Briana Corr Scott – are a very welcome change of pace.

daniel mercadante

Oooh, well hello “Rainbow Road”! These are just a few of my favorite pieces in this series by American artist Daniel Mercadante. He and his wife Katrina are filmmakers, and run “The Mercadentes” together, but these rainbow roads are Daniel’s still photography work. Well, kinda still…

“Using long exposure photography and a  custom built lighting rig covered in colored gels, the process of creating the images is surprisingly simple: the roads are created by Daniel running around with the lighting rig. No other post-production manipulation occurs, other than basic color and exposure balancing.”

Running around making rainbow roads in the woods? Hell, YES!

{I discovered Daniel’s work, and the quote above, via Colossal.}

barbara hoogeweegen

Found images, portraits, women … these are a few of my favorite things! Lucky for me, Dutch painter Barbara Hoogeweegen combined all three in this series, titled “Incandescent (Gorgeous)”:

“In this series, Barbara Hoogeweegen works from found photographs of women. She aims to impact the viewer with visceral emotion and the incandescence emanating from the female psyche. The work also celebrates strength, beauty and diversity.”

Gorgeous, indeed.

{via Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London & New York}

judit just … aka jujujust

Cozy abstract art! This is the wonderful woven work of Judit Just, an artist based in North Carolina, but you might know her as jujujust. Honestly, I thought I’d written about her before, and I’m a little stunned that I haven’t… clearly this is right up my alley! Her color choices, layers, textures … how does she do all of this with plain old yarn? Love, love, love ♥

{Her gorgeous custom work is available via her online shop.}

monica kim garza

Real Ass Women, indeed! A bit Gauguin-ish … if his subjects chest bumped, slam dunked, and wore high heels to pump iron. These fantastic paintings are the work of Atlanta based artist Monica Kim Garza. I just read an interview with her on Juxatapoz – this is just a small snippet, but I thought it was kinda perfect:

People often see your work as a political, body-positive activist statement. How do you feel about that?
It is what it is, and it ain’t what it ain’t. I’m a pretty chill person, and my work, for me, is inspired by life, not conceptual ideas relating to movements. But art should be free for interpretation, so that’s what it is. 

Chest bump.

dominic joyce

Whoa. These geometric paintings – yes, paintings – are the precise work of UK based artist Dominic Joyce. My high school math teacher told me I’d need math even if I became an artist … maybe this is what he was talking about?! Gorgeous.

{His work is available via Saatchi Art}