guest curation /// saatchi art

Whenever I don’t have a post lined up for the next morning, I pop over to Saatchi Art and search for “portraits”… I am never ever disappointed! So when Saatchi reached out and asked if I’d be interested in curating a selection of work, I said Um, YES! They asked me to pick 10 ~ 20 pieces in any theme that interested me. Yeah, you guessed it, I went with all portraits all the time! Here’s my curatorial statement:

Oh, portraits. There are two main reasons why I love them so much. One: I am always in awe of how such a familiar, every day subject (a person!) can be handled so differently depending on the artist. Washy and mysterious. Unbelievably realistic. Partially complete, allowing your mind to fill in the rest. And two: Um… it’s hard! To capture the likeness of a person in a few brushstrokes or pencil lines? Yes sir, that’s tricky, and I admire anyone that can do it… like these fourteen artists, for example:

This is when you pop over to Saatchi to see the entire collection! I hope you love it as much as I loved putting it together and thanks so much to Saatchi for inviting me over. I’m so honored that you’d ask.

{Art above by: 1) Hyunju Kim  2) Christopher Stacey  3) Pawel Mendrek  4) Karoline Kroiß  5) Miguel Laino  6) An Siying}





deedee cheriel





I wrote about Deedee Cheriel and her screaming bears a few years ago, but when I was in LA last week I saw those three zebra girls at a great shop in Silver Lake called Reform School… yep, time to write a new post! Zebra girls, fish-riding birds, and bird girls in a cat fight… so, so, so much love {almost as much love as that burning tree guy and his sassy birdfriend… almost.}





yao cheng



Sigh. This has been a very busy, very crazy week and so this is exactly what I need… washy, colorful, happy and light. Ahhhh yes, the watercolor work of Ohio based artist/designer Yao Cheng… this is where I want to live for the next two days. ps. Clearly I’m going to have to make a batch of pink melty popsicles too. Happy weekend!

{via curate1k}





kelda martensen

Don’t you kinda want to peek into that motel? I do! These pieces by American artist Kelda Martensen “celebrate the isolation and function of the rural yet traveled landscape”. Yep. These scream rural landscape… and are those the northern lights I see dancing over the “Alaskan Motel”? Maybe.

{Both of these mixed media prints are part of the Artsy Forager Collection for Mantle Art. So good!}





b.a. lampman



The eyes. I just keep looking at the eyes! Does that eye belong to the girl… or the horse… or both? I don’t know! I’ll keep looking.

It was the vintage horses that got me first, followed closely by those ghostly white-lined girls. This is the beautiful/kinda weird work of Victoria, Canada based artist B.A. Lampman. I met her very briefly at my book event in Victoria at the end of May, and boy, am I glad I did! Such beautifully bizarre collages, that I cannot look away from. I need some big wooden frames from the 1960s for these ladies, and their pets, and then I’d be set!





michelle quan


Ceramic diamonds… I may have to sit down for a moment. Ok. I’m better… uh-oh, ceramic diamonds in the form of a giant garland. I’ve lost my breath again. This is the work of New York based artist/designer {originally from Vancouver} Michelle Quan.  I came across that amazing garland when I was in TOTOKAELO, an absolutely gorgeous store in Seattle. This was hanging over the inside of their front door, and I loved it immediately. And those diamonds all on their own… so fantastic! I want one for my living room. And maybe a few more for my garden. And one for my bedroom. Oh, ceramic diamonds… love.





barbara dziadosz


LOVE! This is the very pink, very botanical work of Polish artist/illustrator Barbara Dziadosz {now based in Hamburg}. Her portfolio is FULL of amazing things, all of which use this gorgeous palette… but these greenhouses and bell jars were screaming my name! “Danielle… write about us! We’re so weirdly sweet!”

{via Honestly WTF}





linda bernhard



Oooooh! Clean, perfect architectural lines sharing the page with natural, saturated hills and great big cactus… um, YES please! I absolutely love this series, titled Houses in Places, by Swiss born / UK based collage artist Linda Bernhard. Sigh. What a view!

ps. She has a new show opening on June 20th {today!} until August 29th, at St.Paul’s Centre – Worthing… if you happen to be in Worthing, West Sussex this summer!





jennifer booher


This is new {like, really new!} work by Maine based artist Jennifer Booher. I wrote about her in 2011… she’s known for collecting, sorting, and photographing bits ‘n pieces that she finds on the beach. But not today. For this work she collected, sorted, and photographed MY bits ‘n pieces! YES! Jennifer emailed me a few months ago and said she wanted to work with me on something that we could show in my GREAT.LY gallery. She wanted to break away from her usual work, and do a portrait… kinda. I immediately rushed into my studio and gathered up all of the precious little things that I’ve been hoarding for, well, decades in some cases. I packed them up and sent them off to Maine so that Jennifer could work her magic. And then she did!

Each little item in this gorgeous “portrait” means something to me… those spools of thread belonged to my great grandmother, that gold horse is from GIRL CRUSH in Portland, I bought that big B when I was in Paris years ago in honor of my grandmother, Blanche, who had just passed away. Thank you so much to Jennifer for doing this with me… the final pieces are so gorgeous, and now my weird “Danielle Collection” is documented forever! ♥

ps. If you’re interested, both of these can be found at GALLERYONE {my little online gallery that I love so much!}  Print One /// Print Two





megan herwig



Cut paper and screenprint … well I don’t know which part is paper and which part is printed, but I don’t care! I do know that I’d like to pack a tiny suitcase, and then move into one of these wacky/gorgeous houses {although I prefer to think of them as tree forts… without trees} by Pittsburgh based artist Megan Herwig. ps. Her color palettes? LOVE!

{These pieces are all part of this week’s show on Buy Some Damn Art… so get over there and buy one!}