antoinette ferwerda

Gasp! I’d love to wander around in these pastel-hued, magical, and very hilly wonderlands from morning till night! These mixed media pieces are the work of Australian artist Antoinette Ferwerda. This is what she does…

“… [Antoinette] explores the use of colour to evoke emotion.  Patterns in nature are still her fascination.  Her design stories and themes encourage a personal, thought-provoking connection with her art.  Her compositions reflect light, capture the geometry of shape and make Australian landscapes playful and abstract.” 


chambers austelle

Weird portraits. Yep, always a favorite of mine! This is the latest body of work by American artist Chambers Austelle. I wrote about an older series of hers … also weird portraits… when one of them appeared on the cover of Fresh Paint Magazine {now Create Magazine}. I loved those weirdo women, and I love these ladies too!

françoise joris

She had me at ‘porcelain pineapple’. French ceramicist Françoise Joris makes delicate, fantastical objects that are clearly inspired by nature… and fruit (of her imagination AND pineapples) :

“My approach is free and detached from contingencies; It is the fruit of my imagination. 

The completion of a piece gives birth to the design of the next creating a network of invisible but strong links, which continuously fuels my artistic approach and guides my explorations.

So much remains to be said and done with porcelain, a primary and yet so noble material.”


clare elsaesser

When I started The Jealous Curator way back in 2009, I’m pretty sure I wrote about California based painter Clare Elsaesser every ten minutes or so. Well, just for fun I swooped past her site today, and look what I found! Her work has always been lovely, but she’s managed to evolve her work into something even lovelier! Sigh…. and now I want to dance in a meadow with those dreamy, washy women.

{All of Claire’s work, both originals and prints, can be found in her online shop.}

marie conigliaro

Well, this gives “nature-inspired” a whole new meaning! These weird and whimsical pieces are the hand-cut collages of Denver based artist Marie Conigliaro. They’re from her latest series, titled very appropriately, “Anatomical”. Wouldn’t it be amazing if that’s what was actually going on in there… well, minus the cactus. Ouch.

{Check out her shop. Marie’s prints are insanely inexpensive… so much so that I feel the need to tell her to put her prices WAY up, but I’ll mind my own business. Kinda.}

eleni pratsi

Oh my circles! Colors bleeding into each other while contained in perfect circles. This is the work of Paris based painter Eleni Pratsi. I love her work – oil and acrylic on canvas – and I love her reasons for obsessing over circles just as much:

“… Beyond doubt, the circle plays a favourable role in my paintings. Treating the circular form as if it were the unique letter of my plastic alphabet is based on a personal choice and backed up by a childhood memory: when asked by my instructor, at the age of eleven, as I took my first art lesson to draw a circle, this turned out to be perfect, to Eliza’s taste. Consciously or unconsciously I recall her overflowing enthusiasm but also my feeling so proud for having traced a circle, my first circle, a perfect circle. With this childhood experience recorded undoubtedly in my subconscious, ten years later I initiated a series of artistic studies through which I’ve been pursuing, ever since, the perfect circle.”

Mission accomplished. Happy Friday.

{via Saatchi Art}

hugo alonso

Ok, I’m a little bit scared… I think the call might be coming from inside the house! Eeeee! Luckily, nothing is going to jump out of the darkness because these are not movie stills, they’re part of a series of stunning airbrush on paper paintings. Really. These cinematic gems are the work of Spanish painter {yes, I need to reiterate that these are paintings} Hugo Alonso. Here are a few words from the Galerie Youn site about Hugo’s work:

… Alonso lets us be seduced by the uncertain, in his own words, by a “hole behind a painting that one can approach so as to peer at that which seems far off to us in a strange manner, with a disturbing familiarity”. Hugo Alonso does not just work on deconstructing the processes of accessing painting but also the logic of the cinema and its elements ‘setting, plan, set dressing’ which he reorganizes in order to show new links to fiction, to a certain extent calling up the phantasmagorical.

Disturbing familiarity. YES.

{via Galerie Youn}

jessica pisano

Loose strokes and tight detail … that combination always takes my breath away. These large-scale oil on panel “Treescapes” are the work of American painter Jessica Pisano. Wouldn’t it be nice to lie down on that washy blue ground, gazing up into those delicate treetops. Sigh. Happy Wednesday.

marsi van de heuvel

You know how much I love embroidery, right? I do. But this isn’t it. This is the work of South African artist Marsi van de Heuvel … they’re drawings. Drawings created with fineliner pens. FINELINER PENS. I can’t even begin to imagine the patience and concentration involved in creating all of these small, colorful, botanical lines. Stunning.

{via Miss Moss}

kc christmas

Art AND cake? I’m in! This is the brand new collage work of American artist/illustrator KC Christmas, and you know what, I’m just gonna say it… I get to take a tiny bit of credit {maybe 2%ish} for these hilarious, delicious, whimsical pieces. Here’s why:

“For this week’s #thejealouscurator challenge, where could I go if I had the choice? I would go to an art museum made of cake. Think about it! What sweeter way to enjoy art than with friends and some cake?” ~ KC on Instagram #afyecamp

YES! I love it when a seemingly carefree assignment leads to an entirely new body of work! And good news, she finally put some of these collages into her Etsy shop – go get yourself some artsy dessert.