janna watson

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Ribbon candy? Dreams? Thick paint and thin lines in so many beautiful colors whimsically applied to soft gradient backgrounds… sigh. This is the work of Toronto based artist Janna Watson. I absolutely love this description of her work, so had to include it:

“Bundles of color, made up of discrete yet inseparable instances of pigment—what Watson refers to as “moments”—are teeming and poised as though caught mid-multiplication. Sweeps of paint re-direct sharply and fold over themselves; thin, rigid ink lines cut into the pictorial field as rudimentary elements in an increasingly complex system of painterly language.”

Bundles of color… LOVE. Janna has a show at Bau-Xi Gallery in Vancouver right now, until February 25th – and then her work will be hung at Bau-Xi in Toronto, opening April 1. More info here.





yelena bryksenkova

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Ah, unicorns and flowery boots bookended by cats on fancy chairs {ps. I have that IKEA lamp in my living room … for real.} This is the charming, pattern-filled work of Russian born, New York based artist/illustrator Yelena Bryksenkova. I love how she describes her work:

“My small pen and acryla gouache paintings are inspired by my love of home and the comfort of everyday objects, as well as more magical, mysterious and melancholy themes.”

Sigh. Lovely. You can find more of her work on her site, and in her shop.

{found via Lisa Congdon on Pinterest}





miranda crooks

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Oh. My. If I could figure out how to plant a double exposure garden, I would totally do it. These beautiful botanical photographs are the work of South Africa based artist Miranda Crooks. Her portfolio has all sorts of work in it, including these wonderfully weird watercolors of – you guessed it – plants, but it was this series of double exposure plant life that took my breath away.





carolina elizabeth

carolinaelizabeth

Roses and Chanel? Yes, I’m totally smitten, and can almost smell the combination from here… ahhhh. These oil paintings are the work of Oklahoma based painter Carolina Elizabeth. Paintings you might find in an art history book, with a well placed Chanel logo to keep things fresh! Love.





bethany van rijswijk

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Oh, yes! She had me at ‘blossoms and ladies with moth heads’. Welcome to the bizarre and folk-filled work of Tasmania based collage artist/poet Bethany van Rijswijk. This description of her current show sums things up beautifully:

“Enriched by her studies in world folklore, ritual, and costume, her hand-cut collages and poems create an imagined mythology from found images and phrases. A psychedelic strain of “Eastern European granny decoupage”, her work explores the relationship of women’s folk art and poetry to the other world. Her first solo show, ‘Shapeshifter’ owes much to the scholarship of archaeologist Marija Gimbutas and chants of Maria Sabina, as craft comes to be viewed as a vehicle for glimpsing the sacred within the mundane.”

Love! “Shapeshifter”, is currently showing at PRIVATE Gallery in Moonah Tasmania until February 25, 2017. If you don’t happen to be in Tasmania, you can find Bethany’s work available to purchase on the gallery’s site… right here.  Happy Monday.





johan barrios

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Gasp! Effortlessly loose, precisely realistic … and that dreamy, ice creamy palette … oh, so beautiful. I wrote about the graphite work of Colombian artist Johan Barrios last year, but when I saw these gorgeous, large-scale oil paintings for his upcoming show in Houston, well, obviously post no.2 started writing itself! “Adormecido” will be opening at Anya Tish Gallery, Houston TX. a week from today – Friday, February 10, 6:00-8:30 pm, and will be up until March 11, 2017. Go if you can!





yigal ozeri

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THESE ARE OIL PAINTINGS. I felt the need to put that in all caps + bold so that you’d fully understand that these stunning portraits are not photographs, THEY ARE PAINTINGS by New York based Israeli artist Yigal Ozeri. How does he do it? … “Thousands of tiny brushstrokes animate his lifelike paintings, giving way to a remarkable realism, distinct beauty, and seductive power.” Yeah, you can say that again.





michelle benoit

michellebenoit

“Lucite, wood, paints and mixed media are cut, assembled, adhered and re-cut.” This is the description of this beautiful, translucent, layered, candy-hued work {that I kind of want to taste} by American artist Michelle Benoit. Quite a few of these pieces are currently part of a two-person show titled, “Dive In”, at Muriel Guepin Gallery in New York until February 11, 2017. If you go, don’t taste them. Apparently you’re not really allowed to do that kind of thing.





andrew ooi

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Now that is some very fancy folding! This is the intricate work of Toronto based artist Andrew Ooi. I was already impressed with his precise compositions, and then I found out that there’s so much more than just fancy folding going on here:

“… Ooi’s artworks are made by hand with environmentally-conscious, specialty papers. Ooi cuts the papers into strips and units; creasing the structural components afterward. He then paints each individual piece of paper with a pattern of his devising. Ooi groups, gathers, and finally folds the painted papers along select sections, which he fits into one another by interpreting Japanese joinery and origami techniques.”

Whoa.





sarah strickland

sarahstrickland

Ahhh… relaxing, gouachie goodness. This is the work of Australian artist, illustrator, and textile designer Sarah Strickland. Oh, so many lovely patterns, gorgeous botanicals, and bright pops of color living happily beside dreamy ice cream pastels. Sigh. Happy Monday.