Also known as ‘Nature Boy’, Ford is an artist that stands out from today’s tendencies in art. No extreme means, no hidden concepts, no shocking themes –well, at least not with a first glance. Take a note of this:
“Blending depictions of natural history with political commentary, Ford’s meticulous paintings satirize the history of colonialism and the continuing impact of slavery and other forms of political oppression on today’s social and environmental landscape. Each painting is as much a tutorial in flora and fauna as it is as a scathing indictment of the wrongs committed by nineteenth-century industrialists or, locating the work in the present, contemporary American consumer society.”
Gorgeous paintings by Beatriz Martin Vital, a talented artist from Spain. Her work is whimsical, poetic and absolutely inspiring.
With an ability to capture emotion in both the expressions and movement of her subjects, she creates visual of a higher aesthetic level that makes us daydream. I particularly love the splendid use of textures in her pieces.
Lena Wolff is a mixed media artist who creates beautiful, textured and layered images inspired mainly by the natural world.
“As an artist I'm informed by an interest in folk art, anthropomorphic fables, allegory, organic abstraction and veneration for the natural world. Working with mixed mediums on paper, I draw from philosophies of the Arts and Crafts Movement and the re-contextualization of textile traditions as much as by contemporary drawing and painting practice. Using paper-cut, collage and pinpricks on paper, I work to construct textured and layered images that appear otherworldly and fantastic.”
As the artist mentions “It is a meditative process, and there is a lot of decision-making behind each element involved. My general intent, throughout all my work, is to portray the world as a flawed thing of beauty - a place that shines brightly, but has a dark side to match”.
The artist is a full time artist located in Knoxville and as he mentions: “My work is a expression of what I sees while hiking and camping in the Appalachian Mountains. It is based on how nature develops, grows, dies, then starts again. I like to engage in a nonverbal conversation about nature with the viewer through my paintings. They make me think abstractly about the process of life.”
As the artists notes in her online bio: “I get inspired by silent creatures, faded memories of childhood, childish scribblings, monochromatic lithographies, repetitive mechanical sounds of bizarre gadgets with no apparent use, old toys, vintage illustrations from children's books and waiting for a rainbow to appear after the endless rains here in England.”
As Rachel Ann mentions: “Common themes of abstracted landscapes, innocence, loneliness, travel and flight show up many times in my paintings. And circles - I have an obsession with circles.”
"Color is fun, color is just plain gorgeous, a gourmet meal for the eye, the window of the soul." - Rachel Wolf
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2010 Art Roundup