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.”
I was delighted to receive an email by artist Eliza Frye introducing me to her work which captivated me right from the start! Her fragile, yet expressive and poetic figures draw you into their mysterious worlds. Lovely use of bold and vibrant colors and a very interesting experimentation with negative space!
As I read in her official site: “The artist has studied Character Animation at California Institute of the Arts, holds a BA in Japanese Literature from UCLA and is currently working on her MFA in Creative Writing at Calarts. She also owns Miss Scarlet in the Parlor, an art gallery in Echo Park and teaches animation at Inner-City Arts through Calarts' Community Arts Partnership.”
Don’t forget to take a look at Eliza Frye’s online shop for an inspiring collection of both prints and original art!
Jill Tovey’s artwork is undoubtedly a feast for the eyes! Bursting with energy, bold colors excellently combined with textures, creating visuals that draw you in!
The artist has been showcased in numerous media and currently lives and creates in Gloucester, UK.
The intense portraits of women created by Brian Viveros are provocative, dark and draw you in with their captivating eroticism. His manic smoking subjects appear like they survived a fierce fight, and are captured posing vaguely, arrogantly with a mysterious and fixating gaze.
A very expressive and emotive collection of visuals with a wonderful color palette and urban feel!
Make sure to check out the artist’s site for more inspiration!
When I first discovered Fred Einaudi and viewed his artwork I felt a chill going down my spine.
Juxtaposing and unexpected characters are found in surreal environments where the essence of devastation is prominent.
Einaudi’s portraits are an inspiring fusion of fears and visions, thus engage an almost futuristic character.
As the artist notes: “For me, inspiration comes from many places. Ealing Studios, French and Italian Cinema, along with music, theatre and dance.”
Check out her online shop at etsy for gorgeous prints.
“The color pink, a symbol of confidence, individuality and happiness, is present in everything he creates. Buff Monster’s creative endeavors began by putting up thousands of hand-silkscreened posters across Los Angeles and in far-away places. His frequent poster missions developed into a productive street art career, and he now works on fine art paintings, collectible toys and select design projects. He paints on wood, taking great care to create his images as flat as possible, and his work has been shown in galleries worldwide, often accompanied by large installations.”
Make sure to check out his gallery for more breathtaking images!
I quote from an interview the artist did for The Dirt Floor: “It’s hard for me, as I’m sure it is for most artists, to define my work to others, mainly because I want it to be so many things and am not sure what is translating the clearest. My intent is to be narrative, accessible, and hopefully pleasurable to look at. I definitely like to involve a lot of nolstalgic pop references, especially for the more humorous side of my work, but I also like referring to nature and man’s interaction with it. In the end my major goal is to get the viewer to be inquisitive about the painting, either to get the punchline, or make one up on their own. I can only hope that I can be interesting enough for them without being too ambiguous, but still say something without spelling it out. In the meantime, my technical skill is always improving, but has a long way to go before I’m anywhere near satisfied with it.”
"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