i felt like something a little different so this week i have a few updates from previous artists of the week...... i will not be posting next week and then after that will be going to thailand for 4 weeks, but will probably have an internet connection so should be posting from thailand, i'll let you all know if that changes though.......
so all i have left to say for 2010 is
merry christmas(or whatever you celebrate)and have afabulous new year!!!
A Vietnamese artist currently living in Toronto, Canada
Jeannie Phan makes images that draw you in and keep you looking for some time. Each one is a wonderful visual adventure that seems to have been caught during a bizarre and beautiful transition. Her work has a quiet depth and thoughtfulness that still manages crackle with energy and spirit. They feel free and alive, when I look at them I feel like my throat is getting less constricted and my heart is beginning to soar, like I'm being taken on a journey. And finally, they are graceful, which is a rare admirable quality in art, fantastic........
A Swedish artist currently living in Stockholm, Sweden
I have to admit I was losing heart trying to find this weeks artist of the week, until yesterday when, while browsing one of my favourite online magazines Juxtapoz I came across the work of Linnea Strid. To me her paintings look like the moment when the barriers go down and the pain you try to keep at arms length catches up with you. They are gorgeously fluid and wonderfully painted, you really feel the emotions that went into these paintings. The tones, the textures, the details are all so beautiful, so rich and somber. She has become one of my new painting hereos overnight and I'm very much looking forward to seeing what comes next....
main site:http://www.linneastrid.se/ flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/linneastrid/ juxtapoz interview(more info here): http://www.juxtapoz.com/Current/back-talk-linnea-strid
A Swedish/ Mexican artist who darts between both countries
Loana makes wonderful explosions each, person figure in her painting seems to be made of thousands of shards and flames of other places. Her eye for detail is perceptive and strangely subtle, even though they are so bright the mark making is calm and thoughtful. Even with its quietness her work still remains passionately alive in its placing, pallet and composition. It invites you into its movement, does anyone else feel like they're dancing when they look at them?
An American Artist working in Los Angeles, California
Tricia Anders creates ominous scenes of odd doll like creatures looking lost in obscured worlds, her work expresses that strange twilight place we all sometimes visit at times of confusion or sadness. She manages to breathe life into her characters and paintings with a marvelous skill that extends to sculpture and probably beyond into life as well. I am becoming a big fan of low brow art at the moment(I have been interested in it to some degree for several years now...), but its harder than you think to find artists within the movement that really inspire, so finding Tricia was a joy!
A Japanese artist currently living in Tokyo, Japan
I love Megumi's colours, they are gentle, inviting and friendly. Looking at her work is taking a quiet stroll or swimming in a tropical sea. It seems like each material she encounters she manages to guide around the image seamlessly and with joy, which makes them look really natural and I'm a sucker for natural born artists. I very much hope to see more from her soon..........
an irish artist currently living in amsterdam, holland
I'm really into paint at the moment and especially bright, unusual paintings with lot of light, so when i found matthew knight i also found all the elements i love housed in each painting. They feel alive, a rare quality in paintings, when you look at them they seem to shimmer and move. Each piece could hold your attention for hours as you inspect each mark and detail. They're both fun and aesthetically pleasing, which makes them wonderful.......
An American Artist from Minneapolis, United States I feel so much joy when I look at Jennifer Davis paintings, joy at the fact that they look like they have been truly loved during their creation. Each piece radiates ease, pleasure and beauty, they don't live up to some ridiculous fine art standard but instead happily exist in the lands between illustration and art, where my favourite things are made. Her style is gorgeous, I could look at her work all day long and not get tired of it, one day hopefully I will own one.
A German artist from Hamburg, Germany
Willi Hoppe is someone I found a while ago on Flickr and have been saving till the right time, his work is violent, wonderfully intuitive and skillful. I love how each mark is given reverence and how natural all the paintings are. There is no gloss or finish, just humanity, its wonderful to view..
here is an interview with Willi for those who'd like to know a little more:
A Romanian artist from Transilvania, now living in Bucharest, Romania
I found came across Saddo on Society6 where the little catchphrase on his profile is "fuck art" which tickled me because sometimes I very much feel the same way(not going to explain now though, maybe another time). Saddo is an explosion, his work is intense, gorgeous and created with obvious skill and exuberance. I love his colour pallet and his painting style, for me good graff does not allude to anything but instead just is(much the same as good art... in my opinion). Saddo just is and its wonderful.
This week we have something a little different from the usual fare- some photography. Geoffrey Agrons see's things that many of us have only imagined and captures them with grace. I'm often blown away by how frequently he posts his mind blowing images on Society 6, you would think such shots only arise occasionally but he seems to find them everywhere he goes. They are quiet, beautiful places that seem to go on as far as the eye can see, I wish I could climb into each photograph and lie down in the sand, maybe there you would find true peace of mind.
Some of Geoffreys words from his website:
"I am a radiologist and self-taught photographer drawn from the darkened reading room towards a world suffused with natural light.
My current work concentrates on the peculiar beauty of coastal southern New Jersey; its interior pine barrens, flora, and fauna; and the overlooked rural communities of the Delaware Bay. I am particularly interested in the ambiguous quality of everyday objects and structures encountered at the seaside between twilight and dawn, and the tension between the untamed wetlands and human expectations of permanence and control. I have come to think of the images as "melancholigraphs".