Get To Know – Rebecca Appleby

I really enjoy looking at Rebecca Appleby’s paintings, ceramics, and other sculpture.  I love the shapes and forms which makes me think of the kind of industrial “junk” I used to see in my dad’s metalshop.  I love the color palette – some of her paintings remind me of the inside of a dumpster (in a good way, in the way that years of abuse and rust and all kinds of stains make a design that is quite beautiful).  Really cool stuff all around.

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Rebecca Appleby – http://www.RebeccaAppleby.co.uk

More here, here, and on Twitter as well.

Leeds, UK

* all images taken from RebeccaAppleby.co.uk

Get To Know – Angela Smith

In general I tend to prefer abstract art over more figurative stuff.  I find that the combination color and line and shape can be incredibly powerful without needing to depict any thing in particular.  Angela Smith’s work combines the best of both worlds.  She tends to give her viewers a subject – human, animal, etc – but gets there using various methods of abstraction.  The creature-ish nature of her work is beautifully offset by the brightness and even cheerfulness of her color palette.  There is a whimsy and a mystery to her subjects.  And beyond that, the abstract techniques she uses to create her figures lends an additional meaning to those figures…  faces that have contrasting colors running throughout them, dismorphic bodies with eyes or other features made up of negative spaces, etc.  Really interesting stuff!

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Angela Smith – www.AngelaSmithArt.com

See more images here

And catch up with her on Twitter

UK

* all images take from AngelaSmithArt.com

Get To Know – Alberto Bustos

I’m pretty comfortable with 2-dimensional art.  I have spent a fair amount of time studying art history, and I’ve done a fair amount of drawing and painting and 2-d mixed media.  I know what I like – I know what elements of a 2-d piece draw me in.

I don’t have much experience with sculpture.  The work of Alberto Bustos, however, really resonates with me.  Putting aside for a moment the incredible construction of these pieces – and there are tons of awesome workshop/process photos on his website –  there is so much to like.  The colors are fantastic.  There is a sense of direction and movement, hard and soft…  I love it all.

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Alberto Bustos – www.bustosescultura.es

And on Twitter here

Valladolid, Spain

* all images taken from bustosescultura.es

Get To Know – Andrew Bird

As an artist myself I often experiment with combining “tube colors” (straight from the tube, unmixed) with colors that I mix myself.  In general the more I mix colors together, the less intense they become.  This leads to some interesting variety of value, can create depth, etc (well, when done by a skilled painter it can work that way…  when I do it, I meet with mixed results).

Andrew Bird’s paintings are the kind of thing I’m aspiring to.  He has tremendous variety of color value, spacing, depth, perspective, and when I look at his work I can’t help but think of what colors of paint he started with.  Add to this the effects he gets by layering colors and then sometimes removing top layers to expose color underneath.  Great stuff.

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Andrew Bird – http://www.ABirdArt.co.uk

More images here

Derbyshire, UK

*all images taken from abirdart.co.uk

Get To Know – Neil Canning

Scouring Twitter and Pinterest for art has led me to a whole host of UK artists who feature varying levels of abstraction and whose work often draws inspiration from coastal landscapes.  Many live and work in Cornwall, which led me to learn a bit about the St. Ives school of art – a group of artists exploring the abstract and then avant-garde over the past almost 100 years.  Neil Canning is another Cornwall artist carrying on this tradition.  I love the use of hyper-bright colors and bold non-figurative shapes that still conjure up images of the seaside.

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Neil Canning – www.neilcanning.com

Lots of write-ups of this artist along with more commentary on the St. Ives school on his website.

Cornwall, UK

*all images from http://www.neilcanning.com

Get To Know – Kerry Harding

I find Kerry Harding’s work hard to describe (though easy to enjoy).  She frequently uses a blurring technique that forces us to see her subjects more as shapes and colors instead of “things”.  But there’s so much more than that…  There’s a mysterious quality to many of her pieces, and I often get the sense that I’m viewing the same subject at multiple points in time.  Her color palette reminds me of photographs that have been left out in the sun – or maybe Polaroids where the chemicals have leaked/run a bit – and this in turn gives me a sense of nostalgia.  Really interesting stuff and enjoyable to look at time and time again.

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Kerry Harding – www.kerryharding.co.uk

You can see more of her work here and here and she’s on Twitter as well.

Cornwall, UK

* all images from http://www.kerryharding.co.uk

Get To Know – Suzanne Caporael

I love the ethereal feel of these works by Suzanne Caporael.  They seem abstract but I find the shapes and lines feel very familiar (so perhaps not so abstract after all).  I love how she relies on strong lines and shapes, whose intersection and juxtaposition really grab your attention.

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Suzanne Caporael – SuzanneCaporael.com

See lots more of her work here and here.

Stone Ridge, NY

*all images taken from SuzanneCaporael.com