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.
Rebecca Appleby – http://www.RebeccaAppleby.co.uk
More here, here, and on Twitter as well.
* all images taken from RebeccaAppleby.co.uk
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!
Angela Smith – www.AngelaSmithArt.com
See more images here
And catch up with her on Twitter
* all images take from AngelaSmithArt.com
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.
Alberto Bustos – www.bustosescultura.es
And on Twitter here
* all images taken from bustosescultura.es
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.
Andrew Bird – http://www.ABirdArt.co.uk
More images here
*all images taken from abirdart.co.uk
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.
Neil Canning – www.neilcanning.com
Lots of write-ups of this artist along with more commentary on the St. Ives school on his website.
Love the bold colors and sharp angles of his work – nothing timid here! The sense of depth that the panels of slightly different colors create is really cool.
David Slonim – DavidMichaelSlonim.com
His twitter feed is a good one – almost entirely his own art.
Also check out this write-up on artfoodhome.com
all images from DavidMichaelSlonim.com
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.
Suzanne Caporael – SuzanneCaporael.com
See lots more of her work here and here.
Stone Ridge, NY
*all images taken from SuzanneCaporael.com
Pauline Hughes – PaulineHughesCeramics.com
And check out her Twitter feed – one of my absolute favorites – where she shares her creative process as well as her Pinterest page for tons more images and inspiration.
*all images from paulinehughesceramics.com
Another of his works – “Killing Time” – can be seen here.
An interview with the Australian-born Swallow can be read here, where he also mentions his line of luggage/backpacks Altadena Works (artists creating home goods – a man after my own heart!).
Ricky Swallow – www.rickyswallow.com
Los Angeles, CA