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Japanese Illustration: Yamaji Naoko

Friday, August 14, 2015

This is the second post of this new series on Japanese illustrators. Today I’m featuring the work of Yamaji Naoko whose collages I featured last summer. I love these simple paintings of domestic life which were in a show called Home.

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Artist Crush: Tang Yongxiang

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Tang Yongxiang was born in Hubei Province and lives in Beijing. His emotive, “unfinished” paintings stand out in the Chinese art market where most works are either highly representational or abstract and intricate.

“His work can be called abstract in that it is not directly representational… His paintings conjure the perception of reality—for instance a profile, movements or a single object… At its most successful, Tang’s work is able to evoke the way vision itself is already abstract and ephemeral, often lacking a focal point. One takes his recent output to be as much about what he has dropped as about what is retained in these paintings through a process of selection and the embrace of absence.” – Iona Whittaker

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Artist Crush: Elizabeth Barnett

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Australian artist Elizabeth Barnett’s paintings remind us of the comfort of the simple things in home life we often overlook such as wooden chairs, braided rugs and potted plants. These interior scenes could be from fifty years ago, but they are also very modern from today’s design aesthetic. Barnett’s work has been featured in The Design Files Collect exhibition.

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Japanese Illustration: Yuko Rai

Friday, July 31, 2015

There’s a lot of really interesting creative stuff happening in Japan that piques my interest. One of my favorite genres is the idiosyncratic, folk art-influenced work of young female illustrators like Yuko Rai of Tokyo. In their illustrations, Rai and her contemporaries minimize the noise of the outside world and instead emphasize the inner, psychological world and the aesthetics of the work itself – beautiful color and brushwork. You can look forward to more on this topic as I have plans to turn this into a small series on young, female illustrators from Japan.

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Trompe-l’oeil by Kour Pour

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

These works by the young Iranian-British artist known as Kour Pour look like Persian rugs but are actually large-scale paintings on panel. In another visual trick of the artist, the paintings appear at first glance to be in the style of traditional Persian rugs but actually incorporate foreign motifs and figures. Kour Pour is based in Los Angeles.

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