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Japanese Illustration: Sunao Nakamura

Monday, October 12, 2015

These are the whimsical paintings of Kyoto-born artist, illustrator and writer, Sunao Nakamura. I am very interested in the illustration coming out of Japan these days, specifically from young female illustrators. You can see the rest of this series on Japanese illustration here.

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Interiors by Ann Toebbe

Friday, October 9, 2015

Ann Toebbe creates two-dimensional portraits of the home with fastidious attention to the mundane details of domesticity. It is her signature to present each space as a mash-up of opposing perspectives which is I find engaging but also a bit idiosyncratic.

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Kreh Mellick

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Kreh Mellick is an artist based in North Carolina. Her red monotone drawings are striking and original.

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Artist Crush: Jeanne Gaigher

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

These beautiful paintings are by Jeanne Gaigher, an emerging artist from Cape Town.  I struggled to pick which paintings to feature and worried about the flow of this post because in this body of work it feels like the artist is having two separate conversations. Gaigher’s close-ups are aggressively intimate while the group scenes are full of tension and distance.

“Jeanne is able to beautifully capture fleeting moments within other cultures. Greatly influenced by her travels in the East and America, a new language of colour and stroke is created from a foreign aesthetic and portrayed and layered on canvas.” – Amy Ellenbogen, curator at SMITH.

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Under the Guise of Play: Ulla Jokisalo

Monday, September 28, 2015

Ulla Jokisalo is a well-known Finnish artist based in Helsinki. The works I selected below are from a number of Jokisalo’s exhibitions including Intentions – Under the Guise of Play, Scratch It, Stitch It, Cut It, Keep It and From the Collection Headless Women.

“In Jokisalo’s artworks the entire span of human life, its hopes and aspirations, is revealed under the guise of play. The very nature of play makes it possible for the worlds of the real and the imaginary to meet; allowing room for the temptations of the frightening and the dangerous… A major source of inspiration… [is] 19th-century children’s literature… the sombre, black-and-white illustrations, the cruelty of the details… The [artist’s] recent works can also be seen as a dialogue with the traditions of illustrating and storytelling in old literature.”   –  Anna-Kaisa Rastenberger, Finnish Museum of Photography

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