Archive for May, 2008

Mary Henderson

Wednesday, May 21st, 2008

If you have ever thumbed through an old photo album at a flea market you might be familiar with that slightly disarming sense of experiencing somebody else’s memories second hand.

I can’t say for sure that Mary Henderson is depicting her own memories in her paintings, but looking through her site I sure feel like I’ve wandered into somebody’s memory bank.  It’s a good place to be.

Gabriele Brucceri

Tuesday, May 20th, 2008

I stumbled across Gabriele Brucceri’s blog to discover some fantastic portrait work.  My Italian is non-existent, but according to an online translator, she is painting on burlap, which I’m guessing is a poor translation for ‘canvas’.  But if it is burlap, that would be interesting.  Regardless, I really love the look of these paintings, be sure to click on the images for the larger views.  

Travis Chatham

Monday, May 19th, 2008

Have you ever walked by a wall that has been tagged with graffiti, hastily painted over, re-tagged, re-painted over, re-tagged, etc. until the overlapping layers create a unique, unintentional, and beautiful collage-like image?

I’m guessing so has Travis Chatham, only his work is much more intentional.  He layers styles and materials and colours on top of one another to create some very cool paintings that you can check out here.

Tony Peters

Saturday, May 17th, 2008

I am a big fan of the paintings of Tony Peters.  His urban settings, inspired in part by the Southern California landscape, are just what I needed on a grey day like this.  

Who am I kidding, I’d be a fan on a sunny day too.

Ai Ohkawara

Friday, May 16th, 2008

Like many who have come before, Ai Ohkawara is inspired by the naked female body to create her paintings.  There appears to be more than one influence here though, and if I had to guess I would say she is also inspired by Francis Bacon and Ralph Steadman.  That is just a wild guess of course, but I am positive that her work is amazing.

Eliza Griffiths

Thursday, May 15th, 2008

Eliza Griffiths is an amazing artist creating incredible figurative paintings.  Her works, in her own words, address “sexuality, intimacy, and the persistance of desire”, and they do this in an impressive fashion.

Thanks to Carrie for the link!

Scott Musgrove

Wednesday, May 14th, 2008

I haven’t been to the zoo in a while, but I’m a little worried that the normal animals there might seem a bit, well, normal, after visiting Scott Musgrove’s website.  Judge for yourself, there are many wonderful creatures to see.

Leanne Davies

Tuesday, May 13th, 2008

According to her website Leanne Davies’ new works are based on photographs her mother took as a child in the 50’s.  I really love that concept for a series of paintings, and the results are very cool. 

Jaq Chartier

Monday, May 12th, 2008

Jaq Chartier seems to be as much a scientist as she is an artist (though that could be said for most artists really).  Her paintings often serve as experimental testing grounds, like those in her “Sun Test” series, but they are also very effective as works of art.  The results are quite beautiful.

Karin Rabuka

Sunday, May 11th, 2008

Karin Rabuka paints in several styles, but it’s her exaggeratedly simple style that I enjoy the most.  The simplicity of the paintings make the details, like a couch by the side of the road, or a washing machine on someone’s lawn, stand out that much more.