Archive for January, 2009

Lisa Hickey

Saturday, January 17th, 2009

Lisa Hickey seems to share some of my own impulses, notably the impulse to look down at the far-off ground when flying, and the impulse to look up into the sky when standing on the ground.  

For Lisa, these impulses have led to two great series of works, both of which can be found here.  Enjoy!

No Power = No Posts.

Friday, January 16th, 2009

I apologize for the lack of art today, but a long-lasting power-outage has left me in the dark.  I will be back soon though, with plenty of paintings for all!

Scott Listfield

Thursday, January 15th, 2009

Do you enjoy a bit of humour with your art?  Do you enjoy a curious astronaut?

Assuming you answered “yes” to both those queries, Have I got an artist for you!  (if you didn’t answer yes, you’ll still like Scott Listfield’s work, it’s pretty darn great.)

Ehryn Torrell

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

Buildings have an interesting life cycle, but when a building nears the end of its cycle it feels as though it was avoidable somehow, that buildings were all made to last.  Ehryn Torrell’s work spends time with buildings that haven’t lasted, and are in their dying moments.  There is a kind of beauty in these moments, that accompanies the destruction.

Mark Todd

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

Mark Todd’s comic book cover re-imaginings are a crazy amount of fun. And who doesn’t like having a crazy amount of fun? Nobody, that’s who.

Eliza Piro

Monday, January 12th, 2009

I love the intricate details and patterns in Eliza Piro’s paintings.  I would say more, but the work really speaks for itself.

Thanks to Adam for the link!

Stephen Magsig

Friday, January 9th, 2009

Stephen Magsig has an amazing “painting a day” blog called Postcards from Detroit.

You may have guessed from that title that the bulk of his work is inspired by the landscape of Detroit Michigan, which has, like many American cities, an abundance of fantastic architecture, though Detroit has been unfortunately suffering more than it’s share of hardship in the past few decades and many great buildings and neighborhoods are now in a state of decay. It’s therefore nice to see Magsig’s work documenting the city. Plus, they’re just great paintings.  

Bonus! You can now purchase his work in book form!

Brandon Smith

Thursday, January 8th, 2009

There isn’t a great deal of work to be seen, but the handful of paintings that are on Brandon Smith’s site are well worth a visit.  There seems to be a strong coffee motif running through the images, which is appropriate, because I could see myself getting severely addicted to his painterly style.

Paul Bureau

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009

The image above is actually a detail of one of Paul Bureau’s paintings, not something I would normally do, but appropriate in this case.  Bureau’s paintings are celebrations and explorations of the physicality of paint, and for me, the finished works feel like living things,  and viewing them is similar to witnessing the earth open up to reveal a hidden world beneath.  Fantastic!

Barbara Schreiber

Tuesday, January 6th, 2009

Her imagery appears simple and innocent at first glance, but that only lasts for about half a second, then the realization that Barbara Schreiber has a dark side sets in. Don’t worry though, it’s one of the most enjoyable dark sides you’re likely to come across.