Archive for May, 2009

Lisa Ng

Friday, May 15th, 2009


Start the long weekend early and go visit Lisa Ng’s website and blog.  Her work is fun, narrative, and wacky in the best possible ways.

Ron English

Thursday, May 14th, 2009


You might be familiar with Ron English’s billboards, but have you seen his oil paintings?  They often offer up just as much social commentary/criticism, but just as often include a great sense of humour and pop culture reference. Personally, I’m loving this Van Gogh inspired ” Lochness Starrynight” .

William McCarthy

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009


I seem to be drawn to landscape paintings lately.  Maybe it’s the changing season, maybe it’s the fact that the sky isn’t grey for months on end any longer, or maybe it’s just that I keep stumbling across fantastic landscape painters like William McCarthy. Yeah, that’s probably it.

Stuart Shils

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009


I love how Stuart Shils’ thick paint application and use of low contrast creates such a strong sense of atmosphere in his landscapes. Excellent work!

Anders Kumlien

Monday, May 11th, 2009


I am, by my own admission, mildly obsessed with urban environments as a source of inspiration for paintings, and it’s always interesting to see how others derive inspiration from urban landscapes to create their own work.  It’s doubly interesting to see how artists from around the world interpret their distinct urban environments, and  Anders Kumlien’s work is a fun, and occasionally bizarre interpretation of the urban landscapes in Sweden (with a little American iconography thrown into the mix.)

If you happen to be in Stockholm between the 15th and 20th of May, you can see his work in person at Galleri Hagman.

Liza Bingham

Friday, May 8th, 2009


Liza Bingham singles out hedgework and elevates it to portrait status.  Very cool.

Peter Brooke

Thursday, May 7th, 2009


Stunning visuals in the form of incredible landscapes are the order of the day on Peter Brooke’s site. There are also some slightly larger images of his works here.  Enjoy!

Renée Van Halm

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009


Often using movie sets as inspiration, Renée Van Halm creates amazing architectural landscape paintings.  Her sense of colour and space is impressive, as well as her ability to suggest narrative despite the lack of figures in her compositions.

Jacob Collins

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009


Jacob Collins paints in the classical style, and applies that style to a wide range of subject matter, all to great effect. I would say more, but instead, I will direct you to the work and let it speak for itself.

Brian Bishop

Monday, May 4th, 2009


Brian Bishop keeps his subject matter tightly cropped, which is something I’ve always appreciated.  That slightly skewed perspective is all it takes most times to see things fresh again, and sometimes that is the best thing art can do.