Mike Shankman’s paintings are relics of an aftermath, the debris left behind after powerful and destructive forces have toppled what once stood. His images are both desolate and visceral, and I like them very much. Enjoy!
Archive for February, 2010
There is a fantastic, dream-like quality to Chloe Early’s canvases. Urban super-structures give way to polar ice caps while bathing suit clad tourists lounge in the soft glow of unreal skies. This isn’t just another day at the office my friends, this is something much much better.
Thanks to The Jealous Curator for bringing Early to my attention!
I tend to use texture in an incredibly minimal way when I paint, but I love finding artists like Jean Moiras who use texture in a such a bold way. It’s a good thing I’m only looking at these paintings online, if I were standing in front of Moiras’ work in a gallery I’m not sure I would be able to resist the urge to reach out and touch them.
There is a softness and warmth to Anthony Velasquez’s finely detailed still life paintings that has won me over in a big way. I would complain about the limited number of works available for viewing on his site, but this is clearly a case of quality over quantity, and I can’t complain about that.
The longer I look through Laurel Hausler’s portfolio, the more amazed I am at the fine line she walks between control and abandon, order and chaos, reality and fantasy. The fact that she manages to maintain an equilibrium between these contrasting elements time after time is incredibly impressive.
Some paintings strike me because of their technical brilliance, others I love for their powerful use of colour, and many I fall for simply on the basis of subject matter. Of course, in the case of Chelsea James’ work, I can say there is a bit of all those elements, but more than that there is a pure gut feeling that simply tells me I’ve come across something incredible today.