Thursday, 6 November 2014

Paint by Numbers with Jasper Johns

I am delighted to showcase the work of the amazingly talented American painter and printmaker Jasper Johns. It is no surprise that he has become one of most significant and influential American painters of the twentieth century. I initially spotted his work in the Tate Art Gallery, Liverpool and was instantly captivated.


His work includes a range of subject matter from flags and targets, to letters and numbers. It is his particular piece ‘0 to 9’ that I love, where large scribbled numbers are positioned on top of each other to create an unusual layered piece of art.



The surface of Jasper’s work is very layered and textural with rich painterly brush strokes in multi directions. His surface of choice is canvas but often fabric, collage, encaustic and plaster relief are used which add another dimension to his amazing paintings. He is a perfect artist to explore the use of oil pant and working on a bigger scale, I just wish I could work in such an expressive way!




Friday, 24 October 2014

Falling Into a Fantasy World with Florence Manlik

Today I thought I would share a very fluid, soft and calming style of artwork from the  talented Parisian illustrator Florence Manlik. She beautifully in a works in a highly detailed and organically structured style. I love her very tight and linear line work that swirls and intertwines before loosing control and flowing across the page.



This abstract and fantasy-like style of work is created using pens and interestingly includes a range of distinguishable and unusual imagery from animals, sea creatures and florals to geometric shapes and symbols. Florence "captures from a lost symbolist unfold on 'parcels of nothingness." Sourced

Friday, 17 October 2014

Refreshingly Bright Art in the City by Chetan Kumar

One of my students is currently studying 'Art in the City' and I luckily stumbled across the colourful line drawings of Chetan Kumar whilst researching. Chetan is a creative illustrator based in London who takes extensive inspiration from the environment that surrounds him."Inspired by his extensive traveling around the world, Chetan has an interest in visiting new places and exploring facets of living in a city." Sourced

I love the fluid and looseness of his line-work, it includes quirky and interesting marks. His use of bold colours in abundance is refreshing and creates a bold and unique effect. "I like my art to have a signature style but at the same time, be fresh and different from others". Sourced


Monday, 13 October 2014

Charming Animal Machines by Vladimir Gvozdev

The artist I am sharing with you today contrasts somewhat with my usual choices. I am amazed by the unique and unusual artwork Russian artist Vladimir Gvozdev and could not resist showing you a selection of his work. Vladimir works as a freelance painter and sculptor after previously working as a graphic designer and is also known as 'Gvozdariki'.

Despite the imaginative mechanical subject matter his paintings are created in a detailed and decorative style. Vladimir loves to experiment in the well known Steampunk style, that originated from Victorian steam-powered machinery and is magically transformed into a fantasy world. It is evident Vladimir has a real love for the unusual combination of subject matter he uses and a considerable amount of time is spent merging these together to create unique and charming creatures.


Friday, 10 October 2014

A Naturally Inspiring Environemt by Jill Bliss

I have loved the work of Jill Bliss, a very imaginative illustrator, for a long time after I first spotted her work in Print & Pattern. Jill's work is full of textural qualities and quirky patterns. She selects subtle colour palettes and tonal shades that work seamlessly together, including bolder highlights for contrast.
Her naturally inspired compositions contain explosions of intricate detail and pattern. Recognisable features includes flowers, foliage, plant organisms, sealife, mushrooms and lettering.


Monday, 6 October 2014

Intricate Paper Cuts by Yuken Teruya!

I discovered the unusual work of Yuken Teruya at a recent paper manipulation exhibition. I am fascinated with delicate silhouettes and intricate paper cuts and Yuken takes this to a whole new and unexpected level.

Yuken is an Japanese artist who is now based in New York City. The urban life that surrounds him has proven to be a rich source of inspiration to his artwork. "He works with various materials such as toilet paper rolls, paper shopping bags and butterfly chrysalises. His ideas often reflect life and history of Okinawa, his homeland." Sourced


Friday, 3 October 2014

Hannah Davies Decorative Hand Drawn Illustrations!

I was delighted to unexpectedly find the stunning work of Hannah Davies when I was doing a usual spot of inspirational research. Hannah's use of intricate pattern and detail instantly grabbed my attention.

Her style of work appeals to my love of detail and nature inspired imagery. "Hannah’s illustrations are compared to a sea of jewels, capturing Water, life and the environment in all its glory." Sourced

Hannah works as a freelance designer and illustrator from her seaside home in Wales. She has worked across a wide range of creative illustrative projects from publishing and design to advertising.


Monday, 29 September 2014

Daniel Zeller's Imagination and Extreme Magnification


Today I am sharing the work of the contemporary and abstract artist Daniel Zeller with you. I was instantly captivated by the fluid and spontaneous nature of his work and was intrigued to explore it further.

The ideas behind Daniel's weird and wonderful artwork are "borrowed from many places, among them satellite images, electron micro-graphs, topographical maps, anatomical and schematic diagrams." Sourced Zeller 



Thursday, 25 September 2014

Floating Feathers and Flowers by River Luna

I was delighted to find the work of Marisa Redondo who works under the beautiful name of River Luna . Marisa currently lives in Northern California, USA working as an artist and illustrator creating stunning watercolour paintings .
Her portfolio of designs takes significant inspiration from nature which can clearly be seen through her use of organic shapes, forms and silhouettes. "I'm fascinated by nature's creations and the little pieces of life that often go unnoticed; from the fine lines of feathers to the spores of a dandelion." Sourced



Stunning Architectural Sketches by James Anzalone!

It was a really nice surprise to stumble across the work of the talented architect James Anzalone. James works as an architect but has a real love of drawing, painting and sketching which is evident from the stunning work below. He is based in Brooklyn, America which provides a rich source inspiration from the architectural marvels, neighbouring landscapes and historical buildings that surround him.


Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Mixed-Media Journal Creations by Teesha Moore

Today is a little more quirky than my usual choice of artist and designer. I was introduced to the weird and wonderful work of Teesha Moore by one of my students. I was instantly captivated by the bright colours, unique compositions and inspirational quotes Teesha amazingly swirls and merges together in her mixed-media collages. Teesha describes herself as a 'visual journal artist' and lives her creative life surrounded by hills, pastures and trees.



"My inspiration has always been music and graphic design. I collect children's books, design books, art books, cookbooks, quote books, etc. All these images and ideas are constantly going in through my brain, getting jumbled together and come out through my hands as art. It's a fun process and keeps me excited about life and everything else." Sourced





Click here to view her website and creative blog!

Monday, 22 September 2014

Yulia Brodskaya's Unbelievable Quilled Marvels

I could not resist sharing the work of Yulia Brodskaya with you today. As soon as I spotted her amazing work I was whisked back to my childhood and all the wonderful paper creations I tried to create myself. Yulia takes any form of quilling I have seen to a whole new level, the detail, the shapes and patterns explores take my break away. I think it can certainly be said her work is a labour of love. I find her inspirational quotes and swirling rich colours mesmerising.



Yulia is a paper artist and illustrator, originally from Moscow, Russia, who has clearly perfected her skill. "I believe that one of the main reasons I enjoy the paper craft, is due to my love of the material: paper. Although I've always had a special fascination for paper, it has taken me a while to find my own way of working with it."



"Now I draw with paper instead of on it" Sourced



You can take a look at her website here for more information.

Friday, 19 September 2014

Angela Staehling's Beautiful Botanical Garden

I was delighted when I stumbled across the delicate botanical paintings of Angela Satehling. Her beautiful compositions of a pretty everyday life include little wooden birdhouses, wild herbs and stunning flowers. Scripted French writing, surface pattern designs and vintage stamps decorate her garden inspired scenes. "Each new season inspires fresh color palettes, organic textures, and whimsical patterns." Sourced



 I love the soft, natural tones and interesting textural qualities Angela uses in her work. Her studies also incorporate wild vegetables, sea-life scenes in vintage collaged creations. It is clear from her work that travelling inspires her work. "Angela delights in bringing the outdoors “in” and incorporating these findings into studies for her artwork. " Sourced 






Click here to view her website, blog

Monday, 15 September 2014

Swirling Patterns and Woodland Creations by Galia Bernstein

Today I am sharing the work of Galia Bernstein, a very talented and creative Israeli graphic designer. This first design is my favourite, it's like a swirling magical woodland dream. The closer and longer you look, the more little creatures and  beautiful patterns you discover. 



Her simplistic folk like designs are fun and playful, they would make the perfect print for a child's bedroom. Galia has a real eye for colour and selects quirky, earthy colours that complement each other beautifully.



Galia works as a full-time illustrator and part-time textile designer. The strong Scandinavian folk art influence in her work is clear from her strong, smooth lines and organic shapes.




 

You can her website and Facebook page here!
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