Friday, 28 November 2014

Amy Butler's Beautiful Decorative Surface Patterns!

Today is a colourful feature full of beautiful decorative surface pattern design! Amy Butler produces beautiful floral inspired pieces which I find totally inspirational and revisit time and again when I am in need of ideas! They are redolent of traditional oriental inspired wallpapers, the kind that you see in gorgeous stately homes, except Butler’s colour palette tends more towards the bright, rather than the faded tones that you see on the walls of the National Trust! Lots to draw from, in every sense of the word.

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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!

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