Eye on Art / 17

Hi friends!

Eye on ArtHappy Wednesday! This week is zipping right along, but with the end of the first semester a mere two weeks away, I’m not surprised. Things are busy, but I’m having a blast; if my friends who have since graduated are correct, senior year only gets better from here! Before I work on my homework assignments and obsess over This is Us {did you catch last night’s episode?}, I’d thought I pop in with a new post. I last wrote an Eye on Art in September – a wait far too long for my liking – and so, I wanted to share an edition to highlight the work of three talented artists: one who specializes in screen-printing, another in illustration, and the last in photography. Have you been crushing on any artwork as of late? How are things on your end?

boyoun-kimFirst on my list is Boyoun Kim, an illustrator based in New York whose portfolio extends across numerous publications, including The New Yorker and The Washington Post. Boyoun uses the process of screen-printing to produce such vibrant pieces as the ones above, which may explain why I was so taken with her portfolio; her bright and colorful palette is hard to ignore!

Naturally, her skill set is suited well to landscape prints, be it a snowy ski village dotted with pink and brown houses or the pyramids in Egypt, the sky a brilliant blue against the saturated sand. My personal favorite, however, is her city skyline, complete with a person flying overhead with a balloon. Needless to say, her eye for color and pattern is unmatched. {website}

nina-cosfordNina Cosford’s work too evokes a sense of playfulness, a thread that runs throughout her lengthy portfolio of prints, paintings, and patterns. With a penchant for charming characters and architecture, she’s known for her distinct style of illustration and sense of humor {her social media feeds are not only appealing to the eye, they make me laugh too!}.

Nina is perhaps best known for her collaboration with HBO for the television show Girls, where she illustrated a number of quotes and characters from the program, but I myself am partial to her contributions to the Life Portraits book series {it’s the Jane Austen fan in me}, even if I’ve yet to grab an example from the library. I’ll have to change that soon, for her newest book My Name is Girl, both written and illustrated by her, sounds right up my alley. {website}

amy-friendFinally, one glance at Amy Friend’s work, and I was in love. And how could I not? At once ethereal and honest, dark and light, her portfolio of photographs and paintings is captivating online – I can only imagine their power in person! As she herself has said, art is a means for her to explore “the relationship between what is visible and non-visible.”

Amy has a number of collections, all of which I’d be happy to buy a piece from, but after reading through the inspiration behind the Dare Alla Luce pieces, I’ve mulled over the photographs for days; in them, she’s uses pinpricks of light to reinvent a number of vintage photographs. If you ask me, there’s nothing better than art like this that makes you think. {website}

Have a lovely day!

Eye on Art / 16

Hello!Eye on ArtHappy September, friends! Time is a flying, and already have we seen another summer come and gone – I know, I’m still wrapping my head around that one too. To keep thoughts of autumn and pumpkins at bay, however {summer’s not over quite yet}, I’d thought we’d take the second of September to chat good artwork instead. It’s been several weeks now since I last shared an edition of Eye on Art, but today’s three portfolios – a pleasant mix of graphic design, illustration, and painting – were worth the wait, or at least I think so! Has any artwork caught your eye recently? What’s up for your fall?

Maddy NyeYou may know Maddy Nye for her collaboration with Design Love Fest or, perhaps, you’ve seen her artwork grace Ban.do products. Regardless of the source, there’s no denying it: she’s one heck of a graphic designer. With a creative eye for typography and a strong quality of design, Maddy could whip up anything for me and I’d be happy!

I could have chosen any number of pieces from her online portfolio to feature, but I highlighted a few personal favorites, including pieces from her “Pin Up” collection, quotes based off the images she shares on Pinterest, and others from her travels around the country. If you love her work, too, you’ll join in my delight over these printable coloring pages, drawn by Maddy herself – I think they will be just the thing to brighten up my locker in the coming school year. {website}

Matt BleaseMatt Blease is as equally talented of an artist, albeit in a different field: illustration! I’ve seen his artwork pop on Pinterest again and again, but it wasn’t until I sat down to work on the post that I fully looked through his portfolio – and, boy, was I missing out. Working as a designer and illustrator for multiple brands before turning freelance, Matt’s graphic design background is the basis of his expert uses of space and line, and, furthermore, his pieces show off his sharp sense of humor.

Case-in-point? His pun drawings – “Monster Climbs,” “A Well Rounded Diet” – are a clever twist of words, while other pieces – the rainbow hands and the American flag flashcard – are the result of a creative mind and knowledge of everyday objects. I could talk about more of his work for days, but we’ll leave it at this: he makes drawing look easy. {website}

Clare ElsaesserFinally, Clare Elsaesser’s paintings are things of beauty, many of them portraits from behind or colorful abstract work. I came across one of her pieces on Anthropologie, and from there, I quickly fell in love with her stunning portfolio. At first glance, it’s easy to see that she has a knack for color and shape, but upon further examination, she shows a delicate eye for detail, including the wisps of hair or wrinkles in a skirt {In other words? I’m a bit envious of her skill}.

I’m a broken record here, but, truly, whittling down an artist’s work to just five pieces is tough, and even more so when they have such a large portfolio in the first place! In the end, I decided upon three of my favorite portraits and two stunning abstracts, all of which show off Clare’s impeccable talent in painting. Can I have my a print for myself? {website}

Have a great start to your weekend!
Bella

Eye on Art / 15

Hi friends!Eye on ArtIs your week off to a lovely start? After a fun-packed weekend with friends, I’ve started my summer job: working with incoming middle school students at an orientation program. I’ve been a counselor for the past few years, and I always love seeing them grow more comfortable with the building and schedule – in a matter of four days, no less! However, when the early wake-up time and humid classrooms lose their appeal {it’s bound to happen}, I’ll be happy to come home to a good book and a glass of lemonade. If you too need a remedy to the mid-week slump, I hope today’s edition of Eye on Art will do the job; this time around, I’m crushing on the work of three diverse, all talented, painters. What artists have caught your attention this month?

William BettsPointillism is a fascinating art form, and it’s one that has only grown in relevance in today’s digitalized, pixellated world. Case in point: William Betts, a New York based artist who utilizes his own machine to apply tiny dots of acrylic paint. The subjects of his pieces? Varying, unusual perspectives of everyday scenes, like the commute to work or a day at the beach. One look at his portfolio, and I was mesmerized by the care and detail he puts into each painting.

Picking a favorite proved impossible {when it is not?!}, so I instead chose to showcase a number of different pieces. In tune with the season, his Splash exhibition so easily captures a carefree lifestyle by the sea, but his Surveillance collection is just as interesting, particularly in that the works mimic the look of a security camera. Regardless of the setting, one thing’s for certain: I could stare at his artwork all day long. {website}

Charlotte TrouncePerhaps it’s my love of all things British, perhaps it’s my enthusiasm for color, or, maybe, it’s simply my eye for cute art, but I fell head over heels with Charlotte Trounce’s work when I came across an illustration of hers on Pinterest. Given her knack for print and pattern design, in addition to the colorful palette of her portfolio, it comes as no surprise that Charlotte has found so much success as a freelance artist – I’d hire her based on her floral doodles alone.

The line between playful and sophisticated, chic and whimsical, is tough to walk, but Charlotte makes the task seem effortless; I can imagine her hypnotic circles at home on a gallery wall just as I can see the veggie print in a child’s playroom. My own personal pick are the quick sketches, like the dress above, taken straight from the runway. It seems I have a weakness for stylish outfits, real or not. {website}

Jen SieversFinally, for anyone who might suggest abstract paintings lack artistic merit, I’d suggest they take a look at Jen Sievers’ portfolio: a collection of bright hues and geometric shapes. What her paintings lack in a distinct subject, they easily make up for in the vibrant display of brushstrokes and innovative canvases, everything from wood blocks to perspex. Her ultimate goal, as she writes on her site, is to express “joy, vitality and movement,” a job she more than achieves.

The contemporary color combinations pairs nicely with her modern forms, so much so that I wish I had the funds to admire the work in person. While I won’t have a Sievers original hanging in my room anytime, I can have her happy artwork adorn my desktop thanks to these Design Love Fest downloads. And with that, I ask: what better way to brighten your Tuesday than that? {website}

Have a terrific day!
B