Eye on Art / 18

Hi friends!

Eye on ArtHappy Friday! What’s up for your weekend? After weeks of cool and rainy weather, it seems that New England will finally be getting the heat wave June calls for, all of which is to say a healthy serving of ice cream and a good book are both in order. In between my time on the porch, novel in hand, I’ll be hopping from grad party to grad party with friends and watching the Tony Awards with my sister – theater kids we are, we’ll be rooting for Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812 all night long.

In the meantime, I thought we’d ease into the weekend with a new edition of Eye on Art – it’s been a few months since I last shared some of my favorite portfolios! There’s nothing that links today’s three artists together, beyond their clear level of talent: one excels as a fine artist, another produces illustrations, and the last has a knack for photography and type. Are there any artists you’ve admired lately?

Gabriella SanchezFirst up is Gabriella Sanchez, an artist based in LA. Her name or work may ring a bell, for not only is she a talented freelance illustrator, she has also been an in-house designer for Ban.do in years past {I frequently use these stylish stickers, some of which she illustrated}. Her popularity has been sudden, but it’s no surprise: with a love of bold colors, an unabashed confidence in her work, and a progressive perspective to boot, Gabriella has garnered a wide audience of fans, myself included.

Her commercial work is no doubt impressive, but I’m partial to her abstract art, pieces that jump off gallery walls with their vivid palettes and eclectic natures. I’m bummed I’m not close enough to see her pieces in person, so for now, I’ll settle for a pin or patch to decorate my bag. Her artwork is the coolest, even in the smallest of doses. {website}

Adams CarvalhoIf the artwork of Adams Carvalho also looks familiar, it’s understandable: the Brazilian artist’s stunning illustration work graced the cover of Nina LaCour’s We Are Okay. They say not to judge a book by its cover, but it’s hard not to when it has the intricate linework, skillful use of color, and brilliant composition Adams is known for. 

A further look at his portfolio, and it’s clear: Adams has clearly defined his style, bringing about a consistency and, furthermore, intrigue to his work. I could have chosen any five pieces of his to feature, but I believe the ones showcased above, including my favorite in teal, highlight the sense of teenage rebellion and summertime solitude so characteristic of his work. Needless to say, I’m a fan. {website}

Christine ChoeFinally, I couldn’t wait to feature Christine Choe, an artist whose portfolio I’ve been crushing on for months. I first came across one of her pieces on Pinterest – social media keeps my typography heart happy – but it took only a few minutes of browsing her website before I fell in love with her hand lettering pieces and stellar photographs.

While her portfolio is plentiful, my favorite project of hers is actually still in the works: a daily lettering project that chronicles the dates of the year. Christine has employed a number of styles – and media! – throughout the months, but the ultimate cheeriness of her work has remained consistent. To ensure her lettering gems reach your feed, you can join me in following her Instagram @datesoftheyear. What a delight. {website}

Have a wonderful Friday and an even better weekend!


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!