Art

Liz Markus

when i first saw the work of Liz Markus i immediately thought of the portraiture of Slim Aarons, known for photographing the lifestyles of the rich and famous. and i wasn’t wrong, many of the paintings reference Aaron’s own photographs. they form part of her collection Town & Country. Markus applies acrylic wash to unprimed canvas, meaning the paint spreads as it dries – an unpredictable method of painting.

With her signature drips and washes and an eye for finely calibrated color, Markus thoughtfully renders this elite group of women who, through their innovation and intense ambition, have forever altered the course of American culture. This list includes such luminaries as Babe Paley, Nancy “Slim” Keith, and Aerin Lauder among others. While these women were often casually described as socialites, in reality, they used their position to manage a powerful network of people across the arts, fashion, and beauty industries.

her work is absolutely beautiful. i will just have to forever alter the course of American culture so that i, too, may have my portrait painted.

Liz Markus
Liz Markus
Liz Markus
Liz Markus
Liz Markus
Liz Markus
Liz Markus
Liz Markus
Liz Markus
Liz Markus
Liz Markus
Liz Markus
Liz Markus

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Pete Cromer

birds have gotten a bad rap these past few years, appearing in a cutesy manner on anything and everything from ceramics to dish towels to tote bags (put a bird on it!) at one point i found myself saying, “if i see one more bird…” but Australian designer and illustrator Pete Cromer has made me appreciate our feathered friends once again with his Aussie bird prints. i also love his other prints like this whale head and happy cogs. all available at his online shop.

Pete Cromer
Pete Cromer
Pete Cromer
Pete Cromer
Pete Cromer
Pete Cromer
Pete Cromer
Pete Cromer

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Clare Elsaesser

artist Clare Elsaesser has a very popular Etsy shop where she sells prints (and originals) of her paintings. she just released some new works, including these sweet studies which i really love. she’s been documenting them on Instagram too.

My paintings are inspired by daydreams, retreat and the formidable nature outside my window. I live and work in the tiny hillside town of Jenner, California, where the Russian River meets the Pacific Ocean, about an hour and a half north of San Francisco with my artist husband Kai Samuels-Davis.

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Marsi van de Heuvel: Dark Matter

can we all just take a moment for people who work on one thing for 2 whole months? that is exactly what Cape Town based artist Marsi van de Heuvel does. in her series Dark Matter Marsi explores space. not literally, but with her pen – at seven strokes per second.

I’ve had an interest in Space for as long as I can remember. I started collecting books on the theme, and made my first drawings of The Northern Sky and The Southern Sky about two years ago. Before I knew it, I was drawing every constellation, and the Earth, Sun, and Moon. Space consumed me.

Each pen stroke in my work is deliberately used to map out a representation of something infinitely bigger. It takes about two hours to draw a ten centimeter square, at a rate of about seven strokes per second. The largest drawing I’ve done to date in this technique, is Omega Centauri, the brightest star cluster in our galaxy. It took two months to complete.

The vastness of space helps me to put some perspective to our significance. Creating this work also showed me how extraordinary our home planet is – it is an oasis in a beautiful but hostile never-ending dessert. The idea of Space perpetually engages me as there is aways more to explore – it’s intangible and romanic, and reveals my unrequited love for a remarkable unemotional expanse of darkness.

the pieces are BIG, too! Omega Centauri (below) is 1 square meter in size. if i had one of these on my wall i would marvel at it constantly. you can purchase her work through Smith Studio.

Marsi van de Heuvel: Dark Matter. this is drawn in pen, and took 2 months to complete.

Marsi van de Heuvel: Dark Matter

Marsi van de Heuvel: Dark Matter
Marsi van de Heuvel: Dark Matter
Marsi van de Heuvel: Dark Matter
Marsi van de Heuvel: Dark Matter
Marsi van de Heuvel: Dark Matter
Marsi van de Heuvel: Dark Matter
Marsi van de Heuvel: Dark Matter
Marsi van de Heuvel: Dark Matter
Marsi van de Heuvel: Dark Matter
Marsi van de Heuvel: Dark Matter
Marsi van de Heuvel: Dark Matter
Marsi van de Heuvel: Dark Matter
Marsi van de Heuvel: Dark Matter

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Double Tap: Charlotte Trounce

illustrator Charlotte Trounce has been doing these amazing illustrative recaps of select SS15 fashion shows on her Instagram account, which certainly deserves a Double Tap (i would triple tap if i could!) i feel like when you look at the seasonal shows everything starts merging into one big fashion rainbow, and sometimes it just takes one talented & creative individual to show you awesome aspects and details you might not have picked up yourself.

all illustrations by Charlotte Trounce, follow her on Instagram.

Double Tap: Charlotte Trounce
Double Tap: Charlotte Trounce
Double Tap: Charlotte Trounce
Double Tap: Charlotte Trounce
Double Tap: Charlotte Trounce
Double Tap: Charlotte Trounce
Double Tap: Charlotte Trounce
Double Tap: Charlotte Trounce
Double Tap: Charlotte Trounce
Double Tap: Charlotte Trounce
Double Tap: Charlotte Trounce
Double Tap: Charlotte Trounce

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Jenny Prinn

i’m so into these abstract pieces by artist Jenny Prinn. you can buy them online here. i particularly love this one.

Jenny Prinn is an artist living and painting on the coast of Maine. She is intrigued by the fleeting moments and feelings in life that are often overlooked or forgotten. She’s not interested in recording the big events but, rather the small pulsing, transient moments and sensations that strike deep within our core for just a moment and then are gone. By working a canvas over the course of days and weeks she begins to capture the essence and electricity of these moments through the exploration of color, shape, texture and line.

Jenny Prinn
Jenny Prinn
Jenny Prinn
Jenny Prinn
Jenny Prinn
Jenny Prinn
Jenny Prinn
Jenny Prinn
Jenny Prinn
Jenny Prinn

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Johannesburg Art Gallery

i’m in Joburg at the moment on a spontaneous week long trip, and yesterday we visited the Johannesburg Art Gallery. it was quite an eye opening experience for me. JAG is situated in Joubert Park, right in the thick of inner city Joburg. which, to the uninitiated, is quite an intense part of town. it houses one of the largest collections of art in Africa, but only displays 10% of the work at any one time.

you’d think that an art gallery that has Rodin, Picasso, Kentridge, Monet, Boldini etc etc in its collection would be bustling on a Sunday. but we were the only people there. it is an extraordinary & beautiful place that seems to be falling apart at the seams. walking through it made me quite sad, but also hopeful that one day it will be restored to its former glory.

Johannesburg Art Gallery
Johannesburg Art Gallery
Johannesburg Art Gallery
Johannesburg Art Gallery
Johannesburg Art Gallery
Johannesburg Art Gallery
Johannesburg Art Gallery
Johannesburg Art Gallery
Johannesburg Art Gallery
Johannesburg Art Gallery
Johannesburg Art Gallery
Johannesburg Art Gallery
Johannesburg Art Gallery
Johannesburg Art Gallery

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Sean Woolsey

i discovered california based furniture designer & artist Sean Woolsey through FvF who did a great profile of his home yesterday. what really intrigued me was his website that showcases his pieces in such a fun way. it’s so normal to see designer furniture in a cold and static setting, but seeing a kid in spiderman costume pouring cereal milk onto the surface of a beautiful table is so rad. i also really love his artwork, which he creates on cold rolled sheet metal & mixed materials including paints, patinas and water based acids.

Wabi-Sabi, a Japanese philosophy, is a large influence on my work and life. It recognizes a beauty of things imperfect which bear the imprint of time. Wabi Sabi is about the minor and the hidden, the tentative and the ephemeral. It finds true beauty in the organic. My art is inspired by my travels and photos that I take while traveling around the world and documenting my adventures. Every art piece comes with a print of the photo that I took that inspired me to make it, whether it be the colors, patterns, textures, or memory.

Sean Woolsey
Sean Woolsey
Sean Woolsey
Sean Woolsey
Sean Woolsey
Sean Woolsey
Sean Woolsey
Sean Woolsey
Sean Woolsey
Sean Woolsey
Sean Woolsey
Sean Woolsey

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Rebekah Miles

my husband just returned from an extended trip to LA and he brought back some lovely gifts, including a ceramic piece by artist Rebekah Miles. she is a new discovery to me (of course some immediate googling ensued) and i really enjoyed delving into her unique ceramic creations as well as her absolutely awesome book covers.

I am primarily a painter using ceramics as my “canvas”. I started teaching myself ceramics as a way of exploring making paintings as functional, sculptural pieces. I love putting my personal touch on the age-old artisanal craft of shaping basic forms from slabs, molds and templates.

I paint one-of-a-kind book jackets on a range of subjects, specific artists, cultural topics, photographers and authors. The selected books are a reference to art history and the art of literature and libraries. This process gives the book a new essence, and restores it to better shape (I try to find used books). It also makes it a functional sculpture/painting.

Rebekah Miles
Rebekah Miles
Rebekah Miles
Rebekah Miles
Rebekah Miles
Rebekah Miles
Rebekah Miles
Rebekah Miles
Rebekah Miles
Rebekah Miles

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