Martin Wehmer is a German artist based in Hong Kong whose paintings are composed of thick brushstrokes. it almost makes me want to take out a brush and swab thick lobs of paint on my face. that’s not weird, right?
this is the third instalment of VISITS, a series in collaboration with Monya Eastman.
walking into Peter Eastman‘s studio on the east side of the city made me realise how many little gems must be hidden all over Cape Town. Peter is actually Monya’s brother-in-law, which made this VISIT a relaxed affair. he showed us the new pieces he was working on for his upcoming exhibition at Smac, and all around the studio were trinkets from by his daughter Jemima – a drawing of a lion, a statue of a cat, rocks collected from the Karoo…
a few years ago my dad started painting. as an urban designer he’s always had a pencil in his hand, but he never had the time to flex his creative muscles outside of work. he began experimenting with various mediums, and quickly settled on watercolour painting. i warned him that it was a tough medium – it might look deceptively easy when you see the finished product but actually getting there is, well, an art. there’s no real room for error, unlike oil painting where you can layer and even remove paint if you’ve made a mistake.
i discovered the work of Mary Laube through Buy Some Damn Art (where you can currently buy some of her original paintings). Mary was born in South Korea but group up in the states, where she received her BFA at Illinois State University. i find her work so graphic and interesting, an artist i would definitely add to my own collection if i could.
i have a habit of browsing around the internet and then realising, wait – haven’t i posted about this before? and then actually googling my own blog to see if my suspicions are correct (i know, i know). so it went when i was looking through the work of Jenny Parsons, a well know local artist whose work i first shared back in 2010.
Greta Van Campen is an artist based in Portland, Maine whose graphic paintings are a thing of beauty. Greta works from her own photographs, deciding on large compositional elements and dynamic lines, then paints in layers and masks off entire areas or smaller details with washi tape as she goes along – filling in more detail. you can read more about her and her process here. it’s really cool to see how she paints plein air as well.
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.
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.
i should start this post by saying that artistic depictions of cats go back as far as the Egyptians who- bla bla bla, but the point is cats are cool so of course why wouldn’t they appear in art since forever? what i realised after looking around for rad art that featured felines is that there are a lot of nudes + cats. this Picasso being perhaps the most explicit. is it because people tend to strut around their house naked, while their cats look on? i know i always did when my cat was still alive. and then you’d stop and look at the cat, who was looking at you, and you’d think… is it judging me or does it just not care? (a bit of both)