Dan-ah Kim, a Korean film maker and artist who’s work really captures what illustration is all about. Her work reminds me of eastern folk tale illustration. Her paintings have an emotive presence through composition, colour and narrative appeal. These mysterious, beautiful illustrations often put the viewer in a voyeuristic position as though we are looking in on something that we shouldn’t. Kim often paints on wood panels, beginning with pencil and paint, then layering with other medias such as paper and thread. Check out her website to see more of her work.
I have frequently been posting about 21st century artists and their work recently, so I thought I would do a post about an artist from the early 20th century, who’s work I have come across quite a few times on museum visits. Mabel Royds, an artist who studied at Slade best known for her woodcuts. Her two most well known series of colour prints are her Indian and Tibet scenes from the 1920s and her woodcuts of flowers that came after. Its understandable why her later work became so popular to exhibit at the time compared to her earlier pieces as they are far more bright and glamorous. See below. The original prints are in the care of the Victoria and Albert Museum and the British Museum London.
This young artist is big in publishing, fashion and other media circles, you will understand why once you look at her work. Random House Canada, Bloomsbury, Harper Collins, TeNeues, Hardie Grant, Blue Apple Books, UNIQLO, and Orla Kiel are just some of the clients Emma Block has been commissioned by.
I have got to say looking through her portfolio I like her own personal project work inspired by old films, books, hobbies and day to day life. I can definitely learn something from Block’s techniques since I work primarily with the same medias, paper craft, ink and watercolour. The way she uses cut out silhouettes of paper combined with watercolours adds another dimension and different focus points to her illustrations.
I love it when I come across an artist who completely inspires me and sparks my creative juices! Jonas Wood did just that. I started working on a new design over the weekend and hopefully it will be finished by the end of the week.
Early 20th Century American art plays a big part in inspiring Jonas Wood’s work along with cubism and pop art. Unusually he combines oil and acrylic in his work to produce an overall flatness. Wood’s painting content is mainly home interiors and familiar landscapes. His humble aesthetic approach towards his subjects produces a disorientating sense of space within his paintings. Within the spaces, furnishings, plant life and memorabilia seem cluttered and squashed together, ‘using the domestic as a departure point for escapism, the claustrophobic compositions expand into an internal dream like space’. Wood’s interpretation of colour transforms into mock up collage paintings that echo his predecessors work. Jonas Wood is an L.A artist and is still relatively new. Take a look at his work below (it was hard to choose what to display here as all his work is fun to look at!)
I was going to post about another Rebecca Campbell but then I came across this Rebecca Campbell whilst doing my usual art web browsing and was stunned…I’ll post about the other Rebecca Campbell on a later date! This Rebecca Campbell graduated from the University of California in Painting and drawing. She is currently an assistant professor in L.A., her own work is presented in art fairs and has been featured in many publications including the Huffington Post, the Los Angeles Times and Art Papers.
Her website shows her collections of paintings and mixed media works which are certainly worth taking a scroll through. Campbell’s style of painting is dramatic and loose as her brush’s bristles drag this way and that. Her strokes are loaded with paint before quickly segueing into deliberate gestures eventually resulting in paintings with flattened volumes. She paints a lot of figurative work some of which have dark undertones and themes however I really enjoy looking at her landscape and floral pieces that are bursting in texture and colour, see below.
During my recent family holiday to the South of France, specifically the Côte d’Azur I came across this artist named Sylvie T. She is a local artist of Nice who primarily sketches the Nice landscape and it’s iconic french coastal architecture. Sylvie T. captures the beauty of the Nicean surroundings and its soft light by combining watercolour and sketch. She carefully orchestrates where these two mediums are used on her drawings to accurately portray the look and feel of Nice. Her paintings have an ‘unfinished’ appearance because of the way she splashes bits of colour on only parts of the her sketches whilst the rest is left in pencil. I bought some of her cards and bookmarks that I photographed.
For those of you who haven’t been to this part of France, Sylvie’s work does a great job of giving you a sense of what it looks like at least. It really is a beautiful city on the coast of France to visit for inspiration, relaxation and sightseeing.
Take a look