Starting out with spontaneous mark and colour forms, with little expectation of the end result, her paintings reveal themselves through the process of painting; Betsy Walton creates as she paints. Walton’s work is as expressionistic as it is surreal, from the titles she gives each piece to the half drawn figures and cut out geometric pieces of gold leaf overlapping washes of paint. Her work attempts to reach the sublime, delving into the relationship between objects and people and the sense of mystery behind our everyday encounters. Needless to say her colour palettes are beautifully dream-like, evoking feelings of transcendence to the viewer.
‘We can experience the sublime in the same room where we fold the laundry, and perhaps at the same time.’ – Betsy Walton.
I came across this shop on Redbubble and thought the prints were so eye catching and vibrant that I had to share them! Tanor prints by an unnameable Russian artist, who works with oil paints, water colour, pen and ink to Illustrator and Photoshop. This graphic design artist is inspired by the macro world and nature, and looks at ornaments and antiques to visualize the colours and patterns in the way her designs take hold. You can really see this in her work (see below). For more check out her portfolio, only 350 prints to look through!!
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.
Sandra Dieckmann, a successful illustrator, maker and artist. Dieckmann has collaborated with numerous partners and been commissioned by many clients, including WWF, Etsy, Wildlife Aid, Magma Books and Anderson Press. She has an extensive list of worldwide stockists as well as selling online. From seeing her distinguishable portfolio of work you can see why Dieckmann has become so liked in the consumer market, in particular the arts and crafts circles.
I came across Dieckmann’s pop up shop in the Crafty Fox Market and was blown away by her work! (I bought every type of paper stationary she was selling) She has a lovely collection of bear prints, which seems to be the main animal she draws, along with some wolf and fox designs and the occasional cat in costume. Her work has a dreamy, nostalgic mood about it, through use of warm and harsh cold colour palettes. Some of her pieces are quite striking and border on the whimsical fantastical side of nature. Combining human and animal in strange juxtapositions and playing with their proportions – reminds me very much of fable narratives and folk tales. Inspirational work truly.
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I came across Rosemary Milner when I visited the Crafty Fox market, an arts and crafts market I mentioned in a previous post. Milner’s work is sparked by British nature, and historical narratives. Her designs feature British wildlife such as foxes, hares, birds and wildflowers in a range of products on her website. Her hand embroidery collection is lovely and quaint, not something that you often come across these days in professional crafting circles. I had the pleasure of meeting Rosemary herself and had a chat about the mediums she uses to produce her designs. Linocut printing being the core process she uses to create her work (a printing process that I would like to get into myself) gives her work a strong naturalistic/organic style.
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