When I started trying to promote my own artwork online I kept coming across other people's art that amazed or compelled me in one way or another. This blog has been a way for me to practice thinking and writing about art, as well as learning more about my peers and all the incredible art that is being made out there.

Search for an Artist on this blog (or cut and paste from the list at the bottom of this page)

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Yaroslav Gerzhedovich

At the recommendation of the previously posted artist I now present another "Damn good Russian". Much of his work is taken up with mythology and allegory while other pieces are very traditional bucolic landscapes. Some of the best pieces are either somewhere in between or neither, but judge for yourself. And definitely go to his Flickr site to see incredibly elaborate details.

"The Alchemists"

"The Damned City"

"Walls and Windows"

"Assault the castle"

Don't forget to click on these images to see them larger

Monday, June 29, 2009

Andrey Zakirzyanov

Why are so many Russian painters so damn good? I saw these recently on Flickr.com.
He's posted a host of detail shots which you really need to look through to get a good feel for the piece. Not many painters can pull of this Breugel-esque sort of style though I've seen others try and certainly none of them captured this kind of grand vision. Please, please click on these images to view them larger and then go to the link above and look through all those details!

"Adoration of the Magi" 1997 160x160cm

Adoration of the Magi - detail

"Battle of Celestial Bodies" 1995 150x200cm

Battle of Celestial Bodies - detail

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Tim Lowly 2

Here's another update (see December 2008). Although this is not a new image (it's from 1999) he recently posted it on his Flickr site along with other details all in very large format so that you can get a really good look at the detail (click on the image!)

"Woman By Water" 48" x 192"


Shelly Johnson 2

I like to update artists that I've posted before (see December 2008). She's got a new website up that looks very complete: popgoesart.com.
And hey, you can get t-shirts! Only 2 but what could be more pop?



Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Shaun Tan

I have long maintained that there are illustrators out there who are better Artists in the purest sense, than many of the so-called fine artists who fill the high end galleries. Here's a perfect example.

"Footpath, Fifth Avenue" 2004 110x120cm

'He was saying the same sentence over and over, ending with "tasoo-ke-te, tasoo ke-te."'

'It floats gently above suburban rooftops... inspiring lonely dogs to bark in the middle of the night.'

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Brian McKenzie

Here's another print-maker but not just a print-maker. He also does paintings and sculpture and probably anything else to vent his obsessions with biology, decay, destruction and general weirdness. He's also having a grand time with exquisite corpses. Spend some time looking through his blog: bdmckenzie.blogspot.com

And CLICK on these images for to see them large in all their exquisite gnarly little details.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Amanda Blake

Two posts today.
Though she lives here in Portland I was unaware of her until now.
There is a distinct connection between her and Amanda Blake's work (see previous entry). I also see similarities with Carson Ellis and even Edward Gorey in her private milieu of odd characters.

"Lucy Counts the Stars no.7" 10"x10"

"Circus Family no.8" 12"x12"

"Margaret Leads Colin into the Snowy Night" 10"x10"

Amy Huddleston

These 3 are not the most typical of her paintings. Most are not so narrative. Even if you are not drawn to her work at first, let me tell you, if you look through them all, there is a cumulative effect that is even greater than the sum of the individual pieces. There is real artistry at work here.
see: amyhuddleston.com and for even more work go to www.flickr.com/photos/amyhuddleston


"Happily Ever After" 18"x18"

"Last Breath" 24"x24"

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Travis Louie

Strange characters and creatures inhabiting antique portraits. It's a nice conceit made even better by impeccable craftsmanship. But you have to go to his website (www.travislouie.com) where he provides a short narrative on each character. And there are so many, it was hard to pick three.

"Naven Overcomes His Spider Phobia"

"Young Miss Bunny"

"Hairy Stare"

Monday, June 8, 2009

Leah Giberson

She takes fairly ordinary photos and strips away all the extraneous details to evoke something that feels more real. The pasted on layers of canvas add something here without seeming too contrived though I can't quite decide why. These pieces are also 2" inches deep with painted sides which you can see at flickr.com/photos/leahgiberson/.
She sells prints at etsy.com
Her website is by her own admission rarely updated but there's some nice stuff there too

"Under wraps" 10x10"

"Caravan Series 2" 9x12"

"Malden Pool 1"

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Rose Johnson

She'll be sorely missed. She was much loved and she loved so much.
article with links
Please click on the image below. I wish I could show you other murals as well. I think it was her best form.

Jonquil Motel - Bisbee AZ

Monday, June 1, 2009

Damon Kowarsky

I immediately loved these birds-eye view of ancient cities, clearly drawn with an eye for accurate detail but also the free flowing hand of a confident artist. (He apparently works a lot as a scientific and archaeological illustrator).
And it's nice to include a print-maker. http://art.damon.fastmail.net/

"Looking Down II" 28x45cm

"Aminabad I" 19x30cm

"City I"