The following little 4inch x 4inch cuties have been taking up some of my time in the past couple of weeks as I’m making them to show and sell alongside my new creatures at The Front Room. People who’ve read previous posts may notice the similarity between these and the Peeper Trio I gifted to my boyfriend last year. I love making these little paintings, and I find them so adorable that I can’t help but squee at them when I add the final touches to each.
I’m trying to think of different animals I can reconfigure to my quirky style of drawing and painting, and will also be doing these in different colour combinations and sizes for a few other upcoming projects, including the DNA Market which will be on the 3rd of July – more details on that to come!
First Thursdays! Last Thursday, after a week of excessively manic studio time, I put up 7 paintings in St Kevin’s Arcade along with 7 other artists. There were also a number of crafty types and a musical backdrop provided by George FM. Multitudes of well-dressed and generally lovely people passed through the arcade between 6 and 9pm, taking in the art and the atmosphere.
It was great to take part in such a well-organised and awesome event, and having my work in such a public arena made for pretty amazing exposure. I loved gauging peoples reactions to my paintings from a distance, and also standing by and pretending to be a viewer myself. Quite a few of my business cards disappeared from their little holder, and while I didn’t sell anything, I’m happy with what I presented and the overall response was rather heartening. I met some awesome people and made some great new contacts and it seems that I’m not the only person that likes my work. I can’t wait for the next opportunity!
Thanks to Amber for taking this photo!
If you want to check out the official First Thursdays website, you can do so here. Hopefully there should be photos up from the event this week!
Day Of The Dead - Ronald Kurniawan
Ronald Kurniawan makes surreal brightly coloured magical works that feature invented creatures and landscape elements along with references to technology and the civilised world. His work includes paintings and sculptures, though he is definitely more prolific at the first.
Queen B - Ronald Kurniawan
He lives and works in Los Angeles, California. He has exhibited in many shows and has also created work for companies such as Sony Pictures Entertainment, Disney Consumer Products, General Mills and Honda, to name a few.
Ronald Kurniawan - Work for Honda Insight Campaign
Ronald Kurniawan paints imagery that makes you think. And he also has a pet pug, so he must be awesome.
Top Dog - Ronald Kurniawan
Please visit the website of Ronald Kurniawan to see more of his work.
Leaving Downy Cloud Island
Creating sweetly serene scenes that feature wispy girls with anthropomorphic animal friends, Amy Sol’s peaceful muted colour palette interacts naturally with the wood grain board that she often works on and these elements come together as detailed otherworldly vistas. Her works range from softly penciled graphite drawings and sensitively painted gouache works, through to her deeply intricate acrylic paintings.
We Found Ourselves Being Dreamt
Sol works intuitively, creating fantasy-fueled scenes directly from her mind. Her influences include folk art, vintage illustration, manga and modern design and she has mentioned Kay Nielsen and Range Murata among the artists that have inspired her.
Dream Distant Cousin
Her work (along with that of many other artists) is even available as vinyl skins for cellphones, laptops and a range of other electronic devices from Gelaskins. Pensive pandas to inspire on a daily basis sounds like a super cute idea.
Leave The Hair And Go Free – iPod Gelaskin
In the previous 5 years, Sol has participated in many group and solo shows, both in the US and internationally. This year she has been in two group shows and has an upcoming solo show at the Copro Nason Gallery in Santa Monica, California. If you are anywhere near this venue I implore you to go to her show! I imagine her work is even more magical in person. Sol was born and spent her childhood in Korea; she now lives and works in Las Vegas, Nevada.
We’ll Be There When You Wake Up
Please visit Amy Sol’s website here to see more of her work.
WHERE ARE THEY (SUPER HEROES)?
A couple of years ago whilst in the search for some inspiration, I happened across the work of Korean born artist Jiha Moon. I was immediately drawn into a state of enthrallment as I perused the Google Image search results and then even more excited when I discovered her website, with a complete back-catalogue of images.
Her work is colourful and exciting; combining elements of landscape, pop art and surrealism in mixed media works that modernise traditional Asian landscapes using saccharine-sweet colours and invented creatures. A combination of abstraction and representation, traditional and modern, the work of Jiha Moon is, put simply, incredible to behold.
Nahan’s Forty Winks
Moon is currently located in Atlanta, Georgia and regularly exhibits in both solo and group shows.
All photos from the official website of Jiha Moon.
It’s kind of fun giving people paintings as gifts as it gives me an excuse to paint something different than I usually would. I painted this fun wee trio of animals for my boyfriend’s birthday which was in June. Yay for cute and slightly misshapen animals!
Don’t tell the octopus that he’s meant to have 8 tentacles. I don’t think he’d be too happy if he found out.
It so often happens that I’ll spend so hours labouring over a painting and absolutely love it when it’s finished, only to become completely over it within a few weeks. Fickle is a brilliant word to describe this commonplace conundrum. The images in this post are of some of the few paintings that have escaped that fate.
This last image makes me pretty happy. Sleepy plush cloud over pointy mountains = bliss.
Hopefully I can find more images of my old paintings that I still like. I have a series of paintings hanging in my room that are my favourites but currently have no images of them available.