artist fridays: megan whitmarsh

I have been such a blogging deadbeat lately!  Sorry, blogosphere!  The snowpolyse gave me two days off work this week, one being yesterday.  I escaped my neighborhood for the day by attending a decadent brunch with some friends… not leaving time for blogging in the afternoon!

This is my last daily post with Marshmellow Kisses.  From now on you can check out Brown Paper Bag for all your daily art posts.  I will still update this blog with my work on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays (at the very least).

Okay, now on to Artist Fridays!  I present to you the work of Megan Whitmarsh.  She’s an artist that has made work for some time, and whose website catalogs the years she’s been working, making it interesting to see the progression of her work.   My favorite of her work is actually from 2006/2007, when she used a lot of embroidery in her work.  She has since transitioned from embroidery to sculpture.  It’s all very nice, but I love the insular worlds that she creates with her (slightly) older work.

All images via her website.


artist fridays: stacey rozich

This Friday I’ll be presenting the work of Stacey Rozich.  She is a recent discovery and one that I have looked at a bit since.

She recently attended the California College of Arts and has since moved back to her hometown of Seattle.  Her work is influenced by old children’s books, graphic novels as well as Slavic folk tales(!!!).

I think what makes her work so wonderful to look at is the surreal nature of the work, and the way she pairs patterns with each other. I love the characters she’s created and the context that it references, being a big fan of folk art myself.

I will be curious to see if she ever gives her characters a context (environmentally-wise).

All images via her blog, Mystery Meat.

artist fridays: amy cutler

While I was in Los Angles last summer, I stayed with my friend Jess.  Jess has a lot of neat/interesting things in her apartment, one of them being a framed picture of a woman sewing up tigers.  I really enjoyed the delicacy of the work as well as the fantastical-yet-grounded imagery.

It wasn’t until recently that I found out that the artist in question was named Amy Cutler.  I looked up her other work, and it all has totally blown me away.  I find it very compelling and so masterfully done – it’s very luscious with rich pattens and line work.  The style is confident and very matter-of-fact, making anything that happens in her world seem grounded in normalcy.

I think I respond so positively to Amy because she has in her work what I want in my own – her associations with dreams, surrealism and fairy tales.

She is an internationally know artist and has many solo and group exhibitions.  She doesn’t have a website, but is represented by Leslie Tonkonow in New York City.

All images via Image Google (yes, for real why does it feel like I’m using Wikipedia to write a research paper?).

artist fridays: michael velliquette

Ever since I did that post on Papercraft,  I keep thinking about cut paper and how much I really enjoy Michael Velliquette’s work.   His work is colorful and playful and references things like masks and totem poles (at least that’s what I take from it).  I am blown away by how intricate his pieces are and how nicely they are put together!

If you have the chance, you should check out his website.  It has not only cut paper, but sculptures, drawings and performances.  Michael is fairly prolific considering how detailed and time consuming his work must be.    If you look at his artwork archive, you’ll see that his cut paper was a pretty natural transition from the drawings and prints he was currently doing. I also think that his cut paper work has translated well from those drawings.  It’s often hard when you are relying on the edge of the paper rather than a drawn line, and here is an example of it done well.

He is also in Slash: The Art of Cut Paper (which I wrote about here last week)!

All images via his website.

artist fridays: paul rand

Paul Rand

Maybe I’m on a 1950’s/1960’s/1970’s kick (I recently started donning my 60’s style felted hat on cold days) but I recently borrowed a few books from the library.  Both were art/illustration of the past.  One was the Pushpin Graphic (whose heyday was in the 60’s/70’s) and a giant Paul Rand book by Steven Heller.

So, for this edition of Artist Fridays, I give you a classic.  A master in design. Paul Rand.  I try to do contemporary artists most of the time, but it’s really great to look at vintage design – design that stands up to what’s being done today.

Rand created many corporate identities (which are slowly being replaced.  Yale Unversity Press was one of the latest ones to do it this past year), and he and his wife together wrote and illustrated children’s books.  In addition, he did poster design and other commercial work.  I’m sure you’ve seen a Rand logo and just haven’t known it.

I love his shapes.  They are crisp and bright, reminiscent of Matisse.  His design work is smart and very clever.  He’s a great problem solver.  Enjoy.

See more of his work and his thoughts on design via his posthumous website.

artist fridays: kelly lynn jones

Kelly Lynn Jones

It’s Friday and everyone knows what that means!  Today I’m posting the work of Kelly Lynn Jones.  I first became acquainted with her work through my involvement with Little Paper Planes, an online store that she helps run.

I’m really loving her collage work! The way they are put together is extremely thoughtful and harmonious – she does a very nice job of using different types of paper, colors and techniques and having them be cohesive.

I’m just posting her collage work on paper, but she has paintings and works on wood, in addition to a few different projects.  Each piece shows the same careful consideration and detail paid to things that otherwise might be overlooked.

all images via Kelly Lynn Jones

artist fridays: rich gemmell

Well, it’s Friday already and I think you all know what that means!  Today I’m going to write about a UK-based  illustrator named Rich Gemmell.

Rich Gemmell

On his website, Gemmell writes that he’s starting a new body of work based on his recent trip to Scotland.  He writes that he wants to “improve his image-making and inject something a bit different in his future pieces”, which I can appreciate.  I absolutely love how this body of work is starting and much prefer it to his older work – this is so much more complex and emotional.

I would really like to know his technique- the images look to be a combination of collage, watercolor or ink and monoprints.  The lines are so crisp and the shapes have such a nice weigh to them, which is a nice contrast to the line work gingerly drawn on top.

I’m excited to see how this series progresses.