From her series “Mimicry”, Netherlands-based artist Ilse Leenders creates these carefully composed, colorful pieces that feel perfectly spring-like to us. Speaking to the idea of individuality and identity in contemporary society, “Mimicry” presents humans as faceless animals, adapting to their environments. Check out her website for a variety of other great projects.
From his series Corolla, New York-based photographer Daniel Seung Lee gives us a new way to see a very old subject. Removing color from flowers - arguably their defining and most attractive characteristic - Lee instead paints a rich textural portrait of something wonderfully organic, and yet almost leaves us feeling cheated.
A native Irishman, Brooklyn-based artist and illustrator Oliver Jeffers is as clever as he is talented. From his oil paintings featured here, to his picture books for children, Jeffers has a knack for balancing sweetness with a touch of irony. Titles like Gravity, Depiction of Beauty and Adolf Dali complete the story.
We’re loving the honest simplicity of these pieces by Inuit folk artist Kenojuak Ashevak. Seemingly borrowed from another time, her confident use of color and composition is really refreshing. These pieces are from her Birds series, courtesy of 50watts.
Ashevak passed this January at the age of 85. For more information about her read on:
"One of the best known and most acclaimed Inuit artists of the last 50 years, Kenojuak Ashevak, is being remembered by many across Canada this week….Ashevak began contributing to the famed Cape Dorset print collections in 1959, and […] contributed to them every year since, right up until the fall 2012 release." [continue reading at Canadian Art]
Always a sucker for colorful collage, we love these pieces by Wales-based artist Laura Redburn. Drawing equally from nature, dreams and the past, Laura’s work blends innocence and playfulness perfectly.
Shanghai-based photographer Egill Bjarki’s series Flora is a wonderful reminder of the magic in the plant life around us. Working through a single night to capture the images, the series paints a beautifully textured portrait of light, color and shadow.
Vienna-based photographer Daniel Gebhart de Koekkoek has us craving spring with his wonderfully sunny series The World We Live In. His work is carefree and loving, capturing a certain innocence that seems especially honest.
Gebhart picked up photography is 2006 and has since achieved great success, interning at Magnum and picking up clients such as Vice and Vanity Fair. See another wonderful, if not colder series by Gebhart over at Feature Shoot.
VINTAGE INSECT ILLUSTRATIONS BY E.A. SÉGUY
E.A. Séguy is a somewhat mysterious artist, working in France in the early 1900s. From BibliOdyssey:
Séguy the artist is best remembered for a couple of series of prints he produced in the 1920s - ‘Papillons’ and ‘Insectes’ - both of which are featured above. The wonderfully lush and vibrant colours we see come from the multiple-stencil technique of pochoir printing, usually associated with the Art Nouveau and Art Deco movements.