We can’t stop staring at these wonderfully graphic paintings by Portland, Maine-based artist Joe Kievitt. Working on paper with ink and liquid paint, Kievitt isolates areas for treatment, working on a slow and meticulous process, creating these somewhat hypnotic asymmetrical works.
How great are these perceptual studies by Toronto-based artist Isabel M. Martinez. Spending her formative years in Santiago, Chile, Martinez’s work takes apart experience, time, perception and emotion in these simple yet mesmerizing photographs. Each piece is done using analog medium format film, multiple exposures, and in-camera masks to achieve the striped pattern, which at times renders the illusion of a three dimensional collage.
Brooklyn-based fiber artist Emily Barletta has us looking twice at her organically inspired pieces. At first glance we thought they were mere drawings, but each delicate line is actually thread, which makes us love it twice as much. Her careful use of color and composition weave textures that feel natural and inspiring - now if we could only see it in person!
We love these sweet pieces by Singapore-based artist Izziyana Suhaimi. Combining traditional illustration, watercolor and then adding embroidery, Suhaimi creates a subtle narrative between the traditional craftsmanship and contemporary subjects in these beautifully done pieces.
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]
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.