03 Feb Why New Artwork is Like a Magic Bullet + 5 Artists to Watch
A new work of art is like a magic bullet for a room. This small change can completely transform a space…and also totally alter your outlook on life.
The color, subject, size, function and sentiment of a piece is a surefire way to make someone smile, nod, cringe, ponder or laugh. That’s why choosing the right piece for a space is critical. For example, a bright, colorful, witty piece in a kitchen or entryway can spark conversation, and a dark, gloomy piece has no place above your headboard.
It’s no secret that I have a thing for irreverent art. I love work that makes me laugh out loud, pieces that have a sense of longing, and others that are witty and thought provoking.
Here is a list of new artists to watch that I’m crushing on right now. Some are emerging, some are established, but all have a spectacular talent for innovative application of their chosen medium. I think you will love them as much as I do.
My Top 5 Artists To Watch
Wild, bright, psychedelic and abstract, Kelsey Brookes’ paintings are a masterful blend of science and art. A trained biochemist (who used to work tracking viruses for the US Government), Brookes combines pop and abstract elements, spliced color and his understanding of modern biochemistry to create intense pieces that are no doubt conversation starters.
The works in his latest series are meditative, a result of his connection to Buddhism. Indeed, his pieces remind me of the vibrant sand mandalas created by Tibetan Buddhists.
I think his pieces would work beautifully anywhere in a home, but I particularly love the thought of one of these hanging in a master bathroom or powder room where you have just long enough to linger and ponder it’s meaning.
Brookes is a rock star in his own right, with work in private collections and museums around the world, as well as gracing album covers for the Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Flaming Lips, and noted collaborations with RVCA and VANS.
A friend of mine ran into Jenny Filipetti’s work at Hinterland Gallery in Denver, CO. She texted me photos of these ethereal ceramic vases, and sculptures crafted with 3-D printed molds. But the real showstopper are Filipetti’s Breath Vessels, which are difficult to explain, but I’ll go with her description:
“In this project, a virtual 3D model is generated in realtime as one exhales into a handheld shell-like form. The strength and speed of the breath at each moment determines how wide the vessel is. These forms are then translated into ceramic. Each vessel transforms the ephemeral breath into a persistent record of a moment otherwise already lost to time.”
I am blown away by Filipetti’s innovative blend of technology and traditional craft. Her work is incredibly organic, creating this kind of interface between machine made, man made and the natural world. No doubt this fascination with the intersection of man, Mother Nature and machine comes from her work in Computational Biology and Art Semiotics at Brown University and her MFA in Emergent Digital Practices at the University of Denver.
As an emerging artist, I have no doubt Jenny will gain a cult following in the coming years. I can’t wait to see more.
I’m always on the hunt for pieces that offer a modern perspective on the natural world. Living in a mountain town, traditional “nature” photography can get a little stale. DeMarte’s connection between nature and artifice is enchanting, and has the perfect dose of saccharine without being overly sweet.
He creates his surreal digital ink jet images as a representation of the “unnatural natural world while…commenting on the ‘sugarcoated’ and ‘hyper-perfect way products and consumer life are represented in the media.”
I would love to see one of these pieces in a great room, as a transition between the kitchen and living space, or as a conversation piece in a guest bedroom or hallway.
If I had to choose only one word to describe Tom Chambers’ photography, I would have to say it’s “magical.”
His work, which depicts the power of nature over humankind, is inspired by Mexican religious art called “ex votos”—pieces created on tin, copper or wood and illustrated with occasions of dramatic “miracles” that honored the power and mercy of the saints.
I adore Chambers’ hyper-realist pieces because they elicit a powerful emotional reaction. But he doesn’t hand that emotion to you on a platter, instead he allows the viewer to come up with their own story based on their own identity and feelings. His work could easily belong in just about every room—from a dark, distinguished library to a little girl’s room.
Remarkable isn’t it?
Avesha Michael is both a friend and a wildly talented ceramic artist and jeweler. Her work is both understated and bold, organic and elegant, artistic and functional. Each piece is hand-sculpted with brilliant little details, like metallic accents, and innovative texture.
Avesha’s use of color, glazing and firing techniques creates pieces that are totally transitional…they work well with classic, modern or somewhere-in-between style. There is no doubt that she is a go-to when I’m looking for gifts, or when I feel the need to upgrade my everyday kitchen ware.
Her big coffee mugs are like a hug in the morning, the ceramic spoons are delicate and wonderful for all kinds of uses, and those bowls…those bowls…are just plain beautiful.
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