Last year I came across the work of Hola Lou, a visual artist and graphic designer based in Mexico, who’s site I frequently visit to see what new pieces she’s added. Her style, inspired by her right now home of Mexico’s Caribbean, incorporates bold, geometric shapes brought to life by an invigorating color palette. This the kind of art I want to wake up to in the morning, that gives me a feeling of good energy and life.
One thing I really appreciate about her online store is that she has a range of products at all different prices. If her original paintings are out of your price range you can snag one of her giclées or screen prints which are equally beautiful. She even has a “freebies” section where you can download some of her works as wallpapers for your mobile devices.
German painter Cornelia Baltes has a wonderful ability to paint the idea of things. Not the objects themselves but something that’s both right but not quite right, more like capturing an essence or a feeling. In her work I see things that you might not, which is why her playful, almost cartoon style, opens itself up to letting your mind fill in the gaps. The bright gradients she employs are wonderfully offset by the stark additions of black and white, a really lovely contrast.
Currently, she has a lovely show up at Galleri Nicolai Wallner in Copenhagen, if you happen to be in the area.
A friend recently recommended to me the work of Soey Milk, a Korean artist who uses oil paint and collage to stunning effect. Her attention to detail and nuance, especially in facial features, is what immediately draws you in. The faces are so life-like, yet they’re surrounded by these abstract fields of flowers and random drips and swathes of paint. The combination of the two make create beautiful masterpieces that you can easily get lost in.
I recommend that you follow her on Instagram, as that’s where most of her updates come from, including some great behind-the-scenes imagery of her paintings.
Shawna X is a New York based artist and visual designer who’s work is an ecstatic explosion of colors, gradients, nude women, and fantasy landscapes. I am always all about crazy colors and Shawna X gives me all the feelings. Her ability to balance colors and contrast means all of her imagery is super impactful.
I found an interview with Shawna from March 2017, where she speaks about creating art during these tough times, which I found quite relatable. This is why I’ve started writing again, because we all need some good vibes and inspiration from the art around us.
Q: How do you see your role as an artist in these increasingly fucked up times?
A: It’s suffered. Sometimes I feel like it doesn’t matter. When our world is suffering, the last thing anybody cares about is artistry and creativity. However I must remind myself that being an artist is a privilege because my life thus far has given me the space to think, feel and create freely- and that inspiration from art is almost as good as faith, it speaks and helps people who need it.
I’d highly recommend following her on Instagram, and then checking out her shop Bad boy nice girl, which has loads of awesome products to fill your apartment with.
PichiAvo is a pair of Spanish graffiti artists working together to create pieces that combine ancient art with urban art. These pieces are manifested as Grecian sculptures, created with spray paint, which are surrounded and embedded with tags and marks. These distinctive styles may be separated by thousands of years but PichiAvo brilliance is in making it look easy.
Raku Inoue has a fondness for nature which is highlighted in much of his work. He recently debuted Natura Insects, a series of insects that had been created from pieces of flowers. Petals and stems combined to create colorful bugs like stag beetles, butterflies, and black widows in the loveliest of colors.
Based in Malmö, Sweden, Mästerverk presents fine art prints, in super limited editions, from emerging Scandinavian artists. Their initial line-up so far includes Oscar Grønner, Maria Pohl, Clara Selina Bach, Stine Maria Aalykke, Jon Kono, Freja Erixån, Olle Halvars, Karl-Joel Lrsn. My personal favorite is the piece by Oscar Grønner of the man taking a tinkle in the public toilet.
On Easter day in 1988, Keith Haring painted an 8′ X 16′ mural on the White House lawn, and then donated it to the Children’s Hospital, National Medical Center, Washington, D.C. It’s a beautiful piece, I love the colors and shapes, and of course, that cool dog in the middle. He wasn’t even 30 years old when he did this.