Category Archives: Paintings

Gina and Matt

Gina and Matt is the collaborative illustration studio of Gina Triplett and Matt Curtius.  They met while attending the Maryland Institute College of Art where she focused on illustration and he studied painting. They were able to combine their skills to create art often together and sometimes singularly. They share their cultural influences here on Communication Arts website:

“In our art and in our life, we have drawn inspiration from a great many people and things that have included: vintage textiles, sixteenth-cen­tury Flemish painting, The American Visionary Arts Museum, Kelly Blair and Joel Holland, Greg Klein, Rachel Salomon, used book stores, The Last Drop Coffee House, Headcase Design, Lord Whimsy, the Standard Tap, Man Man, The Wissahickon, Dave Eggers, Donald Baechler, The Carter Family, The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge, Spur Design, Whitney Sherman and Julian Allen.”

You can find the couple on their website and with Gina individually on Facebook and Instagram and with Matt also on Facebook and Instagram.

Images: Courtesy of Gina and Matt.


Raimonds Staprans

Artist and playwright Raimonds Staprans was born in 1926 in Riga, Latvia. The painter is known for his depictions of fruit, chairs and architecture using flat planes of color to create form and light. In his own words he says this about his work:

“I am an abstract painter whose objects are really recognizable and sometimes quite realistic, but one has to really realize that they are all, everything, even if the object in the paintng looks quite realistic, they are really constructed from the ground up in absolutely abstract terms. But when you really look at it closely, even if I paint the glass, there is very little truth in it . It looks realistic, but when you compare it to the real thing, it really isn’t t here. It’s like the reflections on such, the shadows are quite different, so it’s an illusion. It’s an illusion. But the paintings themselves are quite abstract, and that’s why I really take a joy in it .”

You can learn more about the artist here on an interview with Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art.

Images: Courtesy of Raimonds Staprans and Google Images.

Channing Hansen

Admiring the knitted paintings of Los Angeles-based artist Channing Hansen. He was educated at the San Francisco Art Institute where he participated in the New Genres Program. His hand-knitted constructions are stretched on wooden frames and uses loops of yarn to form painterly abstractions. He has mastered the skill of knitting, from acquiring raw fleece to dyeing and spinning yarn.

You can view more of his work here on Instagram.

Images: Courtesy of Channing Hansen.