Category Archives: Paintings

Anna & Elena Balbusso

Anna&ElenaBalbussoAdmiring these graphic illustrations of women’s head with high hairstyles inspired by women’s hairstyles of the 18th Century. Twins Anna and Elena Balbusso are the award winning illustrators that created these images. Their style merges drawing, painting and graphic design combined with an expansive knowledge of art history.

On an interview with Folio Society they have these suggestions for budding artists:

“It is important to study the history of art and to know the past as well as the present. Always strive to improve. Try to be very critical of yourself but never give up – although it is a very difficult job. Follow and respect one’s personality, don’t follow the trend of the moment. If you do, the risk is to be used and thrown away in a short space of time. At the same time it is important to know about new trends and tastes. Don’t forget it is a commercial world, but be careful in your choice of projects. It is important that the quality of your work keeps growing. Interpretation is more important than technique and special effects. Young artists must not work for free, only if it is for charity. And last but not least, enforce the law on copyright!”

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Images: Courtesy of Anna and Elena Balbusso.

Marina Strocchi

MarinaStrocchiMelbourne-born painter and printmaker Marina Strocchi lives in Central Australia working considerably with the Aboriginal artists of the region. She paints the environment of the area showing a strong influence of the Aboriginal culture with flattened perspective, rich coloration and complex repetition.

You can view much of her work on Google images and a few can be seen here at Jan Murphy Gallery.

Images: Courtesy of Marina Strocchi.

Mizuki Goto

MizukiGotoWe are inspired by the works of illustrator/designer Mizuki Goto. She has a way with torn paper, paint and shapes that certainly makes us want to see more. You can find her work at Digmeout and purchase a few prints and tea towels here at West Elm.

Images: Courtesy of Mizuki Goto.