These incredibly delicate paintings on paper and porcelain are the work of Sydney-based artist Niharika Hukku. Her love of nature is apparent in her amazing work creating natural scenes that range from fluffy white clouds to schools of swimming fish. She tells us a bit about herself on an interview on Lost at E Minor:
“I have a degree in fine arts specialising in painting. I fell into a career in illustration very early on and continued to work for over a decade before I shifted my focus to ceramics. Though I enjoyed my job as a commercial artist, I felt the need to do something personal and organic and also wanted to spend more time with clay.”
“My most treasured experience would be my first time on a potter’s wheel. It was exciting and I was impatient to make tall beautiful forms immediately. I still have the first piece I threw on the wheel. While it was small and imperfect, I think it beautiful for it reminds me of all the hope I had for myself in learning something new.”
You can find the artist on her website, Facebook and Instagram.
Images: Courtesy of Niharika Hukku.
Admiring the bold graphic paintings of Los Angeles-based artist, Jonas Wood. Wood cites as his inspiration artists from David Hockney to Alex Katz and Lucien Freud. While distinctly contemporary, Wood pays direct homage to artists from Matisse to Picasso in his compositions. On an interview with UCLA blog Hammer he shares some insights into his work:
“I first started painting plants after grad school as a means to paint from life. When I moved to LA I was really taken with the plant life (succulents mostly) and started painting plants more and more.”
“I make paintings from drawings. I make collages and make paintings and drawings from them. Making studies gives me a blue print for how I want to make a painting. With these new plants, most were made from drawings. I made hundreds of drawings of these new plants. In those drawings I was working out the kinks and trying to locate what felt right. I made some paintings of these new plants that were terrible. I cut them up and glued pieces to new canvases and made new configurations. Then I made paintings of these collages. “
“Color is something that I am really into. I guess everyone is into color in some way. Color is a balancing act. I see these new plant paintings as just an exercise in shape and color balance. Using local color is just a tool like perspective. You can see it and maybe you can use it to your advantage in some way, but it actually is pretty boring. When color challenges you, and tells you a plant is blue not green, then maybe color can ask you new questions about what you are seeing.”
You can view more of his work on Google images, David Kordansky Gallery and Anton Kern Gallery.
Images: Courtesy of Jonas Wood.
Admiring these elegantly and minimally painted stones created by UK-based illustrator, Natasha Newton. The artist meticulously chooses the precise nature images and intricate patterned designs that compliment the particular shape, color, and natural markings of the stone. On an interview with Pikaland she says this about her thought process and inspirations:
“I get ideas all the time, and often at odd times when I’m least expecting them. They seem to appear from nowhere, but of course this can’t be true. I try to jot down a few written notes on paper as soon as I can, just so I won’t forget the general idea or initial thoughts, and sometimes I’ll make rough sketches too. I don’t tend to work on incredibly detailed preliminary sketches though, preferring just to have an idea of the composition and allowing the piece to develop as I’m working on it.”
“Nature, books (I collect art and design books, as well as unusual children’s storybooks), the changing seasons, trees and forests, bonfires and full moons, other artists, Scandinavian design (I desperately want to visit Norway and Sweden), love, and of course birds.”
You can follow the artist on her website, Facebook and Instagram. Some of her pieces can be purchased in the shop, NatashaNewtonArt.
Images: Courtesy of Natasha Newton.