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.
Painter Jan De Vliegher lives and works in Bruges, Belgium. He uses light, form, color, shadow and a thick painting texture to produce strong emotional contemporary abstractions. The subject matter takes a backseat role to the lush colors, dramatic brushstrokes and overpowering scale of his work. On Gow Lansford Gallery he says this about content in painting:
‘Content in painting means more to me then a good political, social or moral story, or whatever kind of meaning/storytelling. It is something poetical and emotional, pure painterly, a free way of painting, a celebration of life. My approach to painting has a formal element as well. I look at paintings in terms of color, form and composition. I like to compose, to create order by means of different compositional styles’.
And on Hilde Van Canneyt blog he says this:
“Painting is ultimately a rational thought process. Truly profound and experience your feelings without systematics as happens in the expressionist world already rapidly decays into something animate. How often it does not happen that someone in a daze think you have made an incredible job and afterwards realize that it all means nothing? I see painting as more sport where you practice a hundred percent control over what you do and where you are very focused. You also need to agree to go out of control, but calculated.”
You can follow the artist here on his website.
Images: Courtesy of Jan De Vliegher.