French painter Stéphane Bulan’s first career was as a successful journalist and caricaturist. In 1975 he completely devoted himself to fine art painting. His images has a certain cleanliness to his form that is paramount in his artworks. The artist uses vibrant yellows, blues, greens and other primary colors in his work. Even with his intense colors, Bulan incorporates a certain liberty and serenity in each of his canvases. His work has been widely collected and exhibited throughout Europe, North America and the Orient.
The Wayúu (aka Wayu) people inhabit the arid Guajira Peninsula straddling the Venezuela-Colombia border, on the Caribbean Sea coast. Weaving and crocheting make up a large part of their daily life, especially for women. The tribe produces millions of high-quality artisan products every year playing a vital role in the local economy. They are mostly known for their woven Wayuu bags.
Found this beautiful collection of bags from Chila Bags, Japan. “Chila Bags” not only pays legitimate wages, but also provides livelihood support for the contracted ethnic groups. Bags are an important source of income for the Wayuu people with large families. Purchasing bags packed with great traditions and techniques helps to protect their lifestyle. And Chila Bags ship internationally.
Herb Williams was born in Montgomery, AL, in 1973. He received a BFA in sculpture from Birmingham-Southern College, and there apprenticed under two professional sculptors off-campus. Although the artist works with many different mediums and materials, he is well-known for his original sculptures out of individual crayons that may require as many as hundreds of thousands. He is one of the only individuals in the world that holds an account with Crayola. His sculptures have been placed in public arenas, such as children’s hospitals, corporate lobbies, museum walls, and the White House. His artist statement says:
“I am interested in identifying iconic objects that society perceives to fit one role and then reintroducing them in different subtexts. Intriguing questions arise when an object associated with childhood, such as a crayon, is used to address issues dealing with more adult matters, such as sexuality, religion, and social hierarchy. The sculptures are childlike in their curious approach to the object as icon, but beguiling and satisfying to me in the use of pure color as form. Larger room installations also add the element of playing to the olfactory sense, as the scent of the wax completely saturates the environment. My intent is to continue to seriously create art that looks at itself unseriously”.