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Justin Wheatley

Justin Wheatley was born and raised in Clinton, Utah. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Utah State University with an emphasis in drawing and painting, and a Masters of Arts from National University. Art and architecture seem to be a reoccurring theme in his work and life.  His work has long explored the idea of home as a safe place.  He is represented by galleries across the west and are present in museums and universities. On the Krakens he says this about his work: 

“During college I studied abroad in Germany and a considerable amount of our coursework was based around drawing and painting architecture. I quickly became fascinated at the amount of thought and work that goes into constructing the buildings we work and dwell in and their relatively short lifespan. Buildings come and go. Cities come and go. From there I began thinking of the relationship that architecture has with its surroundings, and it’s pretty clear that nature always has the upper hand.”

“I have long considered the houses I paint to be representations of people. In that sense, many of my paintings could be a critique on social media as well as suburbia. The paintings are relatively simple, but they address complicated issues. I hope that even though there is a dark side to some of my work, it can be viewed in a humorous way.”

The artist can be followed on his website, Facebook and Instagram.

Images:  Courtesy of Justin Wheatley.

Sarah van Dongen

Been a while since we posted pages from a sketchbook.  The ones posted here were created by Amsterdam-based artist Sarah van Dongen.  She is a graduate of contemporary literature focusing on children’s book.  Missing the creative life she decided to enroll in children’s book illustration at Cambridge, UK and since then has never stopped drawing. The Dutch illustrator takes her sketchbook and art supply everywhere resulting in illustrations based on observation and daily life.  On an interview with Gumclub she says this about her sketchbook:

“My sketchbooks are like diaries. They are a safe place where I can experiment. They also hold up a mirror to me in terms of productivity. I know when I draw every day it gets a little easier next time. And in my sketchbook I see when I last drew, because I add a date everywhere.”

More of her work can be found on her website and on Instagram.

Images:  Courtesy of Sarah van Dongen.

Aki Kasara

Taisuke Takehiro aspired to ceramic art and studied in Tokyo, Bizen, and Shigaraki.  She constructed her kiln in 1987 and in 2014 established her brand, Aki Kasara in a quiet mountain village in Kakegawa City, Japan.  Her focus is on simple, primitive, flat brooch that looks like metal but is actually hard porcelain.  By adding platinum, palladium and other elements the color can be changed according to the application.  Her designs include plants, animals, geometric patterns.

More of her work can be viewed on her website, Instagram and on her Iichi shop.

Images:  Courtesy of Aki Kasara.

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