There’s beauty in the mundane as can be seen in these paintings by Toronto-based artist Caitlyn Murphy. The award-winning artist graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design and has a degrees in both philosophy and illustration. Her still-life gouache paintings showcase a unique style of realism preferring overlooked, quiet moments as her subject matter and reducing them to their simplest forms. The artist has had solo and group exhibitions and completed an artist residency in Espoo, Finland.
Admiring these spectacular depictions of our favorite city, San Francisco. They are the creations of contemporary landscape artist Andrew Faulkner. This Bay Area painter was born into a family of artists, designers, and architects, his paintings fuse the structural sensibilities of his architect father and the often riotous color sense of his interior designer mother. He uses rich color to express a dramatic sense of light and space. The following quotes from the artist gives us an inkling of his painterly style:
“As a child I celebrated coloring outside the lines. Those loose imperfect marks define my gestural painting style to this day.”
“Many of my landscapes use what I call an “invented color space” where color is used to break up the composition and achieve a sense of depth and atmosphere that can be open to the interpretation of the viewer.”
Wish we could post all of John Caple’s captivating paintings for though they are somber, they are filled with intense passion. John Caple is a self-taught artist who creates paintings in a folk art tradition. He grew up in a close, rural community in which family stories and folk traditions were passed down through successive generations and which were to become the inspiration for his earliest paintings. He paints entirely for himself, a manner of painting that is straightforward, simple and perfectly suited to the job. On John Martin Gallery he is quoted as follows:
“In a world in which we can feel increasingly disenchanted from the earth, I wanted to think about the search for re-enchantment and a simpler wildness within us. It is perhaps that small wilderness within that shapes our relationship to the macrocosm, and so ultimately shapes the world we live in.”