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Artist, Painting

Keri Oldham’s ‘Labyrinth’: Fashion, Demons, and the Search Within Ouselves

Keri Oldham

Brooklyn-based artist Keri Old­ham has recently opened her lat­est solo exhi­bi­tion at Kirk Hop­per Fine Art in Dal­las, Texas. Enti­tled Labyrinth, her beau­ti­ful water­color paint­ings are an alle­gor­i­cal series that’s inspired by the 1980 cult-classic film, as well as the ancient myth of the Minotaur.

The gallery describes the work in Keri’s show as com­bin­ing “images of demons and war­riors with tragic fig­ures and vic­to­ri­ous ones. With armored women at its cen­ter, these pieces spin a new story on The­seus enter­ing the maze and con­fronting the beast within.” The allur­ing pieces fuse medieval beasts with fash­ion and fan­tasy, rep­re­sent­ing inner tur­moil and desires the many of us feel—to find mean­ing and suc­cess in our adult lives.

I love both the con­cept of Labyrinth and the style of Keri’s at-times grotesque paint­ings. They’re cre­ated with pig­ment, graphite, and applied paper pulp, adding these bril­liant tex­tures to her dizzy­ing col­ors and patterns.

If you’re in Dal­las, check out her exhi­bi­tion! It’s up until Novem­ber 14 of this year.

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Illustrator, Painting

Meticulous Monochromatic Paintings by Kreh Mellick

Kreh Mellick

Kreh Mel­lick cre­ates gor­geous mono­chro­matic paint­ings that are allur­ing in their sheer amount of metic­u­lous detail. The tiny leaves, fac­ing all dif­fer­ent direc­tions, cre­ate a lus­cious move­ment through­out each piece and frame their curi­ous cast of char­ac­ters. I can’t help wondering—where are these peo­ple, and what is their story? They feel like they’re some­where but nowhere, like they’re occu­py­ing someone’s dream.

Kreh Mellick

Kreh Mellick



Out­side of that series, Kreh cre­ates pieces that are less scrupu­lous, but still have the same, dream-like qual­ity. Check out her Insta­gram for more! (Via Art Hound)






Paintings by Este MacLeod Will Make Your Day Happier

Este MacLeod

Este MacLeod is a UK-based artist whose works are full of color and per­son­al­ity. They’re cubist-inspired paint­ings that offer beau­ti­ful depic­tions of nature and still lifes, cel­e­brat­ing plants, ani­mals, and idyl­lic land­scapes. They use a flat­tened sense of per­spec­tive which makes their com­po­si­tions com­plex. Every inch of her work is cov­ered in vibrant hues and small shapes.

In her Etsy shop, Este sells prints, note­books, and cards of her art­work. Brighten up your home with some of her vibrant works! How could you look at these and not feel happy?

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Nathalie Lété’s Busy Paintings Make Great Illustrated Products

Nathalie Lété

See that spot­ted dog in the paint­ing above? I love ‘em. And hon­estly, it’s the first thing I noticed when look­ing at Nathalie Lété’s work… like I have some sort of 6th sense for that type of thing. Her paint­ings are full of quirky objects  set against pat­terned back­grounds. They are busy, but so much fun to look at!

In addi­tion to paint­ings, Nathalie’s illus­tra­tions adorn many, many prod­ucts. I’ve included her scarves here, and she’s cre­ated images that are on toys, tote bags, key chains, and ceramics.

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Drawing, Illustrator, Painting

Laura Knight’s Elegant Ink Drawings of Staffordshire Figures

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I posted the above illus­tra­tion on my Insta­gram (@brwnpaperbag) recently, but I like it so much that I had to share it here. British graphic artist Laura Knight painted these por­traits that are inspired by Stafford­shire Fig­ures, a pop­u­lar tchotchke for some­one to have in their home.

I’m famil­iar with these types of things after hav­ing vis­ited many antique stores with my mother and woo­ing over them. Laura explains their appeal to the blog Spi­tial­fields Life. “They were on everybody’s mantle­piece and everybody’s dresser. They are a vivid back­ground, deep in our mem­o­ries of home. There wasn’t a kitchen with­out a piece of wil­low pat­tern or a mantle­piece with­out a piece of Stafford­shire,” she says.

Do you/did you have any­thing like these fig­ures grow­ing up?

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Illustrator, Painting

There’s a Palpable Energy to Miroco Machiko’s Painted Animals


In some works of art, you can tell that the illus­tra­tor has really attacked the image. Not in a bad or destruc­tive way, of course, but there’s a pal­pa­ble energy left on the page. That’s how I feel when I look at the illus­tra­tions by Miroco Machiko. The loose, painterly style fea­tures dif­fer­ent crea­tures in abstracted ways. We see every brush stroke and pen­cil line, which adds to the finished-sketchiness of each image. It’s not over­worked but gives us enough infor­ma­tion to visu­ally put every­thing together.

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Collage, Painting

Emily Isabella’s Adorable Portraits Use Real Flowers for Their Hairdos

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Milk­weed knows she’s attractive.

Paint­ing and flow­ers, sep­a­rately, are two won­der­ful things. But, bet­ter yet, Emily Isabella com­bines both of ‘em with her Plant Peo­ple. She paints their faces and wardrobes and uses a myr­iad of flow­ers for their hair­styles. We see small, del­i­cate pods as well as larger, broad petals that sig­nify longer locks. I love how the blooms are arranged just so, and it allows her to mimic the shape of hair well.

Each image is accom­pa­nied with a curi­ous sen­tence describ­ing the per­son. I’ve included them, too!

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Peony makes friends easily.


The tem­per­a­ture is start­ing to drop but White Wood Aster doesn’t seem to mind.


Chrysan­the­mum had a moment of inde­ci­sion at the hair salon.


Sun­flower isn’t always sunny.


Cucum­ber Blos­som always adds a touch of beauty to each dish she prepares.


Goose­neck Looses­trife under­stands the power of a name.


Hosta’s Japan­ese name is Giboshi.


A– tisket, a-tasket, Petu­nia prefers a hang­ing basket.


Blaz­ing Star has a wild side.


Daylily knows that night is inevitable.


I think Sweet Pea was lost when I found her on the roadside.


The Visually Dizzying Works of Husmann/Tschaeni

Husmann/Tschaenihusmanntschaeni12 I don’t know how best to describe these works (are they paint­ings? par­tially pho­tographs?) by Husmann/Tschaeni, so I’ll just let them speak for them­selves. The in-your-face color, tex­ture, and pat­terns are a dizzy­ing com­bi­na­tion that I find cap­ti­vat­ing. They draw me in and I can’t look away. See more images on Husmann/Tschaeni’s web­site, which includes equally as intense series of pho­tographs. Husmann/Tschaeni husmanntschaeni9 husmanntschaeni8 husmanntschaeni7 husmanntschaeni6 husmanntschaeni5 husmanntschaeni4 husmanntschaeni3 husmanntschaeni2 husmanntschaeni1

Illustrator, Painting

Kris Chau’s Lyrical Lines and Ethereal Sketches

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I was first intro­duced to Kris Chau’s work when I was in under­grad. She was a guest pro­fes­sor for a “lifestyle” illus­tra­tion class I was tak­ing, and I fell in love with her way of draw­ing. Chau uses beau­ti­ful lines through­out each piece that have a lyri­cal feel to them.  And when she’s not doing that, she pep­pers her work with lovely patterns.

If you check out Chau’s blog, she does a lot of sketch­ing. I’ve included some of them here, and they are han­dled more loosely than her paint­ings. She cou­ples this treat­ment with ethe­real depic­tions of god­desses, mer­maids, and spir­its.  It cre­ates an appro­pri­ately dream­like world.

Insta­gram alert: she has one. Fol­low her! (And how about me, while you’re at it?)

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Illustrator, Painting

The Differences Between Marianna Sztyma’s Paintings and Illustrations

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Mar­i­anna Sztyma is a Pol­ish artist and illus­tra­tor who cre­ates beau­ti­ful images in both and col­lage. Here, I’ve fea­tured many of her paint­ings, but take note of her mixed media works, too. They both are tied together in their use of soft, dry-brush/airbrush shad­ing and pen­chant for pat­tern and the female figure.

I have the feel­ing that illus­tra­tion is Sztyma’s pri­mary way of work­ing, and that her paint­ings are a sec­ondary way that she expresses her­self. Artists, illus­tra­tors, and gen­eral cre­ative peo­ple: do you have some­thing like this? Another media you work in to break up the monot­ony of work­ing in one way or style? Let me know on Face­book!

PS: These paint­ings came from her Flickr!

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