Fashionable Women By Marcel George

Watercolors, fashionable girls, beautiful color palettes – this combination is exactly why we can’t get enough of these ephemeral illustrations by Marcel George. Each piece has the perfect mix of color and pattern. These are must-have pieces for a gallery wall. Don’t you think?

AphroChic: Fashionable Women By Marcel George

AphroChic: Fashionable Women By Marcel George

AphroChic: Fashionable Women By Marcel George

AphroChic: Fashionable Women By Marcel George

Kari Herer’s Elegant Floral Portraits

Floral portraiture is taking hold in the world of interior design. Beautiful blooms make an artistic impression against moody navy blue and black backdrops, in these photos by Maine photographer Kari Herer. While they look delicate, each piece can be printed up to 16″ x 20″, make these imposing photographs for a gallery wall. Here are a few of our favorites from Herer’s etsy shop.

AphroChic: Kari Herer's Elegant Floral Portraits

AphroChic: Kari Herer's Elegant Floral Portraits

AphroChic: Kari Herer's Elegant Floral Portraits

AphroChic: Kari Herer's Elegant Floral Portraits

5 Ways To Style A Black & White Art Collection

A home isn’t complete without art. It’s what adds soul and personality to a space. There are so many ways to curate a stunning collection. One way is to keep things monochromatic. A collection of black and white paintings, photography or illustrations can add a dramatic touch to a modern space. Something as simple as lining a few oversized black and white pieces on the floor can make quite an impact.

AphroChic: 5 Ways To Style A Black and White Art Collection

Think about using alcoves and unused space to style your art collection. Place large pieces in simple black and white frames. Think about matting the smaller pieces for a special gallery feel.

AphroChic: 5 Ways To Style A Black and White Art Collection

The great thing about black and white art is that you can mix different mediums and styles, unifying them with a sophisticated color palette. Here, modern photography and vintage images come together seamlessly through a unified palette and simple birch frames.

AphroChic: 5 Ways To Style A Black and White Art Collection

A black and white art collection is classic, and the pieces of art stand out as such. On that note, everything does not have to be framed and formal. Here, a few pieces are hung using clips and tape, adding an organic, collected feel.

AphroChic: 5 Ways To Style A Black and White Art Collection

With black and white collections don’t be afraid to think outside of the box. Mix photos, illustrations, even typographic prints. The color palette will marry all the pieces, and the more distinct the pieces are, the more interesting the collection becomes.

Sources: Aesthete Journal / MaeMae Paperie / The Style Files / Hanna Ahlin / Depot51

 

We Want Natalie Blake’s Solange Illustrations For Our Walls

Solange rocks, and so do these prints by Toronto artist Natalie Blake. We were struck by Blake’s graphic illustrations that capture the persona of this renaissance woman – singer, photographer, creative director, Solo does it all. These pieces would look fresh in modern white frames that allow the colors and cool patterns to pop. Don’t you think?

AphroChic: We Want Natalie Blake's Solange Illustrations For Our Walls

AphroChic: We Want Natalie Blake's Solange Illustrations For Our Walls

 

For more Solange, we’re dying to get our hands on the latest issue of Lucky where she graces the cover in her usual colorful and effortless style.

Source: Natalie Blake

 

New York Skyline Illustrations By Remko Heemskerk

We’re in New York this week! It’s always wonderful to visit this city. There is so much energy, beautiful architecture, and so many exciting events. We’ll be visiting a few galleries while we’re here and taking in the sites in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Be sure to follow AphroChic on Instagram, to follow along with us on our trip.

Since we’re in the Big Apple, I thought it would be great to share with you some art inspired by New York. These pieces by Netherlands artist Remko Heemskerk are some of my favorites, depicting a modern and colorful vision of the city.

Argentine Artist Lucas Risé’s Colorful Cabinets

Argentinian artist and designer, Lucas Risé, has a vision for each piece that he creates, and he is transforming modern day furnishings into incredible mixed media canvases. Risé, born in Buenos Aires, has been influenced over his career by his world travels and experiences in Africa, South America, the US and Europe. With local streets signs as his first canvases as a child, Risé has now moved onto painting murals on tables, chairs, and beautiful armoires, transforming them into functional sculptures. As he writes on his website, “My painting reflects images provided by memories, dreams and experiences. The representations go through an abstract mechanism and are combined randomly, allowing me to create new ideal worlds captured on wood.” I am in love with each world he creates on his cabinets. Just one glance and you are whisked away to somewhere completely new, vivid, colorful and transcendental.

{Images via Sans Parapluie}

 

Inside New York’s PULSE Contemporary Art Fair

Last week we headed to PULSE in New York. The contemporary art fair was an amazing showcase of the works of up-and-coming and established artists. We walked it for three hours, and were constantly intrigued by what’s new in the world of art – from sculpture, to paintings, to interactive exhibits. One of the reasons I love to attend art fairs, is to think about how the latest art trends impact the world of home decor. I like to examine the subject matter, textures, colorways, and to think about how these pieces will fit into an interior. In the end, art is something that most of us will experience in an interior context – a home, an office, an institution. As I walked the fair this year, color was something that stood out to me. In particular, the emergence of pastel shades. In thick, abstract paintings, ephemeral watercolors, and photography, the muted, pastel tones were everywhere. I feel like we are going to see more of these delicate tones this year, mixed with a little edge – think girly glam meets rock and roll.

{All images taken by Jeanine Hays for AphroChic}

Become An Art Collector: The Uprise Art Shop

Wondering about the latest art trends? In search of original pieces? Looking to discover cutting edge artists? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then Uprise Art is for you. The company, founded by friend, Tze Chun, offers a stunning gallery of original pieces for budding art collectors. Innovative artists including Jen Wink, Zoe Pawlak and even Jaime Derringer of Design Milk, are represented by the site. The artists are connected with collectors like you and me, who are looking to bring some unique pieces home. Not your typical art site, Uprise Art hosts events, open studio tours, and now they have a new shop that I am just loving! Pick your favorite pieces for under $800 – a steal for original works that are signed by the artist. Here are a few of my favorites that I think will fit beautifully into my own budding art collection.

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