I love it when people explore new mediums to engage their artistic ability. Kemi Mai is an 18-year-old British artist whose work recently grabbed my attention on Instagram. I fell in love with her beautiful portraiture, and also the story behind how the pieces are made. For the past two years this self-taught artist has been using PhotoShop and a tablet to create the images you see below. Beautiful, feminine, and evocative, these PhotoShop illustrations go beyond what we think can be done with tech tools, and I love that! It’s wonderful to find the unexpected in the world of art.
Jeffrey Gibson’s Everlast series is something that I just can’t get enough of. The artist has taken the traditional punching bag and elevated it to a work of art. Using materials including blankets, paint, acrylic and beading, these bags are transformed into stunning pieces of sculpture. I want one, two, no all of them for my home! Check out more from this incredible artist on his site.
Sonia Delaunay is an artist whose work I truly admire, and who constantly inspires my work as a textile designer. Her prints, that offer geometric abstraction, and a vibrant and colorful display, are something that I come to again and again when working on new AphroChic pieces. It was one of her triangle designs that I fell in love with so much that I had to place it in our home in the form of a rug (above). I wanted to share some of Sonia’s work with you today. From the vivid palettes, to the hand-painted forms, I truly hope her work will inspire and spark your creativity too.
To learn more about Sonia Delaunay I recommend reading Color Moves: Art & Fashion by Sonia Delaunay.
Jerome Lagarrigue is a French-American artist raised in Paris. A few months ago we visited him in his Brooklyn studio to see his work up close and personal. His large-scale oil paintings are stunning, and must be seen in person. It’s hard not to touch the paintings layered in so much color and deep textures. His subject matters are modern ones, with studies of local Brooklynites and New York boxers. Both Bryan and I have a particular affinity for his Round Zero series featuring boxers. As fans of the sport, we would love to have a collection of these in our own home. If you’re looking for an opportunity to see Jerome’s work up close and personal, visit The Cecil in Harlem where his large-scale painting takes center stage.
I have been falling in love with portraiture lately. Recently I was introduced to the work of French painter Thomas Saliot. His modern portraits really appeal to me. He is inspired by imagery on the web, and his pieces are truly snapshots of real life. He takes a moment that looks as if it’s from Instagram or Facebook, and turns it into art with his brush. Here are just a few of my favorites. My goal is to bring one of these pieces home this year.
You can find Thomas’ work on Saatchi.