Layaway Days: Art collecting on a Budget
Urban artist James Bullough, has teamed up with PangeaSeed, for his latest print release. 'Pania of the Sea' was released today and costs $100. The print measures 20" x 16" and is limited to 50 copies. PangeSeed is a non-profit, for-benefit company "...helping to save our seas through ocean-inspired art..." This print follows and impressive release with Seattle's Mary Iverson.
In James' words "Pania of the Reef is a legendary protector of the reef in local Maori folklore and is believed to live in the waters off the coast of Napier, New Zealand. Earlier this year, I collaborated with PangeaSeed Foundation's Sea Walls: Artists for Oceans program and painted a large scale mural about Pania in Napier. Due to man-made climate concerns, specifically, the rising CO2 levels in our atmosphere, the acidity levels of our oceans have risen and continue to rise at alarming rates killing the planet's reefs and the delicate ecosystems around them. Pania is depicted floating defiant and hopeful over her baron reef despite the fact that she herself is dissolving from the acidification of the ocean."
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Melissa Cooke is an artist whose work can best be described as authentic. Her work elicits an emotional response in viewers, because her work is just that, emotional. Melissa doesn't just produce pretty pictures, she's a raconteur. Her narrative is defined and interpreted, through her prudent compositions.
Melissa is a native of Wisconsin and received an MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her creative process is unique, as evident by the following statement from her website.
"Cooke's drawings are made by dusting thin layers of graphite onto paper with a dry brush. The softness of the graphite provides a smooth surface that can be augmented by erasing in details and textures. No pencils are used in the work, allowing the surface to glow without the shine of heavy pencil marks. Illusion dissolves into brush work and the honesty of the material."
I recently caught up with the hyperrealist artist and got her thoughts on social media, her art, and her terrible choice in football teams.
LD: How has social media impacted you, as an artist?
MC: Social media is a great way to keep connected, and make new connections. Instagram can give a glimpse into the way other artists work, live, and think. I love seeing works in progress, revealing some of the process and thought patterns of artists. It can be inspiring, and can make me think about my own work from a different perspective. Seeing various artworks online also frequently motivates me to seek it out and see it in real life. Some of my friendships and connections have been fostered and facilitated by social media too- which I am very grateful for.
LD: On July 20th, you posted a photo of you and your family on Instagram. You were unveiling a piece that will be displayed at Lambeau field. How did that compare with other moments in your career?
MC: As an artist, I have always been passionate about the act of drawing: the materials, the meditative quality of being in the studio, making an image come to life. Working with commissions has been an interesting new element to my practice. It has been a good new challenge to work with art directors to make my voice and vision work in harmony with theirs. For the Lambeau drawing, I love reaching a whole new audience, and seeing how football fans approach my work. Plus, I’m a big Packer fan!
LD: You briefly mentioned that you were entertaining the idea of releasing limited edition prints. What precipitated this decision? Is it important to have an avenue to reach individuals of all socioeconomic statuses?
MC: Limited edition prints are a great way of reaching a broader audience. Many people have reached out to me and requested prints. So I am currently working out the logistics to make that happen! Stay tuned!
LD: Do you trade with or collect the works of other artists?
MC: Yes! My husband and I are both artists, and we are fortunate to have a growing collection of art from many friends and artists that we admire.
LD: What can we expect from Melissa Cooke, in the future?
MC: Since 2008, my drawings have had an autobiographical nature, inspired by my experiences, reflecting relationships, environment and daily life. As a wife and new mother, the next challenge is to find a place for the spectacle, without having to push the limits of my body and persona. For my next series of drawings, my family will embark on a new type of adventure: the quintessential, nostalgic family road trip. “Been There, Done That” will be a series of large scale graphite drawings of attractions, landmarks and monuments across the United States. I will document each location, and when back in my studio, will try to capture the essence of these places. With a nod to the 1857 painting “Niagara” by Frederic Edwin Church, these drawings will capture the power and awe of nature, trying to preserve time and place for the audience. This simulation of reality, and of experience, will be compounded by modern technology and daily life. We gather photos on our digital devices as proof and reminder of our experiences. We observe art work and nature through our screens, ultimately altering our view. Essence is both lost and gained, memory is altered. With this series of drawings, by recreating these national attractions on a grand scale, I hope to entice viewers to see the work in person: to stand in front of it, to take selfies before them, to partake in the spectacle.
Two of my favorite artists have a joint exhibition opening on Friday, at Principle Gallery in Alexandria, Virginia. Greg Gandy and Valerio D'Ospina have very distinct styles, which compliment one another beautifully. If you are in Alexandria, VA on Friday, head over to Principle Gallery for the opening reception (6:30-9:00pm). Here are a few examples of their work, from years past.
I must admit that I find Louis Braquet's paintings quite intriguing. Based out of New Orleans, Louis combines vintage imagery, bright colors, and sexual situations, creating a truly unique style. I find that he is one of the few artists, whose Etsy store is constantly changing, requiring a weekly check-in. His page contains prints, sketches, and paintings and all are very affordable. I really like these three paintings and all are less than $250!
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On September 21 at 4:00pm BST, Conor Harrington will be releasing his latest book via Hungry Boy Books. 'Head of State/State of Head' contains 48 pages of colorful Harrington goodness. According to Conor's IG, all books will be signed and numbered for 24 GBP.
There are two box set editions available, but they won't be cheap. One box set contains 10 mini-prints for 4800GBP and the other contains an original painting, but you'll have to email for pricing information.
To purchase the book, click on the image below (after the release)
I first became aware of Joey Veltkamp's art, after working with him at a local veterinary clinic. He was a big bear and that came across in his art. The quilts and drawings he created were not only well executed, but they were often humorous and endearing, much like Joey. I haven't seen Joey in awhile, but I walked into the Seattle Art Museum a year or two back, and one of his quilts was there on display. How unbelievably cool!
Meredith Marsone just posted this painting for sale, via her Instagram page. 'Mother Earth 2017' is a framed oil painting, meant to demonstrate the earth's strength, despite the pejorative actions of humans. I have featured Meredith's plein air paintings previously, but this piece features both plein air and figurative elements. There is a lot going on in this painting and the artist is able to relay the narrative, perfectly.
The painting measures 20"x 16" but comes framed, with free shipping. This is a phenomenal deal, if you have the funds available.
To purchase, click on the image below.