Posts Tagged ‘painting’


A few weeks ago I discovered the work of LA-based designer and illustrator Geoff McFetridge. After design school, McFetridge art directed the Beastie Boys’ magazine Grand Royal before starting his own studio, Champion Graphics. Recently his work was featured on t-shirts and Jack Spade’s blog. What I really love Geoff’s work is how graphic and abstract it is. His paintings are simple and minimal in form, but there’s a great sense of design in each. He also has a great sense of color. But above all, you easily see his sense of humor and wit. Nothing I love more than a designer that doesn’t take himself too seriously. How refreshing! Weeks ago, a friend alerted me that Lonny Magazine featured a profile of Jonathen Adler & Simon Doonan’s Manhattan apartment in their September 2013 issue, and to my great surprise, guess who’s work Adler is displaying in his living room? Geoff McFetridge! Great choice!



Are the pants coming on or off? I love this one, currently my iphone wallpaper!


Hilarious! geoff-mcfetridge-paintings-1








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Yesterday I blogged about the creative sketchbooks of Harold Hollingsworth, and today I’d like to take a closer look at his paintings and studio. Hollingsworth is based in Seattle, Washington and has exhibited works in Berlin, Cincinnati, Minneapolis, Los Angeles, Portland, and (of course) Seattle. Above you can see his painting Double Rocker (my favorite!) in his studio. I love the graphic nature of his mixed media paintings. Many remind me of the layered wheat-pasted posters that cover barricades around NYC. I also like that his work appears very typographic in appearance to my graphic design eyes. If you enjoy Hollingsworth’s work like I do, follow him on Twitter, Tumblr, check his blog, and see what he’s up to on Flickr.

So many options, get into it!

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problem with 5 – oil on canvas – 36”x48” – 2011 (above)

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jägerklause – mixed media on canvas – 30″x40″ – 2012 (above)

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winter loops – oil on canvas – 72″x40″ (above)

Harold Hollingsworth - Kisses - painting

hugs[x] – mixed media on canvas – 48″x60″ – 2011

Harold Hollingsworth - Hugs - painting

hugs[o] , mixed media on canvas – 48″x60″ – 2011

And now let’s take a peak into his studio! (below)

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Solution 45 - Julio Alan Lepez

Solution 45
2011, collage, oil on mdf
12.2 x 12.2 inches

Tonight I’m heading to the Artemisa Gallery for their inaugural exhibition, Experiencing Contemporary Latin American Art, here in NYC. I’m excited to see work by one of my new favorite artists, Julio Alan Lepez on display in a gallery. In September, I blogged about Lepez’s work, and now I’ve been invited to a show featuring him. How cool is that? If you’re in the NYC area, check out the Artemisa Gallery and their new exhibition, Experiencing Contemporary Latin American Art, on display until March 3rd!

online invitation ARTEMISA opening copy

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Brutalized Portrait of a Gentleman 2_Chad Wys

Brutalized Portrait of a Gentleman 2 – Chad Wys

Back in December, I stumbled across the work of Chad Wys on Pinterest and quickly feel in love with bold graphic nature of his paintings. If this is a genre or modern “style” of painting, I’m totally into artists and designers creating work this way (Wys’ work visually reminds me of Julio Alan Lepez – I blogged about Lepez back in September here). I love the idea of taking old paintings and objects and deconstructing, reclaiming or re-presenting them in new ways. Aesthetics aside, the work of Wys is smart and I appreciate the writing that goes with it. It shows the thought he channels into the creation of his work. He’s not just sitting there adding paint splatters to paintings to be controversial or ironic. Wys has a large variety of work spanning different mediums, but together you can tell they were created by the same person, without looking redundant or repetitive.

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Nocturne 103 – Chad Wys

Brutalized Gainsborough 2_Chad Wys

Brutalized Gainsborough 2 – Chad Wys

On his website, Wys writes, “A major strand throughout much of my artwork, beyond the broader inquirers into what art means socially, is the notion of object: object ownership, objectification of history, objectification of people, objectification of artwork and its many mediums; objectification of aesthetic pleasure; etc.  I often explore/exploit the idea of objecthood: how we decorate our lives with arbitrary, as well as meaningful, things; how we objectify the ones we love and the strangers we see; how we objectify pain and death; how we objectify complex and sensitive cultural histories … My artwork is also, at its core, an experimentation in composition, color, and form. Through a variety of mixed media I have chosen as my inspiration a color palette that is at times complimentary and at other times purposfully contradictory, or seemingly destructive. The literal destruction of an object is secondary, in my mind, to the overall effect created by color (dis)harmony and the overall aesthetic-emotional experience of the reclaimed and reinvented object.” – Chad Wys, 2012

Know Your Color Charts 1_Chad Wys  Know Your Color Charts 2_Chad Wys

How cool are these “Know Your Color Charts” series?

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Nocturne 108 – Chad Wys

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Nocturne 110 – Chad Wys

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Arrangement in Skintones 8 – Chad Wys

I also think this series above, Arrangements in Skintones, is pretty great too. Wys currently calls Chicago, Illinois home and if you’d like to learn more about him, or see more of his work, check out his portfolio site, follow him on tumblr or twitter and you can even like him on facebook. Hope you’ve enjoyed Chad’s work as much as I do. Get into it.

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I stumbled across the work of Julio Alan Lepez on tumblr this past July and it was love at first sight. The painting above appeared on my dashboard and I quickly reblogged it (for obvious reasons), but the original post lacked information about the artist. I love the combination of realistic portraiture with writing and the scratched out parts. I wasn’t sure if it was mixed media or just paint, but I’d never seen paintings like this before. Months later I got a message on tumblr alerting me to the artist, from …. the artist himself! I was trilled to find his site and see more of his work and learn more about him. I reached out asking if I could feature him on my humble blog, and thankfully he agreed. Today I’m featuring five of my favorites, but these only represent a small snapshot of his work. Check out an extensive collection of his work on his site (here), and follow his blog (here).

In writing about his show Inventory in 2011, Chelsey Henderson writes,

“Julio Alan Lepez has been painting portraits since back when he was at Art College. It is well known by now that Lepez’ subjects are always his friends. He works from photographs he takes of them, asking them to pose according to the idea he wants to portray, and even though it is evident that he has many very willing friends, after a few years of following his work one starts to recognize them, to almost feel like part of the group, like walking up to one of them and saying “hey, how have you been, its been ages!”

Solution nr. 1

31 x 31 cms. | collage, oil on mdf | 2011

The titles Lepez gives to his works are very important. “If I don’t have a title, I don’t have a painting”, says Lepez. Often, the title comes before the painting. Other titles, such as “Retratos imposibles” (Impossible Portraits) or “Retratos psicologicos” (Psychological Portraits) are constantly re-used with different characters. “To me the title is a way of capturing the spectator’s attention, a way of intriguing him and drawing him closer to the work. The image captivates, but the title sets him thinking all the more. I go crazy if picture and title are not perfect together”, explains the artist.”

Impossible Portrait 10

90 x 60 cms | oil and collage on canvas | 2005

Impossible Portrait 17

70 x 100 cms | oil, collage and charcoal on canvas | 2006

Laboratory (polyptych)

180 x 180 cms. | | 2011

I cheated with the last one, a group shot for my final favorite! But don’t these paintings look amazing together? I hope you enjoy Lepez’s work as much as I do and if you’d like to see more, check out his site (here).

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Last week I visited to the Coach Men’s store here in NYC and I was introduced to something new … the work of painter James Nares. Not what you were expecting? Recently Coach teamed up with the painter on a limited edition series of bags painted by the artist available in 5 colors. They can be yours for the small price of $798 .. I kid – that’s an insane amount of money. But it’s almost like you’re buying a piece of art. So get into the work of James Nares and for about $800, one of these amazing bags can be yours … compare it to the price of an original painting and it’s a steal.

The bags on display in James’ studio .. see the connection to his work in the background?

beautiful in blue.



Love the green too.

Nares paints his canvases suspended from above to get his signature brush strokes.

A peak into the studio.

A collection of huge brushes Nares uses to create his distinct paintings.

To check out an interview with Nares – read here.

I love the graphic black and white versions too.


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