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Portraits by Petroula Krigkou

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I like these whimsical portraits by Athens, Greece based artist Petroula Krigkou. See much more of Krigou’s work on her Behance site.

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Vintage mixed-media piece by Kate Tucker

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It could be a necklace, a wall hanging, a headdress.

It is a lovely mixed-media piece by Kate Tucker, a Melbourne, Australia based artist.

The abstract brushstrokes of Erin Lawlor

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London, England based artist Erin Lawlor uses bold brushstrokes to create abstract spaces which remind me of rock formations in the American Southwest. Built with a limited palette and successive layers of paint, these forms have an amazing sense of depth.

The artist recently had a show at the George Lawson Gallery in San Francisco.

For more abstract artists whose work relies upon bold brushstrokes, see the work of Bernard Frize or Brendan Smith.

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Patterns painted by Terrence Payne

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Minneapolis based artist Terrence Payne creates patterns based upon unusual motifs. In Payne’ large scale oil pastel drawings, spotted frogs, chickens and women’s faces spread rhythmically across the paper. The artist is currently applying his talents to creating a new line of wallpaper at Hygge & West.

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Portrait paintings by Kris Knight

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Just finished crying,” “Haven’t slept for a few days,” “Leave me alone.” These are the type of phrases I would expect to hear from the lips of Canadian artist Kris Knight‘s subjects. Or, they might just as well remain silent; the piercing eyes, pink noses and shadow-lined faces contain their secrets.

In his artist’s statement, Knight writes, “Drawing from personal histories of rural escapism through imagination, Knight paints disenchanted characters that are lost between youth and adulthood; they hide their secrets, but desperately long to let them go. His mythical and ambiguous portraits are a synthesis of fantasy and real-world memory; they tiptoe between the dichotomies of pretty and menace, hunter and hunted, innocence and the erotic.”

The artist’s work was recently shown as part of Gallery Poulsen‘s 10th Anniversary Show, November 23 – December 21, 2013 in Copenhagen, Denmark.

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Abstract landscapes by Belynda Henry

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Australia based artist Belynda Henry paints abstract landscapes. Inspired by her everyday environment in rural New South Wales, Henry translates the mountains, trees, and lakes into bright blocks of color, surrendering detail for repetition of shapes and bouncing light.

The artist currently has an exhibit called “Jigsaw” at  Anthea Polson Art in Queensland, Australia.

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Sketchbook inspiration: Francesco Chiacchio

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I like these scratchy sketches by Francesco Chiacchio. See more of Chiacchio’s sketches on his tumble site.

If you like this artist’s style, check out the work of Filip Peraic too.

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San Francisco Area Event Picks for March 27 to April 2, 2014

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work to be shown at “Altered States” at the Arc Gallery in San Francisco

Multi-day events

Event: 42nd SGC (Southern Graphics Council) International conference in the San Francisco Bay Area - Bridges: Spanning Tradition, Innovation, and Activism
When: March 26-29th, 2014
Where: see - http://sgcisanfrancisco.org/conference-overview/

Thursday March 27, 2014

Event: ”Altered States,” group exhibition of contemporary printmaking, Opening Reception
When: Thursday March 27, 7pm
Where: Arc Gallery 1246 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

Friday March 28, 2014

Event: ‘Art on BART’ group exhibition, Opening Reception
When: Friday March 28, 6pm
Where:  Roll Up Gallery at Public Works 161 Erie Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

Saturday March 29, 2014

Event: ArtSpan Art Auction 2014
When: Saturday March 29, 5:30-10pm
Where: SOMArts Cultural Center 934 Brannan Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

Event: Mission Art Walk
When: Saturday March 29, 6-9pm
Where: see the map of the event at: http://sgcisanfrancisco.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Mission_Art_Walk.pdf

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Printmaking at “Altered States” at the Arc Gallery in San Francisco

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‘Art on BART’ at Roll Up Gallery at Public Works in San Francisco

 

Fragile embroidery by Kate Jackson

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Canada based artist Kate Jackson purposefully stitches upon materials which are typically considered too weak to withstand embroidery. Armed with a needle, Jackson stitches thread around cheerios, and through paper towels, flower petals and leaves. Calling this work “Fragile Embroidery,” the artist uses the conceptual theme of patience to motivate her work.

These pieces appeared in the show “Silence Doesn’t Paint The Depth Of Quiet In That Room” in April 2013 at Studio Huddle in Toronto Ontario.

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Portraits of women done with pastels by Emma Uber

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I love how Adelaide, Australia-based artist Emma Uber uses the texture and strokes of pastel sticks to create these wonderful portraits. In her hands, the colors drip and melt on the canvas.

From the artist’s website: “My experience studying and working in the graphic design field plays a big part in my painting style today. Using areas of flat solid colour to offset patterns and rendered forms, and also my pop colour palette are directly influenced by experimenting with digital design processes… I use reference photos of my models which I set up in my studio space. Having a clear photo allows me to get the details of the face precise. I work by adding layer on layer, instinctively shaping flowers, colours and shapes that seem right to me. My style allows for “mistakes” which I can use as interesting details that can be painted over or altered to be part of the finished artwork.

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