Tiny Dreamscapes Atop Coin Purses

Kendal Murray Coin Purse Assemblages

A few years ago we introduced you to the work of assemblage artist Kendal Murray in which we featured her miniature worlds created within compact purse mirrors. Today we share with you more of her physical representations of the human psychological experience created on a miniature scale, only this time they are constructed atop coin purses. Read more

20 Great Depictions of Love in Art, Literally.

We’ve already shared with you The Evolution of the Kiss in Art through 24 works for a past Valentine’s Day. Now we bring you a more literal interpretation of romance – the various ways 20 different artists have portrayed the word “Love” through paintings, drawings, lithography, sculpture and mixed media since the first and best known by Robert Indiana in 1966. Read more

Contrasting Life and Decay in Ceramics: Bertozzi & Casoni Animalia

Bertozzi & Casoni, the artistic duo formed by Giampaolo Bertozzi and Stefano Dal Monte Casoni in 1980, are exhibiting a selection of their most recent ceramic works, Animalia, for the city of Monza. The detailed polychrome sculptures are simultaneously compelling and repelling as they combine an undeniable attention to detail with the macabre. Read more

Mercedes Helnwein’s Evocative Renderings of Halloweens Past.

Mercedes Helnwein, WITCHES (detail), 2017, oil pastels on paper

Artist and writer Mercedes Helnwein likes Halloween. One look at her artwork over the past decade and there’s no denying it. Amongst her pieces you’ll see many wonderful sketches, paintings and mixed media renderings of kids in costume, pumpkins and other clues of October’s All Hallows Eve. Read more

Lush, Ethereal Portraits by Artist Soey Milk

‘Inflorescence’ 60″x48″, Oil on linen, 2018

We love featuring the work of young and upcoming artists with you on this blog. There are just so many talented ones out there, it’s always hard to choose which one, but today we’re sharing with you a series of figurative paintings by Los Angeles-based Korean artist Soey Milk. Read more

Cityscape Show IX Opens at George Billis Gallery. And Here Are 28 Pieces From It.

Citiscape Show IX George Billis

Today is the opening reception for the ninth Cityscape Show at George Billis Gallery in Los Angeles, an annual favorite of mine (see ourpost on last year’s here). The group show features depictions of Northern and Southern California’s natural and man-made surroundings, capturing everything from the state’s urban elements and lifestyle to its vast geography ranging from mountains to deserts. Read more

GIRLS Actress Jemima Kirke Paints Women in Wedding Gowns

Self-portrait as a Bride #1, 2015, Oil on canvas, 22 x 18 inches

Three years ago this month, I introduced you to the paintings of actress Jemima Kirke who played Jessa on the HBO series GIRLS. The award-winning written cable series may have ended, but Jemima continues with her first love, painting, in her Red Hook, Brooklyn art studio. Read more

Scott Listfield’s Astronaut Lands In LA in 1984.

Scott Listfield Astronaut paintings

Along with several of my quirky passions I have a love of all things astronaut, so it’s no surprise that painter Scott Listfield is one of my favorite contemporary artists. Listfield has a new show featuring some of his most recent work on view at Thinkspace’s 2018 project room. The exhibit, entitled 1984, features paintings of a single astronaut, a recurring them in Scott’s works since 1999, who appears to have landed in Los Angeles. Read more