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January 15, 2013

Art Comedy



As artists, we often take ourselves too seriously. We forget to improvise and to create something temporary, to play, to make and to simply just get our stuff out there for the world to enjoy.

This morning, Bortusk Leer gave me a good reminder of that with a BONK! on the head. Starting with his about page, where he playfully describes that he's born from, "the forbidden love between a one-legged trapeze artist and a retired communist party official turned dancing-ferret trainer." Mr. Leer draws fantastical childlike characters that typically have more than the average number of appendages. They bleed with color, on newspaper print, and are pasted around town (from Amsterdam to New York). Lucky you if you get to see one in the wild.


November 29, 2012

Saturated

You can't discuss Diela Maharanie's art without praising her prismatic, high-gloss, candy-like use of color. But, it's the colored noses of her women - a mere dab on the face - that somehow command my attention even amidst a wild assortment of patterns and animals. It's as if their skin has saturated the vibrant world they inhabit.

You now have the chance to color her work yourself - Diela is one of the 60 artists featured in our new coloring book!


October 22, 2012

Milk-Eyed Mender

My talented friend Meera Lee Patel has a wonderful new show on right now at The Brooklyn Collective. The show is a series of watercolours inspired by Joanna Newsom's album, Mil-Eyed Mender.

Here's Meera explaining more about her show... "As I tend to do when a certain piece of music or art strikes my interest, I listened to the album exclusively while creating these works, replaying it about thirty times. These works are infused with Newsom's unusual understanding of the world and my desire to find beauty in everything around me -- in sadness, nature, among complicated and messy terrains."

The show will be hanging in Brooklyn until the end of November. The original pieces can be purchased by emailing Meera direct, and she'll have prints for sale in her Etsy shop.






October 1, 2012

100 Houses for Shelter

My buddy Paul Roberts is curating the 100 Houses exhibition, which brings together 100 image-makers, from illustrators to street artists, in support of housing and homelessness charity: Shelter. Each artist is given a 10-inch square and the theme "house" to come up with an original piece of art.

The results will be on show in Bristol's Tobacco Factory from November 16th-30th. All of the pieces will be for sale, and hopefully we can raise a significant contribution to the ongoing work of the charity Shelter, which helps people to find and keep a decent home.

Read on for more details »

September 28, 2012

Member Spotlight: Rik Catlow

Rik paints smashed up beer and soda cans with his style of "urban pop art." Drawing quirky characters and embellishing them with type, colors, and magazine cut-outs is what he does best and we love him for it. Click for a glimpse of what I mean or read about his process here.



And now I've just discovered that he's keeping a tumblr blog of sketchbook doodles called Scrib Dibbles and I just had to share. Follow along for improvised, one-color, pen on paper, character-driven awesomeness. Drawn and posted with no editing or erasing. Much respect!


September 6, 2012

A Nice Cup of Teagle

I've been getting really into comics lately, and that's probably one of the reasons that Jack Teagle is quickly becoming one of my favourite artists.

I'm told that envy and jealousy are terrible and pointless feelings, so I try my best to lock them away when I look at Jack's work. It would be easy to envy the way everything he does is awesome, or be jealous that he completely nails that elusive combination of a simplistic style and bold colours, or cry that it all seems so effortless (although I'm sure it's not). But I've found the best thing to do is let the awesome insanity of his work whisk you away into his little world for a while, and just be glad that it exists.



Jack seems to churn out work at a crazy pace, and he's been updating his tumblr this week with these new paintings. They're part of a show called Lost Plot at Here Gallery in Bristol, UK. The show opens on September 7th and runs right through to October 6th.

Lost Plot also features work from Liam Barrett, Rose Robbins and Simon Daly. If you'll be in or around Bristol in the next month you should definitely check it out.

See more »

August 31, 2012

TTYL, KIT!*

Hey everyone! It is the last day of the month, and that means this is my last post as guest contributor for August!

It has been a lot of fun writing about comics, drawings, painted books, and more. It has also been great interacting with the DA community at large, and will be something I continue in the future. So, look around for me!

Before I go, I wanted to share with you a couple pictures of my work, all in progress stuff. I work with collage and embroidery, and really love interior scenes (remember how I mentioned "slice of life" in my last post?). So, here’s a sneak peak of a series I will be launching in a few weeks with the site Buy Some Damn Art. Check it out - Kate Singleton curates lovely shows with original art you can afford.

*Talk to you later, keep in touch!

Follow Sara at saraebarnes.com and brwnpaperbag.com




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