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5 Artists That You Should Check Out

Hello and happy Friday! Earlier today I posted a book review on Real Simple for Pulled, A Catalog of Screen Printing by Mike Perry so feel free to hop over there and read it… but this post isn’t a repeat of that, rather it’s to meant to share 5 of the 40+ artists in Perry’s book that I really liked. We each have our own definition of what beauty is so something I love may not be your personal favorite but at least check these creative folks out below and see what you think. In fact, I’d love to really see what you think – so if any of these artists click with you, let me know and tell me why. Okay, let’s get started! :)

First up is Ashkahn Shahparnia – his work is bold, colorful and awesome and I love his shop. And yes, that is an illustration of blogger Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan who founded the web’s first, largest and most popular design blog, Apartment Therapy that all other design bloggers sorta laud as the god of blogging. That snazzy illustration appeared in ReadyMade magazine who just so happens to always have the best illustrations, don’t you think?

Next is Brooklyn’s own Jim Datz, I love his city posters. Great stuff. The London one is funny, spiffy, and I like the colors. I also love the little black cab with the man riding in the back reading his newspaper (an actual newspaper, remember those?) with his giant mustache. I’m happy to see the mouth of the cab driver completely shut because most cabbies I’ve had in the past several months wouldn’t stop talking about god, politics, religion and terrorism. Yeah, I always seem to get the best cab drivers (not). At least this little guy with the fancy stache can read his paper in peace.

Rachel Domm, whom you may know from some of her awesome work for jumbo clients like J.Crew is also in Perry’s new book. She has a store, too. I like that subtle pink Forever & Ever poster.

Next up is Andrew Holder and really, what’s not to love about his work? So strong and clean. Peacocks, bear, deer, raindrops, pine trees. He does them all so very well and his color mixes are phenomenal. Swoon.

And last, but not least because Perry’s book has tons more artists to browse, is Hannah Waldron. She has a bigcartel store too. I like her work because it’s intricate while feeling casual and that’s hard to pull off. I can’t explain what it is but I love the Rain Day poster. It’s sweet but I’m not really sure what it’s all about. When I first saw it I thought it was like another way to say Sick Day, like a Rain Day would be a day when you are just blue and not really ill, sorta depressed and sad and needing a warm bed, a hug and a vodka martini. :) I  really don’t know what a Rain Day is, do you? But I like the swirly letters, the color, the spacing and just the vibe those two little words put off.

Also in this book is the work of Steven Harrington (not shown above) who I think is pretty darn special. I own a limited edition print of his, two actually, and really like the colors and shapes he uses. I love the work he did for Target – I’m so inspired by this video. Can you imagine being an artist and seeing your work displayed like that?

Do you have any favorites from the PULLED book?

(images: linked to their sources above.)


Posted by decor8 in Arts + Crafts, Books + Magazines on May 20, 2011

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  1. nnes commented
    May 20th, 2011 at 9:22pm

    thanks for sharing

  2. Bre commented
    May 20th, 2011 at 9:27pm

    Oh my, I’m loving every single artist you posted about. I’ve seen that book here and there a few times – I should really pick it up. I love having something physical to page around through for inspiration. All sorts of fun things in this one! :) :)

    Bre´s last blog post ..backstage bando

  3. Denise commented
    May 20th, 2011 at 9:34pm

    Oopsie, no images are showing. I’m sure you know but just in case :)

  4. meenal @ maison marigold commented
    May 20th, 2011 at 10:34pm

    love the work of andrew holder… it is bold colorful and with just a hint of whimsy..and datz’s city posters are really the limited use of color… thanks for sharing always have the best picks..have a lovely day..xx meenal
    meenal @ maison marigold´s last blog post ..iPhone image of the week

  5. Ana commented
    May 20th, 2011 at 10:37pm

    I am. Definitely.

  6. Barbara commented
    May 20th, 2011 at 11:57pm

    I so need to get this book. Jim Datz looks amazing!!! Thank you for sharing, Holly :)
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  7. Katie {La Plus Petite} commented
    May 21st, 2011 at 12:59am

    Rachel Domm’s work makes me swoon — Lovely!
    Katie {La Plus Petite}´s last blog post ..Sneak Peek

  8. Lottie commented
    May 21st, 2011 at 2:33am

    Love the art you chose to share – the sweetly whimsical Andrew Holder art and the nifty typography/design of Datz and Domm are probably my favourites. :)

  9. Diana commented
    May 21st, 2011 at 3:12am

    Wonderful post, Loving all the colour by some great illustrators. The Jim Datz posters are just fabulous. The London one is my favourite. Thanks for the tip on the Mike Perry book, must go and find it.
    Diana´s last blog post ..Transport Buffs

  10. Vivian commented
    May 21st, 2011 at 4:25am

    Rachel’s and Andrew’s artworks are whimsical and lovely.
    Vivian´s last blog post ..Anmeldelse af ny smart søgemulighed hos Vivirocom

  11. Laura commented
    May 21st, 2011 at 7:49am

    The London one is my favorite, of course :) Very whimsical
    Laura´s last blog post ..Trip To Cornwall- Day Two

  12. Nieves commented
    May 21st, 2011 at 10:08pm

    Love Andrew Holder! the last is the best!!!
    Nieves´s last blog post ..Super Natural Cooking

  13. Virginia commented
    May 22nd, 2011 at 1:52pm

    I love the Boston/Providence print! Having trouble finding it…see nothing similar when I click on the links for Mark Perry, Jim Datz, or Ashkahn Shahparnia. Help! Confused as to who the actual artist is?

  14. Handz commented
    May 22nd, 2011 at 6:20pm

    I love Jim Datzs illustrations, also Andrew Holder is great.
    Handz´s last blog post ..Eames La Chaise chair – Don&39t forget to Relax poster A3 retro print

  15. decor8 commented
    May 23rd, 2011 at 12:50am

    @Virginia – It’s Jim Datz:

  16. ArticulateArt commented
    May 23rd, 2011 at 3:49pm

    That’s some really cool artworks!!!
    ArticulateArt´s last blog post ..DIY- Decorating the Bookshelf

  17. Karen commented
    May 23rd, 2011 at 10:57pm

    One question… About the London poster you write: “…a newspaper… remember those?….”. Do you mean YOU DO NOT READ REAL NEWSPAPERS anymore? Do you only read the online version or don´t you read any papers at all? How do keep informed on stuff other than interior deco? And doesnt it drive you nuts to only read from a screen?

    Your comment made me curious, as I start every morning with a newspaper at home (“SZ”) and so do most people I know here in Germany. I work in an international media agency, so we are pretty much web-orientaded folks. But not reading a real newspaper seems weird. In the office we subscribe to the major German papers (SZ, FAZ, FR, Tagesspiegel, FTD, as well as the british and NY Times, the Guardian, Le Monde, and the Austrian “Standard”). Obviously I don´t read them all, but I do get a glimpse at the headlines and lead articles… Our bosses expect us to do our monring “paper-round”, reading at work isn´t considered a break but an education.

    I am really curious and would like to know from anyone here: Do you still read papers? Or does the concept seem outdated to you?

    And I also love Jim Datz, I might get the Brooklyn poster for my brother in law, to cure his homesickness…

  18. decor8 commented
    May 23rd, 2011 at 11:24pm

    @Karen – I don’t read newspapers – I only read news on, etc.

  19. ashkahn commented
    June 27th, 2011 at 11:00am

    hi virginia! you can contact me directly if you would like a print of the boston / providence design. thanks for digging it! and thanks to the awesome decor8 for mentioning me! much love!

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