Arts + Crafts

Colorful Artwork of Ana Montiel

November 12, 2013

The artwork of London-based, Spanish visual artist and designer Ana Montiel takes me to a happy place today. The first two works were part of a show at the Pop up Galerie recently in Paris. Artists were invited to choose an album cover and revisit it for the show. Ana combines her passion for flowers with a favorite album, New Order’s iconic “Power Corruption and Lies”. About this project she says, “I love the album, the original Fantin-Latour still life and the Peter Saville album design. I originally made the drawing with watercolour and sumi-e ink to then translate it to a 3 ink composition ready to be screen printed.” The album is shown below the first two paintings below. Lovely, right? By the way, I know we’re heading into Christmas but I’m really into yellows and greens lately. Crazy!

Colorful Artwork of Ana Montiel

Colorful Artwork of Ana Montiel

Colorful Artwork of Ana Montiel

I really like seeing work like this because I’m a music lover and actually miss the care that I feel once went into album covers. It seems thoughtful covers are a dying art these days, at least in mainstream music. In fact, the last more mainstream album art that I got excited about was Keane’s, “Under the Iron Sea“. I must confess though, my ultimate favorite record cover was from The Smiths, This Charming Man, which I have framed on my wall at home. I love the image showing Jean Marais from Cocteau’s film Orpheus.

Below you can see more stunning watercolors by Ana for the ultimate eye candy escape today. You can also learn more about Ana here (I love her bangs!) and watch this charming video about her life and work. What an interesting woman! I especially enjoyed seeing her paint and hearing her thoughts about, “Living in the NOW”, which I feel are so important. Some of her clients include Anthropologie, Carolina Herrera, Jo Malone, Nina Ricci and Rolling Stone Magazine to name a few.

Colorful Artwork of Ana Montiel

Colorful Artwork of Ana Montiel

Colorful Artwork of Ana Montiel

Colorful Artwork of Ana Montiel

Colorful Artwork of Ana Montiel

Colorful Artwork of Ana Montiel

Colorful Artwork of Ana Montiel

Lucky for us, she has an online shop where you can purchase lots of these paintings as prints to frame. Aren’t these pretty?

By the way, do you have a favorite album cover? I’d love to know more!

(images: Ana Montiel)

11 Comments

  • Reply Chantal November 12, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    Hi Holly,
    I love the art prints of Ana Montiel. The patterned ones would all fit as background colour for a blog. They even brighten up a rainy greyish day. Thanks for sharing with us.
    Chantal

  • Reply Yuri November 12, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    .. love the way Ana combines colors in the flowers series, so that the effect of shimmering appears :)

  • Reply Kate November 12, 2013 at 11:12 pm

    Loved many of these! Pinning some to my art inspiration board on Pinterest.

  • Reply Felicia Marthe November 12, 2013 at 11:22 pm

    love love love the colours!

  • Reply mireya pizarro November 13, 2013 at 3:14 am

    Wonderful post! I have this new found appreciation for art and anything art. Recently I have explored typography. I love art and I enjoyed the beautiful pictures. I would love to know more about this- I originally made the drawing with watercolour and sumi-e ink to then translate it to a 3 ink composition ready to be screen printed.”

  • Reply Sujatha November 13, 2013 at 9:26 am

    These are so lovely; they definitely transport you to a lovely place..full of colour. Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply caridad isabel barragan November 13, 2013 at 10:06 am

    I really like the delicate tones of her work.

  • Reply Shalagh Hogan November 13, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    Lovely. The palette, the feeling of kindness. My Wee Fiona’s room needs art. And YES, I miss the value of the album cover art terribly. Thank you Holly.
    Love,
    Shalagh

  • Reply Diane Wilson November 13, 2013 at 10:21 pm

    Lampara is also proud to be using Ana Montiel’s designs for our lampshades- I knew she was the right choice!

    Diane from Lampara

  • Reply L'Oliphant November 18, 2013 at 9:56 am

    Thank you for that discover! ;)

  • Reply Salma November 19, 2013 at 11:18 am

    So nice to see this beret good ART … Thank you

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