Matt Mikulla, a talented Nashville artist that specializes in what he calls “Ridiculously affordable artwork”, offers his creative photography at his gallery, Art Rogue, in downtown Nashville as well as online for the rest of us.
Art Rogue is currently running a not-to-miss sale, but it ends tomorrow (4/4) so, not to sound like a used car salesman, act now while prices are low! All medium (8.5″ x 11″) prints and photographs are going for $25 vs. the usual $40 price tag – so if you see something you like, jump on it! Each print is made using Epson UltraChrome pigment inks on enhanced matte paper and will arrive in an archival sleeve with acid-free backing, and Matt signs all prints, which is huge incentive to buy because a signed print means so much more for when Matt becomes famous someday! :)
It’s funny, I’m usually not attracted to most ‘creative’ photography I see. I’m drawn in to liking all those more stylized shots of interiors, fashion, and still life of mundane objects – like a chair or a strawberry in a bowl. But the ladies you see above from Matt’s plastic series, they grab me.
Maybe they remind me of Mannequin, one of my favorite 80’s films with Andrew McCarthy and Kim Cattrall (Yes, Samantha from Sex In The City, she’s been around forever!). I always loved that story because I was very imaginative as a child and nothing could convince me that everything didn’t come to life at night. Dolls, Hello Kitty, toys, mannequins, plastic people on wedding cakes, everything had a ‘real life’ when the humans weren’t around. Even the fruit bowl on our counter was throwing a nightly Mardi Gras with the Chiquita Banana girl (Commercials like these didn’t help any, either).
So when I saw Mannequin, I took the whole film very seriously, and even though that was 20 years ago, I still recall how validated I felt when I saw it, it was confirmation that department store window displays were so much more than the plastic ladies we saw modeling shiny raincoats and black patent leather pumps. Of course, I was entering my teens and knew better, but my imagination enjoyed such far-fetched thoughts.
As we grow into adults, and from there refine and define ourselves, it’s so interesting to see what we naturally are attracted to. I’m seeing definite patterns in myself, my natural leanings, because I’m exposed to more art and design on a daily basis than ever before in my life. I’m constantly seeing a strong tie between where I stand today, and where I stood as a child — So much of what I liked then has influenced what I like today. It’s a fascinating subject you could explore and discuss with your friends for hours. Have you given it much thought, and if so, what connections are you making to the design and art world today with what you were exposed to as a child?
(images from matt mikulla)
I love photography, but find some of what I see much more interesting, almost poetic, when translated into an illustration. There’s something about the combination of paper, graphite, and watercolor that is very emotional, stimulating, it’s this blending of life and elegance (like a beautiful woman or gorgeous shoes), then filtered through the eye, and now caught in time on paper. No movement, frozen, raw, serene.
When Kate Wilson wrote to me about her illustrative work, I knew I had to share it because it’s exactly what I love – not too fussy, almost dreamlike, soothing, and very mature. Kate, a final year illustration student at the London College of Fashion, just completed a project based around the mundane things in life that bring her joy. Inspired by the natural world around her, as well as antiques, fashion (of course), food, and her own quirky sense of humor, her illustrations show depth, a sense of self, and a definite style that is uniquely Kate. Here’s some of her illustrations framed on a wall… So haphazard, I can’t help but like it.
You can view her portfolio here on her website, where you can also inquire about purchasing.
(images from kate wilson)
Camilla Engman + Port2Port Press joined forces to create the Spring Prints Set, two limited edition prints (only 150 created) merging Swedish & English, featuring Camilla’s illustrations and Meg’s antique wood type. Each set is numbered and packed in a glassine bag, available here for only $16. I just purchased mine, now it’s your turn!
(images from port2port press)
I love spending time at the coast, and this weekend was particularly beautiful and relaxing – sunny, warm, the perfect weather for strolling one of my favorite coastal New England towns, Portsmouth, New Hampshire. While there, I had to stop by the Three Graces Gallery, owned by New Hampshire artist Kim Ferreira, and once again, I was pleasantly surprised by the art on display. Kim always has the best work, and this visit left me so inspired, I had to share.
Although Ms. Mathis displays great strength and talent in her oversized mixed media works on canvas (stunning), it was Saliwanchik’s work, gorgeous girls in full, vibrant color, that captivated me (shown above and below), plus I could picture it in my own space. If I had a home with higher ceilings, I would consider Mathis’ work as well, I really loved how she incorporated graphite, dye, and fabric on canvas — gorgeous.
Soon to relocate to Brooklyn, New York, Bailey Salivanchik is one to watch. The moment I laid eyes on her work, I had this feeling… Like she is bound to go places very, very soon. Read her bio here, and if you’re interested in her work, contact Kim Ferreira directly at the Three Graces (show runs only until April 5th, so hurry!). If you’d like to order her prints, visit DeviantART online.
(images from bailey saliwanchik)