Featured Artist: Ewa Prończuk-Kuziak

Ewa Prończuk-KuziakFeatured Artist: Ewa Prończuk-Kuziak

This week’s featured artist is painter Ewa Prończuk-Kuziak from Poland. Her mythical and breath taking paintings seem to capture the essence of spring and metamorphous. I love the ribbon detail to her paintings and the way it conveys the movement of the subject as well as her rich and bold color choices. Her surreal portraits of animals are my favourite and such a fresh interpretation.  You can check out a selection of her paintings below and links on where to find her.

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*all artwork shown in this post are the property of and copyrighted to Ewa Prończuk-Kuziak.

 

(I’ve shared a lot of artist in the last 2 years but I am feeling like I should take a break and recharge and discover more so until Falll I will only be sharing artists through my Pick of the Week posts.)

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Featured Artist: Atsuko Goto

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Feature Artist: Atsuko Goto

The first featured artist of the year is illustrator Atsuko Goto of Japan. Her dreamy and strange illustrations feel very much at home with modern Japanese horror movies and manga. I love the sense of isolation and her muted tone color pallet that spans her work. Her theme of Japan being consumed with its own emptiness and trapped feeling translates very clearly in her work and creates these haunting images. Below is a selection of her work as well as links on where to find her.


Goto Atsuko (website)
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*all artwork shown in this post are the property of and copyrighted to Atsuko Goto.

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Featured Artist: Michael Page

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Featured Artist: Michael Page

Featured artist this week is surreal painter Michael Page from San Francisco, California. His landscapes are trippy and psychedelic with familiar forms interpreted in his own way.  He uses a vivid color palette that is eye catching and works to remove his work from reality often using motion in his work to distort the subject matters. Other surreal artist that I could compare his work to would be in a similar realm with James Jean and Salvador Dali although he really is very much has his own style. He is not an artist I’ve dug into too in depth so I am really interested to see more of his work and hopefully he releases a book in the future. Check out some of his paintings below and where to find him.

Michael Page Art (website)

*all artwork shown in this post are the property of and copyrighted to Michael Page.

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Pick of the Week: Jason Villeneuve

Pick of the Week: Jason Villeneuve

Today I wanted to share with you the work of painter Jason Villeneuve who sells a selection of his paintings through his Etsy store. Villeneuve predominantly sells abstract ocean landscapes although recently has been selling mountain landscapes as well. I’ve been missing the ocean so much over the last few months I was really drawn into picking up more of his work. He is even based out of Vancouver Island where I grew up so I imagine many of the Pacific Ocean landscapes he paints might be sights I’ve seen before. He paints a variety of locations however so his work is not just solely from there, this year he seems to have doing a lot of landscapes featuring icebergs which I’ve enjoyed as well. I have purchased twice from him before and the shipping is always very quick and well done and he is easy to communicate with if you have any questions. The price of the paintings range substantial in consideration of materials and size of each piece but I love that he offers very affordable paintings. I have one piece on actual mounted canvas, and one of canvas board but most of the ones I’ve picked up are acrylic paint on archival paper which he sells individually or in sets. I haven’t picked out where I want to hang there nor had the chance to frame them but I will show pictures of some of the paintings I have and some of their temporary locations so you can get a good idea of his work. If you love abstract landscapes definitely check his website and store!

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a few of my favourite paintings from his store:


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Featured Artist: Kendra Binney

Kendra BinneyFeatured Artist: Kendra Binney

Featured artist this week is painter Kendra Binney from Portland. I was really drawn to her work because of her overall esthetic and the hazy dream like quality of her paintings. Her work feels like you are glimpsing into a sinister snow globe with the mixture of nature and human influence.  The encroaching human touch into scenic landscapes is a common theme throughout her paintings.  This is really helped by her muted watercolor tone, which works wonderfully with her subject matter and creates these almost effortless scenes. Below is a few of her paintings and information on where to find her work.

Kendra Binney (website)
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*all artwork shown in this post are the property of and copyrighted to Kendra Binney.

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Featured Artist: Hikari Shimoda

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Featured Artist: Hikari Shimoda

Featured artist this week is the painter Hikari Shimoda of Japan. She’s one of my favourite artists that I’ve discovered last year and I am so happy to share more of her work on the blog. Hikari has said that her work is inspired by anime and manga which in Japan is referred to as ‘Irasuto’. Although she doesn’t paint in anime/manga style it’s easy to see her inspiration with her use of ‘big eyes’ and the series of paintings she’s done depict her version of Chibi Moon from the anime/manga Sailor Moon. She also incorporates stickers to some of her paintings which I find delightful and I’m sure in person the effect is even more magical. One of the main themes of her work from the last few years is eyes of her subjects, and using them to convey her commentary on society. Besides being absolutely mesmerizing the eyes of her subjects also appear to be vacant which gives her paintings that eerie quality and a sense of inner struggle. She also has an affinity with children and depicts them in all her paintings. Although I am sharing more of her newer pieces, her older paintings also depict haunting children and are worth checking out. Her style has changed over the years so it’ll be exciting to see where she goes next. You can check out more of her work below and where to find her and for a review of her postcard set click, here!

Hikari Shimoda (website)
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*all artwork shown in this post are the property of and copyrighted to Hikari Shimoda.

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Featured Artist: Kaoru Hasegawa

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Today I’m featuring painter Kaoru Hasegawa who hails from Osaka, Japan. Her medium of choice is acrylic and oil paint on canvas and she has a distinct portrait style of big space eyed ladies. She refers to her work as “Mattari” which means relax/laidback in Japanese and is slang for ‘telling someone to calm down’.  I love the attitude of her work and the over-it expression of her subjects. Her style seems inspired by manga yet is really its own thing. I can’t help but love her work and I just adore the galaxies in their eyes not to mention her color palette. Check out some of her work below and links to where you find her.

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Society6 (prints)
Storenvy (postcards + other items)

*all artwork shown in this post are the property of and copyrighted to Kaoru Hasegawa.

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Featured Artist: Redd Walitzki

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Featured Artist: Redd Walitzki

The featured artist this week is pop-surrealism painter Redd Walitzki from Seattle, Washington. She’s an up and coming artist who’s been featured in influential art magazines like Hi-Fructose and Juxtapoz and has had her work exhibited in galleries all over the West Coast and New York. In the last year it’s been amazing to see her artwork take off and start to reach even wider international audiences. The highlight of her paintings for me is her intricate laser cutting of her canvas. The delicate details of her cuts make her work transcend being just a painting and allows for shadows and further depth when viewing her work. She even use to sell prints of her work that had the same laser cut details as the original pieces, a detail I hope she maintains in future recreations. For her subject matter she paints realistic women with a heavy emphasis on fluidity and movement for them and their surroundings. Her subject matter most often appears to be alternative styled women suspended in a dream surrounded by nature. This aspect of her work reminds me a lot of modern surrealist fashion photography but going beyond what can be achieved through a camera. Her work is very striking and I’m drawn to it immensely, have a look below at some of her work followed by links and where to find her.

Candy Gears (website)
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Etsy(prints)

*all artwork shown in this post are the property of and copyrighted to Redd Walitzki.
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Featured Artist: Michael Shapcott

michael shapcottFeatured Artist: Michael Shapcott

Michael Shapcott is an American painter from Connecticut that specializes in portraits. He uses a technique of applying oil and acrylic paint over top of a graphite drawing to create these vivid detailed paintings. I love his use of this technique as it doesn’t lose any details of the drawing and doesn’t come across as either an oil or acrylic painting. Washing the paint on top creates an almost watercolor feel but with deep rich colors. The colors are the part of his paintings that resonate with me the most as his color palette is sublime. He also has a way of creating such emotion in his paintings through the subject’s expression and body language. His portraits are very evocative and I consider myself so lucky to be in possession of two prints of his work.  Check out a few of his paintings below as well as links on where to find him.











Michael Shapcott (website)
BigCartel (originals)
Society6 (prints for purchase)

*all artwork shown in this post are the property of and copyrighted to Michael Shapcott.

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Featured Artist: Zina Nedelcheva

Zina Nedelcheva

Featured Artist: Zina Nedelcheva

Lazarina Nedelcheva is an illustrator and painter from Bulgaria who I found one day on Society6 by chance and whose work I fell in love with. Although I should say fell in love is not as accurate as it would be to say creped out and thus enthralled with her work. Artwork that makes you feel uncomfortable and confronts you with a certain emotion and makes feel like you have to stare at it to somehow ‘figure it out’ for me is the greatest art. Her work does exactly that, especially her paintings of semi-human like bodies with childlike faces that are both familiar yet odd at the same time. I find myself transfixed by the faces; they appear to be faces yet at the same time masks. You are never sure if you are looking at children wearing a jumper of an animal or unknown human like figure wearing a mask. I find her work illuminating and her way of adding accessories to the characters to add depth and story is riveting because it usually just leaves the viewer with more questions. The lack of color of her work also allows you to be drawn in and notice the more increate parts of her paintings and creates this world of polka dots and stripes that her characters seem to co-exist in. I find it fascinating, and was even more delighted to find she makes dolls and brooches as well that carry over this imaginary world. Her dolls and brooches although different in body from her paintings feature the same circular faces/masks upon them. They are just as odd and familiar as her other work. Her world is one that I am very intrigued to see where it goes. She to me is an artist I am waiting for more from as I cannot get enough.

Zina Arts (website)
Society6 (prints for purchase)
Etsy (originals and brooches)
*all artwork shown in this post are the property of and copyrighted to Lazarina Nedelcheva.

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