While in NYC this weekend I went into a gallery in SOHO and discovered the work of Simon Birch (first 3 images) and fell in LOVE. Then a day later I was poking around the Internet and found Francoise Nielly (last 2 images) and felt like I was cheating on Simon. These amazing artists seem to have a similar styles due to their brush strokes/blocky technique and the portrait aspect but evoke such different emotions from me. Simon's paintings are mostly of women that seem to be in motion, frustrated, hiding and baring all. While Francoise's paintings focus directly on the facial expressions of both male and female and have such a bold, overwhelming presences....Damn I think I'm dating art.
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
This poster was designed for a recent art show I hosted. All my work at the event had a geometric/minimal theme. There is truly something calming about art that is simple but let's your mind repetitively explore the negative/positive space and each time come up with a different outcome and reaction.
What is it that you hide? You know, those feelings or secrets that are camouflaged so well that no one would know they existed unless you told them. We normally hide the emotions that are the strongest or evoke the most pain out of us. And fear is usually the reason we mask our feelings. Fear of rejection, fear of commitment, fear of not being accepted...and the list goes on. This concept was my main inspiration for the poster series above. While hiding the words LOVE and HATE I wanted the design to be clean, straight forward, but actually have depth...just like the emotions we suppress.
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Come check out MIXt at the Somerville Armory November 20th and support the local arts. My art will be on display there along with many talented artists. I designed this flyer to have the same geometrical style as my posters and paintings that will be on display at the show. If you are looking to add to your collection of art, you will also be able to purchase all the artwork you see on display.
Friday, October 15, 2010
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Yesterday I was watching tv as I rode the bike at the gym and was instantly engaged in the program playing on ESPN - E60. It was about disturbing crimes happening in South Africa that I had never heard of called Corrective Rape. This is the flawed belief that if a straight man violently rapes a gay woman he can change her sexual orientation. I started to wonder, how is it that I have never heard of these horrific crimes before. Then I thought it must be a very rare type of crime. Sadly I was mistaken and learned that 10 new cases of "corrective rape" occur every week in Cape Town alone! While lesbians have become the target of these awful hate crimes, not one woman in general is safe from sexual assaults. The most shocking statistic is 1 in 2 women in South Africa will be raped in their lifetime. How can this be!? How!? It got me thinking of my younger sister and how if we lived in South Africa one of us would be raped at some point in our lives. I feel guilty and sad to know that we live in a world that these things happen every day and many people are not aware of them or to the extreme of their occurrences.
Now that I'd aware of these awful hate crimes I feel like it is my duty to spread the word. Please watch the following video (link below) and pass it on to as many people as you can. While one woman in Cape Town wears a jacket that reads "I'm Lesbian and Proud", many other women live in fear and have no voice.
CLICK HERE TO WATCH E60: Corrective Rape
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Check out The Haven, Boston's newest bar/restaurant with a Scottish flavor, coming this June. The Haven is special to me because not only is my friend Jason the owner but I also designed the logo. Stop in soon and grab a pint, listen to live music and enjoy some Scottish food.