inspire me... Karen Margolis

Monday, July 8, 2013

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I'm seeing spots. Beautifully arranged, wonderfully colorful spots. Karen Margolis' work, inspired by patterns that occur naturally, is all about spots. Composed in such a way that is organic and off kilter, the works remind you of something that has been grown rather than crafted. Some pieces are painted on paper, while others are holes that have been artfully punched out. Tasteful uses of color bring life to the pieces. These soft works are subtle and breathtaking. But don't take my word for it.

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Inspire me... Tasos Chonias

Monday, July 1, 2013

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The hardest thing about these inspire me's is not finding the artists. It's finding the right words to describe the work. I always prided myself at being good at critiques in college... so I'm just gonna suck it up and hit the ground running and all that. :]

Today we're looking at the work of the artist Tasos Chonias. This is the most traditional artist I've featured on this blog yet. His pieces throw you back into a world of masters of oil, featuring scenes created with deep rich colors and texture that you want to just reach out and touch. You are quickly jarred back into the modern world when you start to realize the subjects on these paintings are not the classic room you expected. 
His paintings feature aged homes with sparsely decorated corners, often looking like they might have been a studio at one point. Canvases and brushes lie scattered about, and the worn in furniture looks like a collection of whatever happened to be lying around, giving the room an abandoned feel. Arranged in ways that easily lead your eyes around the piece, every detail is composed to take you back to that corner.

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