Monthly Archives: March 2016

Must Reads For Beginning Artists

I’ve titled this post “Must Reads For Beginning Artists” but these are suggestions for artists and designers regardless of their level of experience. In fact, these are books that anyone with a curious mind should read. The books are listed … Continue reading

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The Decorated Trucks of Pakistan

As unlikely as it might seem at first, if you’re looking for examples of flamboyant surface design and decoration, you just need to look at trucks, buses and taxis in different countries around the world. For reasons that are specific … Continue reading

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Mark Bradford and The Politics of Abstraction

Industrial sanders. Discarded handbills torn from telephone poles. Hairdresser’s permanent end papers. House paint from the local Home Depot. These are the tools and materials employed by the artist Mark Bradford in the creation of his large scale paintings. Bradford … Continue reading

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Food Is More Than Something To Eat

In a recent post we featured the flamboyant and cheeky food-based work of Bompas & Parr. Previously we showed you the meat centric paintings of Mark Ryden and the confectionary installations of Tanya Shultz (aka Pip & Pop). Blog readers … Continue reading

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Natural Moves

Over the last several weeks I’ve blogged about the design element of Motion (Chapter 15 in Design: A Beginner’s Handbook). In this week’s post you’ll find the work of several artists/designers who employ natural forces to impart movement into their … Continue reading

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Jelly Buildings and Waterfalls of Chocolate: Bompas and Parr

Sam Bompas and Harry Parr are two incredibly prolific English artist/designers who collaborate to create stand alone sculptures and large installations. Nearly all their many artworks use food as a primary material and are designed to engage our sense of … Continue reading

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The Not So Passive Observer

In a recent post about the design principle of motion I promised that I would present more examples. Today let’s look at viewer activated motion. In these works the artist invites the viewer to become a co-author of the work. … Continue reading

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Tamara de Lempicka, a Star of Art Deco

I recently had a conversation with a San Francisco based graphic artist who asked me about the mid-twentieth century painter Tamara de Lempicka. If you’re not familiar with Lempicka’s name I’m not surprised. Her career spanned the years between 1920 … Continue reading

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Language of Motion Part 2

In last week’s blog post, The Language of Motion, I presented several artists who use the design principle of motion in their work (Chapter 15 in Design: A Beginner’s Handbook). I’d like to use this week to highlight past posts … Continue reading

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