The other day I came across a piece of pottery by Lucie Rie and fell in love. The shapes are so minimal and inviting. The balance between the simplicity of the shape and the complexity of the colors is stunning. The pieces with all of the intricate lines work won me over, so beautiful. Lucie Rie (1902-1995), Viennese emigre, set up studio in London, pre-WWII, was a leader for English potters and studio pottery in the 20th century. Her work is the embodiment of the Japanese aesthetic of ‘wabi-sabi‘, the acceptance of impermanence and imperfection.
Thomas Bohle is an extremely talented ceramicist and artist. I can’t remember how I came across his work but I glad I did. The precision and exactness creates a minimalist silhouette only to reveal some amazing details in texture and execution. The drip glaze looks like it is alive and still moving but gladly frozen in time. I love the combination of matte and gloss, it is a perfect juxtaposition of textures.
Michael Carson is an amazing talent. I was instantly enthralled with his work. I love that the figures have a slight blur or undefined edges giving the view an opportunity to use their imagination just a little more than enjoying the story. The opaque qualities of some of his brush strokes offer a sense of depth and act as an artists stylistic signature. I can easily picture one of these pieces being the focal point in a room.
Stephen Ormandy was the name that came up when I came across a stunning painting on instagram. Stephen’s work has to be some of my favorite. His paintings are simple in shape and color but there is complexity, the shapes interaction with one another create an unsaid complexity that one has to find. His sculptures are an outstanding exploration of fluid continuous movement. I love the exploration of materials in his sculpture as well.
The art work of Danny Heller invokes a sense of realism but make no mistake you are not looking at a series of photographs. Not only are these paintings done with a keen eye and almost exact precision, the subject matter is one that is close to my heart, wow that sounded sappy. “Primarily focusing on the nation’s mid-century identity, I play with lighting, dramatic angles, and specific colors to form engaging paintings that capture architectural elements.” These mid century scenes are iconic in all of our minds. Make sure to visit his site, pick up a couple of Giclee prints.
I happened to come across a painting by Nicolas de Staël and was instantly intrigued. His heavy handed strokes and thick applications create scenes that invite the viewer to use their imagination to fill in the rest of the story. When I look at his works, they ring true to a style that my mind immediately associates with mid century. You have to give Nicolas de Staël some credit on the hair.
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