Sunday, September 25, 2011

Sunday Selection-Altoon Sultan

Altoon Sultan "Reds" 7"x5" egg tempera on calfskin parchment

Altoon Sultan creates amazing bold crisp egg tempera paintings and objects -hooked rugs or "ruglets" that tie into each other. There are so many pieces that I love that is hard  to keep this concise. Altoon takes pictures in rural VT of farm machinery for reference for some of her works. I love the intensity of these machinery paintings in contrast to the softness of the woolen rugs.
I think they bounce off each in a playful way. Atloon explains the many connections/references to art history that certain pieces pertain to. She writes a very warm and thoughtful blog that explains the process of her works.

Altoon explains on her blog:
To make these small textile pieces, I first do pencil and color studies. Then I hand dye woolen cloth, which is later cut into strips and hooked through a linen backing, making loops of wool which create the design.

I love the two mediums she works in for many reasons. They are not common mediums everyone takes on. There is some labor of love that must take place to create these. Both mediums have a powerful effect that is refreshing.

Altoon's work is included in many public collections including: Tate Gallery, Metropolitan Museum of Art,  Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Yale University Art Gallery , Portland Museum of Art, and many more.

Please spend some time exploring Altoon's blog  Studio and Garden and website  www.altoonsultan to see much more.
Altoon Sultan "Pink/Yellow Ground" 11 x10

Altoon Sultan Wall Grouping

Altoon Sultan "Red Diamond" 11 x10

Altoon Sultan "Signs" 6.5" x 5" egg tempera on calfskin parchment

Altoon Sultan #33 hand dyed wool with egg tempera on linen

Altoon Sultan "Red Teeth" 5 3/8 x 3 7/8 egg tempera on calfskin parchment

Altton Sultan "#8 Primary Color Composition" 14" x 12.5" hand dyed wool with egg tempera on linen

Altoon Sultan "Green Tilt" 10" x 24" egg tempera on panel

Altoon Sultan  Objects and paintings



Friday, September 23, 2011


Elizabeth Sheppell "Remain In Light" 2011 16x16
This is a new piece "Remain In Light". The edges are heavy but not as built up as the "fat series". This is part of  a second series of works that I hope will compliment that series for my upcoming show next year. Click on the title to see closer.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Sunday Selection-Anna-Wili Highfield

Anna-Wili Highfield "Boobook"
2010 Ink, watercolours, archival cotton paper, cotton thread, brass rod, timber plinth. 70cm x 80c

 Today's Sunday Selection is all sculpture for the first time. I stumbled upon Anna's work and found it quite beautiful.  I am drawn to the feeling and personality each one conveys. The use of materials to execute these forms is quite stunning. She is a Sydney based artist that works in paper and copper pipe. I thought these were fitting for the brisk fall air that has just arrived here.  View more of her portfolio here.

Anna Wili-Highfield "Deer "
2006 1.1 x 1.2 Copper Pipe, Palm Bark, Driftwood, Copper wire

Anna-Wili Highfield "Blue Bonnet"
2011 21cmx 27cm x 10cm ink, water colour, archival cotton paper, cotton thread, brass rod, timber block

Anna-Wili Highfield "Blue Wren"
2010 13cm x 13cm x 9cm ink, water colour, archival cotton paper, cotton thread, brass rod, timber block

Anna-Wili Highfield "Race Horse "
2010 Ink, archival cotton paper, cotton thread, copper pipe, timber block 73cm x 90cm x 20cm

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Fatter and Fatter

E Sheppell The Fat Series No.5  2011 mixed media on panel
 Here is another piece from the "FAT" series. This one is a bit more minimal. I am excited to start some larger ones this week. I have started prepping the panels and I am  ready to get going! It will be interesting to see how the larger pieces will develop...

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Sunday Selection-Don Cooper

Don Cooper -Turquoise Healing Bindu
turquoise, watercolor and acrylic on Indian hand made paper
28" x 40"
Atlanta artist Don Cooper creates mesmerizing works. He has won  numerous awards including the MOCA GA Working Artist Grant and Artadia Award. The work pulls you in and you want to linger for a long time. I am amazed at the patience and thoughtfulness it must take to create these beauties. Don exhibited a beautiful show at Sandler Hudson Gallery last fall. Check out the link of his review from Burnaway. This article gives a great understanding of  the Bindu series.
Hope you have had a wonderful Sunday!

Don Cooper-Seed of Being/Seed of Consciousness
oil on canvas
24" x24" each

Don Cooper-Center of the Universe
watercolor and acrylic on Arches paper
22" x 30"

Don Cooper-Indigo Big Bang
watercolor on Indian hand made paper
22" x 30"

Don Cooper-A Connection to the Whole
oil on canvas
56" x 66

Don Cooper-Red Orange Blue Green
water on Indian hand made paper
22" x 30"
Private Collection