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Artist Crush: Pretty Little Thieves

March 30th, 2010 · 1 Comment

The heavy rain we’ve been having in New York is getting old fast. But I happened upon LA-based artist Nancy Mungcal of Pretty Little Thieves and was delighted to discover how many of her drawings include rain. I mean, how appropriate? Below are a sampling of Nancy’s rain-focused work. Funny that she’s based in LA… I’m guessing she grew up elsewhere – like Seattle.

1. another day of rain

2. rain keepers $38

3. seeking rain $32

4. the rain and my heart $32

5. the school girls

6. waiting for the rain (print) $20

Artist Crush: Lisa Marie Godfrey

January 25th, 2010 · No Comments

What a lovely surprise to have come across Lisa Marie Godfrey‘s beautiful and quirky work! Godfrey, a Houston native, loves to hunt for antiques and old things that offer a glimpse into the lives of their previous owners. She incorporates some of these objects, such as old books and photographs, into her paintings and site-specific installations.

There is something immediately appealing about Lisa’s work; it is evocative of a quaint, uncomplicated view of the natural world. Lisa’s paintings are filled with quintessential nature imagery, and her style is cartoony and purposefully amateurish. It’s difficult to look at Godfrey’s work and not remember how we experienced nature as children. The simple pleasure in Godfrey’s work is remembering the delight in discovering the world around us.

Godfrey recently showed her work at Domy Books and still has a number of pieces available, most for $50 – $200.

When Innocence & Sophistication Meet

January 20th, 2010 · No Comments

I’m loving Saelee Oh’s new paintings from her Infinite Roots Show at Jonathan Levine. One of the things I admire most about Saelee’s work is that it exudes a child-like innocence while also imbuing an alluring sophistication. I personally get turned off by work that feels juvenile, and Saelee’s beautiful, refined work certainly does not.

Admittedly these paintings are not what I would consider affordable to most, BUT I’m hoping Oh will release prints of some of these pieces after the show. At the moment Saelee carries prints of some of her older work through LPP and her own shop. I guess I will just have to TRY to be patient..