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Calendar Giveaway by Ariana Couvinha!

February 7th, 2011 · 24 Comments

Update: we have a winner… Congrats, Jessica, and thanks to everyone else for entering!

Hi friends, I’m back up and running (being sick is the worst!) and am super psyched to tell you about a new giveaway by one of my new favorite artists, Ariana Couvinha!

Ariana is giving away one of her absolutely charming calendars which includes this beautiful illustration (below) which I just snapped up last week!

The Lisbon-based artist and teacher has an amazing etsy shop I’ve spent way too much time in! Her blog is also super cool if you like hand-drawn aviators like the one above.


To enter to win Ariana’s calendar please leave a comment and I will select a winner on Saturday, Feb. 12th!

Atsuko Tanaka Print Giveaway!

January 24th, 2011 · 21 Comments

Update: We have a winner, Karolien! Thanks so much to all who entered!

The Current Show is an online (UK-based) gallery run by Serena and Vladimir that sells prints of up-and-coming contemporary artists. The company just launched a new line of prints by Japanese artist, Atsuko Tanaka and in celebration they are giving away a print of Light of Autumn (below) on Art Hound!  The print is an edition of 100 and measures approx. 10″ x 20″.

Light of Autumn

“When summer ends and fall begins, the sky climbs higher and the sunshine lowers and tenders. And it starts to shine softly and gently. This artwork depicts the idea of such a sky and light reflected on the flowers.”

Tanaka grew up in the Japanese countryside and was strongly influenced by the time she spent working in a flower shop. She graduated from Nagoya Zokei University of Arts and Design in 1999 and now works as a freelance illustrator.

Cherry Blossoms

“Cherry blossoms announce the coming of spring. Japanese are truly looking forward to see them bloom. They are always beautiful whichever they are in bud, blooming, in full bloom or falling. Even fallen petals in the river are fascinating.”


Glitter (translation)


Received 3 (translation)


To enter the giveaway leave a comment below! The winner will be announced on Saturday, Jan 29th. Good luck!

Exclusive Art Hound Giveaway!

November 1st, 2010 · 81 Comments

Art Hound believes that everyone, no matter how small a budget they’re on, can live with awesome art and we’ve created a one-of-a-kind art consulting service to help people make it happen.

Art Matching is a totally new approach to art consulting – it’s easy, affordable and just plain awesome! You decide which room in your home you’d like to focus on, send over photos and take Art Hound’s Style Survey. Based on your aesthetic, budget and lifestyle I sift through a lot of good art and find five great pieces just for you.

I’m psyched to announce that we’re offering one very lucky Art Hound reader a free round of Art Matching! Please note that I plan to blog about the winner’s Art Matching process. To enter leave a comment on this post and on Wednesday, Nov. 10th I’ll pick a winner at random.

Giveaway! “Girls” T-Shirt from Insound

September 27th, 2010 · 5 Comments

Insound is a Brooklyn-based indie music e-shop that has an awesome line of posters and t-shirts featuring big indie bands of 2010. The limited edition merch was skillfully-designed by Chicago print studio, Sonnenzimmer.

What’s more Art Hound has teamed up with Insound to offer one lucky readers this Sonnezimmer-designed t-shirt for the band Girls. To enter, leave a comment below, and I will draw a name next Monday, Oct. 4th.


And while we’re on the topic, check out these Insound posters for Broken Social Scene, Mountain Goats and Ted Leo and the Pharmacists.



Justin Richel Print Giveaway!

April 19th, 2010 · 12 Comments

Update: Congrats to winner, Leigh-Ann, of Swirl Syndicate! Seriously check out her adorable and hilarious line of baby and kiddie T’s.

Next Monday I will be giving away this Justin Richel letterpress print thanks to one of my favorite print shop, Little Paper Planes! To win, leave a comment between today and Sunday, April 25th. The print, which measures 6″ x 9″, is a Little Paper Planes exclusive and part of an edition of 45.

“The stacks for me are about the precarious balance, they allude to the fragility of circumstance. For instance the stack can only exist so long as all of its pieces are cooperating together, to shift or remove a piece would inevitably send the whole thing crashing to the ground.  So the paintings themselves become social commentary. I try to draw parallels between human interaction and the stuff that we surround our selves with.” – excerpt from Justin’s interview with LPP.

Christine Kesler Print Giveaway!

January 21st, 2010 · 18 Comments

UPDATE: Congrats to the winner of our Christine Kesler print giveaway, gretchenmist!

Holy smokes! This is Art Hound’s 100th post and to mark the occasion we’re giving away a Christine Kesler limited edition print courtesy of Little Paper Planes.

Christine is a Bay area artist whose installation work combines painting, drawing and paper sculpture. Her cerebral process involves reusing her own materials as well as found objects, adding layers of complexity. Writing and poetry also play a significant role in Kesler’s art.

To win Christine’s print (top left), leave a comment. The winner will be notified via email in one week!

(Please be patient as I have to approve each comment before it posts. Thx!)