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Lisa Marie Hunter

February 1st, 2012 · 1 Comment

I have a massive crush on Lisa Marie Hunter (née Godfrey). Her work has such a magical, naive quality – like seeing the world through the eyes of a child or seeing your special, happy place put to paper.

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Artist Cheatsheet – Yoshitomo Nara

February 14th, 2011 · 2 Comments

It’s been a long time since I’ve done one of these, but the other day I was looking at a print by Yoshitomo Nara, and it occurred to me that he would be the perfect choice for an Artist Cheatsheet. Seriously… why didn’t I think of this before?

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The Japanese artist has dreamed up, and for many years been adding to, an alternate universe of puppies and doll-like girls who remain forever innocent in the confines of his idiosyncratic realm. The girls are achingly- cute, if ever such a thing existed, and convey a lot of spiritual allure despite their alien-ness. And while many artists depict children and try to convey the pleasures of childhood, Nara is really the grandfather of this theme in this day and age. His influence runs far and wide but here are some of my favorite artists whose work embody his youthful spirit.

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Ashley G

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Juri Ueda

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Nancy Mungcal / pretty little thieves

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Yosuke Ueno

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Trish Grantham

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Lisa Marie Godfrey

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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.