As Labor Day approaches, I bet many of you art lovers are planning curated dinner parties at your respective beach houses. Take a look at 5 artists who have pieces that would look FABULOUS in your humble abodes.
Happy browsing! 🙂
Ward Roberts is a photographer who offers a masterful study in composition and color. Capturing public outdoor spaces along with ethereal portraits, Roberts creates composed images drawing on themes of finiteness & ephemerality.
Hometown: Melbourne & Hong Kong.
Currently reading: James Bond – Goldfinger.
Beach staple: Lots of sunscreen!
2. Heather Day
Heather Day is an artist who grew up in Hawaii and along the east coast of the United States, finally moving to San Francisco after graduating from Maryland Institute College of Art with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting and art history. Her background in travel and culture encouraged her to see more of the world, where she discovered a connection to nature—her main source of inspiration. Day’s art is a form of visual storytelling interested in conveying moments of interactions. She works primarily with paint and non-traditional materials, and is known for her murals. The philosophy that everything is a product of an experience frames each work, conveying stories of movement and ideas of color through seams, lines, and layers.
Go-to beach read: Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed.
Phone background: A painting detail image I took of a Morris Louis painting at SFMOMA.
Dream travel destination: This is trending, but I’ll have to say Iceland.
3. Karina Bania
Karina Bania is an abstract painter living in Southern California and on the coast of Baja, Mexico. Largely self-taught, she picked up a paintbrush and a backpack and spent years living around the world developing her art. There is a distinct harmony of spontaneity and intention, intuition and calculation, in Bania’s work. Each smear and transparent pool of color seems to have simultaneously found its own inevitable shape and to have been dictated with clarity. Bania’s paintings explore fields of space from which landscapes and interactions arise.
Astrological sign: Capricorn
Muse: The space between objects.
Go-to museum: The Broad, in LA.
Cindy Hsu Zell is a multidisciplinary artist who creates fiber-based sculptures out of handmade rope. She studied art and animation at USC and went on to work in retail display, gaining extensive experience designing and executing large-scale multi-media installations. She constructs every detail by hand, resulting in works that are labor-intensive in process yet minimal in aesthetic.
Studio staple: My mini fridge is filled with La Croix and they have become a pretty important part of my process. 🙂
Currently listening to: The podcast “Terrible, Thanks For Asking.” The host shares stories about love and loss while encouraging everyone to answer the question “How Are You?” a little more honestly.
Inspiration: My favorite artists and movements like Henri Matisse, Ruth Asawa, California Light and Space, and Memphis design. Above all, I am inspired by interesting combinations of shapes and colors that I find in the little details of textiles, architecture, and nature. Everything is inspiration. A bright, cobalt blue bicycle rack I found in my neighborhood inspired a lot of my squiggle-shaped pieces and color palettes.
Follow Cindy on Instagram and check out some of her nautical ropes below.
Jordan Sullivan explores dreamlike, atmospheric subjects, often molding them into fluid narratives in his work. Some of his images detail the delicate shifts of surreal light and color spectrums and the colors melt and merge into one another, reminiscent of watercolor painting.
Drink of choice: Coffee
Playing on repeat: Nils frahm
Artistic signature: I suppose some sort of signature would lie between indescribable color and unfinished forms. Those are at least two things I am always searching for.
Keep up with the artists and collect their work through Uprise Art @uprisenyc.
top image // Ward Roberts