Ok, so we took an accidental blog hiatus for like...three months. Blame it on the busy. Business has been boomin' (not complaining) and the blog unfortunately took a backseat. Say all that three times fast.
But we're baaaaaack!
Yes, we've been M.I.A, but since we last blogged we've made so many AMAZING, new artistic discoveries that we don't have enough walls to fill with their insane talent. Naturally, we are anxious to share some of our newfound FAVORITE, Chicago artists that we've been cartwheeling around town about with our readers.
Lynn Basa. We found this knockout on - believe it or not - Instagram. God bless social media. As soon as we clicked on her website portfolio, we were floored. Had to have her. In fact, we are currently commissioning a four-piece work on paper to hang in a project we are doing downtown. We are torn though - don't know what we love more - her simplistic and stunning charcoal works on paper or her rich, organic paintings in both bold and natural tones. We'll take both, please.
Oh, Sally Ko. Taya and I stumbled upon Sally through a friend in the design business who is also a huge fan of her work. We were HUMBLED to be able to visit Sally's studio in Bridgeport at the Zhou B Art Center a few weeks ago. We were overwhelmed! Sally makes her own paint and has a fascinating dripping technique that is so unique that helps to creates these mesmerizing pieces. We also love the breadth of her palette - from her deep reds and fun blues to her use of black, white and grey. We snagged one of her beautiful works on paper that we just installed in a client's powder room. It is perfection.
Yes, Elliot Bergman the musician is ALSO a frickin' amazing artist. I admired his work years ago and he came back on my radar recently when I was sourcing art for a project. I sent Taya on a hunt to find him about a month ago to no avail. Low and behold, a few weeks ago I got an email from my spirit animals over at Pavilion Antiques who have recently acquired some of his works in their showroom. BINGO. His india ink works are my fav - natch. Black and white and GORG - he uses this amazing stamping technique that creates these amazing, layered and textured pieces. I need a duo in my house (or a project). STAT.
Last but not least, one of our local favs: Michael McGuire. You have heard me talk about MM before. My blog post from back in March 2014 talked about my discovery, obsession and my dream to have his work in my home and/or a client's. Well, my wish came true! MM and I worked on a commissioned pen and ink dipytque for a client that was installed back in April. It was a true pleasure collaborating with him and his work is masterful - uncannily precise and boldly graphic. Hope to collab with him again VERY soon.
Hoped you enjoyed our "comeback" blog entry. Check out all these local artists during your free time this summer. They are all knockouts.