Juarez Women

Art World News, Painting

Initially I was a little skeptical of an Irish man making art about murdered Mexican women. However, his work and his statements are a thoughtful and respectful tribute and I am glad this important crisis is getting the attention it deserves. The portraits themselves are beautiful, powerful and tragic. It’s important work by Brian McGuire and definitely deserves a look.

“The killing campaign in Mexico has taken the lives of more than 1,400 young women since 1994, mainly factory girls working in maquiladoras,sweatshops of sorts, who were abducted around town. Maguire spent time with the victim’s mothers, discussing their daughter’s lives and premature deaths, before beginning to paint two portraits of each victim: one representing the young girl during her life and another, after death. Though his works are intuitively somber in subject matter and style, they convey a subtle hopefulness in the boldness of strokes and in the unexpected pops of color.”

 

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The title of this seres is The Absence of Justice Demands This Act and it’s showing at Fergus McCaffrey in New York through the end of the month. Check out this article and the gallery website, if you’d like.

Artist Obsession: Sophie Victoria Elliott

Artist Obsession, Contemporary Women Artists, Painting

Sophie Victoria Elliot uses aerial landscapes and maps as the basis for her abstract paintings. She is inspired by geology and tries to capture shifting movements under the earth’s surface in each of her works. She even organizes them by location on her website. How cool is that?

If you look at these pieces you can totally see the inspiration shine through. But even if the cartographical explanation doesn’t blow your mind, they are still super pretty. Moody color studies with gorgeous and unexpected combinations. I am infinitely impressed.

Sophie Elliott

Sophie Elliott

Sophie Elliott

Sophie Elliott

Sophie Elliott

Artist Obsession: Andrea Castro

Artist Obsession, Contemporary Women Artists, Mixed Media, Painting

“I consider art as another language”

On her website’s bio page, Andrea Castro describes her art as a conversation between herself and the figures she paints. In her eyes, each portrait represents a character which exists in her imagination and which insists on being painted. Kind of a neat way of thinking about portraiture and about oil painting in general. (Also kind of crazy right?). Castro’s work is quite diverse in tone and style but her aesthetic really shines through in her colorful and slightly surreal works. The gorgeous pastel piece at the top of my post is particularly incredible. I just love the pretty florals and topsy turvy composition. It is titled Sweet Chaotic Memories which seems quite fitting.

In fact all of her pieces have meaningful riddling titles which I appreciate. These paintings are alarming yet captivating and I am totally caught up in them.

 

Determinations+and+dreams

 

11-suffocating

 

Striking. Stunning. I don’t even know what else to say. Let’s just stare at them, shall we?

Artist Obsession: Hilary Harnischfeger

Artist Obsession, Contemporary Women Artists, Mixed Media, Painting

I am a sucker for interesting textures and abstract paintings in soft pastel palettes. It’s a seriously brilliant combination and one I could stare at endlessly. That’s how I feel about Hilary Harnischfeger’s work. I just want to look at it forever.

When I first came stumbled across her sculptural wall-mounted masterpieces, I was completely floored. She isn’t afraid to really explore the tactility of different mediums and combine them in unexpected ways. If you look at her artist profile on the Saatchi Gallery website, Harnischfeger has a laundry list of materials that she uses to create these multidimensional sculpture/painting hybrids. Paper, ink, mica, fluorite, crushed glass, plaster, pyrite… anything and everything. The effect is pretty mesmerizing.

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Something about them reminds me of Dr. Seuss… so so good.