|120816240828 (2012), Matthew Brandt.|
|Peanut Butter and Jelly (2009), Matthew Brandt.|
I learned from the gallerist at the show that he has also experimented with other foodstuffs in his prints including these works made with Peanut Butter and Jelly and barbecue sauce. The fact he is able to take every day materials from his pantry and turn them into beautiful mountain landscapes is remarkable, isn't it?
|Chinese BBQ Sauce (2009), Matthew Brandt.|
Brandt has also created a series of vivid prints in which he uses water as an integral part of the work. In the prints below, he took photographs of various bodies of water and then soaked the photos themselves in the water of their source. I found it so interesting that the water from each lake altered the prints in different ways, exemplifying their unique and divergent compositions.
|Yuba Lake, CA 5 (2011), C-print soaked in Yuba Lake water, by Matthew Brandt.|
|American Lake, WA C2, C-print soaked in American Lake water, by Matthew Brandt.|
|Chloe Crowne, 2011, Acrylic on linen, Peter Stichbury.|
|Roman (2011), Acrylic on linen, Peter Stichbury.|
Stichbury, 42, lives and works in New Zealand. He has called himself "a society painter of sorts," and says that he is "trying to illustrate what is going on psychologically in our community with the way the popular media represents people and the way we are made to feel our appearance should be."
|Estelle 10 (2011), Acrylic on linen, Peter Stichbury.|
In addition to his obvious gift of portrait painting, there is something at once beautiful and incredibly awkward about the subjects of his paintings. Take a close look and see if you can figure out whose eyes, mouth or forehead might have inspired his work. I think I see a little James Franco in "Roman," but who knows. Who do you see?
|Danijela (2011), Acrylic on linen, Peter Stichbury.|
Suh Dong Wook
|Painting by Suh Dong Wook.|
When I saw this painting by Suh Dong Wook of a young girl in a slouchy silk shirt and super-cool ankle boots, it immediately reminded me of some of my creative and stylish friends. Melding fashion, femininity and a shroud of mystery, he has said that he likes to paint "street fashion." Wook, 38, currently lives and works in Seoul, Korea and received his MFA from the Ecole Nationale Superiuere d'Art in Paris.
|Window, Suh Dong Wook.|
|MH on the brown couch, Suh Dong Wook.|
|검은안경을쓴모르는사람, Suh Dong Wook.|
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