"The principles of true art is not to portray, but to evoke."
Following on from my Feeling Artsy? x Part 1 it is now time to showcase my next selection of 5 artists. Once again it's been so hard to choose which incredibly talented artists to feature so I feel there will be many more Feeling Artsy? x posts to come. So for now please enjoy and discover the eclectic and amazing artists as showcased below.
Self-taught New York based artist, Elisa Valenti, is a breath of fresh air and I'm so glad I discovered her celebratory and freeing art. Elisa's contemporary figurative works look to celebrate the beauty, lushness and empowerment of the real female body. Elisa states her art is a reflection of her own body image and mental health struggles reiterating her ethos 'I am good enough!'.
US artist, Kaethe Bealer, resides on a boat in San Francisco Bay and her art is a response to what surrounds her. Kaethe's mantra of her art is to 'just keep painting' and I'm glad she does as I find her works joyous celebrations of the everyday such as the marina, seascapes, interiors, still life and my favourite, pet portraits, reminding us that it is the simple things in life that are truly important and truly make us happy.
South African visual artist, Leila Fanner, works are truly beautiful on every level. Residing in the Western Cape, her exquisitely stunning works look to reflect the soul's journey within the material world whilst referencing opposing elements of local flora and fauna, tribal jewellery, fabric pattern and elements of folklore. Creative, intuitive and unapologetically feminine, Leila's works seem to sparkle on an out of world, spiritual and celestial level.
Californian oil painter, Michael Chamberlain, looks to find beauty in the common place in his works which are inspired by Californian Impressionists and the landscapes of the great artist, Edward Hopper. Michael looks to elevate the simple, everyday objects and scenes that surround him in his works, expertly instilling and elevating beauty in the commonplace.
Austin, Texas based acrylic painter, Sari Shryack's ( Sari not Sorry) artistic ethos began as a mission to create one painting everyday, enabling the world around her to come to life and to make art part of her identity. Delightfully colourful, Sari's joyful works focus on colour and light and celebrate the vibrancy and beauty within her neighboring community and everyday life.
“The object isn’t to make art, it’s to be in that wonderful state which makes art inevitable.” Robert Henri
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