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new artist: crystal morey

August 1, 2011

Crystal Morey’s ceramic sculptures are not only incredibly gorgeous, detailed and visually appealing, they examine some important issues regarding humanity versus nature.  According to Crystal, she likes to explore the “balance between human necessities and the health of our forests, oceans, mountains, and deserts.”  Her work focuses on the fragile nature of the environment, so it’s only appropriate that she works with the incredibly fragile medium of ceramics–a material that, when fired, can so easily be cracked, chipped or completely shattered.  Her work is beautiful and though-provoking and I am delighted that she will be the first sculptural artist featured on Paper House Press

new artist: lillianna pereira

July 31, 2011

Lillianna Pereira creates gorgeous collage pieces using a mix of vintage images, papers and other mixed media.  Lillianna just recently started following Paper House Press on Twitter thanks to another fantastic Paper House Press artist, Danielle Krysa (who was kind enough to help spread the word).  I immediately started following Lillianna back and when I saw the link to her website on Twitter…I clicked it.  Thank God I did.  I spent the next several minutes (could have been hours for all I know) admiring image after image of Lillianna’s work.  I was drawn into this beautiful world of Lillianna’s creation.    Each piece seemed to be telling a story and I wanted to know more. 

Lillianna is a talented artist, with a rather impressive resume of gallery representation, so I was absolutely honored when she agreed to be a featured artist on Paper House Press.  I can’t wait to see what other beautiful pieces she creates, and what other stories she tells, when her work is introduced this fall.

new artists: mason and kristen frenzel

July 26, 2011

Mason and Kristen Frenzel are Nashville-based painters who are extremely talented, not only as individual artists, but as collaborators as well.  They are a husband and wife team who not only work on the same piece of artwork together…they often work on the same piece of artwork at the same time!  Now that’s a marriage!

Their work is original, their style is unmatched, and they are a perfect couple…in life and in art.  It’s great to have their unique, collaborative work featured on Paper House Press.

new artist: david linneweh

July 26, 2011

I don’t know what it is about houses.  I love them.  When an artist uses architecture, homes, buildings, etc as the subject of their artwork…well, I am hooked.  This was the case when I first laid eyes on David Linneweh’s work.  Not only was I immediately drawn to the subject matter, but I was impressed with the creativity and technicality of David’s style.  The “unfinished” quality of his pieces is very appealing to me.  His style of deconstructing the architecture and reassembling them into his own configuration is truly fascinating.  It’s very exciting to have his work represented on Paper House Press.

new artist: julianna swaney

July 21, 2011

Julianna Swaney creates gorgeous illustrations that take the viewer to another place.  You feel like you’re in the middle of a fairytale, but you’re not always sure this one will have a happy ending.  That’s one of the things I love about Julianna’s work.  Are her subjects in peril?  Have they wandered into a mysterious forest right out of historical folklore?  One thing is certain, Julianna creates pieces that leave you wanting to know more.

I was very lucky to work with Julianna on a show I curated in 2010.  She has remained one of my favorite artists ever since and I am so happy to feature her work on Paper House Press.

new artist: robin venable

July 21, 2011

Robin Venable is not only a talented artist with a unique sense of style, she is also one of my best friends.  She has been one of my biggest supporters since I started Paper House Press, and I feel lucky that I will get the chance to feature her work.  Robin works with ornate patterns and complicated/detailed surfaces, with figurative and abstract thrown into the mix.  Her work is not typical, so you would hardly expect to see it on a typical square canvas.  All of Robin’s pieces are painted onto circular canvases which definitely give them their own unique personality.

new artist: danielle krysa

July 21, 2011

Danielle Krysa is a Vancouver based artist who creates wonderfully nostalgic mixed media pieces using a variety of techniques including painting, printmaking, embroidery and collage.  Most of you probably know her better as The Jealous Curator, an art blogger with a witty writing style and an ability to find some of the most talented artists, but Danielle is a brilliant artist in her own right, and I am thrilled that her work will be featured on Paper House Press!

and so it begins…

July 14, 2011

Well, this has been a long time coming.  I started brainstorming the idea for Paper House Press over a year ago.  I knew I wanted to create an online exhibition space that not only featured original art from some of my favorite artists, but would also be a venue for promoting the talented artists who participate.

A little background info on me:

My name is Brian Downey.  I have worked in the arts for years.  Currently I work as Associate Director and Curator of a contemporary art gallery in the heart of downtown Nashville, Tennessee.  I have had the pleasure of working with some extremely talented artists over the past decade and I see Paper House Press as an exciting opportunity to build even more relationships with unique artists from all over the world.  I spend a great deal of my time researching artists and planning unique exhibitions that engage and excite the viewer.  This is my biggest passion in life.  So, why do I want to branch out to the online community?  When you think of the number of people who walk through an art gallery on any given day, it pales in comparison to the number of people who visit an art blog, engage in social media, or search for something unique online every single day.

So, what sets Paper House Press apart from the other websites devoted to selling art? 

A few things.  But honestly, I am not trying to compete with other online shops and galleries.  Each of those sites is important and beneficial to building an strong, online contemporary arts community.  It’s all about promoting the artists, the artwork, and the presence of contemporary art online.

Some exciting incentives for artists featured on Paper House Press:

In addition to being featured on the Paper House Press website and having your original work displayed (and for sale) in our online gallery, Paper House Press offers some additional incentives for the participating artists:

The Paper House Press Annual IssueThe Paper House Press Annual Issue is a beautiful, and artistically designed, bound publication that is printed annually and features the original works of art that were created for Paper House Press in that given year.  In addition to high-quality images, the Annual Issue will also feature artist bios, websites and contact info which will be included in each artist profile in the issue.

In closing…

I am taking a leap of faith with Paper House Press.  Starting a business, even an online business, is scary in this economy.  When you are passionate about what you are doing, and can think of nothing else, I think that’s a pretty good sign that you need to pursue it.  So that’s what I am finally doing.  I am beginning to contact some of my favorite artists and am hopeful that they will join me on this exciting journey.  I hope that I will have lots exciting news and updates to share as the process begins.  So, please check back often!