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new artist: masako miki

September 15, 2011

I ran across the work of Masako Miki a year or two ago, and I was instantly drawn to it.  I even wrote her name down and kept it by my computer so I would remember to check in from time to time and see what new and exciting pieces she had created.  Little did I know, I wouldn’t need a reminder at all…because I have seen Masako and her work profiled numerous times on some of my favorite art blogs and publications. 

When I started Paper House Press I immediately thought of Masako and wanted her to be a part of it.  Luckily for me, that is now a reality.  I’m so excited to have her gorgeous work represented and for sale on Paper House Press.  Expect to see some new and unique pieces coming very soon!

introducing “artist to artist” – a different take on the traditional q&a

August 29, 2011

I love artist Q&A’s.  I always find it incredibly interesting to hear an artist talk about their process, what inspires them, and why they do what they do.  I wanted to do a Q&A with all of the Paper House Press artists, and then it occurred to me…it would be much more interesting to have the artists ask each other the questions.  As artists themselves, they would be able to come up with much more creative questions than I ever could, and it would be a unique way for them to become acquainted with one another. 

The results, so far, have been pretty fascinating.  I can’t wait to share all of these artist interviews, and the first one should be posted very soon, so please stay tuned! 

new artist: ananda balingit-lefils

August 16, 2011

Ananda Balingit-LeFils creates beautifully nostalgic paintings combining figurative work with detailed, ornate patterns.  The subjects of her pieces are typically close family or friends.  Each detail in her work (the pattern, the pose, and the props) are chosen specifically, and relate to, the subject she is capturing.  How it all relates is a mystery, and something truly personal to Ananda.  This is what makes her work so engaging.

I was first introduced to Ananda’s work by fellow Paper House Press artist, Robin Venable.  I was instantly drawn to it.  Ananda references early American folk paintings in a style that is all her own.  She was recently featured in Issue No. 94 of New American Paintings, which has introduced her work to a much larger audience.  I expect big things to happen in her career, so I feel honored to feature her work on Paper House Press.

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.