West Coastal autumn art buzz
– by Beatrice Smartt
Itís a wistfully beautiful time of year. Generally I feel more inclined to explore culture when autumn hits.¬†I love fall.¬† Iím game to go to the VAG or do some sort of artistic ďthingĒ.
While itís gorgeously warm out, No One Cares. But things go crisp and you toss on a favourite sweater,¬†and itís all Righteous.
Iím more a fan of underground or less-celebrated work; I like itís non-pretense. Artists on the high wire, those who veer¬†daringly between stardom and disaster, who walk that tightrope.
And then sometimes there are those who positively bounce¬†from the creative trampoline upon you.
While the tattoo-styled pioneering works by the likes of Anjelique Houtkamp¬†and local Holly Ruth Anderson portraying mournfully savvy cartoon-pinups¬†are a more rare breed, two West Coast artists have recently captivated¬†my imagination:¬†¬† Rebekah Joy Plett, with her nostalgic art-infused jewelry,¬†and Matthew J. Price, with his painted sorrowful eyes.
Expressing differently, both artists often convey a Zen-like stillness¬†permeating their respective pieces, while a darker wood lurks¬†not far under the lacquer.
Vanquishing any excessive fairytale gloss, each whimsically-animated¬†creature languishes within scenes radiating mysterious tragedy¬†and eccentric adventure.
I enjoy the positively girlish quality to it all. Frilly dresses and Alice in Wonderland;¬†chatting pets and other travesties, like monsters.
Itís tea and cakes with odd strangers.¬† Itís very English, without being stuck up.
Itís partially sinister and absolutely pretty.
Beyond her own anomalous paintings and wearable art designs,
The self-taught Southern Californian artist¬†has designed for various publications including Camilla Lackbergís¬†childrenís books Le Tailleur de Pierre and La Princesse Des Glaces.
He continues to reinvent and explore pop art via his unique sensibility,¬†currently enjoying the oil medium. Matthew is readying pieces for a gallery showing¬†of new works coming soon.
While continuing to donate a portion of proceeds to Pin-ups Against Cancer¬†on a regular basis, for the entire month of October (Breast Cancer Awareness Month) Rebekah will be donating¬†50 per cent of sales¬†to the cause.
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