I mentioned here the other day that I had recently visited Paxton Gate: Curiosities for Kids. The lobby of this shop is a small art gallery and I was captivated by the grotesquely beautiful art that was hanging there. It didn’t quite seem right juxtaposed against the playfulness of a toy store but perhaps that was why I intensely noticed it. The artist is Freya Prowe.
Freya’s website says that much of her work has been influenced by European fairy tales. I love the description in her bio there which seems so right on:
“Lyrical and dark, Prowe’s artwork draws on that traditional and its sensitivity to the emotional tensions lurking in human interactions. Prowe creates images that are by turns fragile and horrific, seductive and deformed, playful and violent”.
What emotions come up as you look at these images?
I was going through my computer bookmarks and came across the web page of an artist that I’ve been eyeing. I’d originally bookmarked the page because she’s a San Francisco Bay Area artist who does work that is kind of sexy. I have a blog, San Francisco is Sexy, that I’d planned to write about her for. However, that blog’s been going through some changes and I haven’t written it up yet. I didn’t want to just delete the bookmark without doing something about the site since I like it so much. So I figured I’d share it here.
The artist is Jennybird Alcantra. She has paintings as well as dolls that she makes. Both are of interest but it’s the paintings that really captured my attention. It’s really difficult to describe them because they’re so unique. Some of the words that come to mind include ethereal, fantasy-based, beautiful, captivating, bold, unique, frightening, sexy and a little bit morbid.
What I really like about the site – beyond just the fact that she has great artwork - is that she shows her work from each year starting in 2004. This gives us as viewers a chance to see how her work has developed in the past five years. I feel like this is of interest to people who like the process of art and it’s also interesting because it adds a new dimension to the way we can perceive the art that she’s creating today.
Great stuff! I hope you like it too!