I like a jolt of color. South American textiles are great inspiration because the patterns and color combos are super fun.
Collage is a tricky medium. It really offers an opportunity to break out of compositional habits. But to juxtapose the perfect combos takes a lot of patience. Check out this work by artist Mark Lazenby.
Romanian Artist, Silviu Oravitzan. I never seen anything quite like these. It seems like a lot of gold leaf or gold paint. There definitely metallic. They must really glow in person. Sort of Byzantine and decorative. Abstract paintings but also religious icons.
Loving this new era craft. This British artist, Louise Gardiner, combines embroidery with painting, drawing, and surface design. The texture is amazing and there are serious pictorial possibilities. A little grungy, a little graffiti and still pretty. Her pillows are fabulous, too.
I just found this artist, Anoka Faruqee. Her work is an update on the Optical works of artists like Bridget Riley. Op Art tends to be very controlled and precise. These Faruqee painting have an unexpected quality and I like the imperfections.
Newish work in my oldish style.
This is a design I was working a couple of years ago. I've tried to duplicates the effect and I've never got it to turn out. The red is an under layer and there is silver gouache between the triangles.
Escofet, a tile company out of Barcelona, recently caught my attention. They've been making these hydraulic ceramic tiles since the late 1800's. The patterns have an Arts & Crafts movement feel but also have a freshness about them.
Although I love the color and attitude of the Modernist tiles, Escofet also does contemporary work and architectural installations, like concrete planters and public sculptures.
Check them out at www.escofet.com.