Wednesday, November 24, 2010
3 Artists (Key Images)
Julie Evans is a New York City based artist who has exhibited her work extensively in the US and abroad. Ms. Evans is inspired by sources from before the advent of modernism and, more importantly, from beyond Western culture. Radiant in color and crystalline in contour, her acrylic and gouache paintings point, clearly if not exclusively, to Indian art. She’s no dilettante: Under the auspices of the Fulbright Program, Ms. Evans traveled to Sanskriti Kendra, an artist’s retreat in New Delhi, to study the painting of miniatures. Her decorative motifs—most consistently the circle, with recognizable botanical motifs here and there—float, ascend and drift in spaces that make the nighttime sky seem as shallow as a desk drawer.
Wood was an American painter, born in Anamosa, Iowa. He is best known for his paintings depicting the rural American Midwest, particularly the painting American Gothic, an iconic image of the 20th century. His family moved to Cedar Rapids after his father died in 1901. Soon thereafter he began as an apprentice in a local metal shop. After graduating from Washington High School, Wood enrolled in an art school in Minneapolis in 1910, and returned a year later to teach in a one-room schoolhouse. In 1913 he enrolled at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and did some work as a silversmith.Wood was an active painter from an extremely young age until his death, and although he is best known for his paintings, he worked in a large number of media, including lithography, ink, charcoal, ceramics, metal, wood and found objects.Wood is most closely associated with the American movement of Regionalism that was primarily situated in the Midwest, and advanced figurative painting of rural American themes in an aggressive rejection of European abstraction.
Julie Morstad graduated from the Alberta College of Art and Design in 2004 with a BFA. She has done illustrations for The Globe & Mail, Warner Brothers Records, Bust, and The Walrus. Her artwork is featured on the cover of Neko Case's album Fox Confessor Brings the Flood. Morstad lives and works in Vancouver and divides her time between drawing, illustration, animation and design."[A] mix of the macabre and the innocent underlies much of her work. Along with Morstad's spider-leg-thin lines--she uses the finest nib she can find--that balance has drawn comparisons to the late American artist Edward Gorey." -The Georgia Straight