Category: Art

ArtJerry Wayne Downs: Life After Disney

 

What happens when you quit your day job after 10 years as an animator for Disney? Jerry Wayne Downs worked on classics like Sleeping Beauty, Mary Poppins, The Sword in the Stone, and The Jungle Book before leaving it behind to focus on his painting. I’m sure his whimsical work would put a big smile on ol’ Walt’s face.

(Images courtesy of Glass Garage Fine Art Gallery and Booooooom!)

ArtPaper Weight: The Art of Lydia Kasumi Shirreff

“I am an illustrator and installation artist living in London, thriving on good-looking minerals and dusty astronomy books.”
 
From perfect paper geodes to festive woodland friends, paper modeler Lydia Kasumi Shirreff offers us a colorful eye and meticulous hand at work. Her prolific life of paper works includes collaborations, international projects and youthful Indie designs. If you’re like me, finding colorful and quirky designers is a constant treasure hunt, so feast your eyes on my newest haul!
 


 
 
If you’re dying to see more, then check out her website or blog!

ArtFeatured Illustrator: Hilla Hryniszyn

 
With a twist of graphite, a pinch of painting and a dash of digital, Polish artist, Hilla Hryniszyn, brings to life soft and fashionable illustrations with a vintage-y feel. These little Lolitas are as captivating as a stack of antique photographs, and include striking line work paired with rich detail and patterning. Check out more of Hilla’s work on her photostream and take a little look-see at her adorable blog while you’re at it!
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
Attention Readers! Do you draw or illustrate? We would love to see your work and possibly feature it on our blog! Email sienna@lulus.com with images or a link to your work!

ArtLouis Vuitton’s (Wo)Man Made Menagerie

 
Pets in your purse: out. Pets made out of purses, wait…. what?!
 
 
Billie Achilleos, “versatile artist & maker of things” (as stated on her blog), was commissioned by Louis Vuitton to create these adorable little critters out of their designer purses, wallets, and accessories to celebrate the fashion house’s 100 year anniversary. The collection, named Maroquinaris Zoologicae, is set to kick off a world tour this year, so be on the lookout for a flock of purse birds cruising by your window.
 
 
(Images courtesy of Billie Achilleos via Trendland)

ArtSticker Madness: The Obliteration Room

 
 
Nope, it’s not paint. 
They’re stickers.
And this is what the room looked like before:
 
 
Installed for the Queensland Art Gallery, this incredible exhibit, known as The Obliteration Room was created by Japanese artist  Yayoi Kusama for her Look Now, See Forever exhibition that runs through March. Beginning with a completely white room, Kusama invited children (and kids at heart!) to help “decorate” the space with colorful circle stickers for a period of two weeks. 
 
 
 
 
 
Born in 1929 in Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture, this incredible 82-year-old Japanese artist is known world-wide for her conceptual art based largely on themes of repetition, pattern, and accumulation. She also holds the female world record for highest selling price for artwork at 5.1 million dollars.
 
 
As you can see from the pictures above, her artwork is often very tangible and necessarily autobiographical, and the fact that others help to create it is a very interesting note on the nature of art itself. Plus, it just looks like fun. I mean, who doesn’t like stickers?!!

Pics courtesy of the Queensland Art Gallery and Colossal.