Featuring: April Deacon

Hello, everyone!

I haven’t done a featured artist piece in some time. That partially has to do with the fact that I haven’t had a ton of time to look into new artist lately… but then I came across April Deacon.

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Deacon’s works captivate and inspire me. She uses (mainly) old photographs, specifically portraits, which she finds in various stores, and then ‘resurrects’ them with acrylic paints.

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She tends to use bold colors and geometric patterns in most of her work. That’s probably a lot of the reason that I love her art. Geometric is huge in my life right now!

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“I collect discarded memories, then reinvent them.” -April Deacon

I also love how she goes about gaining inspiration. Deacon comes up with stories for the photograph about the people in them. She uses these stories to create her art.

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” to be forgotten

perhaps the greatest tragedy to befall a human life
all of the joy and love, all of the pain and suffering, all of the memories, all of the contributions, all of the work
erased
as if those experiences never occurred, never meant anything to anyone
how many are there?
the forgotten certainly outnumber the remembered
terrifying
the possibility of living an entire life only to be forgotten

comforted
only in the knowledge that energy inhabits all of us
and
energy
does
not
die”

-april deacon
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Check out more of her awesome works here!

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-The Whale

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Featuring: Timothy Paul Myers

Hello, everyone!

Today I’m featuring another one of my favorite artists, Timothy Paul Myers!

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Timothy was born in 1972 and grew up in Adelaide, Australia. He now resides in Brooklyn. Timothy is well known for using unusual objects he either found in the trash, or bought at thrift stores or flea markets. This is part of why I love him! I love finding interesting things in thrift stores, so the idea of using those things for art intrigues me very much.

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Timothy is also well known for his use of grids, unusual media combinations, and plexiglass display cases.

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I adore it. Find out more about Timothy Paul Myers here or here.

-The Whale

Featuring: Charley Harper

Hello everyone!

Today I would like to share with you one of my favorite artists: Charley Harper!
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Charley was from Cincinnati, OH (my favorite/hometown city. There’s a pretty great mural of one of his works in the downtown area.) and studied at The Art Academy of Cincinnati. He also later taught there. Charley’s style is often described as ‘minimal realism’ and is definitely featuring wild life. Birds mostly.

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I discovered Charley Harper’s art at a 20th Century flea market a few weeks ago and absolutely fell in love! A lot of it may have had to do with the fact that one of his works involved a puffer fish… and I LOVE puffer fish. I plan on eventually having one for a pet. They’re great. I could go on about them forever… but I won’t make you suffer through that. You’re welcome.

So anyways, I bought this bowl. Its my new favorite bowl.
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I also love these pieces!
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Well that’s about it for today. You can see more from Charley here.

-The Whale