Our biz is about matchmaking people with art. And the more art we know about, the better we can matchmake. BUT importantly, I'm picky about what I recommend to clients... I'm hired for my taste, so I have to like an artist's work before even pitching it to a client, and sometimes it takes a lot of looking before finding pieces I like. Here are three new artists I've recently discovered and like. Their work is going right smack into our newly organized database (woot woot!) and you mayyyy see some on a big brick Soho loft wall very soon.
1. Amanda Pratt
Amanda Pratt is known and admired for the energetic, inspiring brand of whimsy she brings to photography. Raised in Vancouver and Rio de Janeiro, Amanda received a degree in Art History from UBC and worked as a stylist for film in New York before transitioning into fashion and make-up. Almost a decade later, countless clients have benefitted from her technical precision and creativity behind the lens. The exquisite travel collection We Are Smiling showcases her fun and ethereal sense of narrative. Currently Amanda lives in New York City, working increasingly on video projects for clients.
2. Paul Corio
Paul Corio's work looks like it's all about geometry, but the real focus is color; he employs a vocabulary of simple geometric shapes, primarily squares and triangles of various sizes, that functions primarily as an organizational framework for the arrangement of color on his picture plane. The sequences that Corio creates are ordered in terms of color value, hue and saturation, and the effect that it creates is his way of exploring aspects of movement and light-- you'll see in the composition above, the color organized in this way makes your eye bounce around the composition and spiral around each smaller pink square. It's clearly a stagnant and flat space, but the strategic placement of color is creating an appealing illusion of animation.
3. Victoria Manganiello
Victoria Manganiello creates her work by spinning, dying and weaving her own canvases. The process of manipulating the thread, color and weave is a kind of exploration for her into themes of time, space, and history. Each piece is created on a floor loom by hand, meaning that every inch (actually every millimeter) of material has been handled, touched and specifically manipulated. Accordingly, the finished product is a highly personalized reflection of Victoria, her thought process and creative drive. PLUS, the pieces are gorgeous -- textural, soft, and dynamic.
Let us know your feedback! And which other emerging artists do you like!? We're always looking for new ones.*
*But please, artists that we love, don't send an unsolicited giant file to our inbox, pretty please :)