I adore gardening and dream of having my own lush greenhouse so these surreal paintings by Jeremy Miranda appeal to me. Working in acrylic paint Jeremy creates structures radiating warm light within a sparse environment. Inspired by nature, technology and memory I love how inviting his greenhouse like homes are.
Joanne Greenbaum’s stunning work tangles various techniques and colours. Clustering architectural forms, irregular shapes and abstract scribbles. I love the playfulness in her biomorphic, natural paintings, they have an exciting spontaneity. It’s like when you try to draw something without taking the nib of the pen off the paper…
You can buy Joanne Greenbaum original paintings from $15,000-$20,000. However, prints range from $1,200. If you are inspired by colour you should definitely follow her Tumblr blog: Untitled Still Life. For more inspirational art and features on Brogues In A Coffee Bar click here and don’t forget you can see updates and follow me on Twitter!
I haven’t posted one of these for a while, don’t worry I am still as enchanted and interested in collecting as I ever was. In fact, I’ve discovered a wonderful website filled with quirky, unusual and fascinating collections. The creators of Obsessionistas showcase individual collections from the curious to the significant. I am always wondering what makes people collect what they collect, a collection often gives us an insight into the the persons tastes, values and says a lot about who they are.
I wonder then what this collection says about Graham. He collects Deely Boppers – those joke head bands with wobbily antenna (no, I didn’t know they had a name either). A collector of over 100 Deely Boppers Graham says…
The ‘official’ justification for the collection is that Deely Boppers represent one of the most ridiculous products to conceive, design, manufacture, retail, purchase and then finally wear, and so as someone who studies and teaches product design they were perfect for questioning the old doctrine of ‘form follows function’.
Very kitsch you may think but the collection from Bob Cantor is even more, how should I put it, bizarre! I remember being so chuffed when it was back to school time and I got to fill my new pencil case with sparkly new stationary and Bob Cantor has around 200+ novelty pencil sharpeners. His obsession began when looking for a cheap and fun but functional holiday gift and he now paints them in surreal scenes (see below). His colourful pencil sharpener paintings take on their very own bold personalities as they stare back at you in all their realistic glory!
So, it’s 2015! I hope all you lovely readers have had a wonderful Christmas and new year. By the way did you see Brogues In A Coffee Bar’s best creative blog posts from 2014?
Allow me to introduce my new monthly feature… Artist of the month! All artists featured throughout 2015 are emerging talents within the artworld and can be purchased via Brogues In A Coffee Bar (for more information see the bottom of this post). So why not go for it… Don’t just look through the gallery window, get in and explore! For January I would like to present Irish painter Tracy Fitzgerald… Her cosy interiors invite you in and hark back to those floral, orange and avocado homes of the 1960’s-70’s – I just adore them. She takes inspiration from her memory of her Nanna’s home which is exactly what I dream my home to look like.
Like the Brogues In A Coffee Bar first artist of the month? Well, I am excited to announce that I am now working alongside Artfetch in my new freelance art consultancy venture. Therefore, all of the artwork featured in my artist of the month can be purchased online! You can buy Tracy Fitzgerald’s original artwork (prices range from 175 euros) For more information just contact me!,or just send me a quick tweet!
So, it’s almost 2015! A new year and almost 10 months since the beginning of Brogues In A Coffee Bar. I must say what a year it has been… Firstly, let me thank all you wonderful readers and followers. I have some exciting things coming up in 2015, more art, sculpture, book reviews and more artist interviews. To keep informed and receive exclusive news and art inspiration you can join the Brogues In A Coffee Bar mailing list here.
To celebrate a fantastic first 10 months blogging here is a list of the top 15 posts from 2014…
1) Being my first artist interview, this is also my personal favourite. Malcolm Ryan is such a lovely man, his work is just stunning. Read more in Artist Interview: Domestic Paintings By Malcolm Ryan.
2) Another artist interview with Neill Fuller, I will definitely be writing more interviews for you guys!
4) My exhibition review and memoir from a trip to The Museum Of Modern Art in Arnhem, Holland…Threads: Textiles In Art & Design.
6) An early post featuring Nic Joly’s Dantes Interno.
8) Overlapping Images & The Eroticism Of Everyday Life featuring artwork from Stuart McAlpine Miller, Chris Acheson and Horyon Lee.
9) Another post about sculptor Nic Joly… World War One commemoration, Never Forgotten.
10) Book Review: Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix… One of the most terrifying books I have read in a long time!
12) ‘Olivia’ by Alex Russell Flint, she is just stunning!
13) Drawings by Mark Powell.
14) Frieze Art Fair feature Corrado K, AKA: ‘The Collector’
15) It’s the secret artist again, painting under a pseudonym Ryder ‘Winter’s Warm Hearts’.
For more inspiration, affordable artwork and features do keep checking back in 2015!
I adore succulent plants, unfortunately, all of mine have recently died despite efforts to revive them. So perhaps I should just hang one of these still life paintings by Anna Valdez! She paints domestic interiors with stunning detail, each object tells a tale about the person who owns them. I love the colour in her work, her textiles are painted with such clarity that you can almost touch them…
See more artwork by Anna Valdez on her website here. Her original work sells for around $450-$2000 depending on the size and you can buy them via Artsy. If you like these you may also like other still life artist’s that I’ve featured – see here.
Artist/illustrator Jen Wink currently lived in New York City where there is no end of hustle and bustle for her to glean inspiration. Her work walks the line between representation and abstraction, often seeming quite simple but with a lot of movement. Delicate shapes fall into the space and bounce off one another. I love the simplicity and you can buy original pieces from Jen for around $1,500, they’d add a fantastic splash of colour to any space!
Buy Jen Wink’s geometric artwork at Uprise Art here and follow her on facebook. For more illustration featured on Brogues In A Coffee Bar click here and don’t forget you can see updates and follow me on Twitter!
When trawling the internet today for new ceramic artwork to feature I stumbled into Anna Collette Hunt’s swarm of ceramic insects. Anna Collette Hunt creates a vivid world that you can step into, filling installation spaces with thousands of hand crafted wings as they wind their way up the space and disperse into a magical endless world. Her stunning installations rekindle that childhood sense of curiosity and delight like when you blow away a wispy dandelion’s in summer.
She has recently been working on several home ware collections with Anthropology and you can buy her creepy crawlies via her online shop. She also creates these opulent statues that speak of the past, they’re curiously odd don’t you think?