Irma Stern is my favourite floral painter. She is South African & was also ahead of her time in style. I say that because I usually can't stand floral paintings. Irma opened my heart with her bold pallet-knife impasto strokes and choice of colour pallet! Every time I need a pick-me-up, I stare at her florals in my book. These are her Proteas & I adore it!
Bird of Paradise, 2012, Oil, gold & silverleaf on linen ~ Brad Kunkle This is one of my favourites! This guy is a genius with a very limited pallet... and not to mention using real gold and silver-leaf for luminosity!
Gavin Rain (his artist name) So I found Gavin Rain's artwork through Richard Scott in 2010, Since we have become friends. His work is awe inspiring and I have seen the artist in action. Sometimes Gavin & I meet up for tea and discuss art and philosophy. He's my go-to-guy for bouncing concepts off. I wrote a little art newsletter about him and his work back in 2010. My Favorited one by far! check it out: http://www.madelain.co.za/?page_id=133 here:
Love his art - Richard Scott. One day I e-mailed Richard and asked him if I could feature him and his work in my newsletter. He then, to my surprise, called me. So I set out to Melkbostrand to go see him. he laid out his plans for an empire! I walked away with a coffee set & inspired. Richard is the art rebel in my eyes... He bulldozed his way into the Art world! Love him, hate him, but you can't ignore his style! Featured in my art newsletter 2010…