Santiago Salvador

Tim Moore Reader Find

By Tim Moore in New Art on Thursday 27 October 2011

I check out Santiago Salvador’s Flickr all the time. I love the flair and playfulness of and the simplicity of the design. Salvador is able to combine a folk aesthetic with a modern style and his use of color is excellent.

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Stephanie Tichenor

Melissa Banigan Reader Find

By Melissa Banigan in New Art on Monday 12 September 2011

Stephanie Tichenor’s works in fiber and paint are delightful. In the difficult, often frightening world we live in, it’s a treat to see art concerned with whimsy, light and a genuine love for the everyday. Pay close close attention to Tichenor’s embroideries: they are lovely and blur the line between fine art and craft.

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William Edmonds

Gerry Mak Reader Find

By Gerry Mak in New Art on Wednesday 3 August 2011

I tend to not like most folksy, craftsy, text-and-graphics-based art, but British artist William Edmonds does it really well. His images and ideas are actually compelling and often weird, way better than just a bird silk-screened on a piece of drift wood.

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Ricky Needham

Birds and Arrows Reader Find

By Birds and Arrows in New Art on Friday 8 July 2011

Ricky Needham’s bizarre, fantastical, visionary folk art freaks us out and makes us feel funny inside. Really cool stuff.

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Netali Ron-Raz

Gerry Mak Reader Find

By Gerry Mak in New Art on Wednesday 8 June 2011

I love the folky, wood-block print look of illustrator Netali Ron-Raz’s work. Her images have a knowing innocence about them that I find compelling.

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Sandrine Pelletier

Gerry Mak Reader Find

By Gerry Mak in New Art on Wednesday 30 March 2011

Sandrine Pelletier combines traditional and conceptual techniques to bring folk and pop concepts and narratives — backyard wrestling, black metal, folk mythologies, kitsch — into intellectual consideration and experience.

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Adam Hancher

Contributions Reader Find

By Adam Hancher in New Illustration on Tuesday 1 March 2011

Adam Hancher is an illustrator from Bristol, UK. His work is usually focused around some sort of narrative; being influenced in particular by woodland tales, mythology, and design work from the early 1900s.

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Tessa Hulls

Gerry Mak Reader Find

By Gerry Mak in New Art on Tuesday 15 February 2011

I love that people like Tessa Hulls are still creating fantastical fairy tale worlds full of benevolent animals and ancient future tribes.

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Andrea Wan

Troy Mattison Hicks Reader Find

By Troy Mattison Hicks in New Art on Saturday 12 February 2011

Knitting, puppets and weird folksy themes run through the strange and surreal paintings of Canadian artist, Andrea Wan.

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Dragon Wizard Weed shirt by Bill McRight

Gerry Mak Reader Find

By Gerry Mak in New Fashion on Tuesday 17 August 2010

Artist Bill McRight just designed an awesome Dragon Wizard Weed t-shirt for Philly-based Print Liberation. Check out McRight’s other work as well. They’re like folk art from a mountain tribe of mutants.

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Aya Kakeda

Gerry Mak Reader Find

By Gerry Mak in New Illustration on Friday 29 January 2010

Brooklyn-based illustrator Aya Kakeda has used a wide range of materials for her Yoshitomo Nara-esque images, but there’s something particularly compelling about her embroidered work. The constraints and distortions inherent in the medium suggests a struggle and a roughness not apparent in her other work and fits nicely with some of her folky subject matter and child-like narratives.

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Henry Darger art book by Klaus Biesenbach

Alison Zavos Contributor

By Alison Zavos in New Products on Tuesday 1 December 2009

I’ve been intrigued with Henry Darger’s work since seeing the excellent documentary, In the Realms of the Unreal, a few years ago. Darger epitomizes the “outsider artist” due to the fact that he worked as a janitor up until his retirement and his paintings were not found until after his death. Maybe that’s why this new book, Henry Darger by Klaus Biesenbach, and his paintings in general feel like a lost treasure.

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Keith Shore’s folksy artwork

Ilana Kohn Reader Find

By Ilana Kohn in New Illustration on Wednesday 30 September 2009

As a long time fan of the folksy paintings of artist Keith Shore, I was really happy to hear from him that he’s just updated his site with some amazing new paintings. I can never get enough of the loose, dreamy way that he treats his subject matter, as well as the medium in general. In fact, several of these paintings will be dressing the set of the upcoming movie, The Beaver, starring Mel Gibson and Jodie Foster. I’ve never been a huge Mel Gibson fan, but I might have to check this one out.

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Kathleen Lolley

Gerry Mak Reader Find

By Gerry Mak in New Art on Wednesday 19 August 2009

Kathleen Lolley takes a narrative approach to her folky paintings, using fairy-tale, fantastical, and mythological imagery to weave cryptic stories both imaginary and referential to her personal life.

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JJ Cromer

Gerry Mak Reader Find

By Gerry Mak in New Art on Friday 19 June 2009

There’s something folk arty about JJ Cromer’s work, and it would certainly translate well onto textiles. If Joan Miro had spent time in Africa and set up shop in rural New Jersey, his work might look something like Cromer’s.

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