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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.