Archive for November 10, 2011

Special artists of the moment…. Furniture artist……Johanna Grawunder



On this blog we will take some time to review all forms of art, lets look at some artists who specialize in making works of art that are also furniture. I was inspired my weekend visit to the Vance Kirkland Museum, which has many inspiring pieces of furniture art.  I know it was a far different time, but in the 50s and 60s ashtrays came in many fun shapes and colors!

Johanna Grawunder is an American artist specializing in furniture design. Born in 1961.

The artist is based in Milan, Italy as well as San Francisco, California. Many of the works I posted here are available in European Galleries.

She is very diversified in her production. She makes not only furniture but lighting designs as well as various architecture and interior design themes. She attended college at California Polytechnic  State.

I enjoy this artist’s work as her designs are very modern and the color FANTASTIC!

The clip below is of the artist at a furniture event in Italy talking about how the furniture market is doing in the bad economy. The clip is from 2010. No artwork here but I enjoy putting a face to a name so here it is!

Happy Designing!



Artist of the moment…. Natasha Wescoat….



On this site my main goal is to get people to cross over from their favorite styles of art, to alternate views.  I was watching a documentary on Andy Warhol last night, the artist stated that he started as a commercial artist but wanted to finish as a business artist. I think Warhol was the the epitome of a businessman artist. I would give that label now to Damien Hirst of Great Britain. He has broken thru with his whales and diamond encrusted skulls and has tried just about every medium out there.

Today’s artist is in more than 1.000 collections and has many works available as posters and giclee prints. For her commercial work I just really enjoy looking at her trees. Contemporary no doubt, kind of a cross between Vincent Van Gogh and Gustav Klimt. Her trees are very animated and lively.

She is her own brand. Listen up artists! We can all do a better job of getting our name and brand out there. I could only imagine how viral and how many followers Andy Warhol would have on Twitter, AT LEAST 5 MILLION!  He was just a great marketer.

In 2006 the artist was featured on ABC tv show “Extreme Makeover Home Edition”

Besides trees the artist has a great edition out titled the babydolls featuring vibrant, happy, and beautiful.

The artist is very diverse having both corporations and individual people as collectors as well as both young and old.

From this artist we can learn to be bold in our drawing of landscape such as tree shapes and to use color nicely in our compositions as well.I enjoy this artist for her happiness that I feel comes thru in all of her works. The artist seems in a very happy and complete state of mind.

This artist is a great entrepreneur as she is on many of the new social networks. Facebook, Vimeo, she has blog, her own website, youtube, and even twitter and even myspace. Big difference in selling work on like and selling in brick and mortar shops.

Below is a great interview with the artist and her business ideas.

Another short clip with the artist doing a pbs interview.

Happy painting!