Archive for September 13, 2012

Artist of the moment…..Cathy Daley

The artist stands out for using sometimes only one color, black, in her works. She also sometimes works only with oil pastel, giving her works a unique layered quality. She mainly paints women.

The artist talks about her work and appears briefly starting at 2:08 into the clip. Always a great idea to hear from the artist when they talk about their work.

Cathy Daley was born in Toronto, Canada in 1955. She attended the University of Toronto for her collegiate education.

Part of the teaching faculty at the Ontario Univerisity of College and Design.

Daley works with oil pastels and sometimes uses a pastel wash in making her artwork . For her surfaces she uses vellum .

Has works in many collections including the National Gallery of Canada, the Canada Council Art Bank, The Art Gallery of Ontario, and the Tom Thompson Art Gallery.

Recently appeared in the national art magazine Art in America.

Online and land based gallery:   Newzones Art Gallery in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

No price range available.

Not much biographical information on the artist so why do I like her work?  In the interview she says she paints what it FEELS like to be a woman. I think she is dead on in this assesment. No background noise or color, just a sole figure full of spectacular curves and legs that seem to be in motion.

Many artists out there are removing color from their works. Be sure and check out Gordon McConnell who paints black and white images of western themes such as a stage coach heist at sundown. Very action packed and his works remind me of the westerns I watched growing up such as the Rifleman or Daniel Boone. Kara Walker who paints ideas having to do with slavery and freedom. Richard Hambleton, another Candadien artist best known for his silhouttes of the Marlboro Man. Annysa Ng, a great artist that makes me think of royalty, a queen perhaps. Of all the artists mentioned Ng goes into the most detail in the dress and clothing of her characters.

The term silhouette comes from the French. In the 1700s during a bad economic crisis the finance minister’s last name was silhouette. It became attached to anything done cheaply. Before a camera, having this type of art was the cheapest way to capture someone’s likeness.

My favorite paper cut artist, Hina Aoyama. She loves to do figure work, but I find her butterflies AMAZING.

Try a silhouette painting or paper cut today!