What better place to look for color inspiration than a master Painter? And who better than Giorgio Morandi (1890-1964), an Italian painter who specialized in still life?
After 1922 he developed the signature style he would become known for, focusing on subtle gradations of hue, tone, and objects arranged in a unifying atmospheric haze.
His beautiful paintings, though created decades ago, are surprisingly fresh. In fact, Morandi’s color palettes seem surprisingly contemporary.
Take a look: they might be the perfect inspiration for your next design project. Can you imagine a room painted in these gorgeous tones?
image 1 & 2: Art News
image3 & 4: Heidi Haseltine Photography
An artist from Durham is currently being featured with a solo show at the North Carolina Museum of Art. And you won’t want to miss it!
Reflections: Portraits by Beverly McIver celebrates the last decade of work from the native of North Carolina. She is renowned for her expression-filled, emotive canvases that commemorate her life and the lives of those closest to her—in particular, her mother, Ethel, who passed away in 2004, and her sister, Renee, who is mentally disabled.
The exhibition highlights these two subjects in McIver’s work, focusing solely on her self-portraits and on portraits of Renee and other family members. “All of my portraits are self-portraits,” says the artist. “I use the faces of others who reflect my most inner being.”
The show runs through June. For more info: http://ncartmuseum.org/
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image 2: nccu.edu
image 3: westcityfilms
When you think of plaster, you probably think of a material smoothed onto walls. But this simple material – a mixture of powdered gypsum and water – can be magical in skilled hands. Alberto Giacometti, famous for his bronze sculptures, sculpted all of them out of plaster first:
In fact, plaster has been one of the most important artistic mediums for thousands of years – which is why I’m so impressed by the freshness of a new collection by Stephen Antonson.
Using plaster as his main material, he sculpts all sorts of decorative objects. From mirrors to candlesticks and chandeliers, Antonson’s elevates this humble material to serene beauty. My favorite is his lamp for Dessin Fournier:
image 1 & 3: West Elm
image 2: tumblr
images 4 : Stephen Antonson
As the Chancellor’s Residence at NC State University nears completion, I wanted to take a moment to recognize Abie Harris, a local artist whose works will grace its walls.
Abie had a long career as the Campus Planner for NC State University. Now in retirement, he is a tireless and prolific artist creating a variety of works on paper ranging from large abstract drawings to dreamy vignettes of Raleigh.
The Chancellor’s Residence will have a total of 6 works by the artist, including a large mixed-media drawing based on Johann Sebastian Bach’s Goldberg Variations.
Harris created numerous pieces in this series, which feature abstract interpretations of Bach’s music organized in numerous areas of dense linework. Sometimes, these works are created in real time, as part of a performance with musicians.
Abie’s beautiful and poignant work shows that a second career can shine as brightly as the first.
Thank you Abie, we look forward to hanging your work at the end of this month!
For more information on Abie Harris and other local artists, visit the Roundabout Collective in Raleigh.
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image 2: rebus works
image 3: ncartblog.org
image 4: pasinfonia.org